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Doctors' Opinions Showed PTSD Was Permanent Condition 12/28/2010
State: IA | Segment: CENTRAL | 147 | 0
Two doctors' opinions constituted enough evidence to establish the permanency of a nursing assistant's post-traumatic stress disorder, the Supreme Court of Iowa ruled.Case: Broadlawns Medical Center v. Rose Marie Sanders, No. 08—1643, 12/23/10. Published. Facts:...Read More
Division Proposes Changes to Fee Schedule and Billing Rules 12/28/2010
By: Jim Sams (Senior Editor)
State: OR | Segment: WEST | 299 | 0 | Popular with Wcc
The Oregon Workers' Compensation Division has scheduled a Jan. 18 hearing to take public comments on proposed rules changes that would modify the medical fee schedule, require better communications between medical providers and payers and cap fees when rules don't set a maximum allowable pay...Read More
Degenerative Disc Disease Qualifies as Preexisting Arthritic Condition 12/27/2010
State: OR | Segment: Top | 244 | 0 | Popular with Legal
By John P. Kamin, Legal EditorThe Oregon Supreme Court's definition of "arthritis" will likely translate into lower costs for payers because it clearly includes degenerative disc disease as a preexisting arthritic con...Read More
Disability Discrimination Suit Fails for Lack of Pretext Evidence 12/23/2010
State: CO | Segment: WEST | 70 | 0
A former baggage handler's disability discrimination suit against United Airlines failed because she could not prove that the employer terminated her because of a compensable disability, a federal district court in Colorado ruled. Case: Laura Snider v. United Air Lines, No. 09-cv-027...Read More
DWC Sets Interest and Discount Rate at 3.8% for Coming Quarter 12/23/2010
State: TX | Segment: CENTRAL | 87 | 0
The Texas Division of Workers' Compensation has set the interest and discount rate for payments and settlements under the Workers' Compensation Act at 3.8% for the first quarter of 2011.The rate was computed by using the constant maturity rate for one-year U.S. Treasury bills of ...Read More
DWC to Reduce Ambulance Services Inflation Factor 12/22/2010
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 197 | 0 | Popular with Wcc
The California Division of Workers' Compensation announced Tuesday that the inflation factor for ambulance services will decrease slightly next year.The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has determined the ambulance inflation factor for 2011 will be a negative tenth of...Read More
Docs Performing Fusions Tied to Implant Manufacturers 12/21/2010
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 598 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Hospitals that collect the most money from Medicare for performing spinal fusions also employ doctors with economic ties to the manufacturers of the devices used in the procedure, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday -- providing the latest bad press for a procedure that has long been under fire ...Read More
DWC Announces Maximum Weekly Benefit 12/21/2010
State: FL | Segment: EAST | 320 | 0
The Florida Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) said the maximum weekly indemnity benefit for workers injured on or after Jan. 1 will be $782.State law sets the weekly maximum benefit equal to the state average weekly wage as established by the Florida Agency for Workforce Innova...Read More
Dailey to Succeed Woudstra as Farmers CEO 12/21/2010
By: Jim Sams (Senior Editor)
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 104 | 0
Farmers Group promoted Jeff Dailey to the post of president and chief operating officer effective Jan. 1, the Los Angeles-based carrier announced Monday.Farmers, a subsidiary of Zurich Financial Services Group, also announced that Dailey will become Farmers chief executive officer when c...Read More
DWC Proposes Changes to Medical Fee Schedule 12/20/2010
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 474 | 0 | Popular with Wcc
The California Division of Workers' Compensation late Friday released long-awaited proposed amendments to the ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs) and implantable spinal hardware sections of the Official Medical Fee Schedule, a part of its 12-point plan to contain medical costs.DWC sai...Read More
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