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DWC Posts Draft Benefit Notice Rules to Forum 10/24/2017
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 718 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The California Division of Workers’ Compensation posted proposed revisions to rules pertaining to notice requirements for denied claims to its online forum for public comment. ...Read More

DOJ Moving to Allow Direct Access to Prescription Database 10/18/2017
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 942 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Health care providers in California should be able to access a patient’s prescription drug history without having to log into the state’s database and perform a manual search, under legislation Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law to further the fight against opioid abuse and misuse. ...Read More

Discharge Letter Enough to Warrant PPD Benefits, but More Needed for Award Calculation 10/17/2017
By: Emily Brill (Reporter)
State: HI | Segment: Top | 287 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Hawaii Supreme Court upheld an award of permanent partial disability benefits to a state government worker too stressed out to return to his job, and ordered the award itself — $250 — to be recalculated. ...Read More
DWC Posts Adjustments to Inpatient Hospital Section of OMFS 10/16/2017
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 595 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The California Division of Workers’ Compensation posted an adjustment to the inpatient hospital section of the Official Medical Fee Schedule to conform to changes in the 2018 Medicare payment system. The order says the DWC adopted the changes to conform with the final rule of Aug. 1...Read More

Decision Says Claims Had Preclusive Effect on Discrimination Suit 10/16/2017
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 1045 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The 5th District Court of Appeal last week ordered publication of its prior determination that a group of correctional officers could not pursue a discrimination action against their employer, since they had already litigated their claims in pursuit of workers’ compensation benefits....Read More

Dueling Actuaries Debate Proposed Rate Hike 10/16/2017
By: J. Todd Foster (Reporter)
State: PA | Segment: Top | 443 | 0 | Popular with Legal
An actuary hired by the Pennsylvania Association for Justice has concluded that a 6.06% emergency rate increase recommended by the Pennsylvania Compensation Rating Bureau is “excessive and not supported.” ...Read More

David Higley Joins Argo Group From The Hartford 10/16/2017
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 213 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Argo Group International Holdings Ltd. has hired David Higley as head of U.S. property and inland marine. ...Read More

DWC Suspends 3 More Providers From Comp System 10/13/2017
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 1908 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The California Division of Workers’ Compensation announced Thursday it has suspended three more medical providers from participating in the workers’ compensation system, bringing the total number of providers suspended to 49.  ...Read More

DWC Sends Suspension Notice to Embattled Marketer 10/12/2017
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 1188 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Division of Workers’ Compensation sent a notice of intent to suspend Paul Randall, a marketer who pleaded guilty in 2012 to paying kickbacks to providers who referred patients to Tri-City Regional Medical Center for spinal surgeries. ...Read More
DWC Revises Guidelines for Chronic Pain, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome 10/11/2017
State: CO | Segment: WEST | 673 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Colorado Division of Workers’ Compensation has revised its treatment guidelines for complex regional pain syndrome and chronic pain disorder. New guidelines will go into effect for services provided on or after Nov. 30. Both sets of guidelines were last revised in Decemb...Read More
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