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DWC Updates Ambulance Fee Schedule 12/15/2017
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 357 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Division of Workers’ Compensation posted an order incorporating changes made by Medicare into the ambulance services section of the Official Medical Fee Schedule for 2018. ...Read More
 
 

Doctor's Inconsistent Report Couldn't Support Award of PTD 12/14/2017
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: OH | Segment: NORTH | 168 | 0 | Popular with Insurance
An Ohio Appellate Court ruled that a medical report did not constitute “some evidence” to support an award of permanent total disability benefits to a factory worker, as the doctor had issued inconsistent opinions on the patient's ability to work. ...Read More
 
 

DIR at Odds With Auditor Over Fraud Recommendations 12/13/2017
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 1185 | 1 | Popular with Legal
A report released Tuesday that aims to improve California's workers' compensation fraud-fighting efforts breathes new life into an old idea: Requiring carriers and employers to send explanation-of-benefit forms to applicants so that injured workers may tip investigators if they spot spuri...Read More
 
 

Department Approves 3% Loss Cost Decrease 12/13/2017
State: MO | Segment: SOUTH | 200 | 0 | Popular with Insurance
The Missouri Insurance Department is recommending a 3% decrease in workers’ compensation loss costs for 2018, which follows a 4% decrease that took effect Aug. 1.  ...Read More
 
 

Dispute as to Worker's Involvement in Moving Equipment Didn't Foreclose Summary Judgment 12/12/2017
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: NY | Segment: NORTH | 135 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A New York appellate court ruled that questions as to whether a worker had actually been involved in moving a heavy reel of electrical wire at a constriction site did not prevent him from entitlement to summary judgment for injuries. ...Read More
 
 

DWC Lifts Bulletin Extending Comp Deadlines in Disaster Area 12/12/2017
State: TX | Segment: SOUTH | 156 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Texas Division of Workers’ Compensation has lifted a bulletin, effective Jan. 10, that that tolled deadlines for procedures in counties impacted by Hurricane Harvey. ...Read More
 
 

Doctor Removed From Comp System Over Compounds 12/11/2017
By: J. Todd Foster (Reporter)
State: TX | Segment: Top | 375 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A Fort Worth doctor has agreed to not treat, examine or consult with other physicians regarding injured workers by signing a consent order demanded by the Texas Division of Workers' Compensation for his alleged unnecessary prescribing of compound medications. ...Read More
 
 
DWC Posts Adjustment to Physicians' Fee Schedule 12/08/2017
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 629 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The California Division of Workers’ Compensation posted an order adjusting the physicians section of the Official Medical Fee Schedule to incorporate changes made by Medicare for 2018. The order, among other things, incorporates the 1.4% increase in the Medicare Economic Index, whic...Read More
 
 

Debate Over Evidence-Based Guidelines Heats Up 12/08/2017
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 633 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A pair of recent opinion columns have rekindled the debate over whether workers’ compensation medical treatment guidelines are helpful or harmful to injured workers. ...Read More
 
 

DWC Approves Carve-Out Agreement Between Los Angeles and Police Union 12/07/2017
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 621 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The California Division of Workers’ Compensation announced Wednesday that it has approved a “carve-out” agreement between the City of Los Angeles and the union that represents the 10,000 employees of its Police Department.  ...Read More
 
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