Federal Workers Compensation Coffee Break

Episode 38 Federal Workers Compensation Coffee Break Podcast- OWCP Nurse Case Managers

May 17, 2023 Dr. Taylor Season 2 Episode 9
Federal Workers Compensation Coffee Break
Episode 38 Federal Workers Compensation Coffee Break Podcast- OWCP Nurse Case Managers
Show Notes

Federal Workers Compensation Coffee Break Podcast is about all things related to Federal Workers Compensation, FECA, OWCP, DOL & Longshore claim filing as an injured federal worker.  The podcast is an educational and informative training on how to navigate the DOL -OWCP claims filing process for all types of injured US government and federal workers. The podcaster has 28 years in assisting with federal workers compensation as a consultant and trainer. The podcast is free and is educational. If you need help with anything related to a federal workers compensation claim...help is just a cup of coffee away.
                                                             OWCP Contract Nurses

OWCP utilizes contracted nursing services in order to facilitate an injured worker’s claim. OWCP nurse intervention program and other programs available are utilized  by OWCP claims examiners to improve case management and/or reducing costs. The nurse intervention program provides a nurse to work directly with the employee with the intent of helping that employee return to the work environment as soon as possible. They are generally assigned for 120 days, but may be extended for longer periods if warranted. The nurses can fulfill different roles including:

 Making assessments of the initial extent of the injury;
Coordinating treatment necessary for recovery;
Communicating return-to-work expectations;

OWCP nurses may be identified by the titles of “COP Nurse“, “Field Nurse“, or “Nurse Case Manager”. The use of a contracted nursing by OWCP service is permitted by 20 CFR 10.310(a). OWCP has published a Field Nurse Handbook (FNHB) describing the roles and responsibilities of the assigned contract nurses. OWCP has separate guidelines for COP Nurses (during the initial Continuation of Pay period) and Field Nurses.

Link to the Field Nurse Handbook website:

Nurse Case Managers can be helpful or a hindrance with your injury claim. Federal employees can elect whether to work with a Nurse Case Manager but be ready for potential retaliation and difficulties if you refuse to work with the nurse case managers. Federal employees have the sole right to select whether they want the nurse to be at their appointments with their treating physician. Federal employees can elect on whether to allow a Nurse Case Manager to be present during their physician visit or to talk to their physician after their visit. Federal employee’s treating physician can ALSO chose  whether or not to talk with a Nurse Case Manager or to allow them into their office.

Dr. Taylor’s contact information for more information or assistance is:

If you need a provider or assistance with a DOL claim in Tampa Florida or  you can make an appointment to see him and the other providers at the clinic at in Florida  located at M & R Medical & Therapy in Tampa at 4150 N. Armenia Ave. Ste. 102, Tampa Florida 33607 (813) 877-6900