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Large Minority of Claims Shops Still Lack URAC Accreditation as Deadline Looms 06/18/2018
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 636 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 16 min read
With a July 1 deadline looming, only 56% of active utilization review organizations in California’s workers’ comp system had obtained URAC accreditation as required under Senate Bill 1160. ...Read More

Prosecutor Says Public Awareness Campaign Slashed Fraud Prosecutions 06/18/2018
State: CA | Segment: Top | 482 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 12 min read
SAN DIEGO — More arrests are coming in a fraud sweep that has already netted 55 arrests and 32 convictions, the chief of San Diego County’s insurance fraud prosecution unit told a business group on Friday. ...Read More

Puckett Departs DWC After 19 Years; Leaves Unique Safety Programs to D'Amura 06/18/2018
By: William Rabb (Reporter)
State: TX | Segment: Top | 94 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 3 min read
Friday was the last day at the Texas Division of Workers’ Compensation for the woman who has been credited with launching a number of programs designed to reduce workplace injuries. ...Read More

Court Upholds Award of Benefits to Firefighter Retroactive to Date of Disability 06/18/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: PA | Segment: NORTH | 69 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 62 min read
The Commonwealth Court ruled that a cancer-stricken firefighter was entitled to begin receiving benefits from the date of her disability, even though she did not file a workers’ compensation claim until years later. ...Read More

Employer Can't Compel IME With Psychiatrist Before Provision of Treatment 06/18/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: MT | Segment: WEST | 68 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 41 min read
The Montana Workers’ Compensation Court ruled that a worker could not be compelled to attend an independent medical evaluation with a psychiatrist prior to receiving any treatment for a mental health condition. ...Read More

Supreme Court Tosses Discrimination Claim by Rejected Applicant for Deputy Commissioner Post 06/18/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: IA | Segment: NORTH | 66 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 49 min read
The Iowa Supreme Court on Friday ruled that an unsuccessful candidate for a deputy workers’ compensation commissioner position could not assert a viable age-discrimination claim against Iowa Workforce Development because he waited too long to file with the Civil Rights Commission. ...Read More

Highway Worker Suspected of Double-Dipping, Lying About Injury 06/18/2018
State: NY | Segment: NORTH | 87 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 17 min read
Prosecutors say a state highway maintenance worker lied about his injury and collected $7,875 in benefits while working for other employers. ...Read More
Updated Medical Aid Rules, Fee Schedules Now Posted 06/18/2018
State: WA | Segment: WEST | 67 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 17 min read
The Washington Department of Labor and Industries has published the 2018 edition of the Medical Aid Rules and Fee Schedules, effective July 1. ...Read More

Bill to Permit Electronic Delivery of Decisions Clears House 06/18/2018
State: DE | Segment: SOUTH | 64 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 120 min read
A bill in the Delaware legislature that would allow Industrial Accident Board's hearing notices and decisions to be sent by email instead of certified mail has been passed by the House. ...Read More

Sunz Holdings Launches Expanded Subrogation Services 06/18/2018
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 85 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 48 min read
Sunz Holdings LLC has announced the formation of Avalon Subrogation Partners, a subrogation company focused on recovering claim payments from parties who may have caused or contributed to the accident or insured the loss. ...Read More
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