Here at CP Healthcare, a lot of our time is spent collaborating with law firms.
Specifically, we spend a ton of time responding to records requests and pestering attorneys to get case updates.
As a result, this means countless hours sending emails, making phone calls and even sending faxes. Even though we love talking to law firms 10+ times a day, we recognize that this can become burdensome for these firms.
CP Healthcare has now integrated Mighty into our workflow, a HIPAA-compliant platform for lien-holders to work better with law firms. Going forward, we will be uploading all records a law firm needs to Mighty so it’s always available to them.
For law firms, Mighty is a no brainier. It’s FREE and makes working with lien-holders like us easier. With it, attorneys and case managers can:
- Access all of our documents for plaintiffs we’ve treated
- Request additional documents when you need them
- Provide us with case status updates without having to pick up the phone
Mighty is a win-win for everyone.
Every law firm, medical practice and funding company has their own system of tracking business. They all sell you why using their solution is the best. Especially funding companies. The problem isn’t the solution they are selling. It’s the fact no system will communicate with everyone. They want to control all of your business in their system. CP realizes this is just bad business. We tested over 50 platforms looking for a perfect solution to this problem. Now, thanks to Mighty, CP is ready to provide you with the single spot for you to complete all of your case management. A simple product that allows you to approve liens, communicate updates, collect bills/reports, track treating and speed up settlements with a single click.
CP Healthcare was the innovative company that turned medical funding on it’s ear in 2014 with its no-nonsense, collaborative effort to settlements. We did such a great job, many copycats have entered the market attempting to do the same.
Well, 2019 brings another major innovation for attorneys and case managers with this partnership with Mighty.
If you’re not using CP Healthcare for your imaging needs, click here and send us your order. You will automatically be added to Mighty.
New MRI Concussion Test Reveal Impact on Future Settlements
MedScape and other medical journals report more than 2 million people suffer a concussion each year. The cost of treatments for these concussions total more than $20 million dollars.
Personal Injury Attorneys and Trial Lawyers have always done a tremendous job in helping clients recover their medical costs and suffering in traumatic brain injuries. They have even done well on lesser cases with just mild concussions that were diagnosed and treated.
But, as we have discovered with the many cases of CTE in the NFL and other sports, there is a silent killer that no one has ever been able to diagnose in these patients.
For about 15 years there have been specific MRI test that doctors have used to help look at brain waves and moisture in the brain to help them determine the initial severity of injury. That’s 15 years of research to solidify these tests that have been received with mixed reviews. But now, with the advancements in technology, these tests are helping place markers for long term affects of concussions giving doctors ability to predict the future and better treat their patients.
But what about the attorneys?
Do they know these tests are a valid and vital necessity for their concussion cases?
Are they missing out on potential millions in settlements by not looking into the future with their medical providers?
The answer is a resounding yes!
The United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida has ruled that diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) satisfies the Daubert standard for admissibility. Marsh v Celebrity Cruises, Inc., Case No. 1(17-CV-21097-UU.
In this case, the plaintiff was injured when she fell on a puddle of water on the Solarium floor of a Celebrity Cruise ship. As a result of the fall, plaintiff sustained a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI).
The plaintiff retained Gerald York, M.D., a board-certified neuro-radiologist and radiologist as an expert witness. Dr. York is the Director of TBI Imaging ARA/IA and a staff neuro-radiologist at the Providence Alaska Medical Center and also works as a consultant to the Defense Veterans Brain Injury Center. Additionally, he participated in the development of approved protocols for neuroimaging of the brain and contributed to the American College of Radiology’s Guidelines for Neuroimaging.
Dr. York reviewed the plaintiff’s DTI, in conjunction with a multitude of other tests and records, and concluded that plaintiff sustained a mild TBI as a result of the fall. The defendant, Celebrity Cruises, moved to bar Dr. York’s testimony, alleging that DTI was nothing more than “junk science” and that Dr. York’s DTI-based opinions that plaintiff sustained a mild TBI amounted to nothing more than an unsubstantiated speculation.
However, the court rejected Celebrity’s argument, finding that DTI findings and testimony has been deemed reliable and admitted by numerous courts across the country for almost a decade. It found that DTI had been subject to peer review and publication and is a generally accepted method for detecting TBI.
