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Fruin: Death of the Second Injury Fund? 06/19/2017
Source: Shawna Fruin
State: WA | Segment: Top | 1066 | 0
Historically, a pension with Washington's Second Injury Fund relief was a desirable outcome for both Washington injured workers and employers, allowing workers to obtain the pension that they desired, but reducing employer liability to only permanent partial disability — assuming t...Read More

Ferguson: Workers Memorial Day and a Voice for the Workers 04/21/2017
By: Julie Ferguson
State: NA | Segment: Top | 1446 | 0
April 28 is Workers Memorial Day, a time when workers and their families, labor unions and safety advocates commemorate those who were killed on the job: 4,800 fatalities per year, or an average of 13 workers who lose the...Read More

Feinberg: Getting to Yes with UR and IMR 02/07/2017
By: Steven Feinberg
State: CA | Segment: Top | 3557 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 1 min read
This document is meant to help physicians and others better serve injured workers. Understanding how to write requests for treatment that meet evidence-based medicine (EBM) guidelines will more often result in approved authorization for medical care through utilization review (UR) and independent...Read More

Ferguson: OSHA Under President Trump: Early Signs 01/26/2017
By: Julie Ferguson
State: NA | Segment: Top | 2402 | 0 | Popular with Legal
We’re still awaiting an appointment to the Department of Labor under the Trump administration, so we don’t expect an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) director to be named until after that. ...Read More

Ferguson: Reading the Tea Leaves: The Trump Administration and OSHA 12/01/2016
State: NA | Segment: Top | 2028 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Employers are in a state of limbo between one presidential administration and another, trying to intuit the potential impact as potential names of candidates for the cabinet and key administrative posts are floated, debated and named. Much is still in the realm of speculation. ...Read More
Farber: SPARC Act Does Not Make Medicare Responsible for Prescription Drugs 11/17/2016
State: NA | Segment: Top | 1319 | 0
Many employers have been interested in recent federal legislation proposing to reform the Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) laws surrounding the Medicare Prescription Drug program, known as “Part D,” and for good reason.  The current law is ambiguous at best, and many do not...Read More

Fletcher: Another Look at Physician Dispensing 10/26/2016
State: IL | Segment: Top | 792 | 0
Editor's note: Physician dispensing for workers’ compensation patients has received close scrutiny in the past several years. This past week, Dr. David Fletcher spoke at the Illinois State Chamber of Commerce 9th annual Workers’ Compensation Symposium at the Lis...Read More

Ferguson: OSHA's New Reporting Rule Raising Hackles 06/06/2016
By: Julie Ferguson
State: NA | Segment: Top | 1266 | 0
OSHA recently released a final rule on injury reporting and electronic record keeping that is raising hackles in many quarters. If you aren’t aware of the rule, this post will get you up to speed and will present an overview of the controversy. ...Read More
Fifty States, Fifty Different Laws: A Peter Rousmaniere Analysis 02/04/2016
By: Tom Lynch
State: NA | Segment: Top | 560 | 0 | Popular with Legal
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) Consumer Price Index calculator, what you bought for $100 in 1973 would today cost $533.82. Despite this, during that same period wage growth for the median hourly worker ...Read More
February 2016 Case Law Update 02/03/2016
By: Michael W. Sullivan
State: NA | Segment: Top | 1410 | 0 | Popular with Legal
JURISDICTION AND SUBROGATION In King v. Comppartners, Inc. (2016) E063527, the 4th District Court of Appeal held that an injured worker could assert a civil tort claim against a utilization review (UR) doctor for failing to warn him about the potential consequences associated with the abr...Read More
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