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Workers' Compensation News


Drug-Court Work Rehab Program Took Worker's Benefits, Report Says 10/06/2017
By: Emily Brill (Reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 492 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Officials in two states say they are investigating an alternative work program for convicted criminals following a report that the nonprofit applied for workers’ compensation benefits on behalf of one of its workers and pocketed the benefit check.  ...Read More

DWC Commissioner Brannan to Keynote Annual Conference 10/06/2017
State: TX | Segment: SOUTH | 254 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Commissioner of Workers’ Compensation Ryan Brannan will deliver the keynote speech and discuss the state of the Texas workers’ compensation system at the 2017 Workers’ Compensation Conference on Nov. 9 at the Omni Austin Hotel at Southpark. ...Read More

DWC Plans to Require Preauthorization for All Compounds 10/05/2017
By: J. Todd Foster (Reporter)
State: TX | Segment: Top | 381 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Texas plans to join Florida, Tennessee, Nevada and Oklahoma in mandating preauthorization for all compounded medications, including those containing “Y” ingredients, through its formulary. ...Read More

DWC Lifts Dismissal Notice for Nearly 3,000 Liens 10/04/2017
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 1078 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Division of Workers’ Compensation on Tuesday said it will allow administrative law judges to determine whether declarations were filed timely for nearly 3,000 liens that were dismissed by operation of law in July. ...Read More
DIA Sets New Average Weekly Wage 10/04/2017
State: MA | Segment: NORTH | 143 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The average weekly wage used for determining workers’ compensation benefits in Massachusetts is $1,338.05, effective Oct. 1. The rate for temporary and total disability benefits is 60%, with a minimum of $267.61 and a maximum of $1,338.05. For permanent and total disability benefits...Read More

DWC Extending Emergency Rules for Provider Suspensions 10/03/2017
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 1495 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The California Division of Workers’ Compensation is keeping in place until January emergency regulations governing the suspension of providers and practitioner...Read More

Drugmakers Detail Barriers to Developing Non-Opioid Pain Meds 10/03/2017
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 295 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A non-opioid drug that can help reduce or eliminate the need for opioids after surgery is not used as often as it could be because of Medicare’s method of reimbursement, a drug company official said. ...Read More

Dead Player's Fiancee Sues NFL After CTE Finding 10/02/2017
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 177 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The day that an autopsy report revealed Aaron Hernandez had a severe degenerative brain disorder associated with repetitive head trauma, his fiancee sued the National Football League for negligence. ...Read More

Democratic Senators Say Board Overstepped Authority on Impairment Guidelines 09/29/2017
By: J. Todd Foster (Reporter)
State: NY | Segment: Top | 568 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Two leading state Senate Democrats said they are “very concerned” that the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board’s draft impairment guidelines will cut worker benefits and not improve medical outcomes. ...Read More
DWC Adjusts DMEPOS Fee Schedule After Medicare Update 09/28/2017
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 504 | 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
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