Workers' Compensation News
Gov. Scott Signs Bill on Large-Deductible Policies
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Gov. Rick Scott has signed a bill that adopts the National Association of Insurance Commissioners' recommendations on large-deductible workers' compensation policies.
Goldberg Segalla Appoints Partner in Buffalo
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The Goldberg Segalla law firm announced Wednesday that it has appointed Christina M. Hassler as a partner with the firm’s workers’ compensation practice group in Buffalo, New York.
Governor Signs Mental-Mental, PTSD Compensability Bill
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Following Gov. Phil Scott's signature on Senate Bill 56 last week, Vermont law will soon be more accommodating to employees filing workers' compensation claims for work-related mental ailments.
Governor Signs Legislation Aimed at Aiding First Responders
By: J. Todd Foster (Reporter)
State: TX | Segment: Top |
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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has signed into law at least 13 workers’ compensation measures, including four aimed at helping first responders, and five bills authored by Democrats.
Goldberg Segalla Adds Partner, 2 Associates in Comp Practice
State: MD | Segment: SOUTH |
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The Goldberg Segalla law firm has brought attorney Joseph C. Tarpine III in as partner, and hired associates Meridith L. Pendergrass and Jason L. Heller for its workers’ compensation practice group in Baltimore, according to ...
Governor Signs Bill Exempting TNC Drivers From Comp
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Alaska Gov. Bill Walker signed into law a bill declaring drivers for transportation network companies such as Uber and Lyft are independent contractors and not entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.
Governor OKs PTSD, Uninsured Employer Fund Bills
State: CO | Segment: WEST |
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Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed into law bills that will create an uninsured employers fund, and allow workers to be compensated for post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental impairments.
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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.
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 Florida Comp Update
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