Posts Tagged ‘local orthopedic doctor’

Dr. Kaelin and Tennessee Sports Medicine

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Today, we at FedDoctor would like to feature one of our federal workers comp doctors who has been with us almost from the beginning. Dr. Bob Kaelin and his staff at Tennessee Sports Medicine are well versed with the federal workers comp system and can help you with the paperwork involved with your OWCP claim.

Dr. Kaelin can treat your injuries both surgically and non-surgically, and you will have access to MRI, physical therapy, and outpatient surgery.

According to Dr. Kaelin, he and his staff really try to keep individuals active in the “game of life.” He studied at the University of Louisville for his medical degree and finished his orthopedic training at Orlando Regional Medical Center. He also trained with Dr. Lemak at Alabama Sports Medicine. During his time there, Dr. Kaelin gained a great deal of knowledge and experience with sports medicine, but he also learned the ins and outs of treating workers comp injuries. This is really great news for injured federal workers in the greater Nashville area who need to find a good doctor who understands the federal workers compensation system and can walk you through the OWCP process.

Tennessee Sports Medicine has three locations: Mt. Juliet, Lebanon, and Smyrna. Since they offer same-day appointments, feel free to call Dr. Kaelin and Tennessee Sports Medicine today!


New Orthopedic Surgeon in California!

Thursday, May 16th, 2013 is proud to announce that Dr. Moshe. H. Wilker is now a member of the FedDoctor community! Dr. Wilker is a board certified orthopedic surgeon that accepts OWCP Department of Labor patients. While focusing on spinal surgery, Dr. Wilker also operates on joints like shoulders, knees, and hips, among others.

Dr. Wilker’s main office location in Los Angeles, but also has satellite locations in Rancho Cucamonga, Newport, Fullerton and even up in Fresno California! Dr. Wilker, while certainly a leader in his field, is also very passionate about helping federal employees that have suffered on-the-job injuries. He knows that the OWCP can be a very frustrating government agency to work with, but dedicates a part of his practice to understanding the federal workers compensation rules and regulations to ensure his patients get the care that they need.

FedDoctor couldn’t be happier to welcome Dr. Wilker and his entire staff to the site. Give him a call to discuss your treatment options and see how they can help you navigate your OWCP claim.

Why is it hard to find a federal doctor? Part 6

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012


The Claims Examiner from the Office of Workers Compensation has very clear evidence from the emergency doctor that you have a sprained knee that requires ice and rest. Now some new orthopedic doctor is requesting a surgery. This does not compute to the OWCP. They look at the accepted condition, ‘Knee Sprain’ and determine that nothing in the file warrants the operation. It is denied.

This is usually where most doctors feel they have given their best shot. They aren’t attorneys, are they? They often suggest to you that it is time to pursue your legal options and ‘lawyer up’. And don’t forget to let them know if you ever get the surgery approved, as they would be happy to do the operation. Some doctors even suggest attempting to get the surgery approved under your private insurance. While it is possible, it is not always an optimal avenue.

If a doctor does not have experience or spend time learning about the federal workers compensation system, it is unlikely that they will know how to successfully navigate this process and help you get the benefits that you need. A federal doctor, well versed in the OWCP rules and regulations might be able to craft a carefully worded and fully explanatory causation report expanding the claim to include the more severe condition.

Once OWCP expands the claim and adds the additional diagnoses, the surgery is approved and performed and you begin the road to recovery.

Federal employees have a variety of other benefits available to them including lost wage reimbursement, schedule award, loss of wage earnings capacity, etc. that were not covered in this series. Good medical care and correct paperwork from your doctor can help ensure you receive all that you are entitled to if you get injured at work.

Continue to check back or join the email list to be kept up to date about federal doctors and how to pursue your federal workers comp claim with quality medical care. is dedicated to finding federal doctors to help you with your OWCP claim.

These last 6 installments have been written for your information and to teach federal employees why it is so hard to find quality federal doctors who care enough about the federal workers to learn the special laws and rules required by the OWCP. This is not legal advice and you should consult with an attorney for advice.


Why is it hard to find a federal doctor? Part 4

Monday, September 17th, 2012


Now that the emergency has subsided and you begin the process of visiting your regular doctor, you begin to find that being a federal employee who is hurt on the job, can be a very difficult proposition.

Once you see your doctor and explain the situation, they may be genuinely concerned, but confused on how to proceed. Many doctors do not attempt to help with workers compensation claims at all. They are happy to provide treatment but they have built a practice that does not assist with paperwork. They are allowed to do this! It is your doctor’s business and he/she can run it any way they choose. If they choose to operate a treatment-only practice, that means you need to find a new doctor. Hopefully your doctor can recommend someone else…

Another scenario is that your doctor immediately recognizes your need for a local orthopedic specialist or surgeon and refers you out to their office for further evaluation. Again, you may show up for your appointment only to find that they do not accept work related injury claims and don’t fill out paperwork. You are back to square one.

Commonly, your doctor, or the referred specialist do help with workers compensation claims and are extremely well versed in the laws that govern the state in which you live. Unfortunately, the state laws are very different from the federal law, FECA.

Most doctors do not gear their practices to serve federal employees. And why should they? The federal government and OWCP make it more difficult than most private insurers or state law workers comp. It is also a very small percentage of the overall population. Less than 1 out of every 100 Americans is a federal employee.

A third variable is that a doctor may have had a federal workers compensation claim before. But, if the office staff had trouble with the billing process, or if a requested pre-authorization was denied, the office may have sworn off any future dealings with the OWCP.

To be Continued…


OWCP Forms 101

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Which form does what? Of course most federal employees are not familiar with OWCP forms because they’ve never had an on the job injury. But if you or someone you know does ever have an injury, you must know which forms do what!

