Dr. Timothy Pettingell is a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation physician in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Dr. Pettingell has been a member of the AANEM for 12 years and has done chart review and worked to educate nurse reviewers on proper performance of EDX studies. He is board certified by ABPMR, ABPMR subspecialty pain management and ABIME.
Pettingell’s greatest concern in Oklahoma is “fraud and overutilization.” Pettingell, a physiatrist in Broken Arrow, kicked off a speaking tour that will end later this summer, educating case managers and adjusters about the value of quality EDX medicine. Pettingell reviews EDX medicine, the types of providers that should be performing and interpreting these studies, requirements of good quality studies, and parameters to identify fraudulent studies. He is targeting multiple insurers with the series, including the Case Management Society of America -- both the Tulsa and Oklahoma City chapters -- CompChoice, CompSource, WorkNET, Gemani, and AIG. His first engagement was with case managers at CBR Insurance, an Oklahoma workers’ compensation insurer. 06/10
In addition to Pettingell’s work educating case managers, he also has focused his efforts on the US Department of Labor. Initially, he was approached to provide a permanent impairment rating, and he conducted a full review of the injured workers’ records. Over the course of the review, Pettingell was frustrated by the degree of overutilization and the lack of scrutiny by the Department.