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NATL. - Increased Use of Network a Key Driver in Moderating Medical Costs

By Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
05/22/2017 | 323 | 0 | 0 min read

ORLANDO, Fla. — The increased use of network physicians to treat injured workers is a leading factor to explain why workers’ compensation medical costs throughout the country have moderated in recent years, according to the National Council on Compensation Insurance’s project . Read More

IL - Supreme Court Rejects Attorney's Effort to Scuttle Fee-Sharing Agreement

By Sherri Okamoto (Legal Reporter)
05/22/2017 | 119 | 0 | 0 min read

The Illinois Supreme Court last week ruled that a claimants’ attorney could not stiff the law firm that referred multiple comp cases to him because of an alleged technical violation of the Rules of Professional Conduct. Under the rules, two law firms who split the fee generated by the re. Read More

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NATL. - Sams: Formularies Grow in Popularity, but Which One to Use?

By Jim Sams (Senior Editor)
05/22/2017 | 155 | 0 | min read

A familiar labor vs. management battleground has sprung around the latest cost-control trend in workers’ comp: drug formularies.  Jim Sams Some media reports portray formularies as a means of combating opioid abuse. The Associated Press reported that under a Louisiana formulary bill, . Read More

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MO - MSIA Recaps Passage of Session's Heftiest Comp Bill, SB 66

05/22/2017 | 115 | 0 | 0 min read

The Missouri Self-Insurers Association told the story behind Senate Bill 66's late-session passage in a legislative report released this week.  Sen. Dave Schatz A final version of SB 66, a hefty workers' compensation bill that contained several high-priority items for the business c. Read More

IL - Lawmakers Continue to Negotiate Workers' Compensation Changes

05/22/2017 | 130 | 0 | 0 min read

The Senate has postponed a vote on the workers’ compensation reform bill that is part of the grand bargain of 12 bills aimed at breaking a nearly two-year-old budget impasse. Both parties are continuing talks over SB 12, which proposes a Medicare-based fee schedule, restrictions on compounded. Read More

TX - Penalties for Technical Violations Bill Goes to the Governor

05/22/2017 | 146 | 0 | 0 min read

The commissioner of workers’ compensation would have additional factors to consider when levying penalties for technical violations under a bill sent to the governor last week. Sen. Larry Taylor The House passed SB 1895 by a 143-0 vote on Thursday. The Senate passed it unanimously on April. Read More