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Case Conference Required? What say do I have?

#1 User is offline   Injured 

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Posted 02 April 2008 - 03:10 PM

Hi there, my CM has just informed me (after an unfavourable IMA report), that he would like to arrange a Case Conference with my GP. As far as I can tell by his email, the CM has gone about organising this without my consent. I am not in agreement with this at this stage. I may be open to a Case Conference 6 weeks down the track, but not in 3 weeks. Do I have a say in whether this goes ahead or not? If not, what about the timing of the conference? It feels heavy-handed and going ahead without me.

Prompt advise would be much appreciated. I need to respond to CM shortly.
Regards, Injured.
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Posted 02 April 2008 - 05:59 PM

Make sure you are present and tape record it and take a friend as well if necessary All communications with them in future in writing and refuse phone contact that way you have a record of what is said and done which I suspect you will be needing.
Ask for the reasons and details of what is to be discussed prior to the meeting.
Instruct you gp that they are not to issue at any time any medical information other than that which they have been given without your prior consent to the specifics of which they now of in future require.
Request a more convienient date immediately and give them some options that work in with your doctor and your self, they may not agree but ask. However the case thing might be rushed to meet some kpi point and refuse and force you to attend but this way there is a paper record of that as well.
These rules are bitter learnt with many that have had difficult case managers that seem to misunderstand what was discussed and agreed especially over the phone and such things as asking for a more convenient date for whatever they are barrelling ahead with.
Not all are mongrells but the good ones are very rare and never stay that way they either get with the culture or leave....
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Posted 03 April 2008 - 10:01 AM

Thanks for your responses. The cse conf is to review recent reports, ie. bad IMA report that says there is nothing medically wrong with me, and to discuss the next steps with ACC, and set expectations with regard to entitlements.
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Posted 03 April 2008 - 10:37 AM

re support groups arround the country that you can contact that may be able to help many of them are listed here: http://accforum.org/...?showtopic=1604 and http://accforum.org/...hp?showforum=27
You should be able to discuss in more detail and get help sorting out what is affot before You get ridden out of town on a railbe tha current plan of yot interactive case mangler.
It seems that something is amiss here...you should have copies of ioa that leads to ima which basically is supposed to determine what jobs you are capable of if any.........have you recieved that report?
You really need to talk to someone from the groups and may need an reliable advocate whome the local groups are more able to advise on from thier own experiences.
ACCLAIM is my personal recomendation in the south and others are listed on the links above be careful and good luck.
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Posted 03 April 2008 - 01:49 PM

Hi Injured, Before you go any further with your case it is imperative that you obtain another decent assesment.
Get your Physio to also write a report regarding your condition if you can trust her.
I have sent you two names of good assessors and I hope you can manage to get to see one of them.

If this goes to Review, you have to have a Specialist report to counter the ravings of the IMA assessor.
In the meantime, I would suggest you start a course of treatment as I have recommended to you so that you can be a bit stronger to help you fight these people.

Ask ACC CM to delay the mtg, if he wont, well, go along with a witness as you cant be seen to be non-compliant, but notify him you are requesting another IMA report due to the fact that this one was defamatory and carries no weight as he is lying, or politely , it has dscrepancies in it. Write out what happened and what was wrong and submit that to ACC CM.
Good luck.
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Posted 03 April 2008 - 05:13 PM

So your IMA does not say that you have an injury causing an incapacity. I think that the Case Manager is pulling the wool over your Dr eyes

What information was presented to the IMA assessoer. What did the ACC advise the assessor to do.

you could get another assessment but if you have rthe directions from ACC to the assessor this could show that the ACC has mislead the assessor or other.

Did the ACC send you a copy of the information that was sent to the assessor. this can be important especially if the assessor did not receive some information or was not given correct information fron the case manager.

You still need to get another assessment.

The Privacy Act does not allow the ACC to use reports that the ACC knows is wrong. If the CM has not informed the Assessor of all the facts and the relevant infomation then the report is basically wrong and can not be used.

Don't forget to get another assessment and use the privacy commissioner to recover the cost of the assessment, review hearing ect.
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