Workers' Compensation News
Formulary Committee Meeting Dec. 7
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An ad hoc committee of the Montana Employment Relations Division will continue discussion plans for implementing a prescription drug formulary for injured workers during a meeting in December.
Fee Schedule, Guideline and Classification Rule Updates on Tap for 2018
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Colorado regulators anticipate updating the workers’ compensation medical fee schedule and medical treatment guidelines next year, as well as revising penalties assessed to employers for improperly misclassifying workers, according to the 2018 regulatory agenda that the Department of Labor ...
Feds to Review Occupational Illness Coverage During Meeting
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Representatives from the Department of Labor, Department of Energy and Department of Health and Human Services will explain benefits available to former energy workers, as well as free medical screening services, during a meeting tonight in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Food Truck Caterer Charged With Comp Fraud
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A Morrisville business owner has been charged with failure to provide mandated workers’ compensation coverage for the employees of his food truck catering service.
Former BLS Commissioner to Open WCRI Conference
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The Workers Compensation Research Institute will hold its 34th Annual Issues & Research Conference March 22-23 at the Westin Copley Place Hotel in Boston.
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OH - 2 Plead Guilty to Working While Receiving Benefits
A carpenter convicted of workers' compensation fraud for working while collecting benefits must reimburse the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation more than $23,000, the BWC announced Friday.
Ernest Shawn Baker
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Ernest Shawn Baker, 45, of Pomeroy, must serve five years of probation as well. He pleaded guilty Nov. 29 to a fifth-degree felony count of workers' compensation fraud.
Jim Wernecke, the director of BWC's special investigations department, said Baker went back to work as a carpenter soon after his injury in 2014.
Another Ohio man .
FL - Alleged Con Artist Charged With Failure to Secure Comp Coverage for Company
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A woman who was arrested in July for allegedly posing as an engineer in an attempt to dupe the City of Homestead into awarding her a $33.3 million construction contract has been arrested again on charges of failure to secure workers' compensation coverage and running an organized scheme to defraud, the Miami Herald reports.
Online, Janet LeGrand posed as the CEO of a multinational engineering consulting firm she called the Bleu Network. She said the company had a robust portfolio of engineering projects and overseas offices in Spain and Argentina, the H.
FL - Fire Marshal Supports Proposed PTSD Presumption Legislation
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State Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis, who is also Florida’s fire marshal, is backing cancer and PTSD presumption legislation for first responders, WFLA-News Channel 8 reported.
Patronis told the station he supports measures that would award lost wages to first responders who develop mental injuries without accompanying physical ailments, commonly called “mental-mental” claims.
Current state law covers only medical benefits for post-traumatic stress disorder without physical injury.
“It’s a change that shows that we care most about.
OR - WCD Implements Legislative Changes to Death Benefit Calculation
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Oregon’s Workers’ Compensation Division has announced that monthly benefits for all children of workers killed in industrial accidents will increase to 25% of the average weekly wage at the start of the year.
Monthly benefit amounts are unchanged for surviving children receiving payments at a rate of 25% of the AWW, or for surviving children and dependents with no surviving parent who are completing secondary education or obtaining a general education development certificate.
Any benefits currently being paid at the rate of 10%, however, must be increased to 25% at the start of t.
NM - WCA Schedules Training Sessions for Mandatory E-Filing System
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The New Mexico Workers’ Compensation Administration will hold free training sessions throughout December on a new electronic filing system that will become mandatory at the start of the new year.
Effective Jan. 1, all represented parties will be required to use the Electronic Adjudication Management System, or EAMS, to file court documents in all workers’ compensation cases. Workers and employers who are unrepresented will not have to use the electronic filing system, but are encouraged to do so, the WCA said.
The WCA said it will hold training sessions for EAMS on the following .
CA - Judge Consolidates Claims for Sanctions, Payment on Copy Service Bills
CA - No Injunction in QME Dispute; Judge Questions Jurisdiction to Hear Complaint
CA - Jury Trial in $20 Million Kickback Case Enters Week Two
CA - DWC Suspends 21 Providers, Some Tied to Medicare Fraud
CA - Employer Assessments Increasing by 56.1% as Lien Fee Revenues Drop
CA - Little Explanation for Large Increase in SIF Costs
CA - Ex-NBA Player Pleads Guilty in Charity-Donations-for-Client-Referral Scheme
NATL. - Benchmark Study Finds Decrease in Claim Closure, More Tracking of Provider Performance
NY - DOL Denies Workers' Comp to Ground Zero OSHA Inspector With Lung Disease
CA - DWC Approves Carve-Out Agreement Between Los Angeles and Police Union
Jan 6, 2018
2018 Liens, Costs and Med-Lega
New for 2018 - learn all pertinent laws, skills and tools for lien issues starting January 2018. …
Jan 20, 2018
2018 MCLE Super Saturday
This program provides the six hours of â€œSpecial Requirementâ€ training, wi …
Jan 22-23, 2018
2018 Florida Comp Update
The 2018 Florida Comp Update at the Don CeSar Hotel in Pete Beach, FL, will provide two days of vi …