May 14, 2007

Christine Baker

CHSWC to Co-Sponsor AMA Guides Training in Northern and Southern California

OAKLAND -- The California Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation (CHSWC) and the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners (ABIME) are co-sponsoring an educational seminar on the AMA Guides entitled "Managing the AMAs: An Expert Training Resource for Using the AMA Guides."

The 2005 Schedule for Rating Permanent Disabilities is based on the AMA Guides, but many California physicians and others still do not fully understand how to use the Guides or what to look for in a medical evaluation. The seminar will address key concepts and underlying principles of the AMA Guides; practical use of the AMA Guides; how to evaluate an impairment rating report based on the AMA Guides; case law relating to the AMA Guides; and apportionment.

Presenters and panelists will be Mohammed Ranavaya, M.D. from ABIME, T. Blair Megowan from the Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) Disability Evaluation Unit, Jesse Rosen, Esq., Robert G. Rassp, Esq., and Judge Lachlan Taylor from CHSWC.

Attendees may sign up for a 90-minute examination to be given immediately following the seminar to earn ABIME Certification of Proficiency in the AMA Guides for the non-physician.

The seminar is intended for employers, claims professionals, attorneys, rehabilitation counselors, medical providers and the workers' compensation community who need to be able to understand and critique medical evaluations applying the AMA Guides in the California workers' compensation system.

Space is still available for the one-day seminar in both Southern and Northern California:

Friday, May 18, 2007, in the Hilton Irvine at the John Wayne International Airport.

Monday, May 21, 2007, in the Embassy Suites at the San Francisco International Airport.

For more information and for the registration form for the AMA Guides seminar, visit

CHSWC is charged with overseeing the health and safety and workers' compensation systems in California and recommending administrative or legislative modifications to improve their operation. The Commission was established to conduct a continuing examination of the workers' compensation system and of the state's activities to prevent industrial injuries and occupational diseases and to examine those programs in other states.

Information about CHSWC is available on the CHSWC web site, by contacting CHSWC by writing to 1515 Clay Street, Room 901, Oakland, 94612; by phone at (510) 622-3959; by fax at (510) 622-3265; or by email