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Weinmann: AB 3087 Is a Step Backwards 04/17/2018
State: CA | Segment: Top | 954 | 0
If Assembly Bill 3087 becomes law, California will be obliged to appoint a commission to set prices and ration care. Access to care will become increasingly unavailable as costs are shifted to out-of-pocket expense. How's that for a step backwards? ...Read More

Breading: Is the Insurtech Movement Maturing? 04/26/2018
Source: Mark Breading
State: NA | Segment: Top | 194 | 0
While insurance technology remains nascent, in many ways, a subset of firms is producing results, gaining momentum and making an impact. ...Read More

Duff: Mandatory Arbitration Expanding 04/25/2018
By: Michael C. Duff
State: NA | Segment: Top | 355 | 0
As I have been arguing for some time, there is no doctrinal reason employers could not subject workers' compensation claims to mandatory arbitration. ...Read More

Keefe: Should You Stay in Touch With an Injured Worker? 04/24/2018
By: Eugene Keefe
State: NA | Segment: Top | 245 | 0
We were asked this question by a valued reader and wanted to expand our thoughts and recommendations. ...Read More

Fish: Workers' Compensation Task Force Shooting for Change in 2019 04/23/2018
Source: Mike Fish
State: AL | Segment: Top | 150 | 0
“All great changes are preceded by chaos.”  — Deepak Chopra The chaos  ...Read More

Goldstein: Will CMS Updates Affect Your WCMSA? 04/20/2018
By: Jean S. Goldstein
State: NA | Segment: Top | 341 | 0
Earlier this month, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued a policy change revising the Medicare Advantage Program (MAP) Part C regulations, and Prescription Drug Benefit program (Part D).  ...Read More

Worley: Temporarily Unavailable 04/19/2018
By: Diane Worley
State: CA | Segment: Top | 149 | 0
California's Return-to-Work Supplement Program (RTWSP) is a benefit that was created with the passage of Senate Bill 863 for injured workers whose permanent disability benefits are disproportionately low in comparison to their earnings loss. ...Read More

Langham: A Fairly Common Misclassification in Arkansas 04/18/2018
By: David Langham
State: AR | Segment: Top | 235 | 0
The Arkansas Court of Appeals rendered an interesting decision on March 7. The opinion caught my attention because of recent discussion about independent contractors and misclassification of workers. In ...Read More

Keefe: Understanding Medical Privacy Rights in Comp Claims 04/16/2018
Source: Eugene Keefe
State: NA | Segment: Top | 394 | 0
HIPAA, the Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act, became U.S. law way back in 1996. In my view, that was a game-changer for all workers' compensation claims handlers and risk managers. ...Read More

Young: The Opioid Study 04/02/2018
Source: Julius Young
State: CA | Segment: Top | 372 | 0
California workers’ comp prescription formulary took effect Sunday for pre-2018 injuries. Under the Division of Workers' Compensation regs, doctors are to have filed reports by April 1, 2018, detailing weaning and tapering plans for non-exempt, unlisted or compound drugs....Read More
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