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Judge: QMEs Denied Reappointment Should Get Hearing Within Three Months 12/14/2017
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 1757 | 0 | Popular with Medical | 2 min read
The two-year certification cycle for qualified medical evaluators means the Division of Workers’ Compensation can’t reasonably be required to provide a hearing before denying reappointment, but it also means the division has to ensure providers get a court date shortly after it issues...Read More

Judge Consolidates Claims for Sanctions, Payment on Copy Service Bills 12/06/2017
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 3417 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 18 min read
Consolidation proceedings before the California Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board have largely been used by payers against service providers, but an administrative law judge recently conjoined 13 cases to determine whether a payer should be sanctioned and ordered to pay attorneys fees and...Read More

Jury Trial in $20 Million Kickback Case Enters Week Two 12/05/2017
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 2286 | 0 | Popular with Medical | 1 min read
The second week of trial for a Los Angeles radiologist and the administrator for his medical company accused of defrauding California workers’ compensation carriers out of more than $20 million by paying kickbacks for referrals begins this morning in San Diego. ...Read More

Judges Reject Risk-Doctrine Theory, Leaving Family Eligible for Only Funeral Benefits 12/01/2017
State: AR | Segment: Top | 542 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 5 min read
A deceased worker’s family may not sue the restaurant where he was fatally shot while tending bar because he was in the course and scope of his employment during the robbery, the Arkansas 1st Division Court of Appeals decided Wednesday. ...Read More

Judge: Indicted Pain Doctor Can Continue Seeing Patients, but Not Prescribe Meds 11/16/2017
State: NY | Segment: NORTH | 562 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A New York pain doctor may continue seeing patients despite prosecutors' recent attempt to change the terms of his bail, the Buffalo News reported this week.&nb...Read More

JCC Can't Redirect Payment of Attorney Fees Agreed Upon by Parties 11/07/2017
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: FL | Segment: SOUTH | 472 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Florida’s 1st District Court of Appeal on Monday ruled that a judge of compensation claims could not reduce the amount of the attorney fee payable to a worker’s attorney below the amount to which the parties have agreed the attorney should receive, and then redirect the fee to the wor...Read More

Judge Orders Additional Briefing on Request for Bond in Lien Stay Challenge 11/01/2017
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 1923 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 148 min read
A federal judge requested additional briefing on the California attorney general’s request that plaintiffs challenging the constitutionality of the mandatory stay on liens post a bond before an injunction takes effect. ...Read More

Jury Finds Chiropractor Guilty of Submitting $10M in False Claims 10/31/2017
State: IL | Segment: NORTH | 1577 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A federal jury has found a Chicago chiropractor guilty of 18 counts of health care fraud connected to about $10 million in false insurance claims, ...Read More

Jones Approves 3% Decrease in Pure Premium Rate 10/27/2017
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 1040 | 0 | Popular with Legal
California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones on Thursday adopted a pure premium rate 3% lower than the rate adopted on July 1, rather than the 2% reduction recommended by the state’s rate-maker. ...Read More

Judge Expedites Hearing in QME Certification Dispute 10/25/2017
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 1811 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 61 min read
Medical providers who say the Division of Workers' Compensation used underground regulations to summarily deny their recertification as qualified medical evaluators won’t have to wait for the New Year to get their day in court. ...Read More
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