An attorney may desire a report that is smaller then a life care plan to identify future medical costs. Examples include:
The foundation for a Future Medical Cost Projection may include:
We provide the usual, reasonable and customary (URC) cost that the research reveals for the geographical area where the treatment or equipment is received. We show what resources were used to determine these costs.
A Life Care Plan is inclusive of all future medical care a patient will need such as medical evaluations, therapy, rehab, counseling, diagnostic testing, surgeries, transportation, home modifications, durable medical equipment, specialized equipment and supplies, home care and personal care support, future hospitalizations and anything else that may be needed or anticipated to be needed for the individual. Frequency of visits, replacement intervals and estimation of the reasonable and necessary costs are included in the plan.
The American Association of Nurse Life Care Planners (AANLCP) defines a life care plan as a plan that outlines an individual’s needs throughout the healthcare continuum, in multiple settings, and throughout life expectancy. A Life Care Plan must be flexible, with provisions for periodic re-evaluations and updates. Source: American Association of Nurse Life Care Planners Scope and Standards
Life care planners include a group of health care professionals: nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, physicians, psychologists, and rehabilitation professionals. These professionals obtain the necessary training, experience, and education and sit the exam to become a Certified Life Care Planner (CLCP) or Certified Nurse Life Care Planner (CNLCP).
A life care plan is for any patient who will require ongoing medical care due to an injury or chronic illness including traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, birth injury, amputations, chronic pain, cerebral palsy, complex regional pain syndrome and more.
A life care plan rebuttal is a defense analysis and critique of a life care plan created for a plaintiff.
A defense life care planner reviews the plan created to assist in determining if the plan for future care is medically reasonable and necessary and if the costs are usual, reasonable and customary.
The plaintiff life care plan; medical records, depositions of the plaintiff and family/caregivers, expert reports and depositions.
A rebuttal will include opinions on the items included in the plaintiff life care plan and whether or not they are reasonable and necessary. Changes may be suggested, alternatives recommended, or items may be suggested to be removed from the life care plan.