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Workers' Compensation News


DWC Ups Surcharge Rate to 0.9% 06/07/2018
State: CO | Segment: WEST | 251 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 13 min read
The Colorado Division of Workers’ Compensation is increasing the employer assessment that is paid to run the state’s comp system, to 0.9%. ...Read More

Doctor Charged in Self-Referral Scheme 06/06/2018
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 2212 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 34 min read
A doctor in Southern California is facing criminal charges for allegedly referring workers’ compensation patients to have procedures performed at other companies he owned. ...Read More

DWC Removes Another 18 Medical Providers, Most Because of Medicare Fraud 06/05/2018
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 1640 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 25 min read
The California Division of Workers’ Compensation Monday kicked another 18 medical providers out of the workers’ compensation system, bringing the total number removed this year to 263. ...Read More

Despite Presumption Law, 9 in 10 Firefighter Cancer Claims Denied 06/05/2018
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: TX | Segment: Top | 850 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 44 min read
Despite a cancer presumption law for firefighters and emergency medical technicians that has been in place in Texas since 2005, insurers have denied 90% of cancer claims from first responders in the state from 2012 to 2017, according to data from the Division of Workers’ Compensation. ...Read More

Drug Company Sales Rep Pleads Guilty to Bribing Doctors to Prescribe Fentanyl 06/01/2018
By: William Rabb (Reporter)
State: NJ | Segment: Top | 763 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 18 min read
A pharmaceutical sales representative's guilty plea this week to charges that she bribed physicians to prescribe opioids is another black eye for a drug industry facing mounting accusations that it has fueled the U.S. addiction crisis. ...Read More
Department Adds New Procedure Codes to Medical Fee Schedule 06/01/2018
State: AL | Segment: SOUTH | 187 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 25 min read
The Alabama Department of Labor has added new codes and procedures to its 2018 workers' compensation medical fee schedule for physicians' fees, surgery fees and lab fees, the department announced. The ...Read More

DIR Proposes Changes to Subsequent Injury Account Rules 06/01/2018
State: NV | Segment: WEST | 221 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 32 min read
The Nevada Division of Industrial Relations is proposing changes to the rules for its self-insured employer subsequent injury accounts that would give the agency more time to respond to claims for reimbursement. ...Read More

Defense Warns Holding UR Docs Liable for Malpractice Will Endanger Exclusive Remedy 05/30/2018
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 2978 | 6 | Popular with Legal | 47 min read
Sometimes things go wrong in workers’ comp, but that’s no reason to abandon the system’s exclusive remedy provision, an attorney argued before the California Supreme Court on Tuesday. ...Read More

Doctor Sentenced to Five Years for WC Fraud, Overprescribing 05/29/2018
State: OH | Segment: NORTH | 980 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 19 min read
After an investigation by the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation and the Ohio Board of Pharmacy, a Hillsboro doctor was sentenced to five years in prison for fraud and for overprescribing pain medications. ...Read More

DOL Offering Grants for Return-to-Work Pilot Projects 05/25/2018
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 196 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 45 min read
The U.S. Department of Labor is offering $20 million in grants for the development of new strategies to keep people with a work-related disability on the job. ...Read More
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