Short Form Closure FECA-PT2 Procedure Manual

Administrative Review (AR) — an uncontroverted traumatic injury claim in which medical bills are not expected to exceed $1,500 and a wage loss claim has not been filed. These cases are automatically closed upon case creation, without a Claims Examiner (CE) review.

AR cases can be reopened automatically or manually. Such reopened cases will usually contain some medical evidence and may be adjudicated immediately.

Extent and duration of injury-related disability do not have to be fully developed before adjudication. However, if one or more of the five basic requirements (timeliness, civil employee, fact of injury, performance of duty, causal relationship) is not met, the CE will proceed with development as with any other T1 case. See 2-0800-4.

  • Automatic Reopening. AR cases will be automatically reopened if the medical bills exceed $1,500, a wage loss or recurrence claim is received, or if the case record is changed due to receipt of a late agency controversion [challenge], or the COP nurse has closed the case without a return to full-time employment by the claimant.
  • Manual Reopening. AR cases may also be reopened manually. The case should be reopened when, for example, a request for surgery is received.

Information Above per FECA Procedure Manual

The Employer Shall Not Contact the Physician by Telephone or Through Personal Visit

The Federal Employee’s Compensation Act [FECA]states, “As the employer, you may monitor the employee’s medical progress and duty status by obtaining periodic medical reports. However, the employer shall not contact the physician by telephone or through personal visit.” Information per FECA Procedure Manual

Idiopathic Falls

The Claims Examiner will give particular attention to those cases where the injury is due to a fall that may have been caused by a personal and non-occupational pathology, such as, a myocardial infarction, fainting spell, or epileptic seizure. Injuries caused by such conditions are excluded from coverage under the FECA unless there is interventionContinue Reading

Elective (or non-emergency) Surgery

A large number of my consultations are in regard to, “why can’t my doctor get the surgery I desperately need authorized by the OWCP.” Elective (or non-emergency) surgery may be defined as any procedure which is necessary for the adequate or normal function of an organ or body part, but which does not need toContinue Reading

Claim Denied for Failure to Establish 5th FECA Element

As an injured workers’ OWCP Representative, I have assisted numerous physicians in establishing a causal relationship. Unless a doctor is well-schooled in the nuances of the Federal Employees Compensation Act [FECA] requirements to establish a causal relationship, the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP) will deny the claim. Medical reports that a doctor can writeContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Did You Know

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Long-Term Opioid Prescription Therapy

If you have been prescribed opioids for pain for a long period of time, the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP) Division of Federal Employees’ Compensation has recently instituted a program of greater control on the prescribing and utilization of opioids. The OWCP’s initiative entails careful review, regular periodic monitoring and to greatly increase theirContinue Reading

Offset or Reduction of FECA Due Benefits to SSA Benefits

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Recurrence or Not?

A recurrence of the medical condition is a documented need for additional medical treatment after release from treatment for the work-related injury. Continuing treatment for the original condition is not considered a recurrence. A recurrence of disability is a work stoppage caused by a spontaneous return of the symptoms of a previous injury or occupationalContinue Reading

OWCP Ordered Second Opinion Examination

An on the job injured Federal Employee must keep in mind that the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA) that is administered by the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP) is not a disability retirement program. The number one task for a Claims Examiner is to take timely intervention actions to obtain work tolerance limitations thatContinue Reading