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Monday, November 22, 2010

Iowa Workers' Compensation Commissioner Tells Congress AMA Guides Are Objectionable

The Commissioner of the Iowa Division of Workers' Compensation, Christopher James Godfrey, recently testified before Congress that AMA Guides 6 Ed. were problematic. The Commissioner cited the 2008 Iowa Task Force report that found multiple errors and cultural bais in the AMA Guides.

An additional objection made was that the Guides were in conflict with both Iowa statutory and case law. The Commissioner stated, "With all due respect to Dr. Brigham, the Iowa Workers’ Compensation system will evolve and improve when it is decided by the citizens of Iowa that it will evolve and improve. The system will not evolve at the whim or business opportunity of either one physician, one medical association, or a small consensus of the two."

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