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Data Suggests Reforms Slashed Benefit Payments and Claim Duration 09/14/2017
By: J. Todd Foster (Reporter)
State: TN | Segment: Top | 452 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A report posted online by the Tennessee Workers' Compensation Advisory Council this week suggests that workers’ compensation reforms implemented in 2014 cut the duration of claims by more than half and cut permanent partial disability benefits by almost two-thirds. ...Read More
DWC Updates Physician, Non-Physician Fee Schedule 09/13/2017
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 850 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The California Division of Workers’ Compensation has adjusted the physician and non-physician section of its Official Medical Fee Schedule to conform to quarterly changes in Medicare. The division adopted the following Medicare changes: Centers for Medicare and Medica...Read More
Dividends on Agenda for SAIF Board Meeting 09/12/2017
State: OR | Segment: WEST | 558 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Directors of Oregon’s SAIF Corp. will discuss policyholder dividends during a Wednesday meeting in Bend. SAIF’s board of directors is scheduled to discuss and possibly approve a dividend recommendation, according to the meeting agenda. Information about the possible size ...Read More

DWC Hopes to Improve Communication Between Carriers and Workers 09/11/2017
State: TX | Segment: SOUTH | 294 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Division of Workers’ Compensation has finalized revisions to plain language notices and created new forms it says will improve communication between insurers and injured workers. ...Read More

DIR Proposes Rules Change Long Sought by Deceased Claimants' Attorney 09/08/2017
State: NV | Segment: WEST | 629 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Nevada Division of Industrial Relations has scheduled a Sept. 25 hearing on a proposed regulation that would cut the interest rate used to calculate the present value of lump-sum permanent disability benefits, effectively increasing benefit payments to claimants. ...Read More

DWC Updates Fee Schedule, Utilization Standards 09/08/2017
State: CO | Segment: WEST | 516 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Colorado Division of Workers’ Compensation adopted rules that will increase five conversion factors and reduce two others as part of its annual update to the medical fee schedule and utilization standards. ...Read More

DWC Cancels Rule Hearing After Hurricane Emergency Declared 09/07/2017
State: FL | Segment: SOUTH | 275 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Florida Division of Workers’ Compensation canceled a rules-change hearing scheduled for Friday due to the expected arrival of Hurricane Irma. ...Read More

Doctors Oppose Removal of Spinal Cord Stimulators From MTUS 09/06/2017
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 1334 | 0 | Popular with Legal
California would join Washington state and the federal government in restricting payment for spinal cord stimulators under proposed treatment guidelines, but regulators are getting pushback from physicians who say the devices are a viable and preferable alternative to opioids for treating pa...Read More
DLI to Hold Public Hearing on Adoption of 2017 Treatment Guidelines 09/01/2017
State: MT | Segment: WEST | 415 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Montana Department of Labor and Industry will hold a public hearing on Sept. 8 on whether it should adopt the 2017 Montana Utilization and Treatment Guidelines. The new guidelines would regulate medical services provided on or after Jan. 1, 2018. The hearing is scheduled to be...Read More
DIR Proposes Annual Update to PPD Calculation Tables 08/31/2017
State: NV | Segment: WEST | 327 | 0 | Popular with Insurance
Nevada's workers' compensation agency is making its annual update to the tables used to calculate lump-sum payments for permanent partial disability awards.  Last week, the agency moved to update a table that indicates how awards are to be modified based on when an injured wo...Read More
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