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High Court Strikes Reform Provisions 01/03/2012
State: OK | Segment: | 503 | 0
While I was out sick with the stomach flu the Oklahoma Supreme Court acted with surprising speed in surgically excising offending parts from that state's recent attempt at workers' compensation reform.Striking provisions limiting service as independent medical examiners to medica...Read More
How to Save Big: A Book Review 07/11/2011
State: NA | Segment: | 491 | 0
By David J. DePaoloWorkCompCentral"How to Save Big on Workers' Compensation" by Adam Friedlander is a quick read at 143 pages inclusive of supplemental material.And while the book is primarily about the New York workers' compensation market, the overall theme of...Read More
Humana to Acquire Concentra for $790 Million 11/29/2010
State: NA | Segment: | 724 | 0
By Joe PadudaCompPharma and Health Strategy AssociatesIn an announcement a few minutes ago, health plan company Humana announced it intends to buy occ-med clinic firm Concentra for $790 million.Currently Concentra has about 300 facilities and 240 on-site clinics and rev...Read More
Handling WC Death Claims in Illinois 11/22/2010
By: Eugene Keefe
State: IL | Segment: | 1237 | 0
By Eugene KeefeKeefe Campbell & AssociatesWe have received so many questions about it, here are some solid pointers to save for the day an Illinois WC death claim hits your desk.Note the minimum cost for a WC death claim in Illinois, if there is a widow or dependent...Read More
Hertz v. WCAB (Aguilar) 05/28/2010
State: CA | Segment: | 661 | 0 | Popular with Legal
By Mark RemasRemas GroupThe issue raised is whether the workers' compensation insurance company should be liable for non-industrial factors that affect an injured worker’s ability to return to the labor market.  The Supreme Court dismissed this case, whic...Read More
Health Reform Act Charts New Course for Occupational Medicine 04/20/2010
By: Jon Gelman
State: NA | Segment: | 724 | 0
By Jon GelmanThe occupational healthcare program embodied in the recently enacted legislation has the potential for being the most extensive, effective and innovated system ever enacted for delivering medical care to injured workers. The “Libby Care” provisions, and its envis...Read More
Health Reform's Implications on Workers' Comp 04/01/2010
State: NA | Segment: | 485 | 0
By Joe PadudaHealth Strategy AssociatesThere are two types of comp networks, those based on group health network contracts and comp-specific preferred provider organizations. The comp-specific PPOs include HFN, Rockport, CompPartners; they are contracted specifically for work comp ...Read More
How Many Dollars are Wasted on Physical Therapy? 02/25/2010
State: NA | Segment: | 498 | 0
How many dollars are wasted on physical therapy?Probably a lot. Perhaps most. And certainly a big chunk of the bucks your insurer/tthird-party administrator is paying.Unlike surgery, imaging, drugs, and other types of medical treatment, PT has long been a bit of a black art....Read More
House Republicans Laud WC Report Card Score 01/22/2010
State: IA | Segment: | 436 | 0
By Iowa House RepublicansIn July, the Work Loss Data Institute (WLDI) released its much-anticipated 2009 State Report Card for Workers’ Comp, using the most current data available at the time. The report card helps employers, insurers, state governments and consultants answer the q...Read More
Health Insurance and Workers' Comp Claim Frequency 01/05/2010
State: NA | Segment: | 300 | 0
By Joe PadudaA recent dialogue on the LinkedIn WC group got me to dive back into the question of what, if any, influence does the presence of health insurance have on work comp claim frequency? The data aren't conclusive, but the answer appears to be 'There is a trend...Read More
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