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Partial Finger Amputation Leads to $92,400 Fine 12/28/2017
State: WA | Segment: WEST | 480 | 0 | Popular with Insurance
The third amputation in three years resulted in a $92,400 fine for a Washington state food processing company. The Washington state Department of L...Read More
 
 

Physical Therapists Reach Settlement With One Call 12/26/2017
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 874 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 11 min read
The Independent Physical Therapists of California agreed to settle a civil complaint accusing One Call Medical Inc. and its subsidiary Align Networks Inc. of running an illegal patient referral scheme, interfering with the rights of injured workers to choose a treating physician within a medical ...Read More
 
 

Prosecutors: No Proof of Losses in Spinal Kickback Scheme 12/22/2017
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 1434 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 40 min read
For the second time this month, federal prosecutors said they would not seek restitution from a defendant who admitted to paying kickbacks to providers who referred patients to specific hospitals in Southern California for spinal surgeries, as there is no evidence that the illicit payments result...Read More
 
 

Pond Lehocky Partners Trying to Drop Pharmacy Ownership 12/22/2017
State: PA | Segment: NORTH | 430 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Three partners in Philadelphia law firm Pond Lehocky Stern Giordano are trying to give up their controlling interest in Workers First Pharmacy after the claimants’ firm came under fire for allegedly asking physicians to refer injured workers there. ...Read More
 
 
Pinnacol Holding Training on Comp Basics 12/22/2017
State: CO | Segment: WEST | 520 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Colorado’s state-chartered Pinnacol Assurance is holding a daylong training event focusing on the basics of the workers’ compensation industry. The “Workers’ Compensation 101” session is intended for those who are new to the industry and covers the basic...Read More
 
 

Postal Worker Found Guilty of Fraud After Surveillance 12/19/2017
State: FL | Segment: SOUTH | 322 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A Florida letter carrier has been convicted by a federal grand jury after investigators observed her scuba diving, boating and riding on a 40-foot-tall waterslide while claiming she was too disabled to work. ...Read More
 
 

Procedural Flub Prevented Board From Accepting Worker's Resignation Letter as Evidence 12/18/2017
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: NY | Segment: NORTH | 312 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A New York appellate court ruled that the state Workers’ Compensation Board could not consider an injured worker’s resignation letter in determining her entitlement to benefits, since her employer did not complete an affidavit explaining why it had not submitted the document. ...Read More
 
 

Premiums Down 63% Since 2005 Reforms, DWC Says 12/18/2017
State: TX | Segment: SOUTH | 185 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Legislative reforms enacted in 2005 to create a drug formulary and health care networks, and an emphasis on workplace safety, have dropped Texas workers’ compensation premiums by 63%, the Division of Workers’ Compensation says. ...Read More
 
 

Prosecutors: More Than 14,500 Pacific Hospital Procedures Tied to Kickbacks 12/15/2017
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 1784 | 1 | Popular with Legal | 147 min read
More than 14,500 patients had surgeries or other procedures performed at Pacific Hospital of Long Beach that were “likely the result of a kickback payment,” according to recently filed court documents. ...Read More
 
 

Proposed Telemedicine Expansion Welcomed While Details Debated 12/12/2017
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: TX | Segment: Top | 426 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 4 min read
An informal draft rule intended to expand injured workers’ access to telemedicine services in Texas received a warm reception from those who commented on the proposal, but also raised a number of questions. ...Read More
 
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