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Employers, Doctors at Odds Over Possible Fee Schedule Changes 07/28/2017
State: ID | Segment: WEST | 456 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Providers in Idaho would like the Industrial Commission to increase reimbursement rates by 3% to keep pace with inflation. But employers in Idaho say they already pay too much for medical services, and the fee schedule should not be increased. ...Read More

Employers Net Income Dips in 2nd Quarter 07/28/2017
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 358 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Employers Holdings reported net income of $24 million during the second quarter, down 7% from $26.8 million in the same quarter last year. ...Read More

Employers Paid for More than 8 Pounds of Pot in 2016 07/27/2017
State: NM | Segment: WEST | 374 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Fifteen workers’ compensation carriers in New Mexico reimbursed injured workers for the purchase of more than eight pounds of medical cannabis in 2016, state regulators said. ...Read More

Ex-Comp Commissioner's Lawsuit Has Cost Taxpayers Nearly $1 Million to Defend 07/27/2017
State: IA | Segment: NORTH | 409 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Taxpayers are on the hook for $916,000 in legal bills that two governors have incurred fighting a lawsuit by former Workers’ Compensation Commissioner Chris Godfrey. ...Read More
EK Health Awarded Transportation Authority Contract 07/25/2017
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 491 | 0 | Popular with Legal
EK Health has been awarded a contract with the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority to provide bill review, case management, medical provider network and utilization review services. Under the contract, which began July 3, EK Health will partner with SCVTA and its third-party ...Read More

Embattled Align Networks Changing Name, Payment System 07/24/2017
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 2822 | 3 | Popular with Legal
Align Networks, a network of workers’ comp rehabilitation providers that is embroiled in a lawsuit with California physical therapists, is quietly changing its name to One Call Physical Therapy, at the same time it's launching a new payment system that is generating concern. ...Read More

Exclusive Remedy Bars Worker Injured in Car Accident From Suing Coworker 07/21/2017
State: TN | Segment: SOUTH | 458 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Knoxville appeals court held that the Tennessee workers' compensation law's exclusive remedy provision barred an injured worker from suing his coworker for negligence.  ...Read More

Employers Try Targeting Wellness Programs to Frequently Injured Workers 07/18/2017
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 446 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A wellness program that targets so-called frequent fliers in workers’ comp — employees with two or more work-related injuries within two years — has so far shaved $4 million off expected claim costs among participants at the University of California, Los Angeles. ...Read More

Exxon Faces $165K in OSHA Fines Following Refinery Explosion 07/17/2017
State: LA | Segment: SOUTH | 256 | 0 | Popular with Insurance
Exxon Mobil Corp. is facing proposed federal penalties of $165,000 stemming from nine alleged safety violations discovered following an explosion that injured four workers at a Baton Rouge refinery last year. ...Read More

Excess Coverage Provider for JPA Isn't Liable for Untimely Noticed Claim 07/14/2017
By: Sherri Okamoto (Legal Reporter)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 1108 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A California appellate court this week ruled that the Marin School Insurance Authority could not seek coverage from its excess liability coverage provider when it did not give prompt notice of a claim, as a matter of law. ...Read More
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