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Episode 41 Federal Workers Compensation Coffee Break Podcast- Light duty & Job offers

By In Uncategorized On November 9, 2023

The podcast is free and is educational. If you need help with anything related to a federal workers compensation claim…help is just a cup of coffee away.

Federal Workers Compensation Coffee Break Podcast is about all things related to Federal Workers Compensation, FECA, OWCP, DOL & Longshore claim filing as an injured federal worker.  The podcast is an educational and informative training on how to navigate the DOL -OWCP claims filing process for all types of injured US government and federal workers. The podcaster has 28 years in assisting with federal workers compensation as a consultant and trainer. The podcast is free and is educational. If you need help with anything related to a federal workers compensation claim…help is just a cup of coffee away.
Injured Worker’s Responsibilities
To seek or accept suitable employment.
To resume regular Federal employment if capable.
To provide physician with information on any available light duty.
To advise employing agency of limitations imposed by attending physician.
To report efforts to obtain suitable employment, if requested by OWCP.

Employer’s Responsibilities

Authorize medical caree
If alternative positions are available for a partially disabled employee, advise the employee in writing of specific duties
and physical demands.
Where no alternative position is available, advise the injured worker of any accommodations the  agency can make.
Employer must consider the physical or emotional restrictions placed on an injured worker due to the work injury as well as any concurrent, non-injury related ailments.
Agency personnel can request work restrictions directly from the physician, from the OWCP nurse, or OWCP.
If work restrictions differ, OWCP will determine which are appropriate.

How Does the HIPPA Law Affect the Employing Agency?

HIPAA prohibits health providers from discussing or giving information to anyone without a patient release. This includes other physicians. Now listen up this is a word of caution and advise! This HiPPA law  hinders the employing agencies from obtaining medical information directly  from the injured worker’s physician.
A light duty assignment is provided to IW to accommodate the restrictions.

  • Prepare a written assignment for IW. Duties must meet the physical requirements.
  • Verbal assignment allowed, but written assignment should be made within two days.
  • Assignment can be job modification of an existing job with light duties.

Dr. Taylor’s educational podcast utilizes his experience and history as a DOL – OWCP provider and his years of consulting and teaching all things federal workers compensation related. This is an educational short form format for learning how to successfully file federal workers compensation claims.
Dr. Taylor’s contact information is: https://fedcompconsultants@protonmail.com

If you need an OWCP approved medical provider, Dr. Taylor  also is located at M & R Medical & Therapy in Tampa at 4150 N. Armenia Ave. Ste. 102, Tampa Florida 33607 (813) 877-6900

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