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Workers' Compensation News

DWC Adjusts DMEPOS Fee Schedule After Medicare Update 09/28/2017
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 513 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The California Division of Workers’ Compensation announced Wednesday that it has adjusted the Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies section of the Official Medical Fee Schedule. The division said the changes conform to fourth-quarter 2017 changes in the Medi...Read More

Diagnostic Services Unrelated to Accepted Conditions Aren't Compensable 09/28/2017
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: OR | Segment: WEST | 207 | 0 | Popular with Insurance
A divided Oregon Court of Appeals ruled that diagnostic services are not compensable if they are not necessitated by the accepted conditions of a worker’s claim. ...Read More

Discount and Interest Rates Increased 1.91% 09/28/2017
State: TX | Segment: SOUTH | 220 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Texas Department of Insurance’s Division of Workers’ Compensation has set the discount and interest rates under the Workers’ Compensation Act for the final quarter of 2017 at 4.8%, up from the current rate of 4.71%, an increase of 1.91%. ...Read More

Decrease in Frequency Fueling Rate Reductions, Analysts Say 09/27/2017
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 288 | 0 | Popular with Legal
As workers’ comp rate decreases recommended by the nation’s main rate-maker swell into the double digits in several states, some are explaining the phenomenon with a single word: frequency. ...Read More

DLIR Resurrects Proposed Rules for Electronic Submission of Treatment Plans 09/27/2017
State: HI | Segment: WEST | 181 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations scheduled an Oct. 26 hearing to gather testimony on proposed rules that would allow medical service providers to submit treatment plans electronically. ...Read More

Doc Enters 6th Guilty Plea in Compounding Scam 09/25/2017
State: NJ | Segment: NORTH | 218 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A New Jersey doctor pleaded guilty last week to conspiracy to commit health care fraud in a compounded-drug scheme that previously netted five other guilty pleas, the ...Read More

DWC Announces Suspension of Six Providers 09/22/2017
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 1436 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Division of Workers’ Compensation said it has suspended six more providers, bringing to 38 the number of providers who have been kicked out of California’s comp system since the start of the year. ...Read More

DWC Austin Office Moving to New Location 09/21/2017
State: TX | Segment: SOUTH | 219 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Texas Division of Workers’ Compensation’s Austin office is moving to a new location, effective Oct. 23. All proceedings, including ben...Read More

Diner Owner, Manager Charged With Litany of Labor Law Violations 09/21/2017
State: NY | Segment: NORTH | 185 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The 35-count indictment against the duo who ran Long Island's Princess Diner contains a litany of labor law violations, from failure to carry workers' compensation insurance to scheming to defraud employees to failure to pay wages. ...Read More

DWC Seeks Input on Designated Doctor Audits 09/21/2017
State: TX | Segment: SOUTH | 205 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Division of Workers’ Compensation is asking stakeholders for help in developing a designated doctor plan-based audit to measure the quality of designated doctor reports and the necessity for additional testing or referrals to resolve claims. ...Read More
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