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WCC Updates Protocols on Opioids, Spinal Injuries 05/17/2012
State: CT | Segment: EAST | 294 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 3 min read
The Connecticut Workers' Compensation Commission (WCC) announced it has updated medical protocols for opioids and the treatment of injuries related to the lumbar spine and cervical spine, effective July 1, 2012.WCC Chairman John Mastropietro said in an announcement posted Tuesday tha...Read More
Wal-Mart Contractors Cited for Misclassifying Workers 05/17/2012
State: CT | Segment: EAST | 266 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Three contractors for retail giant Wal-Mart Stores have been cited for misclassifying works as independent contractors at a project to expand the Walmart in Naugatuck, Conn.The Connecticut Department of Labor (DOL) announced on Tuesday it issued 13 stop-work orders between April 12 and M...Read More
Worker's Intent Must Be Considered in Determining Residency 05/16/2012
By: Sherri Okamoto (Legal Reporter)
State: OH | Segment: Top | 313 | 0 | Popular with Legal
An injured professional ice skater who lived and trained in California did not lose her entitlement to temporary total disability benefits by turning down her employer's offer of a temporary position as a cashier in Ohio, as this was not a suitable alternative job, Ohio's 10th District Court...Read More
Workers' Comp Court Publishes Revised Rules of Procedure Online 05/15/2012
State: NE | Segment: CENTRAL | 208 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Nebraska Workers' Compensation Court announced on Friday that its revised rules of procedure are now available online in portable document format (pdf).Amendments to the court's non-adjudicatory Rules 26 and 65 were adopted at a May 9 public meeting.Rule 26 was up...Read More
Worker's 2006 Knee Injury Not Separate from 1995 Accident 05/15/2012
By: Sherri Okamoto (Legal Reporter)
State: NY | Segment: EAST | 243 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Insufficient evidence supported an administrative determination that a worker's 2006 knee injuries were independent from a 1995 accident, a New York appellate panel ruled.Case: Spinnato v. GE Advanced Materials et al., No. 512326, 05/10/2012, published.Facts: Salvatore Sp...Read More
WCRI: Orthopedic Surgeons with Stake in ASCs more Prone to Operate 05/14/2012
State: FL | Segment: Top | 544 | 0 | Popular with Legal
By Michael Whiteley, Eastern Bureau ChiefFlorida orthopedic surgeons presumed to have an ownership stake in ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs) performed between 52% and 111% more surgeries than their counterparts who did not o...Read More
Woman Sentenced to Jail, Restitution after Pleading to Fraud 05/14/2012
State: OH | Segment: CENTRAL | 162 | 0 | Popular with Insurance
A Vinton woman pleaded guilty to workers' compensation fraud and forgery last week after an investigation found she was forging documents in order to receive undue injured worker benefits, the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation has reported.Maria Patterson pleaded guilty on May...Read More
Web-based Seminar to Focus on E-Billing 05/11/2012
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 428 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 28 min read
The American Medical Association will host a seminar about mandatory electronic billing regulations that will go into effect in California on Oct. 18.Don St. Jacques, senior vice president of Jopari Solutions will lead the ...Read More
Worker's Fatal Drug Overdose on Painkillers Was Compensable 05/11/2012
By: Sherri Okamoto (Legal Reporter)
State: TX | Segment: Top | 721 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 34 min read
A Texas employee's death from an overdose of pain medication -- described as "an East Texas cocktail" by defense counsel -- prescribed for his on-the-job injury was compensable, a state appellate court ruled.Defense counsel Dana M. Gannon of Smith & Carr said on Thursday that the...Read More
Working Group Selects Possible 2013 'Report Card' Criteria for Doctors 05/11/2012
State: TX | Segment: CENTRAL | 409 | 0 | Popular with Legal
AUSTIN, Texas -- Division of Workers' Compensation staff, doctors, attorneys and insurer representatives met on Wednesday to consider criteria for the 2013 "report cards" for health care providers under the DWC's performance-based oversight (PBO) process -- with several possible measures sel...Read More
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