Wednesday, July 31, 2013

We will put up some more posts soon

In the meantime Turkewitz posted about insurance company doctors whose signatures vary from report to report and he opines that people other than the doctors are signing the doctors' names.  As an example he offers a few signatures from Dr. Joseph Tuvia which appear to differ vastly from report to report.

Reports such as these generally go through many hands before making into litigation or a motion.  More often than not an insurance company will ask another company to have a peer review done.  The insurance company will send over whatever documents it feels like to the other company who will then forward all that (and sometimes less that it received) to a doctor who reviews the records.  Upon reviewing the record the doctor dictates the report which is transcribed by someone other than the doctor and put into a template or the doctor checks off a few boxes and sends it back to the company to create the report, which it will occasionally sign on the doctor's behalf.  If the doctors cannot utilize CPLR 2106, the report will have to be notarized, which will usually be performed by someone employed by the other company.  Rarely will the doctor appear before the notary and rarely will the document be notarized when it was signed.

Confusing, aint it.  And we are only going over one of the many variations.

We will post some examples of the amazing transforming signatures soon.

Edit.  found some stuff.

Here is some testimony from Dr. Stanley Ross.:

Note that this is the same Stanley Ross that an Arbitrator found to have misrepresented evidence and to have submitted a nearly identical report as to another peer reviewer.

Here is the signature page of report dated November 3, 2009 containing an electronic signature.  The report was not notarized until November 25, 2011

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