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Prosecutors Allege Kickback Scheme Netted $211M 12/10/2018
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 1734 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 31 min read
Federal prosecutors in Southern California say a scheme to pay kickbacks to doctors who prescribed compound drugs to injured workers netted more than $211 million in payments over a four-year period. ...Read More

Public Health Department Reports Data on Carpal Tunnel 12/10/2018
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 520 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 21 min read
As many as 6.3 out of every 10,000 full-time employees in California might have carpal tunnel syndrome, according to information the state Department of Public Health posted on its website. ...Read More

Doctor and Patient Charged With Insurance Fraud 12/10/2018
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 1416 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 29 min read
Southern California prosecutors charged a doctor and a patient with insurance fraud for generating more than $850,000 in bills for medically unnecessary prescriptions for compound creams. ...Read More

Comp Carrier Profitability Grows, More So in Some States 12/10/2018
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 690 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 45 min read
Profitability of workers’ comp insurers in the U.S. last year grew, to 9.5% of net worth, compared to 8.2% of net worth in 2016, but profitability varied by state: from a high of 14.1% in Indiana to a low of 4.2% in the District of Columbia. ...Read More

Political Groups Fined for Failing to Report Spending to Defeat Formulary Bills 12/10/2018
State: PA | Segment: NORTH | 159 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 22 min read
Two lobbying groups reportedly financed by a claimants' law firm were fined by the Pennsylvania Ethics Commission for late disclosure of contributions that funded Twitter and advertising campaigns against workers’ compensation bills, The Morning Call newspaper ...Read More

Supreme Court Upholds Dismissal of Worker's Claim for Injuries From Being Locked in Room 12/10/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: ND | Segment: NORTH | 166 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 11 min read
The North Dakota Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that a worker’s claim for alleged mental and physical injuries from being trapped in a room during sub-zero temperatures was barred by the state’s statute of limitations. ...Read More

Bill Would Reprioritize Second Injury Fund 12/10/2018
State: MO | Segment: SOUTH | 75 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 26 min read
A bill filed for consideration during next year’s session of the Missouri legislature would put claims for death benefits or ongoing medical expenses at the front of the line for Second Injury Fund payments. ...Read More

BWC: Drug-Trafficking Nurse Practitioner Prescribed Narcotics to Injured Workers 12/10/2018
State: OH | Segment: NORTH | 116 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 36 min read
Eight Ohio residents convicted of workers’ compensation fraud or related charges last month include a Springfield nurse practitioner who pleaded guilty to felony drug trafficking, the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation anno...Read More

Patients Lured With Opioids to Undergo Injections in Alleged Scheme 12/10/2018
State: MI | Segment: NORTH | 189 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 15 min read
Six Michigan doctors have been charged as part of an investigation into a $464 million health care fraud scheme that involved more than 13 million unlawful opioid prescriptions, U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider’s office ...Read More

Rules Would Allow Third Party to Administer Uninsured Fund Claims 12/10/2018
State: CO | Segment: WEST | 73 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 23 min read
The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment is proposing rules that would allow the Uninsured Employers Board to contract with a third party to adjust claims and represent it in all legal proceedings. ...Read More
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