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A Practitioner’s Glossary of New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Shorthand

By on July 27, 2022 in Practical Advice with 0 Comments

Practical Advice in New Jersey Workers’ Compensation

A reader reached out asking about the terms and abbreviations often used in the workers’ compensation practice. Below is a glossary of these abbreviations and phrases often used (listed generally in the order in which they may appear as a case progresses).

“CP” – Claim PetitionThis pleading is filed by the injured worker in workers’ compensation court when benefits (most often, permanency) are being claimed by the injured worker.

“MPC” – Medical Provider Claim PetitionIn New Jersey, medical providers have the right to file their own petitions.

“FRI/FROI” – First Report of InjuryThis form is completed by the employer after an accident. It generally outlines how the accident occurred and the injured workers’ injury(ies). This form gets filed with the Division. (For suggestions regarding what types of inquiries and items may be incorporated into an FRI/FROI and could be asked of the injured worker, please contact the undersigned at mburk@capehart.com or John H. Geaney, Esq. at jgeaney@capehart.com.)

“IW” – Injured Worker

“TTD” – Temporary Disability BenefitsFor more information regarding TTD issues, please read our prior blog post entitled, Advice To Employers In Dealing With Complex TTD Scenarios.

“TDB” – Temporary Disability Benefits:  These are benefits issued by the State of New Jersey. This is also an abbreviation for “New Jersey Temporary Disability Benefits.” In certain circumstances, an employee may receive State TDB benefits instead of TTD from the employer. In these cases, a lien will likely be filed by the Division of Temporary Disability Insurance in the workers’ compensation case.

“ROC” – Rate of Compensation:  This refers to petitioner’s rate of TTD and the amount which is paid weekly while petitioner is out of work and receiving TTD benefits.

“RTW” – Return to WorkThis is often used in conjunction with TTD (discussed above).

“LD” – Light DutyPractitioners may also see the terms “mod duty,” “MD” or “modified duty.” “AD” – Alternative Duty may be used as well.

“FD” – Full Duty

“FCE” – Functional Capacity EvaluationThis may also be referred to as a fitness for duty examination. An FCE may be ordered by a treating physician to better assess return to work status and return to work potential/abilities.

“MA” – Medical AuthorizationAn MA signed by the injured worker is needed in order to obtain medical records from prior physicians during respondent’s investigation.

“ISO”:  Refers to a New Jersey-based national company that searches for prior claims information. This used to be called a “CIB”.

“NCM” – Nurse Case ManagerIn certain circumstances, a nurse case manager may be assigned to an injured worker’s case to assist with medical scheduling, appointments, exams, and treatment.

“CMS” – Center for Medicare ServicesMedicare’s interests must be considered and protected in workers’ compensation claims and settlements.

“MSA” – Medicare Set AsideAn MSA must be obtained in certain types of settlements if the employee is a Medicare recipient or Medicare-eligible.

“CPL” – Conditional Payment LienMedicareCPL information must be obtained in settlements if the employee is a Medicare recipient or Medicare-eligible.

“HMS” – Health Management SystemsThis is the Medicaid counter-part to Medicare’s CMS.

“Rogs” or “Roggs” – InterrogatoriesInterrogatories may be served seeking additional information in occupational exposure, re-opener, dependency, and certain other types of cases.

“MMT” – Motion for Medical and/or Temporary Disability BenefitsThis may be filed by an injured worker during a case if he is seeking additional TTD or treatment.

“RMI” – Request for Medical Information OR “DMI” – Demand for Medical InformationWhen one party seeks medical discovery from another party.

“IME” – Independent Medical EvaluationThis generally refers to an exam by either petitioner or respondent where a physician will address causation and treatment issues (often during treatment) or address causation and permanency issues (once treatment has concluded).

“PPD” – Permanent Partial DisabilityThese are benefits which are awarded to a petitioner at the end of the case depending on the amount of permanency petitioner is able to demonstrate. This may also see this abbreviated as “perm.”

“OAS” – Order Approving SettlementThis is one of two ways a case may settle. In Orders Approving Settlement, the petitioner’s case resolves for a specific percentage of disability and the petitioner retains the right to reopen for future benefits. Corresponding with the level of disability, the percentage award is paid over a certain number of weeks.

Readers with questions regarding workers’ compensation terms and phrases, or general questions about practical guidance and workers’ compensation tips may contact the undersigned at mburk@capehart.com.

For your convenience, we have created an alphabetical list of these terms which you can download for easy reference.

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Ms. Burk focuses her practice in the representation of employers, self-insured companies, and insurance carriers in workers’ compensation defense matters.

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