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Workers' Compensation News

State Updates Fee Schedules, but Not Guidelines 09/29/2017
State: ND | Segment: NORTH | 278 | 0 | Popular with Legal
North Dakota has published updated fee schedules that will go into effect Sunday. The fee schedules determine how much facilities will be reimbursed for care performed on injured workers at outpatient therapy centers, ambulatory surgical centers and other types of medical facilities. ...Read More

State's Rate-Maker Proposes 9% Pure Premium Decrease 09/28/2017
State: MI | Segment: NORTH | 175 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The state's rate-maker has proposed a roughly 9% decrease to pure premiums in January. A decrease in loss experience drove the proposed cut...Read More

Stakeholders, Democrats Slam Draft Impairment Guidelines 09/27/2017
By: J. Todd Foster (Reporter)
State: NY | Segment: Top | 692 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday questioned the Workers’ Compensation Board’s transparency in crafting proposed new permanency impairment guidelines and accused the agency of overstepping its legislative directive. ...Read More

State to Hire Auditor After Review Can't Account for $1.5 Million in Fraud Fund 09/27/2017
State: NM | Segment: WEST | 168 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Insurance regulators in New Mexico are planning to hire an auditor to review its accounting practices after an external review was unable to determine the whereabouts of $1.5 million collected from carriers in fiscal year 2016 to investigate insurance fraud. ...Read More

Settlements Can't Be Retroactively Voided as Against Public Policy 09/26/2017
By: Sherri Okamoto (Legal Reporter)
State: VT | Segment: Top | 192 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Vermont Supreme Court on Friday ruled that a full and final settlement between a worker and her employer cannot be voided based as contrary to public policy. Department of Labor Commissioner Anne Noonan last year refused to enforce the terms of a settlement calling for the release of ...Read More

Senate Confirms Balasubramani Appointment as SAIF Director 09/26/2017
State: OR | Segment: WEST | 376 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Oregon state Senate unanimously confirmed the appointment of Krishna Balasubramani to a second term on the SAIF Corp. board of directors. ...Read More

Supreme Court Maintains Stance on Choice of Pharmacy, Carrier Payment Obligations 09/26/2017
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: LA | Segment: SOUTH | 231 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Louisiana Supreme Court on Friday overturned a Court of Appeals decision that found an insurance carrier was not liable for the cost of medications an injured worker had obtained from an out-of-state pharmacy after the insurance carrier had specifically instructed him to get his medicati...Read More

State Hires Law Firm to Sue Drug Companies Over Opioid Crisis 09/26/2017
State: KY | Segment: SOUTH | 207 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The national law firm of Morgan & Morgan has been selected to lead the litigation against opioid manufacturers, distributors, dispensers and any groups that allegedly contributed to the opioid crisis in Kentucky. ...Read More

State: Claimants Can Challenge Stay, Not Whether Individual Liens Are Tainted 09/22/2017
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 1463 | 0 | Popular with Legal
California’s attorney general said in recent court filings that plaintiffs challenging the constitutionality of the automatic stay on liens filed by, or on behalf of, criminally charged providers are conflating two important questions. ...Read More

Supreme Court Denies Depublication of Decision on Apportionment 09/22/2017
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 1643 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The California Supreme Court will not depublish a lower court's decision that limited the ability of an employer to apportion its liability for the poor outcome of a worker’s surgery. ...Read More
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