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Dozen Bills Introduced, Including Five With Firefighter Cancer Presumptions 01/22/2018
By: J. Todd Foster (Reporter)
State: MO | Segment: Top | 173 | 0 | Popular with Wcc | 70 min read
The Missouri governor’s sex scandal could derail proposed legislation he endorsed to create a cancer presumption for firefighters, a claimants’ attorney said Friday. ...Read More

DWC Proposed Rule Would Slash Rehab Fees, Mandate Preauthorization 01/22/2018
State: TX | Segment: SOUTH | 262 | 0 | Popular with Medical | 8 min read
The Texas Division of Workers’ Compensation on Friday released proposed rules that will strip accredited rehabilitation facilities from preauthorization by employers and insurers, and reduce fees for services. ...Read More
DWC Announces Feb. 9 Deadline for Formulary Committee Applications 01/19/2018
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 239 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 5 min read
Physicians and pharmacists interested in serving on the committee that will advise the Division of Workers’ Compensation on changes to the formulary that went into place at the start of the year should submit applications by Feb. 9. Assembly Bill 1124, requiring the DWC to implement...Read More

Doc Agrees to Stop Dispensing Compounds Until Kickback, Manslaughter Charges Resolved 01/17/2018
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 1868 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 3 min read
A Southern California doctor agreed to stop prescribing or dispensing compound drugs until kickback and manslaughter charges are resolved in a case that defense lawyers say should be thrown out because the Orange County District Attorney’s Office reviewed documents protected by attorney-cli...Read More
Drobot To Start Serving 63-Month Prison Sentence in June 01/15/2018
State: CA | Segment: Top | 1394 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 106 min read
Michael D. Drobot will serve five years, three months in prison for overseeing a $500 million workers’ compensation fraud scheme for 15 years, under a sentence handed down by U.S. District Judge Josephine L. Staton on Friday. The judge said Drobot, 73, of Corona Del Mar, “intr...Read More

DWC Announces Seven More Suspensions 01/12/2018
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 1484 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 13 min read
The Division of Workers’ Compensation suspended a businessman convicted of paying kickbacks in 2010, as well as a handful of convicted providers. ...Read More

DWC Accepting Applications for P&T Committee 01/11/2018
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 575 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Division of Workers’ Compensation is accepting applications from providers and pharmacists interested in serving on the committee that will advise the administrative director on updates to the prescription drug formulary that went into effect at the start of the year. ...Read More

Death of Infant Didn't Create 'Abnormal Working Condition' for Social Worker 01/10/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: PA | Segment: NORTH | 166 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A divided Commonwealth Court ruled that a social worker was not entitled to benefits for psychological distress after an infant under her supervision was killed on the night after she had paid a visit to check on the child’s well-being. ...Read More

Driver Who Ignored Drug Test Results Can Get Medical Benefits, but Not Indemnity 01/10/2018
State: PA | Segment: NORTH | 148 | 0 | Popular with Employer | 2 min read
A woman who got into a car crash on her first day as a driver for a company she hadn’t been cleared to work for can receive medical benefits, but not indemnity benefits, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania decided last week. ...Read More

Data Analytics Help Boost Outlook for Commercial Lines 01/05/2018
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 328 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A.M. Best improved its outlook for commercial lines in the U.S. to "stable," citing fundamental changes to insurers’ underwriting and pricing practices that include the use of data analytics. ...Read More
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