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NATL. - Bill to Streamline Adjuster Licensing Expected to Resurface in Congress

By Elaine Goodman (medical/business Reporter)
04/24/2017 | 69 | 0 | 0 min read

A survey recently commissioned by the Association of Claims Professionals has found that about 125,000 commercial insurance claims adjusters are working in the U.S. — a statistic that may give the professionals more clout on industry issues in Washington, D.C. David Farber The adjusters pr. Read More

MS - Commission Faces Budget Shortfall After Funding Source Changed

By Emily Brill (Reporter)
04/24/2017 | 46 | 0 | 0 min read

Mississippi lawmakers' decision to restructure how agencies are funded to patch holes in the budget has left the state Workers' Compensation Commission with a shortfall despite bringing in enough money to remain self-sufficient. Facing about $1 million in budget cuts between this year and n. Read More

CA - Physical Therapists' Lawsuit Against One Call Moves to Federal Court

By Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
04/24/2017 | 75 | 0 | 0 min read

The Independent Physical Therapists of California lawsuit accusing One Call Medical and Align Networks of unfair business practices has been moved from state to federal court. Craig Radulovich The case was transferred from the San Diego County Superior Court to the U.S. District Court for Southe. Read More

WY - Work Comp Division Announces Changes to Pharmacy Reimbursement

04/24/2017 | 60 | 0 | 0 min read

Wyoming’s monopolistic Division of Workers’ Compensation on Friday said it is working with a pharmacy benefit manager to implement a network that will pay for prescription drugs in accordance with the state’s medical fee schedule. The division in a letter to independent pharmacy p. Read More

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NATL. - Paduda: What's Your Company Worth?

By Joe Paduda
04/24/2017 | 32 | 0 | min read

With investors once again looking to buy into the work comp service sector, owners are looking to figure out what their company is worth. Truth is, many work comp services companies are tough to value, in large part due to their “non-contractual customers.” Joe Padu. Read More

DC - Court Overturns Denial of Fee Award for Worker's Successful Challenge

By WorkCompCentral
04/24/2017 | 55 | 0 | 0 min read

The District of Columbia Court of Appeals overturned a decision that found a worker was not entitled to an award of attorney fees for the work her attorney had done to challenge the termination of disability benefits. Case: Ware v. District of Columbia Department of Employment Services, No. 15-AA-1. Read More

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MO - Republican Lawmaker Targets Democrat-Appointed ALJs

04/24/2017 | 226 | 0 | 0 min read

A Republican lawmaker has indicated he hopes to oust many of former Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon's administrative law judge appointees, Kansas City Star politics writer Steve Kraske reports. Sen. Dan Brown Nixon appointed nine administrative law judges in his last three months in offi. Read More

TX - Designated Doctor, Sovereign Immunity Bills Move to Senate

04/24/2017 | 56 | 0 | 0 min read

Two workers’ compensation bills — one addressing designated doctors and another retaliation claims by first responders — moved to the Texas state Senate last week after clearing the House of Representatives without a single dissenting vote.  Rep. Joe Moody The House voted . Read More

MT - Legislature Passes Bill Revising Definition of Wages

04/24/2017 | 50 | 0 | 0 min read

Montana lawmakers passed a bill that aims to clarify the definition of wages for the purposes of determining premium and indemnity benefits. Rep. Wylie Galt The state House of Representatives on April 12 voted 79-20 to approve amendments Rep. Wylie Galt, R-Martinsdale, made to HB 449 after the H. Read More

VA - Public Invited to Submit Comments on Fee Schedule Until May 10

04/24/2017 | 52 | 0 | 0 min read

The public has the opportunity to submit comments on Virginia's draft medical fee schedule until May 10, with a public hearing scheduled for May 23. The medical fee schedule is set to go into effect in January 2018. It is heading into its last phase of development now, with the period after May. Read More

MN - University Releases Study on Strip Club Workplace Conditions

04/24/2017 | 55 | 0 | 0 min read

While a South Carolina stripper will collect workers’ comp benefits for a shooting injury, researchers at the University of Minnesota say erotic dancers in Minneapolis face the risk of more routine injuries and generally have no coverage. “Because entertainers are independent contractor. Read More