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Workers' Compensation News

Prime Health Teams With CHC to Offer Telemedicine Network for Comp 09/22/2016
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 632 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 88 min read
Prime Health Services and Consumer Health Connections are teaming up to offer a telemedicine health care network for the workers' compensation industry, the companies announced in a press release Wednesday. ...Read More

OSHA: Dollar General Adds to Rap Sheet With More Blocked-Exit Violations 09/22/2016
State: OH | Segment: NORTH | 501 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 20 min read
In a situation that has become routine for federal workplace safety inspectors, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited a Dollar General store for stacking items in front of its emergency exits. ...Read More

Back-to-Back Injuries at Poultry Plant Yield $88,000 Fine 09/22/2016
State: MS | Segment: SOUTH | 488 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 38 min read
In March, a 42-year-old man on his shift at the Koch Foods poultry plant in Mississippi lacerated his finger after his glove got caught in a conveyor. One month later, a 23-year-old woman broke two fingers while attempting to clear a jam in a gizzard chiller. ...Read More

NCCI: Drug Spend Up 6% in 2014 09/21/2016
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 1627 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 44 min read
Prescription drug use in workers’ comp claims fell 4% in 2014, but prices for the drugs rose 11% on average that year, resulting in a 6% increase in workers’ comp prescription drug spending, according to a report released Tuesday by the National Council on Compensation Insurance. ...Read More

NCCI Analysis Highlights Surgery Center Fee Schedule Savings 09/21/2016
By: Emily Brill (Reporter)
State: NC | Segment: Top | 1141 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 11 min read
In January, Surgical Care Affiliates petitioned the North Carolina Industrial Commission to change how ambulatory surgical centers were reimbursed in its medical fee schedule. ...Read More

Liability for Hearing Loss Claim Falls on Employer of 4 Days 09/21/2016
By: Sherri Okamoto (Legal Reporter)
State: WV | Segment: Top | 1034 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 26 min read
A divided West Virginia Supreme Court this week ruled that the full amount of liability for a hearing loss claim by a worker who spent 33 years operating heavy machinery fell on his last employer, for which he had worked only four days. ...Read More

Speakers Target Opioids, Fraud, Workplace Violence and Psychosocial Factors 09/21/2016
By: J. Todd Foster (Reporter)
State: TX | Segment: Top | 654 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 34 min read
AUSTIN, Texas — The workers’ compensation industry needs to reject the oft-held but futile notion that it can cure all chronic pain in injured workers, a nationally known expert said Tuesday. ...Read More

Health Care Workers Assaulted by Patient Could Compel Discovery of Patient Records 09/21/2016
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: OH | Segment: NORTH | 509 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 10 min read
An Ohio appellate court revived the claims of four health care workers against their employer stemming from on-the-job assaults by the same patient, finding they had improperly been denied the discovery they sought. ...Read More

Court Upholds Award to Maintenance Worker for PTD Benefits, Travel Expenses 09/21/2016
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: IA | Segment: NORTH | 717 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 148 min read
The Iowa Court of Appeals ruled that a maintenance worker was entitled to an award of permanent total disability benefits for a back injury, as well as reimbursement for his travel expenses to secure treatment. ...Read More

Court Rejects Paramedic's Claim for Back Injuries 09/21/2016
State: AR | Segment: SOUTH | 798 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 4 min read
The Arkansas Court of Appeals ruled that a paramedic failed to establish either of her two claims for benefits for alleged back injuries. ...Read More
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