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October 2013 Case Law Update 10/07/2013
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INJURYIn McLaughlin v. City of Foster City, 2013 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS 322, the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board held that an employee's death from an accidental Vicodin overdose was proximately caused by his employment.In Camacho v. Adecco Employment Services...Read More
Obesity and Workers' Comp 09/03/2013
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The so-called "obesity epidemic" in the United States may have major implications for workers' comp.That's the conclusion of a remarkable August 2013 white-paper study by Alex Swedlow and Bob Young of the California Workers' Compensation Institute, "Obesity as a Medical...Read More
Obesity a Workplace Disability? One Court Bucks Trend and Says No 07/29/2013
By: Eric B. Meyer
State: NA | Segment: | 476 | 0
In mid-June, the American Medical Association concluded that obesity is a disease “requiring a range of medical interventions to advance obesity treatment and prevention.”...Read More
Obesity as a Disease: All about Economics 07/11/2013
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The American Medical Association has decided to recognize obesity as a disease. This is a mistake, but not for the reasons you might initially think.Let’s establish the logic behind the AMA’s decision. There is no new study, no new statistic, no new discovery that has led the...Read More
Opioid Education Resources 06/19/2013
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The work comp industry is a relatively small universe and one where a lot of us are very familiar with each other. So I am sure that a lot of you who read this blog received the same email recently from Phil LeFevre of the Work Loss Data Institute. Perhaps the most notable work that this organizatio...Read More
Opioid Catastrophe: The Data Leads to Doctors 03/06/2013
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After two stimulating days at the Workers Compensation Research Institute conference, the Insider is ready to solve the opioid problem. To be sure, WCRI is a research-driven organization and makes no claims of solving problems; it simply reveals them through stark, powerful data. However, in a serie...Read More
Opioids and the IAIABC's Need to Lead 02/26/2013
State: NA | Segment: | 556 | 0 | Popular with Insurance
The International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions is the trade group for workers' comp regulators, the folks who have assumed the responsibility of advancing the efficiency and effectiveness of workers' compensation systems.By not approving model languag...Read More
Out-of-State v. In-State Utilization Review 01/10/2013
By: Dr. Robert L. Weinmann
State: CA | Segment: | 953 | 0 | Popular with Legal
David J. DePaolo says, "I don't understand" in his article entitled "Out of State UR" dated Jan. 4. I do. At the end of his article, DePaolo declares that "mandating that utilization rev...Read More
October Case Law Update 10/08/2012
State: CA | Segment: | 1398 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The following is a summary of important updates to California workers' compensation law.JURISDICTION AND SUBROGATIONIn Matthew v. National Football League Management Council; Tennessee Titans (2012) 77 CCC 711, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals held that an ex-footbal...Read More
Oppose Proposed Workers' Comp Reform Bill 08/21/2012
By: Dr. Robert L. Weinmann
State: CA | Segment: | 654 | 0 | Popular with Legal
We previously opposed Senate Bill 923 because it would shove the Medicare Resource Based Relative Value Scale down the throats of injured workers and their treating doctors. The idea of this bill was to replace the low pay Official Medical Fee Schedule (OMFS) with the still lower paying Medicare RBR...Read More
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