Workers' Compensation News
Concerns Over Opioid Alternative Gabapentin Grow as Use Increases
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
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Use of anti-convulsant medications gabapentin and pregabalin increased more than threefold in the U.S. from 2002-2015, a new study found, just as some in the workers’ comp industry are warning about potential dangers of the drugs.
Getting Lumbar Fusion Surgery Just Became Tougher
By: J. Todd Foster (Reporter)
State: OH | Segment: Top |
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The Bureau of Workers’ Compensation began cracking down on lumbar fusion surgeries last week with the country’s most restrictive rule that requires at least 60 days of alternative, conservative therapy before a patient can see the operating room.
No Additional Benefits for Worker Who Returned to Job
State: AR | Segment: SOUTH |
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The Arkansas Court of Appeals ruled that a worker was not entitled to additional benefits after he was cleared to return to work without restrictions.
House Passes Presumption Bill for Hanford Workers
State: WA | Segment: WEST |
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Washington state lawmakers have revived a bill that would create an occupational disease presumption for workers at the U.S. Department of Energy Hanford nuclear site.
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MA - Contractor Sentenced for Comp Fraud and Other Crimes
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A Middleton man who posed as a licensed building contractor has been sentenced to at least two years in prison after pleading guilty to 42 charges, including workers’ compensation fraud.
Jaime Ford, 49, was described as boundlessly greedy by Essex Assistant District Attorney Philip Mallard, who recommended a three- to four-year prison sentence, the Beverly Citizen reported.
Ford filed a false workers’ compensation claim in 2013 with Traveler’s Insurance and collected $37,000 in total disability payments, and underwent a $94,000 surgery paid for under the policy. Prosecutors.
NM - WCA: Annual Expenditure Reports Due by Feb. 15
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Carriers and self-insured employers must file annual expenditure reports by Feb. 15, the New Mexico Workers’ Compensation Administration announced Tuesday.
The annual reports detail the number of medical-only claims and the number of indemnity cases in calendar year 2017. Carriers and self-insured employers must also report the total dollar amount paid for temporary disability and permanent disability, death benefits, vocational rehabilitation, attorney fees and administrative expenses.
Because New Mexico employers are also required to reimburse injured workers for medical marijuana wh.
WA - L&I Holding Agricultural Safety Conferences Feb. 7 and 28
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The Washington state Department of Labor and Industries and the Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Advisory Board are holding two conferences in February focusing on hazards specific to agricultural workers.
The department said the conferences will feature special training on drug recognition in the workplace, irrigation and trenching hazards, ladder safety, pesticide training and community trauma care.
L&I said agriculture is one of the largest industries in the state and has a high injury rate, making tailored safety training beneficial for both workers and employers.
CA - DWC Announces Seven More Suspensions
CA - Doc Agrees to Stop Dispensing Compounds Until Kickback, Manslaughter Charges Resolved
CA - QMEs to Try Again on Jurisdiction Question in Suit Against DIR
CA - Mastermind of Pacific Hospital Scheme to Serve More Than Five Years
CA - Worker's Murder Was Not 'Foreseeable,' so Negligence Is Non-Issue, 2nd DCA Decides
CA - Elder Drobot Ordered to Forfeit $10M in Personal Assets
NATL. - Concerns Over Opioid Alternative Gabapentin Grow as Use Increases
CA - 1st DCA Rejects Constitutional Challenge to Confidentiality Requirement for IMRs
CA - Prosecutors to Seek $10M in Personal Proceeds From Michael D. Drobot
CA - DWC Accepting Applications for P&T Committee
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