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Quinn Appoints Commissioner and Arbitrator to IWCC 01/09/2014
By: Jim Sams (Senior Editor)
State: IL | Segment: CENTRAL | 587 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Illinois Gov. Patrick Quinn has appointed Arbitrator Stephen Mathis as a commissioner representing the public and Jessica Hegarty as an arbitrator, the Workers' Compensation Commission announced Wednesday.Commissioner Mathis has served as an arbitrator since 1996. According to the st...Read More
Queries to Florida PDMP Jumped 61% in 2012-2013 12/04/2013
State: FL | Segment: Top | 738 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Queries to Florida's two-year-old prescription drug-monitoring program jumped by 61% in the past year and registration by the state's pharmacists and health care providers increased by 28%, the Florida Department of Health reported this week.Dr. John Armstrong, Florida's surg...Read More
QBE Contracts with Sedgwick for Claims Administration 10/31/2013
By: Jim Sams (Senior Editor)
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 684 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The QBE North America Claims organization has teamed up with Sedgwick Claims Management Services to be the third-party administrator associated with QBE's new claims-administration model, the company announced Wednesday.Chief Claims Officer Paul Stachura said the partnership will enh...Read More
Quarry Worker Injured by Rock Crusher Can't Sue Employer in Tort 10/24/2013
By: Sherri Okamoto (Legal Reporter)
State: WV | Segment: EAST | 1052 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A quarry worker whose leg was injured by a rock-crushing machine was not entitled to sue his employer in tort for his injury, nor could he assert a viable cause of action for fraud or wrongful termination, the state Supreme Court ruled.Case: Friel v. Kenton Meadows C...Read More
Quota-Share Deals a Familiar Theme for Distressed Carriers 10/07/2013
State: NA | Segment: Top | 864 | 0 | Popular with Legal
By David Dankwa, Senior ReporterProperty and casualty insurers wrestling with underwriting losses and reserving issues frequently turn to quota-share reinsurance arrangements to shore up capital and stabilize their business. The latest insurer to do so is Tower Group, which a...Read More
QME Process the Clear Winner for Complexity and Time Consumption 09/19/2013
By: Sherri Okamoto (Legal Reporter)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 1602 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 50 min read
California's process for getting a qualified medical evaluator for workers' compensation claims, considered to be complicated and confusing enough to lawyers who practice in the Golden State, is even more bewildering to their out-of-state colleagues.Attorneys in o...Read More
Quinn Appoints 3 New Arbitrators, 1 New Commissioner 08/13/2013
State: IL | Segment: CENTRAL | 756 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 5 min read
Gov. Pat Quinn appointed three new arbitrators and one new commissioner to the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission on Friday.Quinn named Michael Brennan as the agency's new commissioner and appointed arbitrators Molly Dearing, Jeffrey Huebsch and Ketki Steffen. ...Read More
QME Exam Scheduled for Oct. 19 07/26/2013
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 864 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The California Division of Workers’ Compensation is accepting applications for the Oct. 19 qualified medical evaluator exam that will be administered in South San Francisco and Irvine.QMEs are independent physicians certified by the division’s Medical Unit to conduct evaluati...Read More
QME Arrested in National Crackdown on Medicare Fraud 06/17/2013
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 616 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 7 min read
Twelve Los Angeles residents, including the second-largest Medicare biller for chiropractic services in California, were arrested last week for submitting $22 million in bills for services that were never provided, the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced.The arrests are part of wha...Read More
QME Writing Course Modified for SB 863 05/24/2013
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 917 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The California Division of Workers’ Compensation said it has revised its mandatory 12-hour report-writing course for qualified medical evaluators to account for changes made by SB 863.For example, SB 863 eliminated the need for a QME to address medical treatment disputes for injuri...Read More
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