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DWC Opens 15-Day Comment Period on Hospital Outpatient and ASC Fee Schedule 09/12/2016
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 886 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 80 min read
The California Division of Workers’ Compensation opened a 15-day comment period on proposed revisions to the Hospital Outpatient Departments and Ambulatory Surgical Centers section of the Official Medical Fee Schedule. Changes the DWC is proposing would: Clarify that ...Read More
DWC Updates DMEPOS Section of Fee Schedule 09/12/2016
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 656 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 29 min read
The California Division of Workers’ Compensation has revised the durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics and supplies section of the state’s medical fee schedule to incorporate recent changes made by Medicare. The division said the updated DMEPOS section of the ...Read More

A.M. Best: Growth Slowing for State Compensation Funds 09/12/2016
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 713 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 152 min read
State compensation insurance funds in the U.S. saw net written premiums increase for the fifth year in a row in 2015, even as the state funds face continued rate softening and the potential expansion of opt-out arrangements, according to an A.M. Best special report released Friday. ...Read More

Judge Can't Order Attorney to File Motion for Fees After Dismissal of Client's Case 09/12/2016
By: Sherri Okamoto (Legal Reporter)
State: FL | Segment: Top | 1060 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 37 min read
Florida's 1st District Court of Appeal last week ruled that a judge of compensation claims could not compel a claimants' attorney to submit a verified motion for fees and costs after the claimant's case was dismissed. ...Read More

NCCI Proposes 10.2% Loss Cost Decrease, 4th in 4 Years 09/12/2016
By: Emily Brill (Reporter)
State: OK | Segment: Top | 1492 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 34 min read
A National Council on Compensation Insurance filing delivered Thursday indicates that loss costs shrank for the fourth year in a row in Oklahoma. ...Read More

Insurers: Don't Further Erode Financial Stability of Last-Resort Fund 09/12/2016
By: J. Todd Foster (Reporter)
State: PA | Segment: Top | 718 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 16 min read
Insurers are decrying a bill in the Pennsylvania state legislature that would allow the state's workers’ compensation insurer of last resort to branch out and sell health insurance, and to borrow against its reserves to pay claims and administrative costs. ...Read More

Johns Hopkins Finds 2,000% Markups Common Among Hospitals 09/12/2016
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 1176 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 25 min read
Hospitals are setting prices for some services at more than 20 times their actual cost, simply because they are in a position to do so, according to a study by Johns Hopkins University published in the journal Health Affairs. ...Read More

Court Upholds Award to Injured Paramedic Based on Passive Range-of-Motion Test Results 09/12/2016
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: AR | Segment: SOUTH | 393 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 13 min read
The Arkansas Court of Appeals upheld an award of benefits to an injured paramedic based on the results of a passive range-of-motion test. Cas...Read More

Injured Teacher Gets Benefits for Attack by Student, but no 'Assault Pay' 09/12/2016
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: LA | Segment: SOUTH | 564 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 3 min read
A Louisiana appellate court ruled that a special-education teacher was entitled to benefits for her injuries from an attack by a student, as well as an award of penalties and attorney fees, but that she could not get "assault pay." ...Read More
New Rules in Place for Medical Impairment Rating Program 09/12/2016
State: TN | Segment: SOUTH | 554 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 8 min read
Doctors in Tennessee may now prepare a medical impairment rating report of an injured worker without physically examining the claimant if the claimant has failed to appear for an examination more than once without good cause, under new rules that took effect last week. The new rules also ...Read More
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