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Texas Case Law Update 01/20/2015
Source: WCC Staff
State: TX | Segment: Top | 423 | 0
NEW! Texas Department of Insurance v. Mensch, 04-14-00449-CV, (01/14/2015): The 4th District Court of Appeals said that a worker could not get a court order compelling the Texas Division of Workers’ Compensation to review a carrier's denial of preauthorization for dental work relat...Read More
The Workers' Comp System Is Shrinking 01/05/2015
Source: Peter Rousmaniere (Featured Columnist)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 664 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Workers’ compensation in Texas is at a happy moment. Employers expect premium decreases in 2015 of over 10%, driving the state further down the rankings of states in terms of workers’ compensation insurance costs. Insurers, enjoying combined loss ratios of around 90%, can easily affor...Read More
Two Cheers for Treatment Guidelines 11/24/2014
By: Peter Rousmaniere (Featured Columnist)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 572 | 0
North Carolina is considering adopting evidence-based guidelines for medical care of injured workers. According to a WorkCompCentral news article on Oct. 13 by Joey Berlin, the state admires how Texas appears to have successfully used guidelines. The guidelines and pre-authorization there, per a ...Read More
The 4th Lap 11/10/2014
By: Julius Young
State: CA | Segment: Top | 696 | 0
The non-campaign is over. Jerry Brown will soon be on his fourth lap in the California Governor’s Office. ...Read More
Texas Case Law Update 10/22/2014
By: WCC Staff
State: NA | Segment: Top | 513 | 0
NEW! Lumbermens Mutual Casualty Co. v. Portillo, 13-13-0021g-CV, (10/09/2014): A Texas appellate court for th...Read More
The Rescheduling of Hydrocodone: Don't Get too Excited 09/02/2014
Source: Michael Gavin
State: NA | Segment: Top | 670 | 0
The Drug Enforcement Agency has published its final rule on HCPs - hydrocodone-containing products - which will be rescheduled (from Schedule III to Schedule II) beginning on Oct. 6. The two areas that appear to be of greatest concern in the market regarding this move are: 1) The ...Read More
The Father of the 11th Circuit Court Decision 08/25/2014
By: Peter Rousmaniere (Featured Columnist)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 674 | 0
The Florida 11th Circuit Court decision on Aug. 13 appears to be the first state court decision in many years to declare an entire workers’ compensation statute as unconstitutional. The fingerprints of the Dean of Workers’ Compensation Research John Burton are all over Judge Jorge Cue...Read More
Thousands for Billables, But Not $133.32 in Tribute! 08/19/2014
By: Gregory Grinberg
State: NA | Segment: Top | 459 | 0
Would you go to trial over $121? The recent writ-denied case of Martinelli v. Monterey County Superior Court seemed to answer the question in the affirmative. Ok, so here’s the deal: applicant court clerk sustained an admitted industrial injury which was resolved by way of C&R i...Read More
The 10 Commandments of Medical-Legal Psychological Reporting 08/14/2014
State: NA | Segment: Top | 665 | 0
In the last two months I wrote about the 10 Commandments of Mental Status Examinations and the 10 Commandments of Psychological Testing. The response was so good I thought I would press my luck and write about the 10 Commandments of Medical-Legal Psychological Reporting. As we know, medic...Read More
The Outsourcing Universe 07/28/2014
By: Peter Rousmaniere (Featured Columnist)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 975 | 0
The workers’ compensation insurer is for many the centerpiece of a mature industry. Injury frequency almost constantly declines. Insurers earn modest but fairly steady returns on equity, with little risk of insolvency. Market shares generally do not change much. Careers are largely very pre...Read More
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