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Workers' Compensation News

DWC Posts Adjustments to Hospital Outpatient, ASC Fee Schedule 04/13/2018
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 601 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 13 min read
The California Division of Workers’ Compensation adjusted the Hospital Outpatient Departments and Ambulatory Surgical Centers section of the Official Medical Fee Schedule to incorporate changes made by Medicare. The changes adopt column A of the April 2 update to the U.S. Cente...Read More

DWC Adopts Designated Doctor Performance Review Procedures 04/12/2018
State: TX | Segment: SOUTH | 158 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 85 min read
Texas Division of Workers’ Compensation on Wednesday announced new designated doctor review procedures, which took effect immediately. ...Read More

Doctor Pleads to Billing for Exams He Never Conducted 04/12/2018
State: NY | Segment: NORTH | 295 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 88 min read
An upstate New York doctor has pleaded guilty to claiming to be in two places at once and defrauding the workers' compensation system of more than $86,000. ...Read More

Drug Spend Drops 3.3% in 2017; Compound Spending Slashed 04/11/2018
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 583 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 30 min read
Workers’ comp drug spending fell by 3.3% last year, following a 7.6% reduction in 2016, and spending on compounded medications plummeted by 37.1% in 2017, according to an Express Scripts drug trend report released on Tuesday. ...Read More
Department to Hear Comments on WC Rates 04/11/2018
State: MA | Segment: NORTH | 141 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 26 min read
The Department of Industrial Accidents and the Department of Health and Human Services on Wednesday today will hear comments on changes in workers' compensation rates. The listening session will be from 1-3 p.m. in Conference Room No. 3 at 1 Ashburton Place, 21st Floor, in Boston, acc...Read More

Death Benefits Bill Goes to Governor 04/09/2018
By: William Rabb (Reporter)
State: KS | Segment: Top | 273 | 1 | Popular with Legal | 35 min read
Five years after a deep-red Republican Legislature made cuts to the already-tight workers' compensation benefits in Kansas, worker advocates are celebrating a victory in improved death benefits for dependents. ...Read More
DWC Lawyers to Speak During AIP Conference 04/06/2018
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 461 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 52 min read
Lawyers with the California Division of Workers’ Compensation will discuss utilization reviews, independent medical review and the division’s proposed interpreter fee schedule during a seminar April 17 in San Diego. Special Counsel Alan S. Hersh and Staff Counsel River Sung wi...Read More

Doctors, Insurance Groups OK With Planned Prescribing Audits 04/05/2018
By: William Rabb (Reporter)
State: TX | Segment: Top | 314 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 106 min read
A plan by the Texas Division of Workers' Compensation to audit physicians' prescribing habits in coming months is not such a bitter pill to swallow, and is in line with the state's vaunted efforts to curb opioid abuse, physician and insurance groups said. ...Read More

DWC Adopts Rules Simplifying Notice Requirements 04/05/2018
State: TX | Segment: SOUTH | 187 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 29 min read
The Texas Division of Workers’ Compensation announced Wednesday that it has adopted regulations that eliminate and update reporting and notification requirements, and finalized associated forms. ...Read More

Dental Hygienist Sentenced After Receiving Benefits While Working 04/03/2018
State: WA | Segment: WEST | 178 | 0 | Popular with Other | 117 min read
A dental hygienist in Lynnwood has been sentenced to community service after admitting she lied when she claimed she wasn’t working while receiving workers’ comp benefits. ...Read More
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