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Burns: An Overview of SJDB Vouchers and Recent Case Law 10/26/2020
By: Michael P. Burns
State: CA | Segment: Top | 451 | 0
Despite the elimination of vocational rehabilitation in 2005, California has continued a modified system allowing injured workers to pursue retraining in the form of a vocational voucher. ...Read More

Anders: CMS Rolls Out Updates to User Guide 10/23/2020
By: Dan Anders
State: NA | Segment: Top | 344 | 0
Earlier this month, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid released an updated MMSEA Section 111 Medicare Secondary Payer Mandatory Reporting User Guide (Version 6.0).  Here are the key updates with analysis and practical implications. ...Read More

Young: Prop. 22 and Workers' Comp 10/22/2020
By: Julius Young
State: CA | Segment: Top | 512 | 1
Proposition 22 will be the most expensive ballot campaign in California history. ...Read More

Paduda: WCRI's Latest and Greatest 10/21/2020
By: Joe Paduda
State: NA | Segment: Top | 311 | 0
For decades, the Workers Compensation Research Institute's CompScope reports have provided deep insights into workers' compensation in many states. The information is germane not only to those focused on specific states, but for anyone looking to understand what works and what doesn&rsquo...Read More

Salem: Board Holds Oral Arguments in Three Cases 10/20/2020
By: Jane Salem
State: TN | Segment: Top | 329 | 0
The Tennessee Court of Workers’ Compensation Claims Appeals Board held oral arguments Thursday by videoconference on the topics of an employee’s proper impairment rating, an employer’s right to a medical examination and whether a court properly ruled that a party shoul...Read More

Moore: Hard or Soft Market? It May Not Matter 10/19/2020
By: James Moore
State: NA | Segment: Top | 455 | 0
My brother asked me this question: Will the upcoming election affect the workers' comp markets? He is a day trader of sorts. ...Read More

Tomlin: Utilization Review, TTD Benefits Can Hinge on P&S Status 10/15/2020
By: Robert D. Tomlin
State: CA | Segment: Top | 461 | 0
The case of Barela v. Leprino Foods held that a utilization review determination does not bar permanent disability or temporary disability benefits. ...Read More

Snyder: The Benefits of Silence 10/14/2020
By: Teddy Snyder
State: NA | Segment: Top | 284 | 0
W-A-I-T: These four letters remind you to ask yourself, "Why am I talking?" Silence is often your most effective negotiation technique. ...Read More

Duff: Can COVID Causation Presumptions Have Preclusive Effect in Tort Cases? 10/13/2020
By: Michael C. Duff
State: NA | Segment: Top | 408 | 0
One of the more interesting fact scenarios playing out in recent months centers on the scope of workers’ compensation exclusivity: An employee becomes exposed to coronavirus but does not herself become disabled by COVID-19. ...Read More

Moore: Are Workers' Comp Carriers Fined for Never Reporting Data? 10/12/2020
By: James Moore
State: NA | Segment: Top | 275 | 0
The number of workers' comp carriers fined for late reporting in 2018 and 2019 may surprise you.  ...Read More
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