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CMS Addresses Reimbursement Paperwork Backlog, Portal at Teleconference 11/18/2016
By: Emily Brill (Reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 794 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 29 min read
The contractor handling the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' pre-settlement reimbursement process acknowledged this spring's paperwork backlog at a teleconference Thursday, telling listeners that its correspondence is now up to date except for post-demand redetermination reques...Read More

Outpatient Charges Would Decrease, ASC Payments Rise Slightly 11/18/2016
By: J. Todd Foster (Reporter)
State: OH | Segment: Top | 998 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 40 min read
Staff for the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation proposed to its board of directors Thursday a new outpatient medical fee schedule that would decrease reimbursements by 5% over 2016, and a new ambulatory surgery center schedule that would increase costs 4.4%. ...Read More

DWC Announces Court Reporter Contracts 11/18/2016
State: NJ | Segment: NORTH | 461 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 1 min read
The New Jersey Division of Workers’ Compensation has specified the providers of court reporter services under a new statewide contract. ...Read More
OSHA Updates Fall-Protection Rules 11/18/2016
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 473 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 12 min read
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed an update to its standards on slip, trip and fall hazards. The most significant change, the agency said in a statement, allows employers to select the fall protection system that works best for them. The rule also...Read More

Contractor Fined $184K for Fall Protection, Equipment Safety Violations 11/18/2016
State: CT | Segment: NORTH | 432 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 1 min read
A Connecticut contractor allowed workers to wear safety harnesses that were not connected to anchors at a Rhode Island worksite, leading to a fine of $184,194 for violating federal work safety standards. ...Read More

AARP Sues Federal Agency Over Wellness Incentive Rule 11/18/2016
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 507 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 26 min read
The AARP is suing the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission over a rule it issued in May regarding employer wellness incentives, alleging that the rule allows employers to penalize workers for keeping health information private. ...Read More

Comp Claim Only Remedy Against Uninsured Employer 11/18/2016
State: GA | Segment: SOUTH | 768 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 189 min read
An injured worker who decided it was pointless to file a workers' compensation claim against his uninsured employer cannot pursue a tort action, as the employer is still protected by exclusive remedy, the Georgia Court of Appeals ruled. ...Read More

MEMIC Hires Thomas Wiese as VP of Claims 11/18/2016
State: ME | Segment: NORTH | 749 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 41 min read
The MEMIC Group, a workers’ compensation specialty insurer, has named Thomas Wiese as its vice president of claims. ...Read More

'Ambiguous' Claim Denial Keeps Widow's Wrongful Death Suit Alive 11/18/2016
State: FL | Segment: SOUTH | 606 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 21 min read
An employer that wrote an "ambiguous" notice denying a widow's workers' compensation claim may have given the woman a shot at proceeding with a wrongful death suit instead. ...Read More

Opponents of Expedited Hearing Requests Must File Paperwork Within 10 Business Days 11/18/2016
State: TN | Segment: SOUTH | 445 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 80 min read
The Tennessee Bureau of Workers’ Compensation will enact changes Nov. 30 to its rules on mediation/hearing procedures. ...Read More
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