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Bills Take Aim at Employer-Stacked Workers' Comp Judge Nominating Panel 02/22/2016
State: KS | Segment: NORTH | 376 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 2 min read
After an outcry over a closed-door nominating process by a panel that is stacked in favor of employer representatives, two bills have been introduced in the Kansas Legislature to address perceived inequities in the nominating process for workers’ comp and unemployment judges. ...Read More

DWC Opens Door to Use of Telemedicine by QMEs 02/19/2016
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 3780 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 4 min read
In a first for California work comp, the state Division of Workers’ Compensation has approved the use of telemedicine by one physician for conducting medical-legal evaluations. ...Read More

CWCI: Number of IMR Decision Letters Increased 19% in 2015 02/19/2016
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 1393 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The total number of independent medical review determination letters issued by Maximus Federal Services increased 19% in 2015, according to a California Workers' Compensation Institute report published Thursday. ...Read More

DWC Terminates QME Status of Chiropractor Following Plea Agreement 02/19/2016
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 3939 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The California Division of Workers' Compensation terminated the qualified medical evaluator status of San Diego chiropractor Steven Rigler, who pleaded guilty to federal charges relating to an alleged kickback scheme in the city. ...Read More
Neuropsych Bill Back Before Lawmakers 02/19/2016
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 1161 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A bipartisan proposal to allow a qualified medical evaluator specialty designation for neuropsychologists vetoed by Gov. Jerry Brown is back before California lawmakers. ...Read More

Pressure Builds for Marijuana Reimbursement 02/19/2016
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 906 | 0 | Popular with Legal
As lawmakers in New Mexico rejected a bill exempting employers from reimbursing injured workers for medical marijuana, lawmakers in Kansas introduced a bill that would require employers to pay for marijuana in the same way they would any other medication. ...Read More
Judge Says Medical Cost Containment Antitrust Suit Can Proceed 02/19/2016
By: Sherri Okamoto (Legal Reporter)
State: PA | Segment: Top | 660 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 11 min read
A federal trial judge in Pennsylvania is allowing an anti-trust suit against the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center to go forward.  Premier Comp Solutions, a medical cost-containment company based in Pittsburgh, accuses the hospital of abusing its status as a monopolistic health...Read More

High Court Says McCarran-Ferguson Act Didn't Reverse Preempt FAA 02/19/2016
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: NY | Segment: NORTH | 481 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 5 min read
New York's highest court ruled that a comp carrier could compel arbitration of its disputes with three California employers over the terms of the agreements between them to defer payments due under the carrier's policies. ...Read More

Attorney Won't Be Disciplined for Criticizing IME 02/19/2016
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: MI | Segment: NORTH | 1866 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A Michigan attorney says he won't be disciplined for his comments accusing an independent medical examiner of lying under oath to downplay the significance of his client's injuries from an automobile accident. ...Read More

WCJ Erred in Focusing on Equivocal Testimony When Denying Claim 02/19/2016
State: NM | Segment: WEST | 3029 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A workers' compensation judge focused too much on equivocal statements by physicians instead of paying attention to the one unequivocal statement provided in testimony when ruling that a claimant's lingering pain was not caused by his work injury, the New Mexico Court of Appeals ruled....Read More
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