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Forklift Emissions Lead to Citations for Farm Supply Store
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A home and farm supply center in Jeffersonville, Indiana, is facing proposed fines of $14,000 after state safety inspectors allegedly found elevated carbon monoxide levels at the facility due to emissions from improperly maintained forklifts.
Policyholder Notification Bill Sent to Governor
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A bill has been delivered to Gov. Andrew Cuomo to require workers’ compensation insurers to notify policyholders at least 30 days before their renewal dates if their premiums are slated to increase by more than 10%.
School Bus Monitor Pleads Guilty to Comp Fraud
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An Oneida City School District bus monitor has pleaded guilty to defrauding the workers’ compensation system of $6,100 by accepting benefits while lying about having other jobs.
No Injunction in QME Dispute; Judge Questions Jurisdiction to Hear Complaint
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
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A Los Angeles judge on Thursday denied a request to block the California Division of Workers' Compensation interpretation of billing rules for qualified medical evaluators, ruling that the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board has exclusive jurisdiction over accusations that the divisi...
DWC Posts Adjustment to Physicians' Fee Schedule
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The California Division of Workers’ Compensation posted an order adjusting the physicians section of the Official Medical Fee Schedule to incorporate changes made by Medicare for 2018.
The order, among other things, incorporates the 1.4% increase in the Medicare Economic Index, whic...
WCIRB Governing Committee Meeting Wednesday
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The Governing Committee for the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau will discuss results from a review of earthquake exposure and plans for studies to perform in 2018 when it meets Wednesday in Oakland.
Debate Over Evidence-Based Guidelines Heats Up
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
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A pair of recent opinion columns have rekindled the debate over whether workers’ compensation medical treatment guidelines are helpful or harmful to injured workers.
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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.
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 - DWC Updates Ambulance Fee Schedule
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
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.
OR - WCD Updates Benefit Notice
The Oregon Workers’ Compensation Division published a revised Bulletin No. 111 to implement legislative and regulatory changes to permanent total and death benefits that take effect at the start of the year.
The revised bulletin also includes a new Form 5332, Notice to Beneficiary of Entitlement to Benefits.
The division said Bulletin No. 111 formerly referred to state average weekly wage percentages as determining the maximum temporary total disability rate. While the average weekly wage determines maximum benefits payable during the fiscal year in which the injury occurs, benefit adj.
CA - No Injunction in QME Dispute; Judge Questions Jurisdiction to Hear Complaint
CA - Little Explanation for Large Increase in SIF Costs
CA - DIR at Odds With Auditor Over Fraud Recommendations
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CA - Investigation Into Double Electrocution Leads to Fraud Charges
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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
CA - Judge: QMEs Denied Reappointment Should Get Hearing Within Three Months
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