Researchers to Create Guidelines for Treating Traumatic Brain Injury

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Top researchers at the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) and the Brain Injury Research Center at Mount Sinai are coming together to create universal rehabilitation guidelines for victims of TBI. This three year investigation could lead the way to better treatment and more consistent coverage of complex head injuries by insurance companies.

BIAA recently announced the project, which is scheduled to start on July 1, 2014. They are calling for experts in post-acute rehabilitation to participate in the investigation. They will help determine the timing, scope, duration, and nature of rehabilitative care that will provide the biggest benefit to patients with moderate to severe TBI.

The Association says these kind of guidelines are necessary because “insurance companies and public policymakers are making treatment decisions instead of doctors, patients, and family caregivers.” Delays and denials in the treatment of closed-head injuries increase the risk of continuing disability. It can also lead to brain-injury patients losing their jobs, friends, and even homes.

In an effort to improve outcomes for their patients, BIAA and Mount Sinai hope to distribute rehabilitation guidelines describing the continuum of care, providing recommendations for treatment, and increasing the quality of care. But to do that they will need top medical experts to sign up for their panels. They have put out the call for doctors with experience in medical, cognitive, behavioral, functional, and social aspects of traumatic brain injury to help create the guidelines.

Michigan no-fault auto insurers are required to pay for all brain injury rehabilitation resulting from car crashes. But, in many cases, those companies cut off brain injury patients’ insurance benefits and interrupt their treatment following an (IME). At the IME, a doctor paid by the insurance company (many times they are earning $1 million per year, or more) does a cursory exam and declares that the patient was never injured, or has recovered — in direct contradiction to the patient’s own teams of doctors. This cut-off is the worst thing a patient can experience, and frequently it causes severe relapse of symptoms and reversal of all the progress that had been made.

The lawyers at Christensen Law are legal experts in defending the victims of traumatic brain injury. They understand the injury and the treatments needed to rehabilitate their clients. If someone you know has suffered from a closed-head injury, contact David Christensen and his team today for a consultation.