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Workers' Compensation News

House Set to Vote on Debit Card Bill 01/27/2017
State: SC | Segment: SOUTH | 525 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 6 min read
The South Carolina House of Representatives voted unanimously on Thursday to approve a bill that will allow insurers to pay workers' compensation benefits using debit cards or direct deposits.  Under current South Carolina law, only paper checks are allowed to pay benefits, said ...Read More
Humanized Approach May Help in Handling Mental Issues in Comp Claims 01/23/2017
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 652 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 7 min read
When a case manager contacted Renée-Louise Franche, a senior psychology advisor for British Columbia’s WorkSafeBC, about a letter she planned to send to a potentially suicidal injured worker, they both agreed the letter needed work. The letter told the injured worker that if ...Read More
Health Care Services Rules and Fee Schedule Updated 01/19/2017
State: MI | Segment: NORTH | 507 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 21 min read
The Michigan Workers’ Compensation Agency has updated its Health Care Services Rules and Fee Schedule. Among the changes, which went into effect Jan. 13, are revised rules on billing and reimbursement of drug testing, drug screening and drug confirmation testing and revised rules on...Read More

House Passes 'Price Control' Bill Over Insurance Industry's Objections 01/11/2017
State: IL | Segment: NORTH | 343 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 77 min read
The Illinois House of Representatives late Monday passed Senate Bill 2901, which was amended to make it unlawful for workers’ compensation insurers to earn “excessive” profits. ...Read More

High Court Says Worker Can't Sue TPA for Breach of Fiduciary Duty 12/30/2016
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: MT | Segment: WEST | 711 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 4 min read
The Montana Supreme Court ruled that an injured worker could not sue the third-party claims administrator responsible for managing her claim against her self-insured former employer for an alleged breach of fiduciary duty. ...Read More

Human Rights Group Rebukes US Treatment of Injured Undocumented Workers 12/28/2016
By: Sherri Okamoto (Legal Reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 1028 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 24 min read
The United States has built a global reputation for being a nation of immigrants, but it's now drawing rebuke from an international watchdog organization for its failure to protect millions of undocumented immigrants from exploitation and discrimination in the workplace. ...Read More

High-Cost Injury Threshold Rises 4.87% to $183K 12/14/2016
State: MN | Segment: NORTH | 292 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 100 min read
On Jan. 1, the amount of money that must be spent on a workers' compensation hospital bill for the injury to be considered catastrophic and high-cost will rise 4.87%, according to an official notice posted in Monday's Minnesota State Register.  ...Read More

High-Tech Surgeries Popping up in Medicare Set-Asides 12/02/2016
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 590 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 12 min read
As high-tech surgical methods such as robotics and computer-assisted navigation are being used more frequently in operating rooms, they’re also starting to show up in Medicare set-asides, where they have the potential to add substantial cost. ...Read More

High Court Says Injured Police Officers Can Sue Employers in Tort 11/22/2016
By: Sherri Okamoto (Legal Reporter)
State: NY | Segment: Top | 480 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 10 min read
New York's highest court on Monday ruled that municipal employers that do not provide workers' compensation coverage to their law enforcement officers can face civil liability if their officers are injured in the line of duty as a result of the employer's negligence....Read More

High Court Finds Board of Review Erred in Denying Back Surgery 11/22/2016
State: WV | Segment: SOUTH | 265 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 1 min read
A split West Virginia appellate court found that the Board of Review mischaracterized the evidence when denying a claimant's request for back surgery and temporary disability benefits while she recovered. ...Read More
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