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DCBS Reports 6% Increase in Cost of Claims Resolved in 2017 10/04/2018
State: OR | Segment: WEST | 71 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 4 min read
The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services announced that the number of accepted disabling claims that were resolved in 2017 increased, by about 6.7%, compared to 2016, while the average cost of those claims increased, by about 6.1%. The department reports 21,013 accepte...Read More

DWC Adds New Chapters to MTUS 10/03/2018
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 619 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 22 min read
The California Division of Workers’ Compensation adopted evidence-based medical treatment guidelines covering traumatic brain injuries and general clinical issues. ...Read More

DOJ to Award $320 Million to Combat Opioid Crisis 10/03/2018
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 136 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 261 min read
The U.S. Department of Justice has announced that it is awarding almost $320 million to combat the nation’s opioid crisis. The DOJ said the...Read More

DWC Dismisses Thousands of Liens Filed by Younger Drobot 10/02/2018
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 1613 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 51 min read
The California Division of Workers’ Compensation, in the first major case involving a law requiring it to dismiss liens held by those who have been convicted of fraud, eradicated nearly 5,000 claims filed by companies affiliated with Michael R. Drobot. ...Read More

DWC Opens Comment Period on Pharmaceutical Fee Schedule Revision 10/01/2018
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 277 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 62 min read
Medi-Cal is in the midst of adopting a new formula for determining maximum prices for pharmaceuticals, and under state law, the California Division of Workers’ Compensation must follow that lead. ...Read More

DWC Wants Input on Research Agenda 10/01/2018
State: TX | Segment: SOUTH | 116 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 28 min read
The research arm of the Texas Division of Workers' Compensation next year plans to continue digging into outcomes for injured workers, along with medical costs and the use of telemedicine. But the division wants stakeholder input on those plans, DWC ...Read More

DWC Negotiating Free Access to Guidelines With Reed Group 09/28/2018
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 480 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 131 min read
OAKLAND, Calif. — The Division of Workers’ Compensation is close to finalizing a deal that would allow California providers to access the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine guidelines at no cost. ...Read More

DWC Adopts Geographic Practice Cost Index Rules 09/28/2018
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 375 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 179 min read
The California Division of Workers’ Compensation gave notice Thursday that it has adopted rules that implement Medicare's Geographic Practice Cost Index for the state's Official Medical Fee Schedule, marking the first time that the state has set regional prices for medical...Read More

Division Delays Launch of Case Management System 09/26/2018
State: IA | Segment: NORTH | 103 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 74 min read
The Iowa Division of Workers' Compensation is postponing the rollout of its Workers’ Compensation Electronic System to make sure bugs are worked out before the system goes live. ...Read More
Division Announces 2.7% Increase in Maximum Benefit Rate 09/25/2018
State: TX | Segment: SOUTH | 140 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 293 min read
The Texas Division of Workers’ Compensation announced that the maximum workers’ compensation benefit will increase, by 2.7%, to $938 for dates of injury from Oct. 1 through Sept. 30, 2019. The maximum rate is set at the state average weekly wage, rounded to the nearest dollar....Read More
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