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Employers are in a state of limbo between one presidential administration and another, trying to intuit the potential impact as potential names of candidates for the cabinet and key administrative posts are floated, debated and named. Much is still in the realm of speculation.
Many employers have been interested in recent federal legislation proposing to reform the Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) laws surrounding the Medicare Prescription Drug program, known as “Part D,” and for good reason.
The current law is ambiguous at best, and many do not...Read More
Editor's note: Physician dispensing for workers’ compensation patients has received close scrutiny in the past several years. This past week, Dr. David Fletcher spoke at the Illinois State Chamber of Commerce 9th annual Workers’ Compensation Symposium at the Lis...Read More
OSHA recently released a final rule on injury reporting and electronic record keeping that is raising hackles in many quarters. If you aren’t aware of the rule, this post will get you up to speed and will present an overview of the controversy.
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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) Consumer Price Index calculator, what you bought for $100 in 1973 would today cost $533.82. Despite this, during that same period wage growth for the median hourly worker ...Read More
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JURISDICTION AND SUBROGATION
In King v. Comppartners, Inc. (2016) E063527, the 4th District Court of Appeal held that an injured worker could assert a civil tort claim against a utilization review (UR) doctor for failing to warn him about the potential consequences associated with the abr...Read More
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NEW! Hawkins v. Publix Super Markets, 1D14-5420, (11/12/2015): Florida's 1st District Court of Appeal reversed a judge's order suspending a worker's temporary partial disability benefits, saying the judge hadn't made sufficient findings to support the conclusion that the...Read More
The rules about when and how to order records from a copy service as a medical-legal expense changed dramatically on July 1, 2015, through enactment of the copy service fee schedule regulations.
Applicant attorneys who ignore these changes and continue to order records from copy services ...Read More
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Could federal oversight of state workers’ comp systems be on the horizon?
Although politically unlikely, some Congressional Democrats are proposing that. In an Oct. 20 letter to U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, 10 U.S. senators and representatives call for Perez to “strength...Read More