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Oral Arguments Heard by 11th Circuit in U.S. v. Stricker 08/07/2012
By: Shawn Deane
State: NA | Segment: | 693 | 0
On July 26, oral arguments were heard before the United States Court of Appeals (11th Circuit) in Atlanta regarding the federal government’s appeal in the case of United States v. Stricker, et al.   This matter was heard before a three judge panel consisting of Judges Adalberto Jorda...Read More
Okla. Workers' Comp Option Rejected 05/02/2012
State: OK | Segment: | 594 | 0
The Oklahoma House of Representatives has voted 50-42 against allowing employers the option of establishing their own injury benefit plans outside of the Oklahoma workers’ compensation system. This decision will not be reconsidered, so the initiative is finished for the 2012 legislative Sessio...Read More
Opinions Differ on whether AB 378 Limits Self-Referral 02/09/2012
State: CA | Segment: | 668 | 0 | Popular with Legal
There's a new fight brewing in California and I suspect it will provide good entertainment, and an abject lesson in legislative drafting, to workers' compensation observers.The fight is about physician self-referral of pharmacy goods.Assembly Bill 378, which took effe...Read More
Our News Flash on PPPs Turns into a Dud 01/11/2012
By: Eugene Keefe
State: IL | Segment: | 557 | 0
This past Tuesday, letters from the Illinois Department of Insurance sent on Dec. 30 were received by three approved workers' compensation preferred provider program providers confirming they were "finally approved."We assumed final approval meant rock-and-roll, good-to-go, hasta-la-...Read More
Overdosing on Drugs: Compensable in Tenn., Denied in Ohio 12/20/2011
State: NA | Segment: | 448 | 0
Today we examine two court cases that trouble the dreams of claims adjusters: workers with severe injuries whose use of pain medication leads to their deaths. In one case, the accidental overdose is deemed compensable; in the other, the claim is denied. The devil, of course, is in the details....Read More
Opioid Abuse in Florida: Who Controls Controlled Substances? 12/16/2011
State: FL | Segment: | 503 | 0
Florida is famous for at least three things: citrus fruit, sunshine and pain pills. The citrus and sunshine are pretty much permanent, but it appears that the easy dispensing of opioids may be coming to an end. HB 7095, the state's new law regulating opioid distribution, bans doctor dispensing o...Read More
Opioids in Work Comp: Gaining Visibility 11/09/2011
State: NA | Segment: | 669 | 0 | Popular with Insurance
Most workers' comp executives have moved opioid abuse and overuse to the top of their "we've got to fix this now" list.Those who haven't, should.Here's why.Employers and insurers will spend $1.4 billion on narcotics this year; the vast majority of ...Read More
Of Heroes, Acts of God and (No) Mercy 10/28/2011
State: MO | Segment: | 727 | 0
When the category 5 tornado hit Joplin, Missouri on May 22 this year, Mark Lindquist was perched on a mattress which covered his clients, three mentally disabled adults. Lindquist, a social worker for Community Support Services, was following the tornado protocol in a town where basements are virtua...Read More
Older Workers: How Old is Too Old? 10/19/2011
State: NA | Segment: | 748 | 0
For 36 years Rodolfo Meza worked for Aerol Corp. in Rancho Dominguez, Calif. as a metal worker making cast iron and aluminum molds. He was about 48 when he began working; he was about 84 when he was terminated while on medical leave for a knee operation. Rodolfo sued, claiming age discrimination, ra...Read More
One Way to ID Scofflaw Employers: IRS Co Op 09/26/2011
State: NA | Segment: | 502 | 0
Al Capone wasn't brought down on racketeering charges.No, it was income taxes.And now scofflaw employers who misclassify their workers as independent contractors will face similar fate if agreements between The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), the Internal Revenue Service ...Read More
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