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mailladypostladyPerson was signed in when posted
10:34 AM ET (US)
They just scheduled a second opinion without an explanation. It maybe for the additional injuries Ellis listed for this claimant.
Ellis Clinic was the initial dr for him for this particular schedule award.
agodlywomanPerson was signed in when posted
09:13 AM ET (US)
also, for my upper body i am going to the ellis clinic in oklahoma city, because of the numerous stories of they being the best and non controverial SA. it's worth the trip and even getting reimbursed for some of the expenses.
agodlywomanPerson was signed in when posted
09:12 AM ET (US)
if the SA findings were really off, then i assume they send for 2nd opinion. in my case, for my lower extremities, the dr. (which i let them choose) found too low, and the owcp dr. that reviews changed it to a higher percentage that resulted in thousands higher in the award. i went on everything slowly and carefully at the end because they are doing so many cases, and actually found where he made a calculation error, and got even higher. don't trust even their math. just relax and wait until after the 2nd opinion and see what happens.
neicePerson was signed in when posted
08:44 AM ET (US)
kimmiek - Just saw that. Wondering if the site has been hacked. The link current employees can open says it's an irrevocable agreement...............etc.
KIMMIEKPerson was signed in when posted
10:01 PM ET (US)
Have you guys tried to access through OWCP-ACS today It has been taken down and there is a message


Claimant Login

Claimant access to ACS Web Bill Processing Portal has been temporarily taken offline . We are sorry for the inconvenience. In the interim, you may use the following information below for additional help.

Bill information: •In the meantime, claimants may obtain medical bill processing information related to their cases by calling the XEROX call center (844)-493-1966.
Case information: •Current federal employees may access their information via the National Financial Center (NFC) Employee Personal Page link. After logging into the Employee Page, the CQS link to access data can be found at the lower, left portion of the page. Claimants who are not serviced by NFC, or have separated from federal service and want to obtain information about their OWCP case such as case status, recent compensation payment, or status of their most recent CA7 Claim for Compensation, may do so by using OWCP's IVR phone system by calling their local district office.


Business Phone

Business Address

Boston District Office 1 (857) 264-4600 JFK Federal Building, Room E-260
New York District Office 1 (212) 863-0800 201 Varick Street, Room 740
Philadelphia District Office 1 (267) 687-4160 170 S. Independence Mall West
Jacksonville District Office 1 (904) 366-0100 400 West Bay Street, Room 826
Cleveland District Office 1 (216) 902-5600 1240 East Ninth Street, Room 851
Chicago District Office 1 (312) 789-2800 230 South Dearborn Street, Eighth Floor
Kansas City District Office 1 (816) 268-3040 2300 Main Street, Suite 1090
Denver District Office 1 (303) 202-2500 One Denver Federal Center, Bldg 53
San Francisco District Office 1 (415) 241-3300 90 Seventh St. Suite 15-100F
Seattle District Office 1 (206) 470-3100 300 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1050
Dallas District Office 1 (214) 749-2320 525 South Griffin Street, Room 100
Washington District Office 1 (202) 513-6800 800 N. Capital Street, N.W., Room 800
mailladypostladyPerson was signed in when posted
10:17 AM ET (US)
Yes, he chose dr for schedule award. Submitted all proper paperwork including ca7. OWCP now disagree with chosen dr's findings. Now scheduled for a 2nd opinion.
agodlywomanPerson was signed in when posted
12:20 AM ET (US)
did she choose the dr. for the schedule award? did the owcp dr. disagree with the award so they are sending her to another one?
mailladypostladyPerson was signed in when posted
11:42 PM ET (US)
A friend has an appointment for a second opinion for a schedule award. Any advice?
KIMMIEKPerson was signed in when posted
10:03 PM ET (US)
My experience Throwed is you do what they say to do. They can cut off your compensation if you say no. In a couple of weeks after your 2nd opinion exam you make a request for all reports.
Edited 07-28-2015 10:04 PM
throwed under the busPerson was signed in when posted
05:42 PM ET (US)
I'm lost again which seems to be the norm. I get a letter late June from OWCP that I have an appointment with a doctor for a second opinion. Then I requested the SOAF which I received then I get a letter stating request for authorization has been denied. Then I see procedures which are the actual procedure when I had back surgery and it was done last August. Today I get another letter similar with the same list of procedures but the letter states my doctor and the district medical doctor disagree and I need to see another doctor to clear all of the questions up. I tried calling the claim examiner and He is to call me back. I've had the back surgery and fusion last August 2014. I think the claim examiner has made a mistake. When I last saw my doctor he suggested I get an injection and was going to get that approved. I have received the copy of the SOAF for the second opinion doctor, do I take this with me to this doctor and see what his answer is to these questions or what.
agodlywomanPerson was signed in when posted
12:21 AM ET (US)
what is the latest on the health benefit over payment refunds?
neicePerson was signed in when posted
08:54 AM ET (US)
laber24 - It sounds like the po isn't going to be able to accommodate your restrictions. Did you check with your union if there was a job that the po should be able to accommodate you with? Make sure you exhaust all jobs that the po could accommdate you with. You should also talk to your union about filing an EEO also because the po is supposed to 'reasonably accommodate' an injured worker.

