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Will the Gov. Avoid a Collision in Health Care Policy? 10/07/2015
State: NA | Segment: Top | 158 | 0
Gov. Jerry Brown's health care policies are now colliding. In 2014, Brown signed AB 2127 (Cooley) into law. As a result of this decision, the California Education Code now requires that high school athletes who have sustained a cerebral concussion, even a mild one, must be evaluated by someon...Read More
Why Are There Waiting Periods for Indemnity? 09/14/2015
State: NA | Segment: Top | 851 | 0 | Popular with Medical
Three million work injuries occur a year, some 900,000 of them (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics) involving at least one work day of lost time. We know hardly anything in a systematic way of the experience of these workers with their injuries, including what they think of the work...Read More
Why Return to Work is Now such a Big Deal 08/31/2015
State: NA | Segment: Top | 313 | 0 | Popular with Insurance
One can look at any challenge as an opportunity. In this way, a surge in federal and state return-to-work protections offers career opportunities for adept individual workers’ comp professionals and firms. A small number of claims payers in workers' comp got it, in part aft...Read More
Who Will Address Concerns When Illness or Injury Disrupt Lives? 08/14/2015
By: Dr. Jennifer Christian
State: NA | Segment: Top | 121 | 0
What do working people wonder and worry about when their lives (and work) have just been disrupted by a new illness, injury or a change in a chronic condition? While creating a course to train doctors how to meet their patients' needs, we realized we had to know what those needs ...Read More
WC Docs on Demand 08/10/2015
State: NA | Segment: Top | 242 | 0 | Popular with Other
It's 5:30 on a Friday and everyone is scrambling to clear their desks and get the weekend started. And here's "Jack." A relatively new employee, Jack races barefoot to the copy room, trips over a box he forgot to remove earlier and sustains a nasty gash on his right foot. I...Read More
Want to Reduce WC Costs? Effect Cultural Change 07/27/2015
State: NA | Segment: Top | 253 | 0 | Popular with Legal
It was just after 9 a.m. on an April morning when a French freighter with ammonium nitrate onboard caught fire while docked in the Port of Texas City. The subsequent explosions and additional fires shattered windows in Houston, some 40 miles from the site. The tragedy claimed nearly 600 lives, in...Read More
What Patty, Rose and Charles Tell Us about Chronic Pain 06/22/2015
By: Peter Rousmaniere
State: NA | Segment: Top | 235 | 0
The use of opioids in medicine is to some the worst man-made medical disaster in American history. Opioid prescribing to injured workers, after rising for many years, pulled back in the face of severe criticism and regulatory action. While this is welcome news, it is frustrating that the ...Read More
Work Comp Virtual Doctor Visits – Are You on Board? 06/16/2015
By: James J. Moore
State: NA | Segment: Top | 260 | 0
The idea of work comp virtual doctor visits has been met with many different reactions. My last article on virtual doctor visits was met with either complete skepticism or...Read More
Why Do Claims Payers still Write Checks? 06/08/2015
State: NA | Segment: Top | 473 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Why do claims payers still write checks? Paying by checks is so 20th century. Why do claims payers persist on using them in 2015, when they are legally able electronically or by debit card to pay pretty much or all of their indemnity payments and reimburse the 80 million medical invoices ...Read More
Work Comp Fraud Control, Barn Door Style 06/04/2015
By: Julie Ferguson
State: NA | Segment: Top | 256 | 0
A recent edition of 20/20 – Who’s Freeloading – deals with insurance. The first 12 or 13 minutes focuses on flagrant workers comp fraudsters caught in the act. The episode shows a worker with an alleged injured foot strutting the beauty pageant walkways; a worker incapacitated w...Read More
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