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NATL. - GOP-Controlled Statehouses Pushing Pro-Business Comp Reforms

By J. Todd Foster (Reporter)
03/29/2017 | 231 | 0 | 0 min read

Iowa Republican Gov. Terry Branstad is expected to sign legislation passed by the state Senate on Monday that reduces workers’ benefits but which supporters say improves the state’s competitive position with its neighbors. Gov. Terry Branstad Iowa is one of several states where GOP l. Read More

NATL. - Report: Telemedicine's Convenience Drives More Doctor Visits

By Elaine Goodman (medical/business Reporter)
03/29/2017 | 280 | 0 | 0 min read

Making it easier to access health care through services such as telemedicine or retail clinics seems to increase the number of doctor visits and could drive up health care spending, according to research from the Rand Corp. In a study published this month in the journal Health Affairs, researchers . Read More

OH - Split Court Says Injured Worker Can't Back Out of Settlement

By Sherri Okamoto (Legal Reporter)
03/29/2017 | 136 | 0 | 0 min read

A divided Ohio appellate court panel ruled Monday that an injured worker couldn't back out of his settlement with his self-insured employer, even though the Industrial Commission never signed off on the deal. When a self-insured employer reaches a settlement with an employee, Ohio Revised Code . Read More

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CA - Injured Worker Urges Governor to Make WCAB Appointments

03/29/2017 | 709 | 1 | 0 min read

An injured worker who says he has been waiting eight months for a decision in his case asked California Gov. Jerry Brown to quickly fill vacancies on the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board. Gov. Jerry Brown The board, which is supposed to have seven commissioners, has operated with just f. Read More

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CA - Jacobsmeyer: 3rd District Upholds Validity of IMR Process

By Jake Jacobsmeyer
03/30/2017 | 18 | 0 | min read

The 3rd District Court of Appeals has issue its decision in Ramirez v. WCAB, again upholding the constitutionality of the IMR process for review of UR determinations and providing, perhaps, some additional nuggets for potential challenges on the WCAB decision in Dubon II concerni. Read More

OK - Employer Answers Constitutional Challenge to Use of AMA Guides

By WorkCompCentral
03/29/2017 | 188 | 0 | 0 min read

The state Supreme Court on Monday received an employer's answer brief in a dispute over the constitutionality of the use of the sixth edition of the American Medical Association Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment in assigning disability ratings injured Oklahoma workers. This . Read More

NY - Court Overturns Summary Judgment for Worker's Fall From Scissor Lift

By WorkCompCentral
03/29/2017 | 156 | 0 | 0 min read

A New York appellate court overturned a grant of summary judgment on a worker's Labor Law claim for his fall from a scissor lift. Case: Romero v. 2200 Northern Steel, No. 2014-11900, 03/22/2017, published. Facts: Florentin Romero claims he suffered injuries when he fell from a scissor lift whi. Read More

CT - State Releases New Opioid Management Protocols

03/29/2017 | 158 | 0 | 0 min read

The Connecticut Workers’ Compensation Commission on Monday published comprehensive revisions to its opioid management protocols. The new opioid guidelines incorporate a state law that limits initial prescriptions to seven-day supplies for adults, with some exceptions; requires the risks of ad. 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 | 1994 | 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

FL - Reform Bill Pulled From Commerce Committee Agenda

03/29/2017 | 167 | 0 | 0 min read

A workers’ compensation reform bill that was supposed to be heard before the House Commerce Committee today was pulled from the agenda late Tuesday. Rep. Danny Burgess House Bill 7085, sponsored by Rep. Danny Burgess, R-Zephyrhills and chairman of the House Insurance and Banking Subco. Read More

NC - Opioid Task Force to Convene First Meeting

03/29/2017 | 139 | 0 | 0 min read

The North Carolina Industrial Commission will hold the first meeting of its Opioid Task Force on April 6. The commission formed the task force in February to study and recommend solutions for the problems arising from opioid abuse by workers’ compensation claimants. The meeting begins at 2 p. Read More