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What Would You Do? An Interactive Quiz - Part 1 10/11/2003
State: CA | Segment: | 819 | 0
WHAT WOULD YOU DO?The small business is in a particularly difficult situation when it comes to workers' compensation. Not only is coverage typically limited, but the small employer does not have the resources that big business has to manage safety programs or claims when they do happ...Read More
Common Adjusting Mistakes, Part 3: Treating 09/28/2003
State: CA | Segment: | 1093 | 0
This is the third in a series on common mistakes made by claims examiners in the workers' compensation field. Our first article reviewed failure to adjust the TTD level after two years...Read More
A Summary of the CA Reform Package 09/28/2003
State: CA | Segment: | 3925 | 0
The following is a summary of the 8 legislative bills that are pending signature from Governor Gray Davis as of 9/28/03 (date of publication of this article) and which comprise the 2003 reform package:SB 228RatesFor 2004 every workers' compensation insurer shal...Read More
Reduce Costs with a Return to Work Program, Part 2 09/28/2003
State: CA | Segment: | 1460 | 0
The first article in this series reviewed the beginning aspects of implementing a successful return to work program to meet the reimbursement requirements an employer may be eligible f...Read More
Did We Get Workers' Comp Reform? 09/28/2003
State: CA | Segment: | 3639 | 0
Probably not. The Legislature's three previous attempts to reform workers compensation generally made matters worse and early indications are that legislators have kept their streak intact. Very little was done to control medical treatment and litigation, which have been major cost drivers, and th...Read More
Californias Painful New Path to Work Comp Reform 09/28/2003
State: CA | Segment: | 896 | 0
By Steven MacDonald Co-Founder & CEO of Matrix Healthcare Services In the world of political reform, California tends to serve as America's trendsetter. While national headlines have tended to focus on California's ongoing political sideshows such as the Gary Condit scandal, and the '...Read More
Looking to Alternative Sources When Denied Benefits 09/14/2003
State: CA | Segment: | 709 | 0
A recurring theme in the injured worker sections of workcompcentral is that the injured worker is ultimately responsible for him or her self. An example of this truism can be found on almost a daily basis in the workcompcentral I...Read More
HIPAA and Work Comp, Physicians Beware 09/14/2003
State: CA | Segment: | 783 | 0
Specifically excluded from the provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is information required for the processing of workers' compensation claims, so long as the state in question has laws in place permitting the disclosure of such information.Many state...Read More
Common Adjusting Mistakes, Part 2: LC 4050 09/14/2003
State: CA | Segment: | 1949 | 0
This is the second in a series on common mistakes made by claims examiners in the workers' compensation field. Our last article reviewed failure to adjust the TTD level after two years...Read More
A Challenge to the Math on Settling Rehab 09/14/2003
State: CA | Segment: | 837 | 0
The Legislative intent in allowing settlement of prospective rights to vocational rehabilitation was, in part, to save money for employers. As we approach the point where settlement of VR for 2003 cases becomes possible, it is appropriate to assess whether this practice would actually result in cos...Read More
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