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CA - Convicted Provider Trying to Collect on Presumptively Fraudulent Lien

By Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
04/27/2017 | 222 | 0 | 0 min read

A doctor is trying to take advantage of an apparent loophole in new laws that allow the California Division of Workers' Compensation to stay any liens filed by persons charged with fraud and suspend them from the system after they are convicted. The issue is a result of the way lawmakers drafte. Read More

NY - Reforms Include Crackdown on Slow Payments to Injured Workers

By J. Todd Foster (Reporter)
04/27/2017 | 93 | 0 | 0 min read

Workers’ compensation reforms signed into law April 10 take aim at hearing delays that two attorneys on opposite sides say began under Gov. George Pataki's administration. A provision in New York's $153.1 billion omnibus spending bill for fiscal year 2018 allows a worke. Read More

OK - Supreme Court to Rule on Statutory Caps for Hernia Injuries

By Sherri Okamoto (Legal Reporter)
04/27/2017 | 58 | 0 | 0 min read

The Oklahoma Supreme Court will be weighing in on two cases challenging the state’s statutory cap on the benefits payable for hernia injuries. Bob Burke Section 61 of the Administrative Workers’ Compensation Act provides that a claimant with a compensable hernia injury can receive on. Read More

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FL - Langham: An Old War Story About Divorce and Workers' Comp

By David Langham
04/27/2017 | 67 | 0 | min read

Remembering a case from years ago, I was representing a very large insurance company. It hired me to draft settlement paperwork regarding a fatality. The injured worker was undoubtedly killed on the job. No one had seen him fall, but several had been on hand when he landed. Judge David Langham T. Read More

AR - No Benefits for Partial Amputation of Diabetic Worker's Leg

By WorkCompCentral
04/27/2017 | 53 | 0 | 0 min read

The Arkansas Court of Appeals ruled that a diabetic worker was not entitled to benefits for the partial amputation of his leg after an infection spread from a blister on his foot. Case: Palmer v. Midwest Fertilizer, No. CV-16-1047, 04/19/2017, published. Facts: George Palmer began working for Midw. Read More

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CT - Janitor Arrested on Workers' Compensation Fraud Charges

04/27/2017 | 81 | 0 | 0 min read

A Connecticut janitor was arrested on workers' compensation fraud charges Tuesday after he allegedly took another job while collecting out-of-work benefits, the state Criminal Justice department announced. Courtney Wills, 37, of Bridgeport, was charged with one count of perjury and one count of. Read More

CO - Mental Health Bill Clears Legislature

04/27/2017 | 66 | 0 | 0 min read

A bill that would allow Colorado workers to be compensated for post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental impairments is heading to the desk of Gov. John Hickenlooper. Rep. Jonathan Singer The Senate on April 19 voted 28-6 to pass House Bill 1229, by Rep. Jonathan Singer, D-Boulder. The Hou. Read More

HI - State Budget Would Allow Comp Agency to Hire 6 People

04/27/2017 | 81 | 0 | 0 min read

The 2018-19 budget agreed upon by Hawaii lawmakers on Monday will allow the state workers' compensation agency to hire six people, MauiNow.com reported. The budget funds six additional permanent positions and funnels roughly $135,000 in extra money to the Disability Compensation Division in fis. Read More

ND - WSI Adopts Reimbursement Coding for Telemedicine Services

04/27/2017 | 60 | 0 | 0 min read

North Dakota Workforce Safety and Insurance has adopted the American Medical Association’s Current Procedural Terminology, or CPT, guidelines for telemedicine services. Telemedicine allows two-way, real-time interactive communication between the patient and a physician or practitioner at a di. Read More

AZ - Report: Firefighters Pushing for Vote on Presumption Bills

04/27/2017 | 99 | 0 | 0 min read

Arizona firefighters gathered outside the state Capitol on Tuesday to request the Senate call for a final vote on bills that would expand the types of cancers covered by an existing presumption and create a new presumption that heart issues are compensable injuries, according to a report by the Ariz. Read More

WA - L&I Proposes Changes to Retro Rating Program Rules

04/27/2017 | 47 | 0 | 0 min read

The Washington state Department of Labor and Industries is proposing changes to its retrospective rating program rules that it says will improve fairness in how refunds are distributed to participants. The department in 2011 revised the retrospective rating rules to introduce “hazard groups&r. Read More

SD - Labor Department to Host Hearing on Changes to Fee Schedule

04/27/2017 | 68 | 0 | 0 min read

The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation will host a public hearing May 15 on proposed changes to the workers' compensation fee schedule. Changes to Rule 47:03:05 add references to the most current version of the relative values manual used by the department. The changes also revise . Read More