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#41 User is offline   Witchiepoo 

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Posted 16 June 2011 - 03:06 PM

But there was a ruling from the Ombudsman regarding FCE's and it stated they were not compulsory - so I am really confused ???
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Posted 17 June 2011 - 12:15 AM

The Ombudsman said in one persons case they should not have been forced to do a FCE. The Obdudsman cannot set policy for ACC.

Only the courts can do that. And to date ACC have come out on top. It is easier to do the assessment and keep your entitlements.
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Posted 06 December 2012 - 12:08 AM

http://www.stuff.co....services-expand

Medical services expand

ALEXIA JOHNSTON
Last updated 05:00 04/12/2012

The list of medical treatments available in Timaru continues to grow thanks to a Christchurch based neurophysiologist.

Clinical neurophysiologist Dr Grant Carroll will spend one day, every second month in Timaru, providing nerve conduction studies. He will increase his visits if there is enough demand.


"The main advantage of this new service is that with new portable equipment South Canterbury patients will no longer have to travel to Christchurch or Dunedin, which are the only centres in the South Island providing nerve conduction studies," he said.

South Canterbury District Health Board primary and community services general manager Fiona Pimm said the need for the service was no greater than before. She said the reason it was now available was because the equipment had become mobile.

The studies are used to measure how well and how fast the nerves conduct electrical signals to muscle. They are typically done when the patient is experiencing numbness, tingling or pain in the arms or legs, and doctors suspect there is a nerve injury.

The most common reason for the test, which takes about half an hour, is to confirm or rule out carpal tunnel syndrome. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition caused by pressure on the median nerve in the wrist, which supplies feeling and movement to parts of the hand. It can lead to numbness, tingling, weakness, or muscle damage.

Up to 50 patients are expected to require the nerve conduction service annually in Timaru.

An MRI scanner, soon to be installed at Timaru Hospital, will also make life easier for South Canterbury patients who have had to travel to Christchurch.


View PostFighter for Justice, on 11 June 2011 - 06:56 AM, said:

One of the above posts suggests getting Nerve Conduction Studies done. I am aware that Dr Grant Carroll in Christchurch (Drs section of phone book) does Nerve Conduction Studies privately.

I would possibly contact the Omnbudsman urgently complaining re being forced to do FCE with these injuries.
Also, get a letter from GP stating what activities claimant definately cannot do.
Claimant could take GP's letter to Assessment. Then when asked to do something unsuitable for their injury - produce GP's letter.

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#44 User is offline   Mark 

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 06:27 AM

View PostEasyrider, on 17 June 2011 - 12:15 AM, said:

The Ombudsman said in one persons case they should not have been forced to do a FCE. The Obdudsman cannot set policy for ACC.

Only the courts can do that. And to date ACC have come out on top. It is easier to do the assessment and keep your entitlements.

It is interesting to note that FCE's also come up in the Ombudsman's Annual report 2011-2012

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ACC functional capacity evaluations
During the reporting year the Ombudsman completed an investigation into a request by the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) for a complainant to undergo a “functional capacity evaluation” (FCE). A FCE is a structured process of observing and measuring an individual performing tasks in order to identify performance deficits and safety issues, functional abilities, strengths, skills and capacity.

The complainant was concerned that she had been required to undergo a FCE in order to assess her capacity to work, contrary to a recommendation made in 2003 by former Ombudsman Mel Smith, that ACC should not require claimants to undergo FCEs as part of an assessment of capacity to work. Following investigation, the Ombudsman formed the opinion that ACC had not acted unreasonably, accepting ACC’s assurance that in accordance with Mr Smith’s earlier recommendation, ACC only asks claimants to undergo FCEs to assist with their rehabilitation.
The complainant also raised concerns that it was medically unsafe for her to undergo the FCE and ACC had failed to put in place adequate measures to ensure her safety. In this respect, as a result of the Ombudsman’s investigation, ACC advised it had taken the following measures to improve its processes in this respect:
• ACC discusses with a claimant any proposal that they undergo a FCE;
• ACC ensures in every case that the claimant’s GP or health professional is consulted prior to ACC requesting a FCE;
• if the claimant’s GP or health professional considers they should not undergo a FCE, ACC will not require this;
• ACC requires FCE providers to advise claimants they may stop a FCE at any time, to contact claimants 2 or 3 days after a FCE to ensure the claimant has not been adversely affected, and to report to ACC if the claimant has sustained increased pain levels following a FCE; and
• ACC provides a copy of the FCE report to the claimant as a matter of course.

In light of this advice from ACC, the Ombudsman concluded that ACC was not acting unreasonably in requesting claimants to undergo FCEs.
ACC also advised that it would be reviewing the reliability and validity of FCEs. However, ACC has since advised that the review did not take place as it was not included in the ongoing review of Vocational Rehabilitation Services.

So its still the same old BS from ACC... Change doesn't happen
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