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Falling Rates Possible Indicator of Soft Market Cycle 01/30/2018
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 1279 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 160 min read
California carriers on average reduced their filed pure premium rates by more than 5% in 2017, and employers saw a bigger decline in the average amount they paid for workers’ compensation coverage. ...Read More

Few Small Businesses Have Comp Coverage, Survey Finds 01/30/2018
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 455 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 34 min read
Only about one in six small-business owners in a recent survey said they have workers’ compensation coverage, a trend that some say may be due to lack of awareness of the importance of the coverage or a belief that it will cost too much. ...Read More

Feds Ask to Merge Restitution Hearings in Pacific Hospital Cases 01/26/2018
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 987 | 1 | Popular with Legal | 89 min read
Federal prosecutors are asking a judge to schedule concurrent restitution hearings for Michael D. Drobot, his son and a former chief financial officer who oversaw the spinal surgery kickback scheme at Pacific Hospital of Long Beach alleged to have bilked California workers’ compensatio...Read More

Former Health Official: Non-Narcotic Pain Treatment Is the Way to Go 01/26/2018
State: RI | Segment: NORTH | 320 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 117 min read
A former director of the Rhode Island Department of Health spoke to the Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council this week about the role non-narcotic pain treatment centers play in the fight to quash the opioid epidemic, the news site Uprise RI ...Read More

Furniture Assembler Charged With Workers' Comp Fraud After Making Facebook Posts 01/25/2018
State: CT | Segment: NORTH | 315 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 57 min read
A Connecticut furniture assembler has been charged with workers’ compensation fraud after an investigation by the chief state attorney’s workers’ compensation fraud unit, Connecticut’s Division of Criminal Justice announced this week. ...Read More

Formulary Launches Quietly; Focus Shifts to Transition Deadline 01/23/2018
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 1376 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 72 min read
California’s new prescription drug formulary, which launched Jan. 1, appears to have caused no more disruption than the related update to the state’s evidence-based treatment guidelines that took effect one month earlier. ...Read More

Federal Trial Judge Rejects Constitutional Challenge to Exclusive Remedy 01/19/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: OK | Segment: SOUTH | 358 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 12 min read
A federal trial judge in Oklahoma rejected an injured worker’s constitutional challenge to the exclusive remedy provision of the Administrative Workers’ Compensation Act. ...Read More

Four Named to KEMI Board of Directors 01/18/2018
State: KY | Segment: SOUTH | 293 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin on Wednesday announced four appointments to the Kentucky Employers’ Mutual Insurance Authority board of directors. ...Read More

Filing Deadline Didn't Bar Suit by Worker Compensated for Injuries Out-of-State 01/18/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: AZ | Segment: WEST | 246 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Arizona Court of Appeals ruled that the state's time limit for a worker to file a third-party claim did not apply to a truck driver in-training who had received benefits under the laws of another state. ...Read More

Former JCC Wins 1st Round in Legal Battle Challenging Nominating Commission 01/17/2018
State: FL | Segment: Top | 393 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 62 min read
Former Florida Judge of Compensation Claims Gerardo Castiello has prevailed in his first of three challenges to the process used to nominate workers’ compensation judges. ...Read More
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