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Maine Issues Report on Workers' Compensation System in 2015 02/19/2016
State: ME | Segment: NORTH | 1801 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Maine’s medical fee schedule has managed to stabilize workers’ compensation medical costs, and requests for vocational rehabilitation by injured workers have leveled off, according to the 201...Read More

Speakers Show Consensus Around Some Issues Relating to Formulary 02/18/2016
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 1430 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 1 min read
OAKLAND, Calif. – California regulators when implementing a formulary should consider some kind of phase-in period to allow providers and carriers an opportunity to identify the best way to proceed with treatment for workers taking medications not included on the list of approved drugs, sai...Read More
Supreme Court Denies Review of Stevens v. WCAB 02/18/2016
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 2827 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The California Supreme Court is not going to weigh in on the constitutionality of the state's independent medical review scheme. It's also not going to revoke the imprimatur of the 1st District Court of Appeals on the matter. Last October, the 1st DCA declared that IMR &qu...Read More

Panelists: Bureaucracy Adding to Comp Costs 02/18/2016
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 755 | 0 | Popular with Legal
When Virginia revised its medical fee schedule last month, many had a simple question: Did the change apply to bills with a date of service on or after the effective date of the revision, or to bills carriers received on or after that date? ...Read More

Exclusivity Didn't Bar Mother's Wrongful Death Claim from Workplace Shooting 02/18/2016
By: Sherri Okamoto (Legal Reporter)
State: GA | Segment: Top | 701 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 1 min read
The Court of Appeals this week ruled that the exclusive remedy provision of the Georgia Workers' Compensation Act did not bar a mother's tort suit over the murder of her son almost exactly four years ago. The mother of slain warehouse worker Nickifor Zephyrine contends that a prop...Read More

Employer Can Waive Comp Lien After Being Found Liable for Contribution 02/18/2016
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: IL | Segment: NORTH | 350 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 1 min read
The Illinois Appellate Court ruled that an employer could waive its workers' compensation lien against a father's recovery for a wrongful death claim after a jury found it liable for contribution to the alleged third-party tortfeasors. ...Read More

Firefighter Cancer Bill Passes House Committee 02/18/2016
State: GA | Segment: SOUTH | 1597 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A committee in the Georgia House of Representatives voted Wednesday to approve a bill that would make firefighters stricken by cancer and other diseases eligible for workers' compensation benefits if they demonstrate exposure to a known risk factor while on the job, according to a ...Read More
Advisory Council Bill on Gov.'s Desk After Passing Legislature Unopposed 02/18/2016
State: WI | Segment: NORTH | 500 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A bill that will increase maximum benefits by $40 a week but also bar benefits for accidents caused by drug or alcohol intoxication has cleared both chambers of the Wisconsin Legislature and is awaiting a signature by Gov. Scott Walker. ...Read More
Company to Donate Audit-Review Proceeds to Charity 02/18/2016
State: NC | Segment: SOUTH | 387 | 0 | Popular with Insurance
An insurance management company in Charlotte, North Carolina is raising money for a local charity by donating half the proceeds from its workers’ compensation audit-review service. The company, United Risk Inc., hopes to raise $50,000 through the program, which it is calling Operati...Read More
Municipal Judge Who Pocketed Comp Settlement Resigns Post 02/18/2016
State: NM | Segment: WEST | 294 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 5 min read
A New Mexico judge who was suspended from the bench after he was convicted of misappropriating a client's workers' compensation settlement funds has agreed to resign his post to avoid further discipline, the Albuquerque Journal reported Wednesday. Randall Royball, executive direct...Read More
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