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Pebworth, Voc Rehab and Pre-'03 Injuries 08/16/2003
State: CA | Segment: | 330 | 0
AB 749 was the first time in California workers' compensation history that settlement of prospective vocational rehabilitation entitlement was permitted. Labor Code section 4646 was amended into three sub-sections, providing the framework for a scheme that permitted settlement of "the employee's rig...Read More
Preventing Delays When Billing for Supplies 05/24/2003
State: CA | Segment: | 442 | 0
As a Workers' Compensation Auditor and Bill Review Specialist I see numerous claim payments being held up on claims where supplies and materials are billed and the invoice is not attached to show the actual cost of the supplies and/or materials. This may result in a significant delay in getting paid...Read More
Prescription Benefit Management for Employers - 2 02/01/2003
State: CA | Segment: | 257 | 0
In our first article we reviewed what a prescription benefit manager (PBM) is and how it can save an employer money. This article, Part 2 of the two part series, will review how to sel...Read More
Prescription Benefit Management for Employers - 1 01/19/2003
State: CA | Segment: | 345 | 0
Prescription drug costs are the fastest rising component of workers' comp medical costs, advancing 16% last year and consuming close to a dime out of every medical dollar. A portion of those rising costs can be attributed to an overall increase in drug usage. This is not entirely negative s...Read More
Penalties, Interest and Taxes 11/24/2002
State: CA | Segment: | 493 | 0
Are penalties and interest paid on a workers' compensation award taxable? Basically, no. In California, all payments made pursuant to Division 4 of the Labor Code are deemed "compensation" (Labor Code section ...Read More
Preparing for a Formal Conference 08/18/2002
State: CA | Segment: | 298 | 0
When an applicant attorney files an RU-103 requesting dispute resolution by the Unit, many claims examiners assume the attorney submitted copies of all documents relevant to the dispute. While they should do so, many attorneys file only those documents supporting their position; the obligati...Read More
Proposed Regs for VR Settlement 07/21/2002
State: CA | Segment: | 251 | 0
The proposed regulation for settlement of prospective rehabilitation rights has garnered all the attention but the DWC has actually proposed modifications to several of the regulations governing vocational rehabilitation. The proposals cover several subject areas and can be viewed on line at: ...Read More
Proposed VR Settlement Regulation - A Critique 07/06/2002
State: CA | Segment: | 223 | 0
The DWC recently published its proposed regulation for settlement of vocational pursuant to the AB 749 modification of L.C. ...Read More
PT and Med-X; Conditioning the Atrophied Back 04/28/2002
State: CA | Segment: | 350 | 0
By Steven Danchik, MA, RPTPhysical Therapy occupies a unique position in the medical management of patients with industrial injuries. The therapist does not prescribe medication or perform surgery, but his interaction with the patient is critical for a successful result. Proper physi...Read More
Physician's Practice and the Sales Rep - Part 3 04/28/2002
State: CA | Segment: | 247 | 0
This series has covered some basic premises of professional marketing , the differences between an agency and sales reps, and ...Read More
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