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Parties in Anguizola SB 1160 Lawsuit Respond to Judge's Due Process Concerns 08/16/2017
By: Emily Brill (Reporter)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 703 | 0 | Popular with Legal
When U.S. District Court Judge George H. Wu said last month that he was "inclined" to block enforcement of a law freezing liens of providers charged with fraud, he asked...Read More

DWC Suspends Five More Providers 08/16/2017
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 760 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Division of Workers’ Compensation suspended another five providers from participating in California’s comp system, including a physical therapist who pleaded guilty in a $15 million scheme to defraud Medicare, and a durable medical equipment provider who pleaded guilty to a kickba...Read More

WCIRB to Host Webinar on State of the System 08/16/2017
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 200 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau will conduct a webinar on Thursday to discuss its report, “2017 State of the California Workers’ Compensation Insurance System.” ...Read More

Marijuana Moves Forward in Comp Despite Shortage of Evidence 08/16/2017
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 229 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Evidence is lacking on the effectiveness of marijuana for treating chronic pain, according to a new report that reviews 27 previous research studies, but some say the findings shouldn’t stop the use of marijuana for treating injured workers. ...Read More

Protz Ruling Triggers Interim Filing of 6.06% Hike in Loss Costs 08/16/2017
By: J. Todd Foster (Reporter)
State: PA | Segment: Top | 206 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Pennsylvania Compensation Rating Bureau late Tuesday filed an emergency 6.06% loss cost increase in the wake of a state Supreme Court decision that blocks impairment rating evaluations. ...Read More
WCB Adopts IME Rule Revisions 08/16/2017
State: AK | Segment: WEST | 104 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Alaska Workers’ Compensation Board adopted changes it proposed in April to clarify the time frame in which a doctor must agree to perform an independent medical evaluation. New rules that have an effective date of July 27 require doctors selected to perform independent evaluatio...Read More

Court Rejects Worker's Claim of Bias by Judge in Critique of Medical Experts' Opinions 08/16/2017
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: PA | Segment: NORTH | 110 | 0 | Popular with Insurance
The Commonwealth Court ruled that a judge’s repeated references to the fact that a worker’s medical experts were physicians from whom she sought treatment following the retention of an attorney did not evince a bias giving rise to an unreasoned denial of her claim. ...Read More

No Disability Retirement Benefits for 911 Operator With Host of Health Problems 08/16/2017
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: KY | Segment: SOUTH | 87 | 0 | Popular with Insurance
The Kentucky Court of Appeals ruled that a 911 operator was not entitled to disability retirement benefits because she was not disabled by the effects of her multiple medical conditions, separately or cumulatively. ...Read More

Behavioral Health Center Fined $207K for Failing to Address Workplace Violence 08/16/2017
State: MA | Segment: NORTH | 72 | 0 | Popular with Insurance
The federal workplace safety agency has proposed $207,690 in penalties against a Massachusetts behavioral health facility after inspectors found it still has not implemented an adequate workplace violence prevention program.  ...Read More

Court Upholds 20% Increase in Worker's PPD Rating 08/16/2017
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: NJ | Segment: NORTH | 103 | 0 | Popular with Insurance
The New Jersey Superior Court’s Appellate Division upheld an award increasing a worker’s disability rating by 20% over the level he had agreed to when he settled his claim. ...Read More
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