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Prescription Benefit Management for Employers - 2 02/01/2003
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In our first article we reviewed what a prescription benefit manager (PBM) is and how it can save an employer money. This article, Part 2 of the two part series, will review how to sel...Read More
Fundamentals of Work Comp Law - Part 1 02/01/2003
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The following article is the first in a series for attorneys and other professionals just getting started in workers' compensation. Authors Richard Owen and Harold Greene have graciously permitted the republication of their outline from their annual class on workers' compensation they give to the CA...Read More
Rehabilitation Settlements - VR Notices 02/01/2003
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Is a vocational rehabilitation settlement under L. C. section 4646(b)(c) valid if the employer or insurer failed to send a Notice of Potential Eligibility to the injured employee? It is...Read More
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The first part (Temporary Disability Benefits) of this 6 part article series by California attorney Richard Jacobsmeyer was published in the Attorney segment. The balance of this serie...Read More
The Benefits of Working Following an Industrial Injury 01/19/2003
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This can be viewed from two directions, one as the employer and the other as the injured worker. I will try to answer both. From the employer's standpoint, an injured worker has less temporary disability the sooner he returns to work. It follows, the more the worker is at home with nothing ...Read More
Prescription Benefit Management for Employers - 1 01/19/2003
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Prescription drug costs are the fastest rising component of workers' comp medical costs, advancing 16% last year and consuming close to a dime out of every medical dollar. A portion of those rising costs can be attributed to an overall increase in drug usage. This is not entirely negative s...Read More
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I - BENEFIT CHANGES A. Temporary Disability Benefits: 1. Maximum Rates: There are several different aspects of the changes to Labor Code section 4653(a) and the new rates that take effect beginning on 1/1/03. Of course the Maximum TD rate increases over 3 years ...Read More
Case Law Update - RU-94 Offers 01/19/2003
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The Court of Appeal (1st District) recently issued a "writ denied" decision that addressed the expected content of an RU-94 modified/alternative job offer. Writ denied decisions are not citable as authority in judicial proceedings but this case does put employers on notice that improperly documente...Read More
Negotion Skills for Examiners - Part 2 01/19/2003
State: CA | Segment: | 361 | 0
In the first article of this series we reviewed the first two important fundamentals of successful negotiation, focusing on the target and managing information successfully. Now we'll ...Read More
EDITORIAL: Reform Should Start with the Title 12/23/2002
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EDITORIAL:Workers' compensation is at the top of most everyone's lost of those things people love to hate. Injured workers are upset because the benefits are slim and take too long to get, assuming your claim is accepted. Employers complain that rates are too high and keep getting...Read More
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