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Hey Buddy, Can You Spare $1 Million? 03/13/2013
State: FL | Segment: | 818 | 0
The Florida Bar News recently featured an article, “Mandatory e-filing in civil cases begins in April.” This article also described how the e-filing Authority Board has “asked the Legislature for $1.1 million to fund a help desk to assist lawyers with e-filing.” Perhaps I am ...Read More
Home away from Home now Equals Big Bucks in Ill. Workers' Comp 12/13/2012
By: Eugene Keefe
State: IL | Segment: | 1725 | 0
We sadly announce another unprecedented, gut-wrenching and controversial appellate ruling for Illinois business and the whole defense industry. A problem with the wild expansion of the “traveling employee” concept is we don’t see any true “cure.” We also assure everyone...Read More
How to Measure what Might Have Been 10/25/2012
State: NA | Segment: | 523 | 0
The most difficult cost savings measurement is calculating the savings gained from what did not happen. Call it cost-avoidance measurement. Some say it cannot be done because if it has not happened, it certainly cannot be measured.However, another point of view says that if placed in the...Read More
How Many TPAs Have Undisclosed Fee-Sharing Agreements? 09/19/2012
By: Eugene Keefe
State: NA | Segment: | 856 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Third-party administrators and some insurers may be quietly generating revenue through undisclosed “side agreements” that drive up public and private employers' workers' compensation costs, a report by the New Jersey Office of the State Comptroller cautioned recently. These side ...Read More
Hold Off on Appeal Until All Issues Resolved 08/29/2012
By: Joseph R. Needham
State: IL | Segment: | 554 | 0
 This is a straight-forward holding on a relatively simple issue: Orders remanding cases to an Arbitrator for furtherfactual findings relative to vocational rehabilitation efforts and awards are not final orders, and are not appealable. Period. Stopasking; because the Court cl...Read More
How a New York Bill Could Increase Workers' Comp Costs 06/26/2012
By: Peter J. Levin
State: NY | Segment: | 579 | 0 | Popular with Legal
My first contribution to this site was on pharmaceutical economics in the country of Greece. This time, I’m writing about something closer to home – a workers’ compensation prescription drug bill from the State Senator from Greece, New York.State Senator Joe Robach (R) ...Read More
Hartwig's Take: The Economy and P&C Insurance 05/17/2012
State: NA | Segment: | 361 | 0
We're drinking from the firehose that is Bob Hartwig's annual discussion of economic factors affecting the property and casualty industry.His presentation was as usual high energy and entertaining. Example - noting that a Greek default would have little impact on the rest of th...Read More
Heralding the New 'Dictionary-Driven' Reviewing Courts 03/30/2012
By: Michael J. Danielewicz
State: IL | Segment: | 568 | 0
This is the second major ruling we have seen where it appears our reviewing courts are suddenly reviewing, relying upon and citing dictionaries as their leading source for legislative analysis and interpretation. Attorneys on both sides may now starting grabbing for their lexicons when writing appel...Read More
How Much will Opioids Really Cost You? 03/20/2012
State: NA | Segment: | 513 | 0
A lot more than you think.I met with a large workers comp payer recently to discuss (among other things) their strategy regarding long-term work comp claims; they have more than 40,000 claimants that have been on opioids for extended periods.The research strongly suggests mos...Read More
Higher Workers' Comp Costs for Fla. Employers are Coming 03/12/2012
State: FL | Segment: | 493 | 0
The bill to stop outrageous markups on physician-dispensed drugs is all but dead, a victim of a highly effective, and very well-coordinated lobbying and public relations campaign financed by wealthy opponents who used employers' own dollars to kill the bill.Dispensing companies make ...Read More
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