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Langham: A Fairly Common Misclassification in Arkansas 04/18/2018
By: David Langham
State: AR | Segment: Top | 504 | 0
The Arkansas Court of Appeals rendered an interesting decision on March 7. The opinion caught my attention because of recent discussion about independent contractors and misclassification of workers. In ...Read More
 
 

Keefe: Understanding Medical Privacy Rights in Comp Claims 04/16/2018
Source: Eugene Keefe
State: NA | Segment: Top | 630 | 0
HIPAA, the Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act, became U.S. law way back in 1996. In my view, that was a game-changer for all workers' compensation claims handlers and risk managers. ...Read More
 
 

Young: The Opioid Study 04/02/2018
Source: Julius Young
State: CA | Segment: Top | 491 | 0
California workers’ comp prescription formulary took effect Sunday for pre-2018 injuries. Under the Division of Workers' Compensation regs, doctors are to have filed reports by April 1, 2018, detailing weaning and tapering plans for non-exempt, unlisted or compound drugs....Read More
 
 
Wolken: Zombie Liens, Round Two 04/13/2018
Source: James Wolken
State: CA | Segment: Top | 526 | 0
We all remember the notion of "zombie liens" from a few years ago, which the Legislature tried to combat by enacting regulations to allow dismissal of liens for failure to prosecute a lien (8 CCR § 10582.5), and enacting legislation requiring payment of the controversial lien activ...Read More
 
 

Nevarez: The Effect of Cannabis on Workplace Accidents 04/12/2018
Source: Dan Naverez
State: CA | Segment: Top | 701 | 1
One of the hottest topics is the legalization of marijuana for adult (recreational) use. ...Read More
 
 

Paduda: 919,400 People Aren't Working Because of Opioid Use 04/11/2018
Source: Joe Paduda
State: NA | Segment: Top | 470 | 0
My best guess is about a quarter of those are work comp patients. ...Read More
 
 
Grinberg: Hospital Worker Convicted of Fraud 04/10/2018
By: Gregory Grinberg
State: CA | Segment: Top | 445 | 0
Your humble blogger has been frustrated to the point of shaking his head disapprovingly and judging silently by the relationship between workers’ compensation fraud and actual conviction and restitution.  Being in the trenches, it is an unfortunate everyday occurrence that some...Read More
 
 

Langham: The Gig Economy Post Redux 04/09/2018
Source: David Langham
State: NA | Segment: Top | 286 | 0
This blog recently focused on the "gig economy" in The Gig Economy: Can it Be Socialized? That post focuses in part on a New York innovation, a fund for drivers engaged i...Read More
 
 

Weinmann: What Happens When Mistakes Are Signed Into Law? 04/05/2018
By: Robert Weinmann
State: CA | Segment: Top | 571 | 0
Physicians who accept injured workers as patients know that adverse utilization review (UR) decisions can devastate well-planned diagnostic and therapeutic programs. Some major facilities won't tolerate this risk and refuse to accept injured workers. ...Read More
 
 

Duff: Handyman Special or New Flavor of Opt Out? 04/06/2018
By: Michael C. Duff
State: TN | Segment: Top | 389 | 0
Tennessee recently passed a law that will undoubtedly make it significantly easier for companies to classify their workers as independent contractors rather than employees, thereby lowering their operating costs and creating a class of individuals with fewer legal protections when suffering on-th...Read More
 
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