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Workers' Compensation News


Employer Answers Constitutional Challenge to Use of AMA Guides 03/29/2017
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: OK | Segment: SOUTH | 418 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The state Supreme Court on Monday received an employer's answer brief in a dispute over the constitutionality of the use of the sixth edition of the American Medical Association Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment in assigning disability ratings injured Oklahoma workers....Read More

Eight Indicted for $158M in Alleged Fraudulent Billing for Compound Drugs 03/28/2017
State: TX | Segment: SOUTH | 592 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A federal grand jury in Dallas has indicted eight people for allegedly defrauding the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs out of $158 million by bribing doctors to prescribe compound medications that cost up to $28,000 per container. ...Read More

Employer Guilty of Misclassification Must Pay Restitution 03/27/2017
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 595 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A California appellate court upheld a restitution order against an employer who admittedly underreported his company's payroll in order to secure a lower comp premium. ...Read More

Effort to End Compensation for Fired Workers Falls One Vote Short 03/21/2017
State: AR | Segment: SOUTH | 420 | 0 | Popular with Insurance
The House on Monday failed by one vote to pass a bill that would reverse case law and prohibit compensation for injured workers fired for misconduct after being reassigned to light duty. ...Read More

Evidence of Skull Fractures Doesn't Prove Existence of Brain Injury 03/16/2017
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: AR | Segment: SOUTH | 286 | 0 | Popular with Insurance
The Arkansas Court of Appeals reversed an award of permanent disability benefits to a worker for a brain injury after he suffered an impact to his face, causing multiple skull fractures. ...Read More

Editorial: White House Statement Falsely Implies ACA Upped Comp Premiums 03/16/2017
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 585 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A White House press release erroneously implied that the Affordable Care Act caused a Colorado business' workers' compensation premiums to skyrocket, editorial writer Jon Healey of the Los Angeles Times wrote Wednesday. ...Read More

ER Visits May Create Multiple Concerns in Comp 03/13/2017
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 482 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 3 min read
More than one-third of reports from consulting physicians for orthopedic injuries in emergency rooms were inaccurate in a recent study, including 30% of open fractures that were described as closed, according to findings detailed this month in AAOS Now, a publication of the American Academy of Or...Read More
EDI Update Delayed Until November 03/10/2017
State: ID | Segment: WEST | 445 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 1 min read
The Idaho Industrial Commission announced that it is postponing until November its Electronic Data Interchange update. The commission initially planned on requiring carriers, third-party claims administrators and self-insured employers to start submitting claims data using EDI Claims Rele...Read More

Employers Win One, Lose One on Subrogation Claims 03/09/2017
By: Sherri Okamoto (Legal Reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 492 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 12 min read
Payers scored a win this week when a Washington court limited their obligation to pay for court costs in cases where a worker asserts a third-party liability claim, but took a hard loss in North Carolina as to their own ability to pursue such claims. ...Read More

Ex-SCIF Employee Had No Viable Claim Against Former Attorney, Labor Union 03/08/2017
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 1328 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 15 min read
A California appellate court ruled that a veteran State Compensation Insurance Fund employee could not proceed with his suit against his former attorney or labor union related to the alleged mishandling of his claim against his former employer. ...Read More
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