My daughter has suffered from chronic pain for 7yrs. On 5 Oct 07 after her pain pump was removed because of a life threaten infection, her pain doctor prescribed MS Contin (morphine) after this surgery for her pain. Prior to this surgery she suffered several complications became septic, had 2 severe reactions to antibiotics which caused respiratory problems and she is now on a Bipap and oxygen while she is sleeping.
Problem: Since Oct. 08 the nurse case manager for her worker's compensation carrier has made 3 appointments as per KSA 44-515 to be evaluated for a pain management treatment using a detox drug Suboxone.The FDA has not approved this drug for pain management Under threat of KSA 44-518 she has attended all three appointments. See manufacture's safety guidelines:
Appropriate use of SUBOXONE .
Do not use SUBOXONE or SUBUTEX for conditions for which they were not prescribed. Patients with a clinical need for analgesia should not be transferred to a SUBOXONE regimen. SUBOXONE is not indicated for pain management.
My daughter has several concerns about this treatment and none of these 3 doctors have answered her concerns. One of these concerns is the distance she would have to travel to get these treatments and no plan to have a doctor closer to home if she would have serious reactions -side affects include respiratory depression. My daughter lives 25 miles west of Manhattan, Ks. There is a doctor in Manhattan, who has agreed to evaluate her for this treatment. However, so far the nurse case manager has schedule appointments for evaluations in Detroit, Mi., Shawnee Mission, Ks and Lee's Summit, Mo.and has completely refused to investigate the possibility of treatment in Manhattan. The last appointment on 6 Feb in Lee's Summit the doctor was under the impression my daughter was there for treatment and would have started treatment if my daughter had not refused. This was the first time he had seen my daughter and did not do a complete physical exam or review my daughter's complete medical history. Trips of these distances cause my daughter more pain and she is in extreme pain for 2-3 days after, she has reported this but it has not made difference-under KSA 44-515 and KSA 44-518 she has no right to refuse these exams. Because of the above statutes my daughter feels she does not have a choice or any input in her pain management treatment. My daughter's lawyer was unaware of KSA 65-4977 and I have volunteered to further investigate this situation..
My main question for you is: Can KSA-44-510h, KSA 44-515 and KSA 44-518 override her rights under KSA 65-4977 and who makes that call?
KSA 65-4977 states Persons suffering from pain; use of controlled substances for pain treatment. (a) A person suffering from pain:
(1) Should be an active participant in decisions about the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of their pain.
(2) May accept or reject the use of any or all diagnostic and therapeutic modalities which may be recommended to treat such person's pain.
Chapter 44.--LABOR AND INDUSTRIES Article 5.--WORKERS COMPENSATION
44-510h. Medical compensation; change of health care provider; examination by alternate health care provider; faith healing; preventative hepatitis treatment. (a) It shall be the duty of the employer to provide the services of a health care provider, and such medical, surgical and hospital treatment, including nursing, medicines, medical and surgical supplies, ambulance, crutches, apparatus and transportation to and from the home of the injured employee to a place outside the community in which such employee resides, and within such community if the director, in the director's discretion, so orders, including transportation expenses computed in accordance with subsection (a) of K.S.A. 44-515 and amendments thereto, as may be reasonably necessary to cure and relieve the employee from the effects of the injury.
(b) (1) If the director finds, upon application of an injured employee, that the services of the health care provider furnished as provided in subsection (a) and rendered on behalf of the injured employee are not satisfactory, the director may authorize the appointment of some other health care provider. In any such case, the employer shall submit the names of three health care providers who, if possible given the availability of local health care providers, are not associated in practice together. The injured employee may select one from the list who shall be the authorized treating health care provider. If the injured employee is unable to obtain satisfactory services from any of the health care providers submitted by the employer under this paragraph, either party or both parties may request the director to select a treating health care provider.
and 44-515. Medical examinations; travel and living expenses; availability of reports; disqualification of certain medical evidence; consideration of health care providers' opinions. (a) After an employee sustains an injury, the employee shall, upon request of the employer, submit to an examination at any reasonable time and place by any one or more reputable health care providers, selected by the employer, and shall so submit to an examination thereafter at intervals during the pendency of such employee's claim for compensation, upon the request of the employer, but the employee shall not be required to submit to an examination oftener than twice in any one month, unless required to do so in accordance with such orders as may be made by the director.
44-518. Refusal of medical examination; effect. If the employee refuses to submit to an examination upon request of the employer as provided for in K.S.A. 44-515 and amendments thereto or if the employee or the employee's health care provider unnecessarily obstructs or prevents such examination by the health care provider of the employer, the employee's right to payment of compensation shall be suspended until the employee submits to an examination and until such examination is completed. No compensation shall be payable under the workers compensation act during the period of suspension. If the employee refuses to submit to an examination while any proceedings are pending for the purpose of determining the amount of compensation due, such proceedings shall be dismissed upon showing being made of the refusal of the employee to submit to an examination.
Evidently, reasonable time and place and twice in any one month in KSA 44-515 means any place this insurance carrier wants to send my daughter no matter how it effects her health and by threat of KSA 44-518 she has to comply? What about her rights?
I know this is long but I need to know if any of you have had experiences like this-my daughter is so tired of the fight I have to give her some hope. Momcares