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CA - Data Seen as Tool to Curb Bad Actors Driving System Costs

By Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
03/24/2017 | 1061 | 1 | 0 min read

OAKLAND, Calif. — A handful of physicians treating injured workers in a handful of counties are driving most of the costs, according to the president of the California Workers’ Compensation Institute. Christine Baker And hard numbers might be the key to identifying and eliminating th. Read More

NATL. - ACOEM Project on Medical Documentation Moving Forward

By Elaine Goodman (medical/business Reporter)
03/24/2017 | 233 | 0 | 0 min read

A group of occupational medicine doctors is making progress on its proposal for a revised system of medical billing rules that they say will improve care for injured workers and provide more appropriate reimbursement for physicians treating them. Marianne Cloeren The proposal comes from an Ameri. Read More

IL - Bills Target Reductions in Physician Dispensing, Indemnity Benefits

By J. Todd Foster (Reporter)
03/24/2017 | 266 | 0 | 0 min read

A comprehensive Senate bill proposing a hybrid Medicare-based fee schedule and restrictions on compounded drugs remains mired in committee, but House Republicans have introduced individual bills to crack down on physician dispensing and reduce wage-replacement benefits. The bills were supporte. Read More

CA - Judge Tosses Lawsuit Accusing Comp System of Gender Bias

By WorkCompCentral
03/24/2017 | 616 | 0 | 0 min read

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has tossed a proposed class action predicated on the idea that the California workers' compensation system is biased against women. Judge Carolyn Kuhl on Tuesday determined she lacked jurisdiction to address the merits of the arguments put forth by Janice. Read More

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TX - Court Upholds Dismissal of Worker's Claim for Fall Down Stairwell

By WorkCompCentral
03/24/2017 | 202 | 0 | 0 min read

A Texas appellate court upheld a grant of summary judgment dismissing an injured oil rig worker's tort claims based on his fall down a stairwell. Case: Lopez v. Ensign U.S. Southern Drilling, No. 14-15-00872-CV, 03/21/2017, published. Facts: Freeport-McMoRan Oil & Gas owns an oil well in K. Read More

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OH - Langham: PDMP and Opioids in Ohio

By David Langham
03/27/2017 | 34 | 0 | min read

A recent article in the Journal of the American Pharmaceutical Association caught my eye, "Strategies and policies to address the opioid epidemic: A case study of Ohio." The issue is seen having some urgency because it notes "Ohio has the fifth highest rate of drug overdose deaths (24. Read More

CA - Supreme Court Denies Review of 2 Comp Cases

By WorkCompCentral
03/24/2017 | 839 | 0 | 0 min read

The California Supreme Court this week denied review of two workers' compensation cases, including a lien payment dispute. Tri-County Medical Group had provided services to an injured worker named Gladys Paz from July 1, 2013, through Dec. 23, 2013. Tri-County filed a lien claim in October 201. Read More

AR - One Comp Measure Fails, Another Moves to Senate

03/24/2017 | 152 | 0 | 0 min read

A bill that sought to expand employer subrogation rights and allow employers to cut off benefits to claimants fired for misconduct failed to win the two-thirds vote in the House of Representatives needed for passage.  Rep. Charlie Collins On the other hand, a second measure that would limit. Read More

TX - Pilot Dispute-Resolution Program Expands Statewide

03/24/2017 | 194 | 0 | 0 min read

The Texas Division of Workers’ Compensation has launched a voluntary two-step program to expedite the resolution of some disputes. The program expands to Houston later this month when the DWC will offer free training from noon to 1 p.m. March 30-31 at the Houston East Field Office, Elias Rami. Read More

TX - Workers' Compensation Commissioner, Chief Ombudsman Reappointed

03/24/2017 | 223 | 0 | 0 min read

Ryan Brannan has been reappointed commissioner of workers’ compensation at the Texas Department of Insurance, for a term that expires Feb. 1, 2019, Gov. Greg Abbott announced Wednesday. Ryan Brannan Brannan has served as commissioner since August 2014. Abbott also reappointed Jessica Bart. Read More

FL - DWC Adopts Rules Easing Burden on Employers Without Coverage

03/24/2017 | 165 | 0 | 0 min read

The Florida Division of Workers’ Compensation has adopted rules that ease record-keeping requirements for exempt corporate officers in the construction industry and reduces penalties against employers who fail to provide mandatory coverage.  The amendments to Rule 69L-5.015 and 69L-. Read More

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Press - VRI HAS ARRIVED! (Video Remote Interpreter) App Aims to Bridge Injured Workers' Language Gap in the Workers Compensation Industry Using an iPhone.

03/09/2017 | 1400 | 0 | min read

VRI HAS ARRIVED! (Video Remote Interpreter)  App Aims to Bridge Injured Workers’ Language Gap in the Workers Compensation Industry Using an iPhone.  Focus interpreting announced that they have launched a HIPPA compliant mobile app aiming to meet the increasing demand for Certified. Read More