Workers' Compensation News
Fund Can't Collect Reimbursement From Tortfeasor in Excess of Subrogation Lien
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The New Jersey Superior Court’s Appellate Division ruled that the Statewide Insurance Fund could not demand reimbursement for payments made for a worker’s medical treatment from a third-party tortfeasor after the worker satisfied the subrogation lien.
Formulary Talks to Continue During LMAC Meeting on Tuesday
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Montana’s Labor-Management Advisory Council will continue debating the possibility of adopting a prescription drug formulary when it meets Tuesday.
The council has been discussing a workers’ compensation formulary since at least 2015 when state lawmakers failed to pass a bill ...
Foot and Ankle Specialist Joins OrthoAtlanta
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Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Minoo Hollis, a foot and ankle specialist, has joined OrthoAtlanta in Stockbridge.
Hollis will provide care to patient...
Fines for Uncorrected Errors in Unit Stat. Reports to Double Next Year
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Carriers that fail to file their unit statistical reports to the Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Insurance Association will be fined $100 per month instead of the current $50, under a revision to the Minnesota Statistical Plan that will take effect July 1, the association announced.
Fraud Cleanup Starts Moving; Other Bills Heading to Governor's Desk
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
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A key legislative committee passed a measure intended to close possible loopholes in last year’s fraud-fighting bills while California lawmakers sent to the governor bills addressing apportionment discrimination and the makeup of State Compensation Insurance Fund’s board of direc...
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WV - Fired Governor's Aide Named to Appeals Board
Gov. Jim Justice has appointed his fired chief of staff to the Workers’ Compensation Board of Review, a three-member panel that hears appeals of comp claims.
The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported that Nick Casey will replace W. Jack Stevens as a Democratic member of the board and will be paid nearly $104,000.
Justice fired Casey on Aug. 14, 11 days after he announced at a President Donald Trump rally that he was switching his party affiliation from Democrat to Republican.
After initially saying he would not make significant changes to his leadership team following the swi.
CA - Audit Standards Tighten for 2018
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Claims administration services will need to score better in 2018 than they did this year to pass the initial stage of annual audits and avoid a more stringent review of claim files.
The Division of Workers’ Compensation said the Profile Audit Review performance standard for 2018 will be 1.47573, down from the PAR standard of 1.47885 in 2017.
Claims administrators that receive a score equal to or less than the standard set by the division will be required to pay any outstanding compensation but will not face administrative penalties. Shops that score higher will be subject to .
UT - Workplace Injury Rate Drops More Than 14%
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The rate of occupational injuries and illnesses dropped 14.3% from 2015 to 2016, the Utah Labor Commission’s Occupational Safety and Health Division announced.
The agency said the overall combined incidence rate in the public and private sectors fell to three injuries or illnesses per 100 workers in 2016, from 3.5 in 2015.
Private sector employees drove most of the decrease. The occupational injury rate among them fell to 2.9%, from 3.5% in 2015.
The decrease was smaller in the public sector, where the incidence rate fell to 3.6%, from 3.8% in 2015.
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MT - Report: High Injury Rate Perplexes Officials
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Despite their best efforts to uncover the root causes, officials in Montana are unable to explain the state’s high workplace injury rate, according to a report by the Billings Gazette.
The occupational injury and illness rate in 2016 dropped to 4.2 per 100 workers, from 4.3 in 2015. But the state still ranks behind only Washington, Vermont and Maine.
Eric Strauss, administrator for the Employment Relations Division of the Department of Labor and Industry, said the agency has tried to determine whether there is something driving the higher rate of injuries in Montana, to no avail.
OR - VA Director Taking Over Department of Business and Consumer Services
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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown on Wednesday appointed Cameron Smith as the director of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, the parent agency of the Workers' Compensation Division and Board.
If confirmed by the Senate, Smith will replace Patrick Allen, who left DCBS in August to become the director of the Oregon Health Authority.
Smith is now director of the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs, a position he has held since 2013. From 2009 to 2013, Smith served as senior policy adviser to Govs. John Kitzhaber and Ted Kulongoski, managing a portfoli.
CA - No Injunction in QME Dispute; Judge Questions Jurisdiction to Hear Complaint
CA - Little Explanation for Large Increase in SIF Costs
CA - Better ID of Suspended Providers, Process to Report Bad Actors Sought at Hearing
CA - DIR at Odds With Auditor Over Fraud Recommendations
CA - Investigation Into Double Electrocution Leads to Fraud Charges
NATL. - Debate Over Evidence-Based Guidelines Heats Up
CA - DWC Approves Carve-Out Agreement Between Los Angeles and Police Union
CA - DWC Posts Adjustment to Physicians' Fee Schedule
CA - Lien Stay Injunction Postponed Another Week
PA - 'It's a Downside of Technology': In Saving Headaches, Online Systems Cause Them, Too
Jan 6, 2018
2018 Liens, Costs and Med-Lega
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2018 MCLE Super Saturday
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Jan 22-23, 2018
2018 Florida Comp Update
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