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Maximum Weekly Compensation Rates Rise 2.8% 07/13/2016
State: VT | Segment: NORTH | 558 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 2 min read
Maximum weekly compensation rates in Vermont rose 2.8% as of July 1, the state's workers' compensation division announced in a memorandum to adjusters, carriers and self-insureds. The new maximum for injuries occurring after June 30, 1986, is $1,259, up from $1,224. T...Read More

Expert Will Discuss How to Adopt Workers' Compensation Concepts 07/13/2016
State: PA | Segment: NORTH | 496 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 18 min read
Ruth Estrich, chief strategy officer of MedRisk, a physical rehabilitation and diagnostic imaging solutions firm for the workers’ compensation industry, will deliver a primer on the industry’s treatment philosophy during a special forum from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. July 21 at Arcadia Unive...Read More

Advisers Say New Drug Formulary Will Reduce System Costs by Nearly 3% 07/13/2016
State: TN | Segment: SOUTH | 525 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 132 min read
The implementation of a drug formulary this year will save 2.7% in overall system costs, the Tennessee Advisory Council on Workers’ Compensation states in its annual report. ...Read More

State Fund Dismisses Two Doctors From RICO Case, Settles With Two More 07/12/2016
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 2842 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 28 min read
State Compensation Insurance Fund is dropping claims against two doctors it accused of receiving kickbacks from Pacific Hospital of Long Beach and has agreed to settle similar allegations with two other doctors, according to recent court filings. ...Read More

WCAB Decision Clarifies That CMS Approval of Set Asides Is Voluntary 07/12/2016
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 1946 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 59 min read
Those who don’t see the value of asking the Centers for Medicare Services to approve amounts set aside for future medical spending in workers’ comp settlements may get a boost from a recent opinion by the California Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board. ...Read More

Employer Can Take Offset for Benefits Paid Under Non-Occupational Disability Plan 07/12/2016
State: VT | Segment: Top | 822 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 16 min read
A narrowly divided Vermont Supreme Court last week ruled that an employer was entitled to offset its future liability to an injured worker to recoup the payments it had made to her through a short-term disability plan, even though Vermont law contains no express provision for such an&nb...Read More

BrickStreet Acquires Workers' Comp Block of HM, Continues Explosive Growth 07/12/2016
State: WV | Segment: Top | 712 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 94 min read
BrickStreet Mutual Insurance Co. overcame one of West Virginia’s worst disasters in 2006 and in the decade since has evolved from the state’s first private workers’ compensation carrier to a regional player with a footprint in 12 states and the District of Columbia. ...Read More
OSHA Cites Employer After Warehouse Worker Crushed by 3 Tons of Granite 07/12/2016
State: CO | Segment: WEST | 590 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 3 min read
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigated Denver's Nidi Tec Inc. after an employee was crushed by 6,500 pounds of fractured granite slabs. The stone distributer received $88,900 in penalties for two willful, two repeat and seven serious violations. An empl...Read More

Paid Claims Continue to Decrease as State Works to Curb Medical Costs 07/12/2016
State: MN | Segment: NORTH | 877 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 54 min read
The number of paid workers’ compensation claims in Minnesota fell 49% between 1997 and 2014, according to a new annual report by the state Department of Labor and Industry. ...Read More

Gas Equipment Manufacturer, Labor Broker Receive $120,000 in OSHA Fines 07/12/2016
State: TX | Segment: SOUTH | 594 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 10 min read
An oil and gas equipment manufacturer, and its labor broker, received about $120,000 in combined OSHA fines after failing to label hazardous chemicals or properly dispose of contaminated material, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Austin area office announced. ...Read More
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