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Audit to Target Heavy Ordering of Lumbar Spine MRIs 11/22/2017
State: TX | Segment: SOUTH | 269 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Division of Workers’ Compensation wants stakeholder input in developing an audit plan to evaluate the appropriateness of a doctor’s decision and record-keeping that supports the ordering of lumbar spine MRIs before one month of conservative therapy. ...Read More

Limited Solutions Advanced to Address Trends in QME Report 11/21/2017
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 669 | 0 | Popular with Legal
More frequent testing and less onerous requirements are among the recommendations put forward to address findings in a recent report documenting the dwindling number of medical providers willing to serve a...Read More

Company to Appeal Order That Regulators Say Leaves Employers Without Coverage 11/21/2017
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 381 | 0 | Popular with Legal
American Labor Alliance plans to appeal a cease-and-desist order that California insurance and labor commissioners said leaves some employers without valid workers’ compensation coverage. ...Read More

Farm Labor Contractors Sentenced to 250 Days in Jail for Premium Fraud 11/21/2017
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 377 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The father-and-son owners of a Monterey County farm labor contracting business were sentenced to 250 days in jail and ordered to pay $382,951.59 in restitution after pleading guilty to four felony counts of insurance fraud.  ...Read More

Cal-OSHA Cites Six Employers for Exposing Workers to Valley Fever 11/21/2017
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 1128 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health fined six employers a total of $241,950 for exposing workers to valley fever at a solar project construction site in Monterey County. ...Read More

Sitting's Effect on Worker Health Debated 11/21/2017
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 297 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Sitting all day at work is taking a toll on employees’ health, yet employers for the most part aren’t being held accountable — in violation of the "grand bargain" of workers’ compensation, according to a Drexel University professor. ...Read More

Court Denies PTSD Benefits, Finding Gruesome Accident Scene Part of Trooper's Job 11/21/2017
By: Emily Brill (Reporter)
State: VA | Segment: Top | 182 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Mental trauma suffered by a Virginia state trooper who came across a mutilated body that had been dragged by a car for nearly a mile is not compensable because the incident was not unusual for a law enforcement officer, a state appellate court ruled. ...Read More

Task Force Releases Draft Opioid Guidelines 11/21/2017
By: J. Todd Foster (Reporter)
State: NC | Segment: Top | 361 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Nine months after it was formed, the North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Opioid Task Force has issued draft rules that would limit daily dosages for acute pain to a 50 morphine equivalent dose (MED) and would cap initial prescriptions for non-surgical patients at five days. ...Read More

Court Upholds Award for Second of 2 Alleged Accidents, Denies Claim for Additional TTD 11/21/2017
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: AR | Segment: SOUTH | 181 | 0 | Popular with Insurance
The Arkansas Court of Appeals upheld an award of benefits to a worker for the second of his two alleged on-the-job injuries but denied his claim for additional temporary total disability compensation. ...Read More

Court Orders Remand for Possible Correction of Record 11/21/2017
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: LA | Segment: SOUTH | 130 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A Louisiana appellate court ruled that the workers' compensation court needs to review the record of a worker’s challenge to enforcement of claim settlement to determine if he had filed by fax a motion to appeal in a timely manner. ...Read More
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