Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Maryland Workers Comp Ethics

VIDEO: Commitment To Workforce Development

Here is information and handouts from the 2015 JTF Annual Conference!

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Mary Sherwood, MS, CDMS, CCM
Occupational Consultant
Landline 302.644.1827
Mobile:  410.444.1989                                                     
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Friday, June 12, 2015

Ethics, Recommendations, & Outcomes: Are we doing it right in Workers’ Comp?


Mary Sherwood Sevinsky, MS, CDMS, CCM

Patricia Highcove, MS, CRC, CVE, CCM
Dane Crook, CDMS, CRC, CRP

We recently attended the Maryland Joint Task Force for Injured Worker's at Coppin State University and were riveted by the speakers.  A great program and the hospitality was awesome!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

MD JTF ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2015 Handouts and Information


Ethics, Recommendations, & Outcomes

Are we doing it right in Workers’ Comp?


If you were one of the few that left without your necessary certification - they were emailed!  Please let us know if you didn't receive: Mary@Life-Works.Info.

Please take a moment to give us some feedback and suggestion for next year's program:


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Michele Foreman
Michelle Waugh
BrightStar Care Baltimore City/County
Lynn Berberich
Active Rehab and Physical Therapy
Marion Payne
Rehab at Work
Darla Croce
CAM Physical Therapy and Wellness Services LLC
Jennifer Ayala
ATI Physical Therapy
Donna Campbell
Ann Pereira-Ogan
Functional Restoration Partners
Dr. Russell  J. Hibler
Hoover Rehabilitation Services, Inc.
Kim Sellers,
Ext. 1107
David Underwood
Professional Rehab and Occupational Services, LLC
Mary Sherwood Sevinsky
Michael CarusoPT/Occupational Rehabilitation
Michael Caruso
Curtis Work Rehabilitation Services at Medstar UMH
Donna Keegan
MedStar National Rehabilitation Network
Jeannine McNelly
GENEX Services, Inc
Eileen Fritz


Commissioner Herwig and Bill Levasseur, Esq 
More here: 

Dr. Michael Shear Presentation:

Dr. Russ Hibler Presentation:

Dr. Scott Beveridge Presentation:

       CRC Ethics

 a.  DECISION-MAKING MODELS AND SKILLS. Rehabilitation counselors must be prepared to recognize underlying ethical principles and conflicts among competing interests, as well as to apply appropriate decision-making models and skills to resolve dilemmas and act ethically.

b. ADDRESSING UNETHICAL BEHAVIOR. Rehabilitation counselors expect colleagues to adhere to the Code. When rehabilitation counselors possess knowledge that raises doubt as to whether another rehabilitation counselor is acting in an ethical manner, they take appropriate action.

c.  CONFLICTS BETWEEN ETHICS AND LAWS. Rehabilitation counselors obey the laws and statutes of the legal jurisdiction in which they practice unless there is a conflict with the Code. If ethical responsibilities conflict with laws, regulations, or other governing legal authorities, rehabilitation counselors make known their commitment to the Code and take steps to resolve conflicts. If conflicts cannot be resolved by such means, rehabilitation counselors may adhere to the requirements of law, regulations, or other governing legal authorities.

d. KNOWLEDGE OF RELATED CODES OF ETHICS. Rehabilitation counselors understand applicable ethics codes from other professional organizations or from certification and licensure bodies of which they are members. Rehabilitation counselors are aware that the Code forms the basis for CRCC disciplinary actions, and understand that if there is a discrepancy between codes they are held to the CRCC standards.

e.  CONSULTATION. When uncertain as to whether particular situations or courses of action may be in violation of the Code, rehabilitation counselors consult with other professionals who are knowledgeable about ethics, with supervisors, colleagues, and/or with appropriate authorities, such as CRCC, licensure boards, or legal counsel.

f.   ORGANIZATION CONFLICTS. If the demands of organizations with which rehabilitation counselors are affiliated pose a conflict with the Code, rehabilitation counselors specify the nature of such conflicts and express to their supervisors or other responsible officials their commitment to the Code. When possible, rehabilitation counselors work toward change within organizations to allow full adherence to the Code. In doing so, they address any confidentiality issues.