Here is a quick and simple refreshment to help us all remember some of the most important forms involved with OWCP Federal Workers Compensation claims.

CA-1  Notice of Traumatic Injury and Claim for Continuance of Compensation

CA-2  Notice of Occupational Disease and Claim for Compensation

CA-2a  Notice of Recurrence

CA-7  Claim for Compensation (leave without pay, leave buy back, other wages, schedule award)

CA-10  What a federal employee should do when injured at work

CA-17  Duty Status Report

CA-20  Attending Physician’s Report

OWCP-5a  Work Capacity Evaluation Psychiatric/Psychological Conditions

OWCP-5b  Work Capacity Evaluation Cardiovascular/Pulmonary Conditions

OWCP-5c  Work Capacity Evaluation Musculoskeletal Conditions

OWCP-915  Claim for Medical Reimbursement

OWCP-957  Medical Travel Refund Request

There are many more forms that may be used during the course of a federal employees workers compensation claim and you can find the full list and links to these forms here.

If your doctor is not familiar with these forms, share this information with them. It is vitally important to all federal employees with ongoing OWCP workers compensation claims that their doctor understands how to help them keep their ligament claim alive! This again is why exists. To help connect injured federal employees with doctors who understand OWCP.



Orthopedic Surgeon in Beverly Hills Helps Federal Employees!

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012


Great news for Southern California… Dr. Steven Meier at the Center for Progressive Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Surgery helps federal employees! is very proud to help connect injured federal employees with Dr. Steven Meier and his wonderful team.

Dr. Meier’s office is located on the famous Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills, California. His focus is on injures and he is dedicated to providing each patient with highest quality of care possible.

Dr. Meier is a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon and offers multiple treatment options including therapy, exercise programs, rehabilitation and minimally invasive surgical options. When surgery is necessary, the most current technologies are used which result in less postoperative pain and a faster recovery.

OWCP Federal Workers Compensation claimants are welcome! Dr. Meier has years of experience in helping individuals with work related injuries. He is also familiar with the AMA Guides 6th edition and can help you with your impairment rating examination for your OWCP schedule award.

Visit Dr. Meier’s website at or contact his office directly at (310) 777-7845.



More big news in East Texas

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Texas Wellness and Rehab is the newest practice on With Board Certified specialists who offer treatment and therapy for a variety of different injuries, this group is ready for you to visit now.

Dr. Jennifer Johnson-Caldwell is a Board Certified Internist who has extensive experience with the OWCP and federal workers compensation process. She understands the types of documentation you will need for your work injury claim.

Dr. Caldwell knows that  claims examiners from the OWCP can seem unreasonable, however, her experience with the federal workers compensation office gives her the insight and know-how to help you get the benefits you are entitled to.

Texas Wellness and Rehab has in house physical therapy, a board certified orthopedic surgeon, and is adept at performing 6th Edition AMA Guides impairment evaluations. If you have a potential schedule award claim, make an appointment today.

Visit the Texas Wellness and Rehab listing here on to learn more and make your appointment to start getting the medical treatment and evaluations that you need.

Now you can browse by city

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

We have recently added a feature to the home page of that allows visitors to browse through the available physician lists by searching in a metropolitan area.

Keep in mind that is always working to find more federal doctors who focus a part of their practice on federal workers compensation treatment. While we currently have doctors covering areas in over twenty states, we want to add more to our network! Keep checking back with us as we are providing useful information and updates on new OWCP doctors.

The OWCP Causation Process

Friday, October 7th, 2011

One reason that federal employees have difficulty getting their OWCP claims accepted is that their medical provider is not familiar with how to word a federal workers compensation medical narrative or causation report. That is not to say that their doctor doesn’t understand a medical condition or the treatment options, but simply that the majority of physicians and caretakers are not familiar with the federal workers compensation system and the special requirements that are necessary to satisfy the OWCP.

Whenever a federal employee is injured on the job, it is extremely important that they seek medical attention for their injuries and make sure that their doctor documents the cause of the injury. The Office of Workers Compensation Programs generally disputes cause of injury more than the injury’s existence. Many doctors are not concerned with cause, they are simply interested in treating the condition and returning the patient to a pre-injury state if possible. In a federal workers compensation claim, cause may be the most important factor in determining the acceptance of the claim.

The OWCP will not approve any treatment or compensation payments for lost time if the medical condition claimed is not accepted under the file. Finding a doctor who is familiar with the federal workers compensation system can be very difficult. We are trying to compile the most complete list of doctors who both understand and pursue federal employees. Use your zip code and search for a local doctor to help you get on your way to recovery.

Adding Doctors’ office numbers

Friday, October 7th, 2011

One way that we help the physicians on our site is assistance with the patient inquiry process. Remember that we do not offer any treatment ourselves, we simply help you find the best federal doctors available. Our telephone number can be used to ask questions and talk about particular care providers who might be a good fit for you.

You may notice that we are adding the direct office numbers to many of the member doctors listed on the site. Our goal is that you get in touch with the right federal doctors, the ones who really know the OWCP and how the federal workers compensation offices process claims. That is why we are now including the direct line to the doctors’ offices on their listings.

Be sure to tell them that you found out about them here at We want everyone to know that we are trying to help federal employees and OWCP doctors make the connection that can mean the difference in an accepted and denied OWCP claim. Benefits from the federal workers compensation district offices can be fickle at best and downright difficult in many cases. If you have experience dealing with an on-the-job injury claim, you probably understand how important a competent doctor is when it comes to interacting with the OWCP.

Take the time to look around. This site is designed to help you, the federal employee, find the doctor that can make your federal workers compensation claim work.


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