Saturday, June 15, 2019

SELECTING A REPRESENTATIVE:  Call (302) 559-7601 for your OWCP/FECA claim.

Clients may appoint a representative in writing. (OWCP won’t recognize any person as a representative until the claimant withdraws the authorization of any prior one. A representative may make a request or give direction to OWCP regarding the claims process including presenting or eliciting evidence, making arguments on facts or the law, and obtaining information from the case file, the same as the claimant.

Fees:  See the Act, Regulations, & Procedure Manual. We follow the Regulations and Procedures and work with your budget!

Per DFEC PM 2 1200 2. Authority and Citations. a. Under 5 U.S.C. 8127(a), and in accordance with 20 C.F.R. §10.700, a claimant may authorize an attorney or other individual to represent his or her interests in any proceeding before OWCP. b. 20 C.F.R. §10.700 also provides the following guidance with regard to representatives: (1) A statement signed by the claimant is required to establish the representative's appointment. 20 C.F.R. §10.700(a). (2) As there can only be one representative at any given time, OWCP will not recognize another person as representative until the claimant has withdrawn the authorization of the first individual. 20C.F.R. §10.700(b). (b) Approval where there is no dispute. Where a fee application that describes the services rendered in accordance with paragraph (a)(1) of this section is accompanied by a signed statement indicating the claimant's agreement with the fee as described in paragraph (a)(2) of this section, the application is deemed approved under the 1998 Regulations, (but a fee petition before the Appeals Board must be formally adjudicated.)

New:  We now have an optional online payment system in which neither your bank routing number or account number nor those of my Escrow account are visible to one another, but you can make payments in accordance with our agreement in response to an "invoice" directly into the Escrow account.  This system is apart from the time sheet and fee petition requirements in the rules that are followed as usual.  For further details please either use the Contact Us page on the website or call.  There is no extra charge for use of this service.

We only take FECA cases, and our reputation is sterling among clients, attorneys, and OWCP.  One Sr. CE even suggested raising rates due to the quality of our work (in and out of government) since 1985!

Most clients are quite satisfied.  Persistence and care usually pay off, but there is no written guarantee.

Disclaimer: OWCP CLAIMS CONSULTING, L.L.C. is not a law firm.

Monday, May 20, 2019

FECA BULLETIN NO. 18-06, of 08/08/2018

FECA BULLETIN NO. 18-06, of 08/08/2018 on Alternative Pain Management and non-pharmacologic treatment claims they may reduce disability, facilitate return to work, decrease opioid misuse, and improve quality of life. Pain management alternatives without opioids include Alternative Pain Medications, Pain Management Without Medication, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), physical therapy, and exercise therapy. Aerobic, aquatic, and/or resistance exercises for patients with osteoarthritis of the knee or hip and for patients with low back pain reduces pain and improves function. For TENS units and other treatments the doctor must request authorization from the billing unit.

In-patient pain management treatments for opioid use include medication assisted therapy: MAT combines medication with behavioral therapy and counseling to treat opioid use disorder (OUD), sustain recovery and prevent opioid overdose. Primary medications are Methadone, Buprenorphine, and Naltrexone. Opioid Treatment Programs are both outpatient and inpatient.

While OWCP Claims Consulting, LLC does not generally tackle medical bills, this Bulletin and recent letters seen in several cases, suggest that additional conditions or consequential injuries may be claimed such as Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome or a psychiatric condition, and that some clients may find that authorizations for alternative treatments may be slow in being granted, overlooked or denied. If these are issues in your case email use the Contact Us Page on this site or call (302) 559-7501.

Disclaimer: OWCP CLAIMS CONSULTING, L.L.C. is not a law firm.