Here the answers to your questions that I know: #1 - Yes, #2 - only if your doctor says you can't do the job,
#3 - Not if you're not working for the federal govt. #4 - Not, if you're not working for the federal govt.
#5 - Yes, for social security purposes.
Laber24Person was signed in when posted
01:07 AM ET (US)
Since my Dr has put me as permanent and stationary they have referred me to do the Occupational Rehabilitation. I have a few questions on this matter---

#1- Does it mean I'm separated from usps if I have to get another job using the rehabilitation program?

#2- If I take a job can I later quit (within the first year of separation) and do disability retirement?

#3- Will I be able to invest in my tsp?

#4- Am I able to keep my health ins and all my benefits while doing another job other than usps?

#4- Does the time I work for a private employer used for my retirement?
agodlywomanPerson was signed in when posted
07:18 AM ET (US)
sorry. i did not read thoroughly. i thought the claim was already accepted.
SnowedPerson was signed in when posted
09:19 PM ET (US)
USPSeagle and All:
If your claim is not accepted then you have no doctor of record. You can see any doctor you want until your claim is accepted.
agodlywomanPerson was signed in when posted
04:07 PM ET (US)
that is correct. your treating dr. can refer you to other types. let your family dr. know IMMEDIATELY what has occured and what you need.
neicePerson was signed in when posted
01:57 PM ET (US)
usps13eagle - Then it appears your family doctor is your owcp doctor of record. This is a good thing. Ask your family doctor to write the causal letter you need. Then try to ask other postal employees you know are on owcp & find out what doctor they are using.

Your doctor of record with owcp can send you on referral appts anytime (I think) (am not 100%sure about this) & owcp has to pay for it. But in my experience, owcp has paid for all my referral doctor appts since my owcp Attending Physician of record sent me to the appts.
USPS13EaglePerson was signed in when posted
12:03 PM ET (US)
Yes, I think. I first went to my family doctor who has successfully handled OWCP claims in the past. She referred me to the uncooperative Dr. after my recovery hit a plateau 3 months later. Referred Doc took six weeks to call me, would t meet or schedule appt because "I don't deal with insurance issues" well, she had copies of OWCP investigative and denial letters so she knew what they required (causal rel.) yet she submitted her notes which were insufficient and she knows it yet won't defend her diagnosis. One of those, who are they to be asking, I'm right, I'm the Dr.! Looks like I'll be scheduling a followup exam with family Dr. Tomorrow after meeting with union president. Such a stressful run around. She doesn't care that I'm on the hook for paying because she can't be bothered with proper paperwork.
neicePerson was signed in when posted
09:02 AM ET (US)
usps13eagle - Are you saying your owcp doctor is your primary doctor? And that the dummy you went to was just a referral doctor? Then, yes, you need your owcp primary doctor to write your causal report. In the meantime ask other postal employees who they go to for your kind of injury & owcp accepted already.
USPS13EaglePerson was signed in when posted
06:41 AM ET (US)
Thanks, I read I cannot change doctors without OWCP approval and they are requesting her to show causal relationship for her diagnosis in their letters to me. I will be talking with the union specialist tomorrow after work. Since this doctor is unwilling to do any further paperwork, maybe my primary doctor that referred me will be willing to write a causal relationship statement. My deadline for appeal is quickly approaching. The letter is dated July 6th yet it didn't arrive until the 15th! Hmm, where did that NINE DAYS of the 30 day limit go? I'm so tired of this denial game when I have a witness to the injury but of course I must be faking it.
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