Workers' Compensation News
Updated Paper Copies of Bulletin No. 52 Now Available
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The Connecticut Workers' Compensation Commission has recently received a shipment of copies of Bulletin No. 52, which contains the entire Workers' Compensation Act and related rules and statutes, updated to Jan. 1, 2017.
Bulletin No. 52 also includes illustrations of the most up-t...
Under Settlement, Telemedicine Doc to Stop Treating Injured Workers
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
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A Florida doctor who recruited workers’ comp patients from public records and allegedly prescribed them compounded drugs during telemedicine visits will be barred from treating injured workers under a settlement agreement with the Florida Department of Financial Services.
U.S. HealthWorks Rolls Out Telemedicine Services
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Occupational medicine provider U.S. HealthWorks has launched a telemedicine service that is available to injured workers around the clock, and on weekends and holidays.
Union Member's Retaliation Claim Isn't Pre-empted by Federal Law
By: Sherri Okamoto (Legal Reporter)
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The Superior Court of New Jersey’s Appellate Division this week revived an injured worker’s discrimination and retaliation claims, finding his claims were not pre-empted by a federal collective bargaining law.
Unlicensed Contractor Arraigned on Fraud Charges
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A Southern California contractor faces up to 90 days in jail for allegedly operating without a license and not having workers’ compensation coverage for his employees.
Uninsured Employer Bill Survives 'Kill Committee'
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
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A Colorado Senate committee usually known as the place where bills are sent to die passed a measure on Thursday that would create an uninsured employer fund and give the Division of Workers’ Compensation discretion to negotiate penalties levied on businesses illegally operating wi...
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Today's Round Up
CA - Mileage Reimbursement Increasing to 54.5 Cents
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The California Workers’ Compensation Institute said the reimbursement rate for injured workers who have to travel for medical treatment will increase to 54.5 cents per mile in 2018, from 53.5 cents.
The Labor Code requires claims administrators to reimburse injured workers for travel at the standard mileage rate adopted by the Internal Revenue Service. The IRS on Thursday announced that the standard mileage rate would increase to 54.5 cents at the start of the new year.
Mileage reimbursement for injured workers is based on the date of travel, not the date of injury. Claims administrato.
CA - Cal-OSHA Cites Three Contractors for Oakland Structure Collapse
The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health fined three contractors $147,315 for safety violations following the collapse of a temporary mold and vertical shoring that sent 13 workers to the hospital.
Workers at an Oakland construction site were pouring concrete into elevated formwork in May when the support system collapsed. They 20 feet into freshly poured concrete, reinforced steel, timber framework, tools and equipment.
The workplace safety agency commonly known as Cal-OSHA said its investigation found the formwork and vertical shoring system were not properly des.
WV - Fired Governor's Aide Named to Appeals Board
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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 - DWC Updates Ambulance Fee Schedule
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The Division of Workers’ Compensation posted an order incorporating changes made by Medicare into the ambulance services section of the Official Medical Fee Schedule for 2018.
For services rendered on or after Jan. 1, the maximum reasonable fee for ambulance services shall not exceed 120% of the applicable California fees established in the 2018 Medicare Ambulance Fee Schedule File, the DWC said.
The order signed Tuesday by Administrative Director George Parisotto incorporates Medicare’s ambulance fees into the OMFS by reference.
Parisotto’s order also notes that the U.S. .
WA - L&I Proposing Crystalline Silica Exposure Rules
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The Washington state Department of Labor & Industries is proposing to adopt a standard addressing respirable crystalline silica exposure in the workplace to ensure its occupational safety requirements are at least as effective as those promulgated by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
L&I said OSHA adopted crystalline silica exposure limits in June 2016. The state’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health did not have a standard specifically addressing exposure limits.
The department, therefore, is proposing to combine OSHA’s rules into a chapte.
CA - No Injunction in QME Dispute; Judge Questions Jurisdiction to Hear Complaint
CA - Jury Convicts Radiologist on 39 Counts in Kickback Case
CA - Better ID of Suspended Providers, Process to Report Bad Actors Sought at Hearing
CA - DIR at Odds With Auditor Over Fraud Recommendations
CA - Judge: QMEs Denied Reappointment Should Get Hearing Within Three Months
CA - Prosecutors: More Than 14,500 Pacific Hospital Procedures Tied to Kickbacks
CA - Investigation Into Double Electrocution Leads to Fraud Charges
NATL. - Debate Over Evidence-Based Guidelines Heats Up
CA - DWC Posts Adjustment to Physicians' Fee Schedule
PA - 'It's a Downside of Technology': In Saving Headaches, Online Systems Cause Them, Too
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2018 MCLE Super Saturday
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2018 Florida Comp Update
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