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Workers' Compensation News

Courier's 'Rocket Scientist' Defense Doesn't Fly 01/02/2007
State: CA | Segment: Courts | 389 | 0
Failure to properly advise a FedEx driver of her right to file a worker's compensation claim tolled the statute of limitations until she became aware of her rights, the California 5th District Court of Appeal ruled in an unpublished opinion. The court issued a sharply worded response in ...Read More
Contractor Convicted of Cheating 3 Carriers 01/02/2007
State: CA | Segment: Fraud | 292 | 0 | Popular with Legal
An investigation of workers' compensation premium fraud conducted by the California Department of Insurance Fraud Division has lead to the conviction of a former contractor. Thomas Roger, 51, owner of Team Drywall, formerly located in Highland, Calif., pleaded guilty on Nov. 30 to a misdem...Read More
Coal Mines Still Struggling With Safety Year After Sago 01/02/2007
State: NA | Segment: Top | 1293 | 0
The disaster that launched a nationwide movement for safety upgrades in the coal mining industry is a year old today, yet getting life-saving equipment in the hands of miners has proven more difficult than many expected. Debate still is raging among regulators, the mines and unions over...Read More
Claimant Can't Refuse Doctor Without a First Visit 01/02/2007
State: FL | Segment: Courts | 341 | 0 | Popular with Array
A claimant must at least begin treatment with the physician who the claimant seeks to change before requesting another authorized doctor, the Florida 1st District Court of Appeal has ruled. The court said in Butler v. Bay Center/Chubb Insurance Co., 1D06-1235, 12/29/06, that accordi...Read More
Chiropractor Pleads Guilty to Fraud, Forgery 01/02/2007
State: OH | Segment: Fraud | 136 | 0
The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation announced a Cincinnati chiropractor pleaded guilty to one count of workers' compensation fraud and one count of forgery, both fifth-degree felonies, in the Franklin County Common Pleas Court. The bureau reported Henry Bell paid $110,524 in restitutio...Read More
Conn. to Have New Insurance Commissioner 01/02/2007
State: CT | Segment: Regulatory | 55 | 0
Connecticut Gov. Jodi Rell is expected within days to appoint a new insurance commissioner to replace Susan Cogswell who resigned last month as part of an agency-level housecleaning. Six department heads resigned barely two weeks before the start of Rell's new term as governor. "...Read More
CRM Makes Changes in Top-Level Management 01/02/2007
State: NA | Segment: People | 252 | 0
CRM Holdings, a workers' compensation services provider to self-insurers, announced top-level management changes following the acquisition of the Majestic Insurance Co. Daniel G. Hickey Jr. will move from co-Chief executive officer to chief executive officer and remain chairman of the boar...Read More
Concentra Completes Sale of First Notice 01/02/2007
State: TX | Segment: Business | 210 | 0
Concentra Operating Corp. announced last week it has completed the sale of First Notice Systems, a Boston-based provider of first notice of loss or injury services to carriers. Concentra, a Texas-based workers' compensation network provider, said it will apply about $25 million of the proce...Read More
Controversial Medical Fee Schedule Implemented in Ill. 12/26/2006
State: IL | Segment: Top | 84 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Despite criticism from many quarters, Illinois adopted a controversial medical fee schedule -- the first for the state. The schedule was mandated by legislators in 2005, but it came under fire from many stakeholders before its adoption. Critics included trial lawyers, the AFL-C...Read More
California, Texas Medical e-Billing Work Advances 12/26/2006
State: NA | Segment: Regulatory | 107 | 0
California and Texas moved forward with efforts to launch a uniform system for electronic medical billings, winning approval from a key subcommittee of the International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions. IAIABC officials reported it appeared likely other states co...Read More
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