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Workers' Compensation News

DWC Wants MPNs to Verify Doctors' Consent to Treat 06/13/2005
State: CA | Segment: Regulatory | 542 | 0
The California Division of Workers' Compensation, concerned that doctors are being dragged into occupational medicine by contractual obligations with Medical Provider Networks, is proposing rules that would require employers and insurers that use the MPNs to verify that the doctors in the networks ...Read More
DE Sup Court: 5 Year Statute for Civil Action to Collect 06/13/2005
State: DE | Segment: Courts | 228 | 0
The Delaware Supreme Court last week ruled that Huffman claims (civil actions to enforce the payment of a workers' compensation award) are governed by the five year statute of limitations found in the Workers' Compensation Act, Del. Code tit. 19, section 2361. In Nat'l Union Fir...Read More
DWC Seeking Comment on WCIS Rules 06/08/2005
State: CA | Segment: Regulatory | 248 | 0
Draft rules released on Tuesday would require California claims administrators to electronically submit medical data to the Division of Workers' Compensation starting March 1. The DWC posted the proposed rules, which would expand its Workers' Compensation Information System, on the "forums...Read More
DIR Officially Announces Pachecho 06/06/2005
State: CA | Segment: People | 495 | 0
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has appointed Robert Pacheco of Walnut as the public member to the Occupational Safety and Health Appeals Board, according to an anticlimatic announcement Friday by the California Department of Industrial Relations. The Orange County Register had reported Pachech...Read More
Disciplinary Actions Taken by Texas DOI 06/06/2005
State: TX | Segment: Fraud | 802 | 0
The most recent enforcement actions announced by the Texas Department of Insurance have put 11 insurance agents out of business and assessed $1.1 million in penalties. The department's final disciplinary orders from April were against: Lawrence O Amushie of Houston Order Number:...Read More
DWC Changes Proposed Utilization Review Regs 06/02/2005
State: CA | Segment: Regulatory | 409 | 0
The California Division of Workers' Compensation announced Wednesday that it is giving the public an additional 15 days to comment on its proposed utilization review regulations after making changes in response to public testimony. The new deadline for comment is 5 p.m. Thursday, June 16....Read More
DE Ct: No Waiver for Mischaracterization 05/31/2005
State: DE | Segment: Courts | 119 | 0
The Delaware Supreme Court held that an erroneous characterization of payments does not result in an employer's waiver of a lien. In Bell Atlantic-Delaware, Inc. v. Saporito, No. 329,2004, 05/17/2005, Domenic Saporito, a Verizon-Delaware Inc. (Verizon) employee, was injured when the...Read More
Discipline Brought Against Portland Agent 05/31/2005
State: ME | Segment: Fraud | 60 | 0
The branch sales manager for Bankers Life and Casualty Insurance Co. in South Portland has been fined $5,000 and a 180-day license suspension by the Maine Bureau of Insurance. Superintendent of Insurance Alessandro Iuppa made the announcement last week about disciplinary action against Gary...Read More
DWC Opens Forum for Predesignation Regs 05/27/2005
State: CA | Segment: Regulatory | 419 | 0
The California Division of Workers' Compensation is soliciting comments on a rough draft of proposed regulations regarding the predesignation of personal physicans and requests for changes of physicians. The proposed rules spell out how employees can predesignate treating physicians and how...Read More
DWC Re-opening Comment on MPN Regs 05/27/2005
State: CA | Segment: Regulatory | 390 | 0 | Popular with Vendor
The California Division of Workers' Compensation has revised proposed emergency regulations on medical provider networks and has reopened public comment for another 15 days. The division added language that will allow Medical Provider Networks to submit information to the DWC on computer di...Read More
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