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Young: The WCIRB Copes With COVID-19 04/09/2020
By: Julius Young
State: CA | Segment: Top | 654 | 0
The Workers' Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau Governing Committee met Wednesday morning, with the public meeting featuring a presentation by Chief Actuary David Bellusci. ...Read More

Snyder: Why Video Mediations Are Like Early Personal Computers 04/08/2020
By: Teddy Snyder
State: NA | Segment: Top | 421 | 0
You may have heard the acronym RTFM. As soon as everyday consumers started using computers, telephone customer support staff had to field daily questions about the most basic functions. ...Read More

Geaney: Preventive Actions Do Not Trigger Temporary Disability Benefits 04/07/2020
By: John H. Geaney
State: NA | Segment: Top | 590 | 0
Let me begin with a correction to a prior blog.  ...Read More

Smith: Working Closer, Stronger, Better 04/06/2020
By: Matthew J. Smith
State: NA | Segment: Top | 1478 | 0
The COVID-19 pandemic has inflicted vast damage across our nation and the globe. Especially heartbreaking is the large loss of human life. ...Read More

Moore: Workers' Comp Medical Network Penetration Increases Utilization Costs 04/03/2020
By: James Moore
State: NA | Segment: Top | 348 | 0
A recent National Council on Compensation Insurance study indicates that a higher workers' comp medical network penetration rate results in a higher rate of utilizat...Read More

Goldstein: Will Expansion of Telehealth Lead to More Conditional Payments? 04/02/2020
Source: Jean S. Goldstein
State: NA | Segment: Top | 318 | 0
In 2019, Medicare started covering some virtual care services. The services included brief communications and Virtual Check-Ins (short patient-initiated communications with a health care practitioner) along with e-visits (non-face-to-face patient-initiated communications through an online patient...Read More

Friedman: Strategies for Defense of Post-Layoff CT Claims in the Coronavirus Era 04/01/2020
By: Heywood G. Friedman
State: CA | Segment: Top | 885 | 0
It is an anticipated, unfortunate consequence of the COVID-19 health crisis that many employers in California will soon lay off a significant quantity of their workforce. Layoffs in the range of 80% are estimated in the retail, hospitality and construction fields. ...Read More

Luna: Coping With COVID-19 03/31/2020
By: Carlos Luna
State: NA | Segment: Top | 1034 | 0
It’s been 60 days since the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee of the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the COVID-19 outbreak a “public health emergency of international concern.” Since then, media coverage and general societal discussion have ...Read More

Weinmann: Coronavirus vs. QMEs 03/30/2020
By: Robert Weinmann
State: CA | Segment: Top | 666 | 0
Our office, designated to do a panel qualified medical evaluation, ran into a plethora of unexpected complications on a recent case. ...Read More

Young: Video Evals During the Coronavirus Emergency 03/27/2020
By: Julius Young
State: CA | Segment: Top | 558 | 0
Qualified medical evaluations are part of the essential plumbing of the California workers’ comp system. If that plumbing gets too backed up, we have a major mess on our hands. ...Read More
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