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CA - Rand Says Controls on CT Claims Would Stem Fraud

By Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
06/28/2017 | 1158 | 2 | 0 min read

Want to crack down on fraud in the California workers' compensation system? Put more controls on post-termination cumulative trauma claims, researchers for Rand Corp. conclude in a report released Tuesday. Rand said almost half of the liens in California’s workers’ compensation syst. Read More

NATL. - Louisiana Hangs On to Top Spot for Work Comp Opioid Prescribing

By Elaine Goodman (medical/business Reporter)
06/28/2017 | 204 | 0 | 0 min read

In a study that measured the amount of opioids prescribed to injured workers, Louisiana ranked the highest among 26 states, with average use of the drug per claim falling only about 6% compared to a previous period. And Louisiana stood out even more in the study from the Workers Compensation Resear. Read More

FL - Court Disqualifies Judge Accused of Questioning Attorney's Credibility

By Sherri Okamoto (Legal Reporter)
06/28/2017 | 187 | 0 | 0 min read

The Florida 1st District Court of Appeal on Tuesday granted an injured worker’s motion to remove Judge of Compensation Claims Jack Weiss from his case because of the worker’s concern that the judge was biased against his attorney. Judge Jack Weiss The appellate court's order in L. Read More

FL - Insurers, Providers Square Off Over Dispute-Resolution Rule Challenge

By J. Todd Foster (Reporter)
06/28/2017 | 178 | 0 | 0 min read

A proposed rule that would allow the Florida Division of Workers' Compensation to step aside from medical fee disputes that involve managed care contracts is shaping up into a battle between insurers and medical providers.  Administrative Law Judge D.R. Alexander on Tuesday granted a . Read More


PA - Senate Labor Committee Amends Uninsured Employers Bill

06/28/2017 | 105 | 0 | 0 min read

The Pennsylvania Senate Labor and Industry Committee has amended a bill that seeks to tighten eligibility standards for benefit payments by the state Uninsured Employers Guaranty Fund. The committee on Monday sent an amended version of Senate Bill 676 to the Senate floor for its first consideration. Read More

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IL - Biery: A Brave New World or Return to Sanity?

By Shawn Biery
06/28/2017 | 151 | 0 | min read

We have seen multitudes of cases in which temporary total disability is being paid even after termination for cause based upon the holding that indicated generally that the Appellate Court would not consider the actual details of the cause. Shawn Biery In most cases, this was difficult to a. Read More

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FL - Judge Can't Ignore EMA's Conclusions in Written Report

By WorkCompCentral
06/28/2017 | 102 | 0 | 0 min read

The 1st District Court of Appeal ruled that a judge of compensation claims could not issue an award that was consistent with some of an expert medical adviser’s ambiguous deposition testimony but conflicted with the written report. Case: Baycare Home Care Medical Supply v. Santiago, No. . Read More

CO - Premium-Pocketing Broker Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison

06/28/2017 | 142 | 0 | 0 min read

A Colorado insurance broker convicted of pocketing $130,000 in workers’ compensation premiums was sentenced to 12 years in state prison, according to a report by the Daily Sentinel of Grand Junction. James Ahlin (Mesa County Sheriff's Office) James Ahlin, 56, was sentenced Monday after. Read More

LA - Gov. Edwards Appoints Marc Zimmermann to WCAC

06/28/2017 | 101 | 0 | 0 min read

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has appointed Marc Zimmermann, a psychologist from Prairieville, to the Workers' Compensation Advisory Council as the Louisiana Psychological Association representative.  Zimmermann fills a seat left vacant by the departure of James Quillin, a psychologist f. Read More