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Workers' Compensation News

Sixth Edition Promises Change in AMA Guides 10/31/2007
State: NA | Segment: Top | 352 | 0 | Popular with Wcc | 52 min read
Two key drafters of the Sixth Edition of the American Medical Association (AMA) Guides for the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment say they represent a major change over the past five editions and may change the way some states view medical assessments in workers’ compensation cases. ...Read More
Study Links Rotator Cuff Injuries to Certain Types of Jobs 10/31/2007
State: NA | Segment: Medicine | 570 | 0
People who have to reach over their heads, train with weights or swim to do their jobs are at increased risk of rotator cuff injury, according to a newly published UK study of 300 people. ...Read More
Safeco Net Earnings Down 24% for the Third Quarter 10/31/2007
State: NA | Segment: Business | 117 | 0
Safeco reported Tuesday reported net income for the third-quarter of 2007 dropped to $194.4 million, 24% less than the $255.7 million reported in the third quarter of 2006. Safeco’s net income for the quarter equaled $1.93 per diluted share, compared to $2.20 per diluted share for...Read More
State College Entitled to Pension Contribution Offset 10/30/2007
State: PA | Segment: Courts | 150 | 0
A state university is entitled to an offset of a workers' compensation award after demonstrating it funded a claimant's defined benefit pension plan, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court ruled. The court granted the offset to Penn State University under Section 204(a) of the Workers' Co...Read More
S.C. Panel Refuses Sanford's AMA Order 10/29/2007
State: SC | Segment: Top | 110 | 0
The South Carolina Workers' Compensation Commission issued a ruling Friday that warns it cannot follow Gov. Mark Sanford's executive order mandating strict application of American Medical Association (AMA) impairment guides or other objective criteria in disability awards.Followi...Read More
Safeco Donates $50K to So. Cal. Fire Victims 10/26/2007
State: CA | Segment: Business | 83 | 0
Safeco announced Thursday that it is donating $50,000 to support relief efforts for victims of the Southern California wildfires. The company also pledged to match an additional $100,000 in contributions from its employees and agents to the Red Cross and Salvation Army/Sierra Del Mar....Read More
Senate Requires CMS to Explain Set-Aside Delays 10/26/2007
State: NA | Segment: Top | 292 | 0
The U.S. Senate has adopted an amendment tacked onto a federal budget bill that requires the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to explain years of delays in approving workers' compensation settlements. U.S. Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, D-N.J., announced this week that the disclo...Read More
Stakeholders Seek Dispute-Resolution Rules Changes 10/26/2007
State: TX | Segment: Top | 207 | 0 | Popular with Wcc | 4 min read
Stakeholders want the Texas Division of Workers' Compensation to attack possible provider "gaming" in the division's formal version of rules on medical dispute-resolution procedures and contested case hearings. The rules are to implement legislation passed earlier this year. Co...Read More
State Fund to Assist Fire-Damaged Policyholders 10/25/2007
State: CA | Segment: Business | 92 | 0
California State Compensation Insurance Fund said Wednesday it will extend credit to policyholders with financial losses because of the Southern California wildfires. State Fund said has more than 100,000 policyholders in the seven counties where wind-driven brush fires have burned 674 squ...Read More
San Bernardino Staff Evacuate DWC Building 10/25/2007
State: CA | Segment: Regulatory | 109 | 0
The California Division of Workers' Compensation on Wednesday closed its San Bernardino office and evacuated its staff because of the county's wildfires. The DWC's San Diego office also remained closed Wednesday for a second day. The 75-acre Martin Ranch Fire was burning We...Read More
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