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Workers' Compensation News

Emergency Order Lists Missing Medical Fee Schedule Codes 07/20/2016
State: LA | Segment: SOUTH | 534 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 37 min read
The Louisiana Workforce Commission’s Office of Workers’ Compensation has issued an emergency rule to provide CPT codes that were inadvertently omitted from its medical reimbursement schedule. The rule remains in effect until mid-October and was necessary to facilitate the time...Read More
Consumer Complaints to Be Shared With Law Enforcement Under Proposed New Rules 07/20/2016
State: IL | Segment: NORTH | 468 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 19 min read
The Illinois Department of Insurance has proposed several rule changes, including adding minimum record-keeping standards to aid insurers in compliance and allowing the agency to share consumer complaints with law enforcement if regulators suspect a crime has been committed. The proposed ...Read More

DePaolo, WorkCompCentral Founder, Dead at 56 07/19/2016
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 4745 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 43 min read
David DePaolo, founder, president and chief executive officer of WorkCompCentral, died on Sunday. He was 56. ...Read More

Supreme Court Gets Opening Brief in Malpractice Suit Against UR Doctor 07/19/2016
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 1852 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 72 min read
The California Supreme Court on Friday received the opening brief on the merits of a dispute over whether a worker can pursue a medical malpractice claim against a utilization review provider responsible for failing to warn him about the risks associated with the withdrawal from his psychotropic ...Read More

Attorney Who Paid for Referrals Blames Greed, Stupidity 07/19/2016
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 3367 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 33 min read
Former applicants' attorney Sean Enrique O'Keefe told a San Diego County grand jury that he was "greedy and stupid" when he agreed to pay a firm to refer him clients so that they could run up bills for medical providers, according to ...Read More
Insurance Dept. Accepting Comments on WCIRB Regulatory Filing 07/19/2016
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 647 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 54 min read
The California Department of Insurance is accepting public comments on the Workers' Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau's proposed changes to the Uniform Statistical Rating Plan. The WCIRB's regulatory filing includes a recommendation to revise the definition of medical-...Read More

Feds Wrangle With Surge in Spending on Compounded Drugs 07/19/2016
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 1003 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 118 min read
The amount that federal government programs are spending on compounded drugs is soaring, according to two recent reports, including one that shows the consequences of not having any controls on compounded medications in workers’ compensation. ...Read More

Court Says Guaranty Association Can't Offset Liability to Trucker's Widow 07/19/2016
By: Sherri Okamoto (Legal Reporter)
State: SC | Segment: Top | 494 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 20 min read
The South Carolina Court of Appeals last week ruled that the state insurance guaranty association's liability to the widow of a trucker for his fatal car accident could not be reduced by the amount of her recoveries from other sources. ...Read More

Trade Group Urges State to Adopt Greater Flexibility for Large Deductibles 07/19/2016
State: MA | Segment: Top | 687 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 35 min read
The Massachusetts Division of Insurance should provide greater flexibility in the use of large deductibles to help large, sophisticated employers better control their costs, the American Insurance Association testified Monday. ...Read More

High Court Orders Remand for CRB to Define 'Upper Extremity' 07/19/2016
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: DC | Segment: SOUTH | 491 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 1 min read
The District of Columbia's highest court ruled that the Compensation Review Board needs to establish a definition of what constitutes a worker's "upper extremity." ...Read More
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