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Utility Beefs Up Safety After Two Contract Workers Die in Sludge Room 11/01/2016
State: TX | Segment: SOUTH | 465 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 2 min read
El Paso Water has strengthened its safety requirements for contractors following the deaths of two workers in 2014, wateronline.com reported. Carlos...Read More

Woman Charged With Fraud After Allegedly Underreporting Wages 11/01/2016
State: FL | Segment: SOUTH | 666 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 3 min read
A Miami woman has been charged with fraud after investigators said she severely underreported her company’s wages to her workers’ compensation insurer, the ...Read More

Amended Rules Proposed for Hearing Contested Cases 11/01/2016
State: TN | Segment: SOUTH | 483 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 155 min read
The Tennessee Bureau of Workers’ Compensation will hold a public hearing Dec. 16 on proposed amendments to Rule 0800-02-13, Procedures for Penalty Assessments and Hearing Contested Cases....Read More
CIGA Board Reviewing Budget at November Meeting 10/31/2016
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 615 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 10 min read
The board of governors for the California Insurance Guarantee Association will review a fiscal year update, financial statements and cash flow projections at a Nov. 9 meeting in Los Angeles. The board will also hear reports on fiscal year 2016 audits during the public portion of the meeti...Read More
State Fund Announces Additional Settlement with Provider in Pacific Hospital Case 10/31/2016
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 1567 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 26 min read
State Compensation Insurance Fund informed the federal court in Santa Ana that it reached a settlement with another Southern California provider it accused of accepting kickbacks for surgeries performed at Pacific Hospital of Long Beach. State Fund on Friday asked the U.S. District Court ...Read More

3rd Circuit Says Fraud Allegations Against Allied Underwriting Must Be Arbitrated 10/31/2016
By: Sherri Okamoto (Legal Reporter)
State: NJ | Segment: Top | 798 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 61 min read
The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last week ruled that a New Jersey employer who was allegedly misled into signing up for a risk pool agreement has to seek a remedy through an arbitral forum for its fraud claim against the Applied Underwriters Captive Risk Assurance Co. ...Read More

MSA Compliance Pros Looking for Answer on 'Zero Set-Asides' 10/31/2016
By: Emily Brill (Reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 967 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 582 min read
The federal government gave a little by ending the reporting requirement for workers' compensation settlements of less than $750, but industry experts are waiting to see if Medicare will take a little by tightening standards for approval of what are known as "zero set-asides." ...Read More

Study: Drug Spends Drop, but Opioids and Physician Dispensing Remain Concerns 10/31/2016
By: J. Todd Foster (Reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 946 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 49 min read
Drug spending in workers' comp has declined 11% over the past six years, but opioids remain a concern and compounds are an emerging threat to the system, according to an annual drug spending report by the CompPharma consortium of pharmacy benefit managers. ...Read More

Firefighter Loses Claim for Benefits for Prostate Cancer 10/31/2016
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: PA | Segment: NORTH | 565 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 113 min read
Pennsylvania's Commonwealth Court ruled that a firefighter was unable to avail himself of a statutory presumption that his prostate cancer was work-related. ...Read More

Court Upholds Award for Secretarial Worker's Carpal Tunnel Syndrome 10/31/2016
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: MO | Segment: SOUTH | 556 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 80 min read
A Missouri appellate court ruled that a longtime secretarial worker was entitled to medical care and benefits for her bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome. ...Read More
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