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State to Change Rule Reflecting New One-Year Limit on Claim Filing 11/27/2017
State: OH | Segment: NORTH | 204 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Ohio’s workers’ compensation agency plans to update a rule to reflect the fact the legislature shortened the statute of limitations for claim filing, from two years to one year. ...Read More
 
 

Sitting's Effect on Worker Health Debated 11/21/2017
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 394 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Sitting all day at work is taking a toll on employees’ health, yet employers for the most part aren’t being held accountable — in violation of the "grand bargain" of workers’ compensation, according to a Drexel University professor. ...Read More
 
 

Statute Allowing for Termination of Doctor's Relationship With Worker Isn't Retroactive 11/21/2017
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: CO | Segment: WEST | 168 | 0 | Popular with Insurance
In a case of first impression, the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled that a newly enacted statute that provides for the automatic termination of a doctor’s status as an authorized treating physician does not apply retroactively. ...Read More
 
 

Supersedeas Fund Has 16-Month Backlog, Conflicting Balances 11/20/2017
By: J. Todd Foster (Reporter)
State: PA | Segment: Top | 213 | 0 | Popular with Insurance
A Pennsylvania fund that reimburses carriers when they overpay for benefits has a 16-month backlog of applications from insurers wanting refunds, but regulators would not say last week whether the payments have been delayed by the state's budget woes. ...Read More
 
 

Supreme Court Orders Oral Argument on Calculation of Worker's AWW 11/20/2017
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: RI | Segment: NORTH | 264 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Rhode Island Supreme Court last week said it wants to hear oral argument from the parties in a pending dispute on whether an injured worker’s average weekly wage should include income from his employer’s work-sharing plan. ...Read More
 
 

State's Medical Payments Per Claim Stabilize, WCRI Says 11/20/2017
State: FL | Segment: SOUTH | 152 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Medical payments per workers’ compensation claim in Florida remained stable in 2015 following moderate growth from 2010 through 2014, according to a recent study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute. ...Read More
 
 

Survey: Small Businesses Want to Manage Policies Online 11/17/2017
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 273 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Twenty-three percent of small-business owners would like their workers’ comp insurer to offer more online or self-service tools to help them manage their policies, according to a recent survey. ...Read More
 
 

Split Supreme Court Upholds Denial of Treatment for Worker's Neck Injury 11/16/2017
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: WV | Segment: SOUTH | 211 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A divided West Virginia Supreme Court ruled that a worker was not entitled to medical treatment for her neck, since her condition was not compensable. ...Read More
 
 

State Fund Management Fee Called Budget Fix, Incentive to Lower costs 11/15/2017
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: MT | Segment: Top | 270 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A 3% management fee on Montana State Fund investments would generate $30 million to help cover a $227 million budget shortfall while also having the potential to drive down rates by sending a message to the carrier that it shouldn’t be hoarding capital, according to supporters. ...Read More
 
 

Split Supreme Court Upholds Denial of Authorization for MRI 11/15/2017
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: WV | Segment: SOUTH | 172 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A divided West Virginia Supreme Court ruled that an insurance carrier was not obligated to authorize a magnetic resonance imaging scan for a construction worker with a back injury because the scan was part of a doctor's effort to monitor a condition that had never been accepted as compen...Read More
 
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