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Workers' Compensation News

Injured Workers on Reservations Have Few Rights 11/04/2002
State: Natl. | Segment: Top | 29 | 0
A dispute is growing in the Indian Reservation Gaming Industry, as increasing numbers of injured workers are finding out that they don't have the same rights under tribal law as they otherwise would under state workers' compensation programs.According to Gaming Magazine, Indian tribes must p...Read More
Is Hiring Freeze Part of Master Plan vs. SCIF? 10/31/2002
State: Natl. | Segment: Top | 29 | 0
Dan Walters of the Sacramento Bee, in his 10/28/2002 column, speculates that there is more behind the scenes with the state's hiring freeze and State Compensation Insurance Fund (SCIF), as those carriers left in the state salivate over a piece of SCIF's market share.Some time ago, due to the...Read More
Indiana Employer Can Fire Injured Worker - Court 10/28/2002
State: Natl. | Segment: Top | 43 | 0
The United States Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit (Indiana) ruled that a retaliatory discharge claim under Indiana law fails where no inference could be made that claimant was discharged for filing a workers' compensation claim, and that an ADA claim also fails where a jury could not reasona...Read More
Illinois Marks 90th Anniversary of Work Comp 10/21/2002
State: Natl. | Segment: Top | 31 | 0
2002 marks the 90th year of the workers' compensation law in Illinois. Before workers' compensation laws took effect, injured workers had to file lawsuits in court. The process was prolonged and uncertain, with huge risks to both employers and employees. In 1909, one of the worst...Read More
IMC Studies Released - Dr's Don't Make Enough 10/16/2002
State: Natl. | Segment: Top | 39 | 0
Two groundbreaking studies released by the Industrial Medical Council (IMC) reveal that in California, physician work and practice expenses for evaluation and management (E/M) services are higher for injured workers than for non-workers' compensation patients, the CA Department of Industrial Relatio...Read More
Int'l Organization Members to Share Reinsurer Data 10/07/2002
State: Natl. | Segment: Top | 27 | 0
Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) governments are to make a concerted effort to improve transparency and protect integrity in the insurance market by exchanging information on matters relating to the activities and solvency of reinsurers. Under a newly published...Read More
IAIABC Says PEO Regulatory Issues Heating Up 10/04/2002
State: Natl. | Segment: Top | 32 | 0
Regulatory issues surrounding Professional Employer Organizations (PEOs) are heating up with the withdrawal of major carriers from insuring these organizations for workers' compensation, says the International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions (IAIABC). This withdrawal of pri...Read More
IO Supreme Crt: Hepititis C Case Not Time Barred 09/23/2002
State: Natl. | Segment: Top | 36 | 0
The Iowa Supreme Court earlier this month ruled that a health care worker who contracted hepatitis C after coming in contact with a patient's blood, but didn't learn she was infected until five years later, can still get workers' comp benefits.In Perkins vs. HEA of Iowa, Inc., etc. (No. 82 /...Read More
IMC Report: Medical Fees Insufficient by 23% 09/20/2002
State: Natl. | Segment: Top | 35 | 0
Yesterday at the regularly scheduled meeting of the California Industrial Medical Council, a report commissioned by the Council from the Lewin Group of Falls Church, Va. was presented finding that medical vendors on average need an increase of 23 percent on fees to stay in business.The Lewin...Read More
Injunction Issued Against TWCC Fee Schedule 08/22/2002
State: Natl. | Segment: Top | 39 | 0
Yesterday Travis County, Texas, Judge John Dietz issued a temporary injunction against the Medical Fee Guideline (MFG), which was slated to go into effect September 1, 2002. Yesterday it was reported that Texas physicians and the AFL/CIO were jointly protesting the new fee schedule, and that...Read More
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