Additionally, the court also rejected Celebrity’s assertion that “the DTI’s acquisition of data is…affected by the field’s strength of the magnet and there is a lack of a standardized protocol for the acquisition and interpretation of DTI results.” The Court found that this issue did not make DTI technology “junk science” nor render that Dr. York’s opinions unreliable.
These specific protocols are no longer considered opinion or mythical tests for concussions of any degree.
Some states have already required these test as first line standard of care in youth athletes and anyone who appears to have sustained a concussion.
This is a game changer for the medical professional to give a sound diagnosis of future loss of cognitive function as well and for the attorneys who are fighting for their clients quality of life.
If you have questions about these tests or would like to learn more, you can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 706.223.5375.
Mulit-Tramua CT Patients Have More Missed Injuries
Are patients not getting the right diagnosis and are there missed injuries when emergency departments opt for CT Scans?
According to the numbers; yes.
In patients with multiple traumas, those who were over 30 years old with severe injuries across more than two body parts were more likely to experience a missed injury upon initial CT scan, according to a recent Radiology study.
Research on the topic has yielded varying missed injury rates, ranging from 3.5 percent to 71.4 percent, according to lead author Nathan Banaste, with CHU Centre Léon Bérard in Lyon, France, and colleagues. These misses can result in grave consequences for all involved, they noted.
“In the emergency setting, the crucial need for rapid diagnosis to start the first care and the high number of whole-body CT images that require extended interpretation time often lead to misinterpretations,” Banaste et al. wrote. “Missed injuries could potentially have serious consequences for patients with multiple traumas and also for physicians.”
The team set out to determine radio-logic and clinical markers that could help identify patients most at-risk for missed injuries. They retrospectively analyzed 2,354 consecutive whole-body CT exams in patients with multiple traumas from 26 hospitals at a French teleradiology center.
To determine a standard of reference, an on-call radiologist interpreted all CT images that were reviewed 12 to 48 hours later by a different radiologist to detect missed injuries.
On a per-scan basis, totaled 304 (12.9 percent) injuries were missed, 59 (2.5 percent) of which were “clinically significant,” according to authors. The missed injury rate, determined on a per-injury basis, proved to be 8.8 percent.
Additionally, those with more than two injured body parts, over 30 years of age and an initial clinical severity class of one were predictive of missed injury.
“The number of body parts, number of injuries and the injury severity score were highly correlated, which suggested that these factors were interchangeable to predict a missed injury,” authors wrote.
One potential explanation for their findings, Banaste et al. pointed out, is the “satisfaction of search effect.” This happens when radiologists devote their attention to injury detection, causing them to overlook potential injuries in other areas of the body.
Banaste and colleagues also said many patients in the study benefited from a second whole-body CT reading, which is recommended by a trauma tertiary survey, they wrote. The practice allows for a “comprehensive diagnostic overview, leading to prompt tailored care and thus limited morbidity.”
There are an average of 27,000 accidents each and every day in the United States. Which means there is probably about 9,000 people each day that will need an MRI, X-Ray or some other Personal Injury imaging need for their case or medical treatment to proceed.
Add to this the hundreds of funding companies, and the fact each imaging center is different on how they want to handle a Personal Injury or Worker’s Comp client, and what should be an easy step in treatment and building a case can quickly turn into a nightmare.
So with these facts and more than 7,500 MRI and imaging centers nationwide, how can an attorney or medical provider decide which one is the best?
Let me introduce you to CP Healthcare…
CP Healthcare is a nationwide imaging network who has streamlined this process to make scheduling easy and settlements even easier!
Founded in 2014 in Georgia, CP Healthcare has worked tirelessly to get imaging centers in the network so there is full coverage from a location and service standpoint. Once an order is received, CP Healthcare finds the closest imaging center to the clients home address or transit stop that offers the modalities needed for the image. CP Healthcare is in constant communication with all parties to assure the client is schedule, has arrived and has completed their imaging appointment. Once the scan is completed, CP Healthcare provides all reports and documents to all parties immediately so the treatment plan can be formulated by the medial provider and the case can take shape with the attorney.
At settlement time, CP Healthcare is even more client friendly. There will always be good cases. There will always be bad cases. CP Healthcare will work with the attorney to make sure the case can settle quickly. Settlements are pretty much as simple as an email.
Personal Injury Imaging can be a hassle. Worker’s Comp Imaging can be a headache. CP Healthcare takes the pain out of both so you can focus on treatment and winning your case.