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AG Urged CMS to Pay for Toxicology Services Her Office Was Investigating 01/12/2016
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: FL | Segment: Top | 497 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi in 2014 sent a letter to the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services seeking to halt the federal agency's crackdown on payments for toxicology services her office had been investigating for at least two years, according to the Palm Beach Post. ...Read More
Payers Grapple With Steep Drug-Price Increases 01/12/2016
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 2266 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The price of Lyrica, a commonly prescribed pain medications in workers’ compensation, shot up 9.4% on New Year’s Day, as drug-maker Pfizer increased U.S. prices for more than 100 of its drugs. It’s a sign that workers’ compensation payers will continue to face drug...Read More
No Wage Loss Necessary for Worker to Get Wage-Differential Award 01/12/2016
By: Sherri Okamoto (Legal Reporter)
State: IL | Segment: Top | 1032 | 0 | Popular with Insurance
The Illinois Appellate Court on Friday ruled that a permanently partially disabled worker who suffered no post-accident reduction in income could still qualify for a wage-differential award to account for her lost earning capacity. Wage-differential awards are one of the two forms of PPD ...Read More
Spiros Co-Sponsors Advisory Council's Bill, Introduces His Own Legislation 01/12/2016
State: WI | Segment: Top | 538 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A Wisconsin state lawmaker is named as co-sponsor of the state advisory board's agreed legislation on workers' compensation that differs markedly from a bill that he himself put forward. Rep. John Spiros, R-Marshfield is listed as sponsor in the Assembly of SB. 536, filed Friday a...Read More
Auto Insurer Didn't Owe Coverage for Firefighter's Injuries 01/12/2016
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: MO | Segment: SOUTH | 1611 | 0 | Popular with Insurance
The Missouri Court of Appeals ruled that a volunteer firefighter could not assert an uninsured motorist claim against the fire department's automobile insurance carrier for his injuries from a crash involving the department's fire truck. Case: Wise v. Thornhill, No. SD33715, 12/31...Read More
Siblings Convicted of Lying about School to Obtain Death Benefits 01/12/2016
State: OH | Segment: NORTH | 366 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A Bedford, Ohio man has been convicted of workers’ compensation fraud for falsely claiming to be a college student in order to receive death benefits. Ramzes Madison was convicted Dec. 10 of one fifth-degree felony count of workers’ compensation fraud related to misleading the...Read More
L&I Proposing to Clarify Rating and Classification Rules 01/12/2016
State: WA | Segment: WEST | 329 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Washington state Department of Labor & Industries is proposed to revise a number of rating and classification rules for clarity and ease of use. The department said in a Jan. 5 rulemaking notice the ch...Read More
Finger Amputation Leads to $51,000 Fine for Manufacturer 01/12/2016
State: WI | Segment: NORTH | 343 | 0 | Popular with Insurance
A Wisconsin manufacturer of commercial laundry equipment is facing federal fines of $51,000 after a worker’s hand was crushed in a folding machine, resulting in amputation of a finger. Alliance Laundry Systems LLC of Ripon has been cited for one serious, one repeated and one other-t...Read More
Governor Seeking Applications for Subsequent Injury Board Members 01/12/2016
State: NV | Segment: WEST | 301 | 0 | Popular with Insurance
The office of Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval is seeking applications from people interested in serving as members of subsequent injury boards. There is currently one vacancy on the Board for the Administration of the Subsequent Injury Account for Self-Insured Employers, and another vacancy on...Read More
Claimant Accused of Running Own Business While Collecting Benefits 01/12/2016
State: NY | Segment: NORTH | 465 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A Niagara Falls, New York man accused of defrauding the workers' compensation system of more than $82,000 over a 13-year period was arrested Friday and charged with theft and fraud. New York State Inspector General Leahy Scott announced Friday the arrest of 55-year-old James Neagle,&n...Read More
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