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SIU Head Says Focus on Outcomes a Step to Control Opioids 03/06/2013
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 556 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Placing greater emphasis on medical outcomes instead of claim costs is one way that payers can help constrain the prevalence of opioids in California’s workers’ compensation system, according to the manager of the Special Investigations and Complex Claims Units for the City and County of...Read More
State Rep Says He'll Consider Changes to Authorization Bill 03/06/2013
State: TX | Segment: CENTRAL | 165 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The state representative who authored a bill that would require payers to respond to specific types of medication requests within 24 hours said that he is willing to consider payers' concerns about the bill.Rep. John Zerwas, R-Simonton, told WorkCompCentral that he has talked to work...Read More
Surgical Center Cited for Health Hazards from Blood-Borne Pathogens 03/06/2013
State: NJ | Segment: EAST | 284 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited an Englewood, N.J., ambulatory surgical center with 10 serious health violations involving blood-borne pathogens.OSHA said in a news release that inspectors responding to a complaint last August have proposed $68,000 in fin...Read More
Supreme Court Clarifies Exception to 312-Week Limit on Benefits 03/06/2013
By: Sherri Okamoto (Legal Reporter)
State: RI | Segment: EAST | 364 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A construction worker who fell from a roof and was unable to regain his earning capacity through the positions he held after his accident did not have a "material hindrance to obtaining employment" entitling him to exceed the statutory limit on temporary incapacity benefits, the Rhode Island Su...Read More
Survey Finds Lower Voc Expert Payments in Comp 03/05/2013
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 855 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Workers’ compensation vocational experts in California were paid an average of $221.59 per hour in 2012, while civil experts were paid an average of $276.12 per hour, a percentage difference of 21.91%, according to results of a survey by San Diego State University.The California ch...Read More
Swedlow to Replace Nolan as CWCI President 03/05/2013
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 266 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The California Workers’ Compensation Institute announced that J. Michael Nolan will resign as president on May 1, and the board of directors named Alex Swedlow as his replacement.Nolan joined CWCI in June 2011 as successor to president Ed Woodward, bringing more than 40 years of in...Read More
SWCB Opens Registration for EDI Trading Partners 03/04/2013
State: NY | Segment: EAST | 318 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The New York State Workers' Compensation Board announced Friday it has opened registration for trading partners to participate in the Electronic Data Interchange claims filing system beginning in June.Robert Beloten, the board's chairman, said in a regulatory notice Friday that t...Read More
Supreme Court Denies Review of 3 Comp Cases 03/01/2013
By: Sherri Okamoto (Legal Reporter)
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 858 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The California Supreme Court has denied writ review of three workers' compensation cases, including one in which the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board ruled that an applicant's attorney made a prohibited communication with an agreed medical evaluator by handing the evaluator and d...Read More
Senate Approves ALJ Selection Process Opposed by Labor 03/01/2013
State: KS | Segment: Top | 556 | 0 | Popular with Legal
By Bill Kidd, Central Bureau ChiefThe Kansas state Senate on Thursday approved legislation to give business groups the majority of seats on a panel that nominates workers’ compensation administrative law judges....Read More
School Bus Driver Draws Suspended Sentence for Fraud 03/01/2013
State: OH | Segment: CENTRAL | 246 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation announced that a Logan school bus driver has received a suspended jail sentence and been ordered to pay restitution after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor count of workers' compensation fraud for working while receiving benefits.The bureau...Read More
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