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Providers Say Reimbursement Inadequate Under Proposed Pharmacy Rules 10/10/2018
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 887 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 73 min read
Service providers say changes to the pharmaceutical fee schedule that the Division of Workers’ Compensation proposed in September could significantly reduce reimbursement rates in California. ...Read More

Private-Label Drugs Drive Concern About Topical Medications 10/09/2018
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 662 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 168 min read
As the workers’ comp industry has reined in spending on custom-made compounded pain creams, other types of topical medications are now drawing scrutiny. ...Read More

Pet Food Manufacturer Failed to Correct Safety Violations, OSHA Says 10/09/2018
State: NJ | Segment: NORTH | 518 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 243 min read
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited a New Jersey pet food manufacturer for allegedly failing to correct previously identified workplace safety hazards. ...Read More

PDMP Dispensing Mandates Cut Risky Prescribing, Study Finds 10/05/2018
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 270 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 212 min read
Despite at least two recent studies that question the effectiveness of prescription drug monitoring programs, a new study finds that PDMPs do work to reduce risky opioid prescribing when prescribers are required to check the database. ...Read More

Protz Fix, Uninsured Employer Bill Approved by Committees 10/05/2018
By: William Rabb (Reporter)
State: PA | Segment: Top | 225 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 34 min read
With just a few voting days left in the session, two long-awaited bills that would have a significant impact on workers’ compensation costs and benefits appear to be gathering some steam. ...Read More

Prior Ruling Didn't Bar Exclusive Remedy Defense Against Injured Worker 10/02/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: IL | Segment: NORTH | 183 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 21 min read
A divided Illinois Appellate Court panel on Friday ruled that worker’s tort claim against his employer’s alleged joint venturer was barred by the exclusive remedy provision of the Workers’ Compensation Act. ...Read More

Parish Bears No Liability for Cement Truck Driver's Fatal Crash 09/25/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: LA | Segment: SOUTH | 115 | 0 | Popular with Vendor | 15 min read
A Louisiana appellate court ruled that the family of a truck driver failed to prove that his fatal accident had been caused by the defective condition of the road on which he had been traveling. ...Read More

Passing Scores Save UROs From Paying Most Penalties for 2018 Audit Violations 09/24/2018
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 658 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 30 min read
Five utilization review organizations audited this year all scored passing grades, resulting in the Division of Workers’ Compensation waiving most of the penalties they faced for violations uncovered during the inspections. ...Read More

Paradigm Deal Illustrates Interest in Catastrophic Care 09/21/2018
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 503 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 97 min read
Paradigm Outcomes, a provider of medical management for catastrophically injured workers, has entered into an agreement to be acquired by OMERS Private Equity, the companies announced Thursday. ...Read More

Panel Says Judge Improperly Capped Worker's PPD Award 09/21/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: TN | Segment: SOUTH | 143 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 16 min read
The Supreme Court of Tennessee’s Special Workers’ Compensation Appeals Panel ruled that a church employee’s permanent partial disability benefits were improperly capped, since the evidence did not support a finding that she had been fired for stealing. ...Read More
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