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Dallas Police Officer Reported Indicted on Fraud Change 12/18/2008
State: TX | Segment: Fraud | 129 | 0
The Dallas Morning News reported Wednesday that a grand jury indicted a Dallas police officer Dec. 16 on one count of felony insurance claim fraud. Officer Larry Bankston, 37, is accused of working off-duty jobs while he was on injury leave from the police department and receiving worker...Read More
Division Issues Informal Draft of Closed Formulary Rules 12/18/2008
State: TX | Segment: Regulatory | 308 | 0
The Texas Division of Workers’ Compensation announced Wednesday it has posted a working draft of rules concerning pharmaceutical benefits, including a closed formulary, online and will receive comments on the draft until 5 p.m. Jan. 21.The division reported the draft rules are bein...Read More
Division Sets Safety Summit in Laredo for Jan. 14 12/17/2008
State: TX | Segment: Regulatory | 231 | 0
The Texas Division of Workers’ Compensation will present a regional workplace safety workshop in Laredo on Jan. 14 at Texas A&M International University located at 4449 University Drive.The “Rio Grande Safety Summit” is one of several regional safety summits offered...Read More
DWC Proposes Lower Fees for Health Care Organizations 12/16/2008
By: Jim Sams (Senior Editor)
State: CA | Segment: Regulatory | 360 | 0 | Popular with Insurance
The Division of Workers' Compensation is proposing a steep reduction in fees collected from workers' compensation health care organizations in an informal draft of proposed rules that the agency posted online Monday for public comment.The division would reduce the cost of an appl...Read More
DWC Recaps New WCAB Procedural Rules Effective Nov. 17 12/16/2008
By: Jim Sams (Senior Editor)
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 724 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 75 min read
The California Division of Workers' Compensation on Monday posted a recap of changes to the rules of practice and procedures of the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board under new regulations that went into effect on Nov. 17.The rules change brought numerous changes to WCAB procedu...Read More
Defense Litigation Costs Remain at $27.9M in 2007 12/16/2008
By: Jim Sams (Senior Editor)
State: OR | Segment: WEST | 143 | 0
Oregon insurers and employers paid $29.7 million for attorney salaries, fees and other legal services to defend against workers' compensation claims in 2007, according to data released by the Department of Consumer and Business Services on Monday.The report, prepared by researchers R...Read More
Draft Settlement Agreement not Enforceable, 8th District Rules 12/16/2008
By: Jim Sams (Senior Editor)
State: OH | Segment: CENTRAL | 307 | 0
A claimant who pursued a functional capacity evaluation before committing to a return-to-work date is not obliged to comply with the terms of an unsigned settlement agreement that included a date certain for her to return to her job, an Ohio appellate court ruled.The Eighth Appellate Dis...Read More
Division Posts ODG Updates for November Online 12/16/2008
State: TX | Segment: Regulatory | 101 | 0
The Texas Division of Workers' Compensation has posted updates to the Official Disability Guidelines (ODG) for November on its website.The changes include new chapters, entries and topics; new or updated references; and revised information.The division posts a list of upd...Read More
D.A.'s Office Arrests Prison Employee for Fraud 12/12/2008
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 216 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Amador County District Attorney's Office arrested a  Mule Creek State Prison employee for workers' compensation fraud after he allegedly forged a medical document to extend his time off work, according to a northern California newspaper. The Ledger Dispatch reported that...Read More
Dane Replacement Plans to Clear the Air with Jacksonville Lawyers 12/12/2008
State: FL | Segment: Top | 207 | 0
Thirty-five-year veteran Tampa claimants' attorney Stephen L. Rosen plans to clear the air with local lawyers soon after taking the bench as one of Florida's new Judges of Compensation Claims (JCCs).Rosen begins work Jan. 2 as one of two new JCCs appointed by Gov. Charlie Crist....Read More
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