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QMEs Allege Additional Underground Rules Limit Billing for Research Time 02/23/2018
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 765 | 1 | Popular with Legal | 41 min read
California qualified medical evaluators have lodged another complaint about underground rule-making in their nearly two-year fight with the Division of Workers’ Compensation over how the agency is handling requests for recertification. ...Read More

Supreme Court Won't Review Award to Worker for Disability After Self-Procured Treatment 02/23/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 624 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 21 min read
The California Supreme Court will not review an employer’s challenge to an award of benefits to a worker for her temporary period of disability after she underwent surgery at her own expense. ...Read More

SB 1160 Author Resigns From Senate Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations 02/23/2018
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 522 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 15 min read
Tony Mendoza on Thursday resigned before lawmakers had an opportunity to vote on a resolution to expel him from the California Senate after an independent investigation det...Read More

QME Dies in Private Plane Crash in San Diego 02/23/2018
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 1429 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 18 min read
A San Diego orthopedic surgeon who served as a qualified medical evaluator died when his private airplane crashed shortly after takeoff, according to news reports. ...Read More

Amendment Boosts Optimism Over Work Comp Reform Measure 02/23/2018
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: KY | Segment: Top | 117 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 62 min read
A wide-ranging workers’ comp reform bill in the Kentucky legislature has cleared the House and is being taken up by the Senate, following a floor amendment by its sponsor to appease firefighters. ...Read More

Committee Passes Gov's Reform Bill 02/23/2018
State: AK | Segment: WEST | 142 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 46 min read
The Finance Committee of the Alaska House of Representatives passed a wide-ranging reform bill requested by Gov. Bill Walker, projected to increase annual revenue for the state’s workers’ compensation administrative account by $1.8 million. ...Read More

Worker Must Arbitrate Deliberate Intention Claim Against Employer 02/23/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: WV | Segment: SOUTH | 68 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 7 min read
The West Virginia Supreme Court ruled that the terms of an injured worker’s arbitration agreement required that he arbitrate his claim that he had been hurt because of intentionally tortious conduct. ...Read More

DWC Releases Proposed Performance Criteria for Designated Docs 02/23/2018
State: TX | Segment: SOUTH | 103 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 13 min read
The Texas Division of Workers’ Compensation wants input on how to evaluate the performance of designated doctors. The division ...Read More
BWC Issues Reminder About New Fee Schedule Rules 02/23/2018
State: TN | Segment: SOUTH | 81 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 116 min read
The Tennessee Bureau of Workers’ Compensation medical fee schedule rules take effect on Sunday, and the Bureau has produced a bullet-point summary to help explain the changes. The fee schedule rules are effective for services rendered on or after Sunday, regardless of injury date....Read More

ProAssurance Net Income Drops 68% in Q4 02/23/2018
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 57 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 147 min read
ProAssurance Corp.’s net income fell by 68% in the fourth quarter, to $17.3 million, despite positive results in the company’s workers’ comp segment. ...Read More
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