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Opioid Progress Widely Reported in Comp Industry 04/17/2018
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 460 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 119 min read
Forty-nine percent of injured workers receiving a prescription drug were taking an opioid in 2017, a figure that was about 4 percentage points lower than in 2016, according to a new workers’ compensation drug trend report from Optum. ...Read More

Offset for Workers Collecting Social Security Applies to Multiple Injuries 04/16/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: MT | Segment: WEST | 233 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 12 min read
The Montana Workers’ Compensation Court ruled that an insurance carrier is entitled to take a statutory offset against a worker’s permanent total disability benefits if the worker is receiving Social Security disability benefits because of one, or more, industrial injury. ...Read More

Ohio Man Worked for 35 Years While Collecting Benefits, Feds Say 04/16/2018
State: OH | Segment: NORTH | 125 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 4 min read
An Ohio man has been charged with stealing more than $684,000 in benefits while continuing to work for 35 years, federal authorities announced....Read More

OSAG, CompSource Offering School Safety Grants 04/13/2018
State: OK | Segment: SOUTH | 126 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 17 min read
The Oklahoma School Assurance Group and CompSource Mutual Insurance Co. are pledging $250,000 to support safety programs at OSAG member school districts. ...Read More

Out-of-State Insurance Carrier Owed No Coverage for Worker's Claim 04/04/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: LA | Segment: SOUTH | 220 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 48 min read
A Louisiana appellate court ruled that the state comp system had exclusive jurisdiction to determine whether an out-of-state carrier owed coverage for a worker’s claim. ...Read More
O'Banion Named WC Court General Counsel 04/04/2018
State: NE | Segment: NORTH | 421 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 1 min read
Assistant Nebraska Attorney General Lorra O'Banion is the new general counsel for the state's Workers' Compensation Court, the court announced Tuesday. O'Banion, wh...Read More

OSHA Fines Communications Contractor $13K After 3 Workers' Deaths 03/30/2018
State: FL | Segment: SOUTH | 227 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 1 min read
A communications contractor has been cited for federal safety violations after three workers were killed while trying to install a new antenna on a communications tower in Miami Gardens, Florida. ...Read More

One Claimant Convicted, Two Arrested on Fraud Charges 03/26/2018
State: PA | Segment: NORTH | 158 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 32 min read
One double-dipper was convicted in February and two claimants were arrested on workers’ compensation fraud charges, according to a monthly report by the Pennsylvania Insurance Fra...Read More

Ousted WC Judge Vows to Fight On Over Nomination Process 03/19/2018
By: William Rabb (Reporter)
State: FL | Segment: Top | 750 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 23 min read
Almost two years after leaving office, a former Florida workers' compensation judge accused of vengeful and unreasonable actions continues to make waves for his former employer, and says he will keep doing so to protect a system he believes in passionately. ...Read More

Opioid Prescriptions, IMR Decisions Fall in 2017 03/15/2018
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 797 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 65 min read
Opioid prescriptions continued to fall in 2017, a year that also saw the first decrease in independent medical review decisions, according to a pair of studies released by the California Workers’ Compensation Institute. ...Read More
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