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Workers' Compensation News


WCAB: Med-Legal Claimant Must Prove Necessity, Even if Payer Doesn't Issue EOR 11/15/2019
State: CA | Segment: Top | 1370 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 52 min read
Medical-legal lien claimants are required to prove that expenses were reasonably and necessarily incurred to collect on a lien in California, and a payer that fails to cite reasonableness or necessity as an objection to a bill doesn’t forfeit the right to raise those defenses at a lien conf...Read More

Commissioner Cuts Pure Premium Rate Nearly 9% to $1.52 11/15/2019
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 223 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 94 min read
California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara on Thursday approved the ninth consecutive advisory pure premium rate cut and lowered the benchmark to $1.52 per $100 of payroll, effective Jan. 1. ...Read More

Court Rejects Worker's Malpractice Suit Against Former Attorney 11/15/2019
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 851 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 28 min read
A California appellate court ruled that an injured bookkeeper waited too long to file a malpractice suit against her former workers’ compensation attorney for failing to timely pursue a claim. ...Read More

Cloud Security a Growing Concern for Insurers 11/15/2019
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 188 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 10 min read
As more insurance carriers make the move to cloud-based systems, information technology experts are predicting that cloud security will become a greater focus in the coming year. ...Read More

State Sees 14% Drop in Professional Services Costs After Fee Schedule 11/15/2019
By: William Rabb (Reporter)
State: VA | Segment: Top | 206 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 22 min read
States that are struggling to keep a lid on medical costs may want to take a look at Virginia's fee schedule, which has cut costs for professional services significantly in just one year. ...Read More

DWC Extends Comment Period on Work-Status Report Rules 11/15/2019
State: TX | Segment: SOUTH | 97 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 7 min read
The Texas Division of Workers' Compensation has extended the deadline for public comments on rules that would govern how nurse practitioners can sign off on work-status reports. ...Read More

USPS Reports $3.5 Billion Increase in Work Comp Expenses 11/15/2019
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 180 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 39 min read
The U.S. Postal Service reported an $8.8 billion net loss for the 2019 fiscal year, driven in part by a $3.5 billion increase in workers’ comp expenses....Read More

Court Clarifies Compensability Requirements for Hearing Loss, Tinnitus 11/15/2019
State: MD | Segment: SOUTH | 140 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 65 min read
The Maryland Court of Special Appeals upheld an award of benefits to two firefighters for their industrial hearing loss but overturned the award for one’s tinnitus. ...Read More

County Approves Switch to Private Carrier 11/15/2019
State: GA | Segment: SOUTH | 131 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 365 min read
A county in Southern Georgia plans to leave a governmental pool and buy workers’ compensation coverage from a private carrier, a move projected to save at least $20,000, according to a report by the ...Read More

Special Disability Fund Comes to an End 11/15/2019
State: AR | Segment: SOUTH | 101 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 19 min read
Every year at this time, the Arkansas Workers' Compensation Commission has updated the threshold at which large death and permanent disability claims would be paid from a special state fund. ...Read More
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