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DWC Posts Adjustment to Physicians' Fee Schedule 12/08/2017
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 907 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The California Division of Workers’ Compensation posted an order adjusting the physicians section of the Official Medical Fee Schedule to incorporate changes made by Medicare for 2018. The order, among other things, incorporates the 1.4% increase in the Medicare Economic Index, whic...Read More

Debate Over Evidence-Based Guidelines Heats Up 12/08/2017
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 914 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 12 min read
A pair of recent opinion columns have rekindled the debate over whether workers’ compensation medical treatment guidelines are helpful or harmful to injured workers. ...Read More

DWC Approves Carve-Out Agreement Between Los Angeles and Police Union 12/07/2017
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 852 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The California Division of Workers’ Compensation announced Wednesday that it has approved a “carve-out” agreement between the City of Los Angeles and the union that represents the 10,000 employees of its Police Department.  ...Read More

DWC Announces Medical Fee Conversion Factors for 2018 12/06/2017
State: TX | Segment: SOUTH | 289 | 0 | Popular with Medical | 5 min read
The Texas Division of Workers’ Compensation has announced new medical fee guideline conversion factors for services provided in calendar year 2018, ...Read More
DIR Updates Lump-Sum Annuity Table 12/06/2017
State: NV | Segment: WEST | 290 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Nevada Division of Industrial Relations adjusted its actuarial annuity table used to calculate lump-sum payments for permanent disability benefits in a move that wil...Read More

Doctor Confirms Firefighter's Cancer Is Work-Related 12/06/2017
State: OH | Segment: NORTH | 446 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A second Columbus firefighter has produced medical evidence that his cancer is directly linked to his job, NBC 4 reported. ...Read More

DWC Suspends 21 Providers, Some Tied to Medicare Fraud 12/05/2017
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 1329 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The California Division of Workers’ Compensation announced Monday the suspension of 21 more medical providers from participating in the state workers’ compensation system, bringing the total number of suspensions this year to 115.  ...Read More

DOL Denies Workers' Comp to Ground Zero OSHA Inspector With Lung Disease 12/05/2017
State: NY | Segment: NORTH | 1036 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A former Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspector who was sent to Ground Zero after the 9/11 attacks to ensure the safety of rescue workers is having trouble getting workers' compensation benefits for his lung disease, ...Read More

Death From Shooting Preferable to Comp, Police Officer Says 12/04/2017
State: NM | Segment: WEST | 450 | 0 | Popular with Legal
An Albuquerque police officer shot four times during a traffic stop in 2015 says death would have been preferable to his workers’ compensation experience, according to a ...Read More

Discrepancy Between Medical Record, Worker's Account of Accident Didn't Create Triable Issue 12/04/2017
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: NY | Segment: NORTH | 263 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A New York appellate court ruled that the existence of a discrepancy between the description of an accident provided by a construction worker and the account contained in his medical records did not prevent him from receiving a grant of summary judgment on his Labor Law claim. ...Read More
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