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Workers' Compensation News


Comments Close for DWC Pharma Fee Schedule; Dispensing Fee Remains Point of Contention 07/07/2020
By: Mark Powell (Reporter)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 39 | 0 | Popular with Medical | 2 min read
The public comment period for the Division of Workers’ Compensation’s latest Pharmaceutical Fee Schedule proposal ended Friday, with the possible elimination of the physician dispensing fee being a sticking point among some stakeholders. ...Read More

DWC Updates Pathology and Laboratory, DMEPOS Fee Schedules 07/07/2020
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 48 | 0
The California Division of Workers’ Compensation adopted Medicare’s changes into the pathology and clinical laboratory section of the Official Medical Fee Schedule as well as the durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics and supplies section. ...Read More

Conservator for Injured Worker Can't Assess Attorney Fees Against Comp Carrier 07/07/2020
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 50 | 0
A California appellate court ruled that a probate court lacked jurisdiction to hear a conservator’s motion to assess attorney fees against the workers’ compensation insurance carrier for the conservatee’s employer. ...Read More

NCOIL, NAIC, Other Groups Clash Over Insurance Rules, Rate Methods 07/07/2020
By: William Rabb (Reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 49 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 3 min read
A disagreement between two national insurance regulatory associations has boiled over into the national spotlight, with racial overtones and potential implications for how workers' compensation premiums could one day be determined. ...Read More

Worker Fails to Prove Entitlement to Additional Benefits 07/07/2020
State: MS | Segment: SOUTH | 33 | 0
The Mississippi Court of Appeals ruled that a worker is not entitled to the permanent disability benefits and additional medical treatment he had requested, and that he was properly barred from depositing his treating doctor.  ...Read More

High Court Clarifies Availability of Apportionment, Loss of Earning Power 07/07/2020
State: NE | Segment: NORTH | 27 | 0
The Nebraska Supreme Court ruled that apportionment is not available for claims occurring after Dec. 1, 1997, and that a worker cannot recover independent awards for successive whole body injuries when the subsequent injury is to a separate body part but does not result in a further loss of ...Read More

Dems Want COVID Presumption for Federal Wildfire Workers 07/07/2020
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 68 | 0
Three U.S. senators, all Democrats, have introduced legislation that would create a presumption that federal wildfire workers who contract COVID-19 during fire season do so in the line of duty. ...Read More

DIR Inspections Find Variations in Compliance With Mask Requirement 07/07/2020
State: NV | Segment: WEST | 31 | 0
The Nevada Division of Industrial Relations said its inspectors are finding significant variation in compliance with the requirement that businesses ensure all customers are using face coverings to try to slow the spread of the new coronavirus. ...Read More

DWS to Start Issuing Work Comp Premium Credits 07/07/2020
State: WY | Segment: WEST | 42 | 0
The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services said it will start issuing workers’ compensation premium credits this month. Lawmakers this...Read More

Layoffs Not Reason to Discontinue Benefits, Department Says 07/07/2020
State: MN | Segment: NORTH | 81 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 3 min read
The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry is reminding employers, insurers and claims administrators that a layoff due to the COVID-19 pandemic is not a reason to discontinue workers' compensation benefits. ...Read More
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