INFORMAL RESOLUTION. When rehabilitation counselors have reason to believe that another rehabilitation counselor is violating or has violated an ethical standard, they attempt first to resolve the issue informally with the other rehabilitation counselor if feasible, provided such action does not violate confidentiality rights that may be involved.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Professional, Rehab, & Occupational Services Special Announcement

Mary Sherwood Sevinsky, MS, CDMS, CCM
Patricia Highcove, MS, CRC, CVE, CCM
Dane Crook, CDMS, CRC, CRP
Have joined forces and 
are now working together to provide 
expert Vocational and Medical Case Management!

Together we are able to cover all of Maryland and Delaware and large regions of Pennsylvania and Virginia for vocational and routine medical case management as well as specialized services including:

Labor Market Snapshot to aid in settling cases, determining if and when voc is recommended.

Job Readiness Training to augment the services of a vocational counselor and ensure clients have all the tools needed to get hired. This service can be bundled with settlement planning to ensure the injured worker who wants to settle his case has the essential skills needed to successfully secure an appropriate job independently. 

Ergonomic Assessments to keep workers where they should be - at work and being productive! 

Vocational Assessment, Evaluation, and Management for workers compensation, liability, auto, and personal injury cases. 

Workers Compensation Expertise in Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia and DC. 

Routine Medical Management
Disability Management
Traumatic Brain Injury Management
ADA Assessments
Transitional RTW Coordination
On the Job Training

We work cooperatively with other companies and work with their nurse case manager or vocational counselor to make sure they have what they need to resolve their cases quickly. 

Need help on a claim covered by a national carrier - no problem! We are affiliated with national and regional vocational service providers.

Not sure if we can help -  just email or call and we can talk about it. Or, if you prefer, let's meet in person. Whether you are an adjuster, attorney, NCM, Vocational Counselor or other provider, we look forward to assisting you!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Maryland Joint Task Force Annual Conference June 9, 2015 8:30 - 1pm

We look forward to seeing you there! Download the PDF here. 
2 Mandatory Maryland WCC CEUs approved
4 CDMS, CCM, and CRC requested
Please share with your colleagues.

Mail Registration form to 2127 Still Water Court Eldersburg, MD 21784

We look forward to seeing you there! Download the PDF here.  Please share with your colleagues.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

JTF Annual Conference Save the Date June 9, 2015 Baltimore, MD

SAVE THE DATE JUNE 9, 2015 8:30 am – 1 pm 
At Coppin State, Baltimore, MD

Ethics, Recommendations, & Outcomes – Are we doing it right in Workers Comp?

Maryland Joint Task Force Annual Seminar
4 CEUs (1 Ethics) and 2 WCC Mandatory Credits are anticipated. 

Audience - Topics are appropriate for Doctors, Attorneys, Case Managers, Adjusters, Employers, and Therapists – anyone working with injured workers in the state of Maryland

Summary -  Science helps us understand what is really going on and why we all have an important role in helping the worker get beyond the problem and back to work.  But what about the art? are we doing all we can in Workers’ Comp?  Ethical issues will also be presented by each speaker.

                            WCC Update and Mandatory Maryland WCC Credits
                            Legislative Update – William Levasseur, Esq.
                            Common Sense Evaluation and Treatment of Low Back Pain – Dr. Michael Shear
                            Opioids and Functional Restoration – Dr. Russell Hibler
                            Is the writing on the wall? – Dr. Scott Beveridge
                                         Examining recent changes to the Workers Compensation system
                            Ethics Panel Discussion

                            Confirmed Speakers include:
                                   Honorable Jeff Herwig, Esq
                                   Dr. Michael Shear
                                   Dr. Russell Hibler
                                   Dr. Scott Beveridge

Coppin State has agreed to allow us to utilize their spacious facilities and have notified us that there is improved Parking as a result of recently completed construction! CARPPS is providing national CEUs and WCC is providing MANDATORY WCC CEUs. 

Email: Mary@Life-Works.Info for more information!

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