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DWC Announces Feb. 9 Deadline for Formulary Committee Applications 01/19/2018
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 21 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Physicians and pharmacists interested in serving on the committee that will advise the Division of Workers’ Compensation on changes to the formulary that went into place at the start of the year should submit applications by Feb. 9. Assembly Bill 1124, requiring the DWC to implement...Read More

Doc Agrees to Stop Dispensing Compounds Until Kickback, Manslaughter Charges Resolved 01/17/2018
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 1393 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A Southern California doctor agreed to stop prescribing or dispensing compound drugs until kickback and manslaughter charges are resolved in a case that defense lawyers say should be thrown out because the Orange County District Attorney’s Office reviewed documents protected by attorney-cli...Read More
Drobot To Start Serving 63-Month Prison Sentence in June 01/15/2018
State: CA | Segment: Top | 1061 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Michael D. Drobot will serve five years, three months in prison for overseeing a $500 million workers’ compensation fraud scheme for 15 years, under a sentence handed down by U.S. District Judge Josephine L. Staton on Friday. The judge said Drobot, 73, of Corona Del Mar, “intr...Read More

DWC Announces Seven More Suspensions 01/12/2018
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 1337 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Division of Workers’ Compensation suspended a businessman convicted of paying kickbacks in 2010, as well as a handful of convicted providers. ...Read More

DWC Accepting Applications for P&T Committee 01/11/2018
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 507 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Division of Workers’ Compensation is accepting applications from providers and pharmacists interested in serving on the committee that will advise the administrative director on updates to the prescription drug formulary that went into effect at the start of the year. ...Read More

Death of Infant Didn't Create 'Abnormal Working Condition' for Social Worker 01/10/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: PA | Segment: NORTH | 129 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A divided Commonwealth Court ruled that a social worker was not entitled to benefits for psychological distress after an infant under her supervision was killed on the night after she had paid a visit to check on the child’s well-being. ...Read More

Driver Who Ignored Drug Test Results Can Get Medical Benefits, but Not Indemnity 01/10/2018
State: PA | Segment: NORTH | 114 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A woman who got into a car crash on her first day as a driver for a company she hadn’t been cleared to work for can receive medical benefits, but not indemnity benefits, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania decided last week. ...Read More

Data Analytics Help Boost Outlook for Commercial Lines 01/05/2018
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 268 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A.M. Best improved its outlook for commercial lines in the U.S. to "stable," citing fundamental changes to insurers’ underwriting and pricing practices that include the use of data analytics. ...Read More

DWC Announces 29 Additional Provider Suspensions 01/03/2018
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 1368 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The California Division of Workers’ Compensation announced the suspension of another 29 providers, bringing to 159 the number of people who have been prohibited from treating injured workers since the start of 2017. ...Read More

Disabled Shipping Clerk Could Have Worked With Accommodations, Court Decides 01/03/2018
State: OR | Segment: WEST | 250 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit denied a shipping clerk's request for $235,038 in attorneys' fees, writing that the district court was in the right when it reduced the amount by half.  ...Read More
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