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A.M. Best: Falling Rates Cast Shadow on Strong Performance 10/12/2016
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 748 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 31 min read
Despite seeing rate decreases in each quarter of 2015, the workers’ compensation insurance industry experienced solid underwriting results last year, with a combined ratio that improved 5.5 points to 96.0, according to a report released Tuesday by A.M. Best. Workers’ comp net ...Read More
Bill Could Eliminate Pharmacy Requirement From MSAs 10/12/2016
By: Emily Brill (Reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 1037 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 48 min read
A bill introduced to Congress that was developed by a coalition of employers, insurance companies and third-party administrators would make Medicare responsible for prescription drug payments after a claim is settled, eliminating the need for Medicare set-asides to include pharmacy payments. ...Read More
Trial Judge Cannot Sua Sponte Order Mental Examination of Self-Represented Worker 10/12/2016
State: AL | Segment: Top | 882 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 64 min read
The Alabama Court of Civil Appeals last week ruled that a judge could not order a self-represented injured worker to undergo mental examination when neither party requested one. While Alabama Rule of Civil Procedure 35 grants a judge the authority to order a party to submit to a mental or...Read More
Insurers Press for Rebates for Fund Projected to go Belly Up in Three Years 10/12/2016
By: J. Todd Foster (Reporter)
State: OK | Segment: Top | 607 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 67 min read
Oklahoma’s former attorney general has filed a protest on behalf of insurers and self-insured employers with the state Tax Commission, claiming they are owed an estimated $20 million in rebates from the state's second-injury fund. Larry Derryberry claims Gov. Mary Fallin is usin...Read More
Worker Wasn't Entitled to Default Judgment or Costs from Co-Employee 10/12/2016
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: OH | Segment: NORTH | 305 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 311 min read
An Ohio appellate court rejected a worker's challenge to the denial of his motion for costs and for a default judgment against a co-employee for an alleged on-the-job mishap. Case: Kitson v. Gordon Food Services, No. 15CA0078-M, 09/30/2016, published. Facts: Tyler Kitson worke...Read More
Guard Failed to Tie Respiratory Infection to Plane Flight 10/12/2016
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: NY | Segment: NORTH | 382 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 4 min read
A New York appellate court ruled that a prison guard failed to prove a causal connection between his respiratory illness and his work transporting a prisoner aboard a commercial flight. Case: Matter of Donato v. Taconic Correctional Facility, No. 522128, 10/06/2016, published. Fac...Read More

Court Upholds Denial of Reconsideration for Pharmacist's Comp Claim 10/12/2016
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: NY | Segment: NORTH | 381 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 5 min read
A New York appellate court ruled that a pharmacist failed to establish any error in a decision by the Workers' Compensation Board declining to grant reconsideration of its decision upholding the denial of her claim. ...Read More

CMS Postpones Solicitation for Medicare Set-Aside Review Contractor 10/12/2016
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 512 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 15 min read
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has again postponed its release of a solicitation for a workers’ compensation review contractor. ...Read More
Paradigm Outcomes Acquires Encore Unlimited 10/12/2016
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 650 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 16 min read
Paradigm Outcomes, a provider of medical management services for catastrophic injuries and complex pain conditions, has acquired disability management company Encore Unlimited. Terms of the acquisition, which Paradigm announced last week, were not disclosed. Encore provides disabi...Read More
Zelis Healthcare Names John Camperlengo as Chief Compliance Officer 10/12/2016
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 645 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 32 min read
Zelis Healthcare, a health care information technology company serving the medical, dental and workers’ compensation markets, has hired attorney John Camperlengo as its new general counsel and chief compliance officer. Camperlengo has served for more than 25 years as the top legal e...Read More
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