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Bill in Congress Would Limit Initial Opioid Fills to Three Days 03/06/2018
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 1317 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 64 min read
While many individual states have enacted days-supply limits on initial opioid prescriptions for acute pain, legislation introduced in Congress last week would make a three-day limit the law across the nation. ...Read More

Bill Would Allow State Comp Coverage for Shellfish Aquaculture Workers 03/06/2018
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 164 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 97 min read
Legislation introduced in Congress would remove a requirement that shellfish aquaculture workers be insured under the federal Merchant Marine Act, allowing them to be covered by state workers’ compensation insurance instead. ...Read More

Bill Would Create New Method to Go After Bad-Actor Insurers 03/02/2018
State: LA | Segment: Top | 399 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 81 min read
Though courts in neighboring states have ruled that workers' compensation carriers cannot be held liable in civil court for the unreasonable denial or delaying of benefits, a Louisiana lawmaker is determined to make sure that workers in his state can pursue bad-faith lawsuits. ...Read More
Blue Cross Blue Shield Offering Comp Coverage to Small Businesses 03/02/2018
State: MA | Segment: NORTH | 193 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 54 min read
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts has begun offering workers' compensation coverage to small businesses in the state. Indigo Insurance Services, Blue Cross' wholly owned specialty benefits subsidiary, introduced workers' compensation in mid-2017 to small businesses with ...Read More

Barbara Higgins, Jeanne Mockard Added to Employers' Board of Directors 03/02/2018
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 195 | 0 | Popular with Employer | 6 min read
Employers Holdings Inc. has appointed Barbara Higgins and Jeanne Mockard to its board of directors, effective Thursday. ...Read More

Bill to Close 'Hole in Grand Bargain' Heads to Governor's Desk 03/01/2018
State: WI | Segment: NORTH | 199 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 89 min read
The Wisconsin Legislature has sent to the governor a bill that seeks to firm up a statute that the Court of Appeals interpreted as allowing injured workers to file civil suits against the client-employers of staffing firms. ...Read More

Bureau Launches TNComp, Bypassing Cumbersome Manual Filings 03/01/2018
State: TN | Segment: SOUTH | 199 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 27 min read
The Tennessee Bureau of Workers’ Compensation on Wednesday launched an electronic filing system that allows documents to be filed without requiring staff members to print and stamp documents before entering them into the database. ...Read More

BWC Proposes Rule Concerning Reimbursement for Behavioral Assessments 02/28/2018
State: OH | Segment: NORTH | 184 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 2 min read
The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation has posted notice of its intent to review a rule on reimbursement for health and behavior assessment and intervention (HBAI) services. ...Read More

Bills Would Limit Remote Participation in Hearings, Except for Work Comp Officials 02/27/2018
State: ME | Segment: NORTH | 151 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 13 min read
Maine state lawmakers will consider two bills that would place limits on the ability of elected officials to remotely participate in hearings, the Associated Press reported. ...Read More

BWC Cuts Private Employer Rates by 12% 02/26/2018
State: OH | Segment: NORTH | 162 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 21 min read
The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Board of Directors on Friday approved a 12% rate reduction for private employers, effective July 1. ...Read More
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