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Paramount Acquires The Health Plan's Comp Divisions 10/11/2017
State: WV | Segment: SOUTH | 174 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Paramount Health Care has acquired The Health Plan’s managed workers’ compensation program and its workers’ comp third-party administrator service. The companies expect to finalize the deal this week. Terms were not disclosed. Paramount’s Health Manage...Read More

Proposed Legislation Would Fix High Court's Protz Decision, Revive IREs 10/11/2017
State: PA | Segment: NORTH | 275 | 0 | Popular with Legal
House lawmakers have followed through on a pledge to draft a legislative fix to revive the impairment rating evaluation process. ...Read More

Procedural Issues With Record for Worker's Claim Prevent Appellate Review on Merits 10/10/2017
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: AR | Segment: SOUTH | 266 | 0 | Popular with Insurance
The Arkansas Court of Appeals ruled that it could not address the merits of a worker’s claim for additional indemnity benefits because of procedural deficiencies with the record it had been provided. ...Read More

PR Expert Says Law Firm Turned Lemons Into Lemonade 10/06/2017
State: PA | Segment: NORTH | 576 | 0 | Popular with Legal
An attorney who specializes in legal public relations said a Philadelphia claimants’ firm provided a “blueprint” for how to respond to a negative investigative report. ...Read More

Payers' Acceptance of Medical Marijuana Growing 10/02/2017
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 514 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Medical marijuana is moving into the mainstream in workers’ comp, with another major carrier announcing a process for providing cannabis to claimants. ...Read More

Providers Gear Up to Fight Proposed Medical Fee Schedule 10/02/2017
By: J. Todd Foster (Reporter)
State: WI | Segment: Top | 414 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Wisconsin Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council is expected on Wednesday to bless legislation that would create a quasi-Medicare-based fee schedule and is girding for a major fight with health care providers. ...Read More

Pinnacol Launches Digital Platform for Small-Biz Policies 09/29/2017
State: CO | Segment: WEST | 531 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Pinnacol Assurance, Colorado’s largest workers’ compensation insurer, is launching a new digital platform to make it easier for small businesses to buy workers’ comp policies without using an agent. ...Read More

Passage of AWCA Abolished 'Dual Capacity' Doctrine for Employer Tort Liability 09/29/2017
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: OK | Segment: SOUTH | 582 | 0 | Popular with Insurance
The Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals ruled that the “dual capacity” doctrine is no longer a viable means through which a worker may be able to seek a civil remedy for an employer’s allegedly tortious conduct. ...Read More

Providers Say DWC Used Underground Regs to Deny QME Recertification 09/28/2017
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 2911 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Three medical providers claim the Division of Workers’ Compensation relied on underground regulations to deny applications for recertification as qualified medical evaluators earlier this year. ...Read More

Psychologist Was Prison Employee, Not Independent Contractor 09/28/2017
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: OH | Segment: NORTH | 266 | 0 | Popular with Insurance
An Ohio appellate court ruled that psychiatrist who had worked at a state prison was not an independent contractor, but a public employee eligible to participate in the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System. ...Read More
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