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Compliance Tracker Offering Work Comp Utilization Management Updates 10/18/2018
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 121 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 6 min read
RegQuest, a firm that compiles regulatory compliance information for utilization-management professionals, has added workers’ compensation to its bevy of products that otherwise focus on general health care. ...Read More

Court Finds Special Employment Relationship Between Truck Driver, Employer's Customer 10/18/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: NY | Segment: NORTH | 89 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 41 min read
A New York appellate court ruled that substantial evidence supported a finding that a truck driver was a special employee of the company for whom his direct employer exclusively hauled cargo. ...Read More

Court Upholds Reduction of Worker's Lost Wage-Earning Capacity Rating 10/18/2018
Source: WorkComoCentral
State: NY | Segment: NORTH | 92 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 10 min read
A New York appellate court upheld a decision of the Workers’ Compensation Board to lower a health care employee’s lost wage-earning capacity rating, given her transferrable job skills and functional capabilities. ...Read More

Carrier Says Program Helped Cut First-Fill Opioids by Half 10/17/2018
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: UT | Segment: Top | 204 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 32 min read
A program launched by WCF Insurance has helped reduce by about half the number of pills dispensed to injured workers in their first opioid prescription fill, the company has reported. ...Read More

Carrier's 5-Month Delay in Paying Award Didn't Amount to Unfair Claims Handling 10/17/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: NM | Segment: WEST | 101 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 5 min read
The New Mexico Court of Appeals on Monday ruled that an insurance carrier’s five-month delay in paying a lump-sum award to an injured worker did not amount to an unfair processing of the claim. ...Read More

Court Chides Worker's Appellate Attorney, Upholds Grant of Summary Judgment 10/17/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: KY | Segment: SOUTH | 77 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 65 min read
The Kentucky Court of Appeals sternly rebuked a worker’s appellate attorney for failing to comply with the procedural rules in challenging an adverse grant of summary judgment, and it upheld the dismissal of the claim as a matter of law. ...Read More

City Self-Insurance Pools Join Opioid Litigation 10/17/2018
State: IL | Segment: NORTH | 117 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 56 min read
Two self-insurance pools that provide workers' compensation coverage for more than 200 Illinois municipalities have jumped into the litigation against opioid drug manufacturers and distributors. ...Read More

Court Rejects Nurse's Claim of Psyche Injury From Workplace Bullying 10/17/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: NY | Segment: NORTH | 183 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 13 min read
A New York appellate court upheld the denial of benefits to a health care worker for her alleged mental injuries from work-related stress. ...Read More

Changing Assumptions Put Employers' Reinsurance Fund in Deficit Position 10/16/2018
State: UT | Segment: WEST | 74 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 60 min read
Utah hasn’t accepted new claims to its second injury fund since 1994, but the fund still owes at least $166 million, according to the latest annual report, released Sept. 26. ...Read More

Court Rejects Carrier's Challenge to Authorization of Surgery 10/16/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: LA | Segment: SOUTH | 79 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 69 min read
A Louisiana appellate court ruled that a worker was entitled to shoulder surgery, since his employer’s insurance carrier failed to prove that the state’s associate medical director erred in finding that the procedure was in accordance with the Medical Treatment Guidelines. ...Read More
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