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Voc Rehab, Cash and Work - a Conundrum
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What happens if you are entitled to vocational rehabilitation, but you find some part time work in the meantime to tie things over until the plan gets going because you need some cash?Ludicrous as it may seem, you might be breaking the law trying to feed your family! In addition, the insuran...
VRMA Due When Good Faith Question re QIW?
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The District Court of Appeal (2nd District) has agreed to review a Board decision to award retroactive VRMA in a situation where the employer had reason to believe the employee was not a QIW. The DCA may also address a "breach of notice requirement" where an employee is disabled for less than 90 da...
VAX-D Part 2 - How it Works
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Our first article introduced the VAX-D technology. Next, let's look at the difference between VAX-D and pelvic traction, as well as other treatments.The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has twice examined this device/treatment. VAT-Tech, Inc., the manufacturer of the table has had the lice...
VAX-D Part 1 - How it Works
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Vertebral Axial Decompression (VAX-D) is a non-invasive treatment that produces a distraction force sufficient to decompress discs in the lumbar spine and is applied exclusively to the lumbar spine. A multi-step screening process is completed on every prospective patient before initiation of...
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CA - Audit Standards Tighten for 2018
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Claims administration services will need to score better in 2018 than they did this year to pass the initial stage of annual audits and avoid a more stringent review of claim files.
The Division of Workers’ Compensation said the Profile Audit Review performance standard for 2018 will be 1.47573, down from the PAR standard of 1.47885 in 2017.
Claims administrators that receive a score equal to or less than the standard set by the division will be required to pay any outstanding compensation but will not face administrative penalties. Shops that score higher will be subject to .
UT - Workplace Injury Rate Drops More Than 14%
The rate of occupational injuries and illnesses dropped 14.3% from 2015 to 2016, the Utah Labor Commission’s Occupational Safety and Health Division announced.
The agency said the overall combined incidence rate in the public and private sectors fell to three injuries or illnesses per 100 workers in 2016, from 3.5 in 2015.
Private sector employees drove most of the decrease. The occupational injury rate among them fell to 2.9%, from 3.5% in 2015.
The decrease was smaller in the public sector, where the incidence rate fell to 3.6%, from 3.8% in 2015.
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MT - Report: High Injury Rate Perplexes Officials
Despite their best efforts to uncover the root causes, officials in Montana are unable to explain the state’s high workplace injury rate, according to a report by the Billings Gazette.
The occupational injury and illness rate in 2016 dropped to 4.2 per 100 workers, from 4.3 in 2015. But the state still ranks behind only Washington, Vermont and Maine.
Eric Strauss, administrator for the Employment Relations Division of the Department of Labor and Industry, said the agency has tried to determine whether there is something driving the higher rate of injuries in Montana, to no avail.
OR - VA Director Taking Over Department of Business and Consumer Services
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown on Wednesday appointed Cameron Smith as the director of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, the parent agency of the Workers' Compensation Division and Board.
If confirmed by the Senate, Smith will replace Patrick Allen, who left DCBS in August to become the director of the Oregon Health Authority.
Smith is now director of the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs, a position he has held since 2013. From 2009 to 2013, Smith served as senior policy adviser to Govs. John Kitzhaber and Ted Kulongoski, managing a portfoli.
NATL. - Erie Promotes HR VP to Executive Vice President
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Erie Insurance has promoted Dionne Wallace Oakley to executive vice president of human resources and strategy, the carrier said in a press release.
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Wallace Oakley’s role will expand to include oversight of “several strategic functions,” the carrier said.
Wallace Oakley joined Erie Insurance in 2011 as vice president of human resources business partners, following a 22-year career at State Farm where her responsibilities included commercial lines service, personal lines underwriting, auto claims, corporate public affairs, agent recruiting and human r.
CA - Judge Consolidates Claims for Sanctions, Payment on Copy Service Bills
CA - No Injunction in QME Dispute; Judge Questions Jurisdiction to Hear Complaint
CA - Little Explanation for Large Increase in SIF Costs
CA - Better ID of Suspended Providers, Process to Report Bad Actors Sought at Hearing
CA - Ex-NBA Player Pleads Guilty in Charity-Donations-for-Client-Referral Scheme
CA - DIR at Odds With Auditor Over Fraud Recommendations
CA - Investigation Into Double Electrocution Leads to Fraud Charges
NATL. - Debate Over Evidence-Based Guidelines Heats Up
CA - DWC Approves Carve-Out Agreement Between Los Angeles and Police Union
CA - DWC Posts Adjustment to Physicians' Fee Schedule
Jan 6, 2018
2018 Liens, Costs and Med-Lega
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Jan 20, 2018
2018 MCLE Super Saturday
This program provides the six hours of â€œSpecial Requirementâ€ training, wi …
Jan 22-23, 2018
2018 Florida Comp Update
The 2018 Florida Comp Update at the Don CeSar Hotel in Pete Beach, FL, will provide two days of vi …