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Workers' Compensation News


Gavin: The Mistakes That States Make 01/18/2017
By: Michael Gavin
State: NA | Segment: Top | 966 | 0
As 2017 gets rolling, state legislatures are convening all over the country. Several of them are about to make mistakes in the area of medication management in workers' compensation.   ...Read More

Gavin: Pain Acceptance: A Path Forward? 01/12/2017
By: Michael Gavin
State: NA | Segment: Top | 1028 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The world apparently needs more opioids, so the Food and Drug Administration approved another one Monday. ...Read More

Gavin: The Tobacco Playbook: Opioids Go Global 12/22/2016
State: NA | Segment: Top | 691 | 0
Remember when the full weight of federal and state governments, along with support from advocacy and public health groups, finally came crashing down on the heads of the tobacco industry?   ...Read More

Gavin: Surveys Says: We Still Have a Long Way to Go on Opioids 12/15/2016
State: NA | Segment: Top | 874 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Last week, I referred all of you to a piece by Dr. Stephen Martin, wherein he offers a critique of the Centers fo...Read More

Gibson: Abuse of Drug Testing by Carrier Doctors 12/08/2016
State: TX | Segment: Top | 1133 | 0
It is appropriate to compare the drug testing done for Olympic athletes versus those done on Texas workers. ...Read More

Gonzalez: WCMSA Funds Not Countable Resources for Medicaid Eligibility Purposes 11/22/2016
State: NC | Segment: Top | 959 | 0
On Nov. 15, the Court of Appeals of North Carolina published its decision on Williford v. North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and North Carolina Division of Medical Assistance, concluding that the Industrial Commission’s workers' compensation settlement agreement orde...Read More

Gelman: Weighing Genetic Factors in Cardiovascular Cases 11/15/2016
State: NA | Segment: Top | 650 | 0
Cardiovascular cases involving occupational risks are complicated causation proof issues in workers' compensation cases. The association of the work exposure and/or effort is usually a challenging proof battle where literature and medical experts are caught in a contentious duel. ...Read More

Gavin: A New Regulatory Approach to Opioids 11/11/2016
By: Michael Gavin
State: NY | Segment: Top | 1200 | 0
The New York Workers' Compensation Board has announced a new avenue for payers to challenge the appropriateness of long-term opioid use. Published last week, the notice begins: ...Read More

Grover: The Value of Onsite Physical Therapy 11/09/2016
State: NA | Segment: Top | 763 | 0
Physical therapy can be one of the biggest cost drivers of a workers’ comp claim. In addition to the treatment itself are the expenses for travel and the employee’s time away from work. ...Read More

Goldstein: Zero MSAs: What's All the Chatter About? 11/02/2016
State: NA | Segment: Top | 388 | 0
Over the last several weeks, the Medicare Set-Aside community has been astir with all of the forthcoming Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services changes — from a new CMS review contractor, to possible threshold changes, to the expansion of review for liability MSAs, and now, to the lates...Read More
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