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WCD Posts Comments and Responses on Medical Payment Rules 01/22/2009
By: Jim Sams (Senior Editor)
State: OR | Segment: WEST | 121 | 0
The Oregon Workers' Compensation Division on Wednesday posted online the entire written and oral testimony presented before the division adopted new rules that restricted the ability of preferred provider organizations (PPOs) to pay discounted rates to medical providers.The division ...Read More
Willis HRH Announces Promotions, Appointments 01/22/2009
State: NA | Segment: Business | 184 | 0
Willis HRH, the North American unit of Willis Group Holdings, announced a series of appointments and promotions this week in key areas of its retail brokerage business. The insurance broker promoted Tom Coughlin to national partner for Willis HRH, where he assumes responsibility for capt...Read More
WCC Posts Guides for Light-Duty Jobs 01/21/2009
State: VA | Segment: EAST | 193 | 0
The Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission has posted guidelines for workers required to return to work on light-duty status.Virginia law requires partially disabled workers to make good-faith efforts to find light-duty work and requires the commission to determine whether the con...Read More
Worker Attorneys Warn 'Whacking' Has Begun in AMA Guides Fight 01/20/2009
State: SC | Segment: Top | 239 | 0
Attorneys for five injured workers who filed a federal lawsuit contesting South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford's executive orders mandating the use of American Medical Association (AMA) impairment guides warned that officials of the Workers' Compensation Commission have been "whacked" for refusi...Read More
Workers' Comp Agency Head Plans E-Filing, Other Initiatives 01/20/2009
State: LA | Segment: Top | 544 | 0
The head of Louisiana’s Office of Workers’ Compensation Administration plans to emphasize electronic filing and notification initiatives to save time and expense at the agency – along with promoting evidence-based treatment guidelines and improving return-to-work efforts....Read More
Wrongful Termination Claim May Proceed, 13th DCA Rules 01/20/2009
By: Jim Sams (Senior Editor)
State: TX | Segment: CENTRAL | 136 | 0
A worker who was fired five days after receiving an on-the-job injury complied with the notice requirements in the federal Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act and is entitled to proceed to trial in his wrongful termination claim, the Texas 13th District Court of Appeals ruled....Read More
Worker's Dismissal No Grounds for Reduced PD Award 01/20/2009
By: Jim Sams (Senior Editor)
State: KS | Segment: CENTRAL | 257 | 0
An employer who accommodated a disabled worker's restrictions but later fired him when it discovered he had made a false statement on an application form he had filled out for a temporary-employment firm must still pay the worker's full permanent partial disability award, a Kansas appellate ...Read More
WCD Gives Notice of New Carrier in Assigned Risk Plan 01/16/2009
By: Jim Sams (Senior Editor)
State: OR | Segment: WEST | 52 | 0
The Oregon Workers' Compensation Division gave official notice Thursday that Travelers is now writing 20% of the book in the state's Assigned Risk Workers' Compensation Plan.As previously reported by WorkCompCentral, Travelers Indemnity Insurance Co. submitted a successful bi...Read More
WorkCompSchool Offers Live Course on Math Fundamentals 01/15/2009
By: Jim Sams (Senior Editor)
State: CA | Segment: Business | 625 | 0 | Popular with Insurance
WorkCompSchool’s latest training course will focus on the underlying fundamentals and algebra necessary to perform complex mathematical calculations in California workers’ compensation claims, the WorkCompCentral subsidiary said Wednesday.WorkCompCentral founder and President...Read More
W.R. Berkley Announces Two Appointments 01/13/2009
State: NA | Segment: Business | 275 | 0
W.R. Berkley Corp. announced two new executive appointments affecting Vela Insurance Services and Nautilus Insurance Group. Berkley appointed David A. Jordan to president of Vela Insurance Services. He will succeed Richard P. Shemitis, who will serve as the executive vice president and c...Read More
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