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The Opt-Out War Heats Up 03/02/2015
By: Peter Rousmaniere (Featured Columnist)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 624 | 0 | Popular with Insurance
In the past few weeks, events 680 miles apart sharpened the debate over the merits of workers’ compensation opt-out. In Nashville, state senator Mark Green submitted a bill, SB 721, to create an opt-out system in Tennessee. He had advice and support from ...Read More
 
 
Texas Case Law Update 02/20/2015
State: TX | Segment: Top | 565 | 0
NEW! Rincones v. WHM Custom Services et al., 13-11-00075-CV, (02/12/2015): Workers' compensation exclusive remedy did not protect a business from a negligence claim filed by a worker who alleged that he was fired after a mandatory drug test falsely indicated that he had used marijuana, the Te...Read More
 
 
The New Mexico Marijuana Case is even Weirder than You Think 02/04/2015
State: NA | Segment: Top | 882 | 0
Of all the states, who would have guessed that New Mexico would be the hotbed of medical marijuana court decisions? Between the Vialpando v. Ben’s Auto. Servs., in May and the ...Read More
 
 
Texas Case Law Update 01/20/2015
Source: WCC Staff
State: TX | Segment: Top | 449 | 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 | 726 | 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 | 650 | 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 | 732 | 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 | 565 | 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 | 715 | 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 | 740 | 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
 
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