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Jury Trial in $20 Million Kickback Case Enters Week Two 12/05/2017
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 1290 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The second week of trial for a Los Angeles radiologist and the administrator for his medical company accused of defrauding California workers’ compensation carriers out of more than $20 million by paying kickbacks for referrals begins this morning in San Diego. ...Read More

DWC Suspends 21 Providers, Some Tied to Medicare Fraud 12/05/2017
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 1054 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The California Division of Workers’ Compensation announced Monday the suspension of 21 more medical providers from participating in the state workers’ compensation system, bringing the total number of suspensions this year to 115.  ...Read More

Court Upholds Employer's Conviction for Grand Theft, Failure to Provide Comp Coverage 12/05/2017
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 463 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A California appellate court last week upheld an employer’s conviction for grand theft and failing to secure workers’ compensation insurance coverage for his consignment vehicle dealership. ...Read More

Report: State Upholds $12,000 Penalty for Firefighting Firm Accused of Misclassifying Workers 12/05/2017
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 464 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The California Labor Commissioner’s Office upheld a $12,000 penalty for failure to carry workers’ compensation coverage that was assessed to a firm that employed a firefighter who died battling the Nuns fire in Napa County in October, according to a ...Read More

AG Accuses Janitorial Staffing Firm of Underreporting Payroll 12/05/2017
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 374 | 0 | Popular with Legal
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra accused Orange County janitorial contracting company One Source Facility Solution and its chief executive officer of unfair competition violations that include underreporting payroll to a workers’ compensation carrier, failure to pay minimum wage a...Read More

Benchmark Study Finds Decrease in Claim Closure, More Tracking of Provider Performance 12/05/2017
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 780 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Workers’ comp insurers and third-party administrators are having a harder time closing claims than they did three years ago, as more than half who participated in a recent survey reported a closure ratio of less than 100%. ...Read More

Supreme Court Rejects 2 Constitutional Challenges Involving Access to Courts 12/05/2017
By: Emily Brill (Reporter)
State: UT | Segment: Top | 156 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Utah Supreme Court on Friday rejected two constitutional challenges to workers' compensation statutes that both related to a provision of the state Constitution that guarantees residents access to the courts. ...Read More

Formulary Finalized, but Treatment Guidelines Shunned 12/05/2017
By: J. Todd Foster (Reporter)
State: AR | Segment: Top | 284 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Arkansas has finalized its workers’ compensation drug formulary and will become the first state to adopt one without evidence-based treatment guidelines, officials said Monday. ...Read More

Texas Mutual Launching Own Health Care Network 12/05/2017
State: TX | Segment: SOUTH | 316 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Texas Mutual Insurance Co. announced Monday that it is launching its own health care network for policyholders, called WorkWell, TX.  The carrier ...Read More

4th Circuit Rejects Employer's Challenge to Timeliness of Coal Miner's Black Lung Benefits Claim 12/05/2017
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 143 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a former coal miner filed a timely claim under the Black Lung Benefits Act nearly 20 years after he left the industry. ...Read More
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