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Workers' Compensation News


Doctor's Ignorance of 'Legalese' Wasn't Adequate Basis to Exclude Opinion From Evidence 08/10/2017
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: OH | Segment: CENTRAL | 257 | 0 | Popular with Legal
An Ohio appellate court ruled that a trial judge should not have stricken a medical expert’s opinion on whether a worker had suffered a “significant aggravation” of a pre-existing condition due to unfamiliarity with what that meant in “legalese.” ...Read More

DWC Moves to Update MTUS Ahead of Formulary Launch 08/09/2017
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 1254 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The California Division of Workers’ Compensation says its proposal to update the Medical Treatment Utilization Schedule will also serve as the basis of the prescription drug formulary set to go into effect at the start of next year. ...Read More

DWC Suspends Two Providers Who Pleaded Guilty in Kickback Scheme 08/09/2017
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 1950 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The California Division of Workers’ Compensation on Tuesday suspended two more medical providers from the workers’ compensation system: Fermin Iglesias and Steven Rigler. ...Read More

DEA Proposes Another Reduction to Opioid Production Quota 08/09/2017
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 499 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is proposing a 20% reduction in the amount of opioids and other controlled substances that may be manufactured in the U.S. next year, as the agency says demand for opioids has dropped. ...Read More

DWC Proposing Major Update to MTUS 08/08/2017
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 1169 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The California Division of Workers’ Compensation is proposing an extensive update to its Medical Treatment Utilization Schedule in order to incorporate changes made by the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. ...Read More

DWC to Stop Accepting Late Attorney Fee Approval Motions 08/08/2017
State: KY | Segment: SOUTH | 219 | 0 | Popular with Insurance
Workers' compensation attorneys who want their fees approved more than 30 days after a claim closes in Kentucky will soon be out of luck. O...Read More

Dallas Businessman Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Commit Health Care Fraud 08/08/2017
State: TX | Segment: SOUTH | 310 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A Dallas-area businessman pleaded guilty on Friday to running a scheme alongside four family members, defrauding the federal workers' compensation program of more than $26 million, U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas announced last week. ...Read More

Drobot Challenges Suspension as DWC Schedules Lien Consolidation Hearing 08/07/2017
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 2573 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Former Pacific Hospital of Long Beach owner Michael D. Drobot is challenging an administrative order suspending him from participating in California’s workers’ compensation system, saying lawmakers would have drafted AB 1244 to explicitly say the suspension provisions apply to executi...Read More

Division Launching $8M Electronic Claims Management System in Fall 08/03/2017
By: J. Todd Foster (Reporter)
State: KS | Segment: Top | 383 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Kansas Workers Compensation Division is on schedule for a Halloween 2018 launch of an $8 million electronic claims management system that the project manager says will pay for itself within 10 years. ...Read More

DWC Revises Form-045 to Allow Requests for Contested Case Hearings 08/03/2017
State: TX | Segment: SOUTH | 286 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Texas Division of Workers’ Compensation has revised DWC Form-045, which is used to schedule, reschedule or cancel a benefit review conference, the division announced Wednesday. ...Read More
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