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Medicare Secondary Payer Act Compliance: A WCEC Session Preview 07/16/2013
By: Workers Compensation Institute
State: NA | Segment: | 458 | 0
Editor’s Note: The 68th annual Workers' Compensation Educational Conference (WCEC) will be held Aug. 18-21 at the Orlando World Center Marriott. This article is pa...Read More
Major Government Entities still Need WC Defense Reform 05/14/2013
By: Eugene Keefe
State: IL | Segment: | 275 | 0
From our perspective in the trenches, the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission and its component players have greatly improved their administrative functions. We are confident the implementation of the workers' compensation preferred provider program concept is going to dramatically cut...Read More
May Case Law Update 05/10/2013
State: CA | Segment: | 770 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The following is a summary of important updates to California workers' compensation law.JURISDICTION AND SUBROGATIONIn Hyder v. St. Louis Rams, 2013 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS 56, the WCAB held that it did not have jurisdiction over a professional football player...Read More
Medical Treatment Guidelines: Evidence v. Consensus 04/19/2013
State: TN | Segment: | 451 | 0
Senate Bill 200 is all but signed into law in Tennessee. The bill brings broad reform measures to the state, some of which were desperately needed (e.g., the creation of an administrative dispute resolution system that will largely relieve the civil courts of the burden of work comp fights) and some...Read More
Medical Marijuana and Ariz. Workers' Compensation 04/17/2013
By: Rachel Brozina
State: AZ | Segment: | 653 | 0
Arizona voters passed the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act in November 2010, and since then, the Arizona Department of Health Services has developed a medical marijuana program to administer the certification of qualifying patients and license the dispensaries. The first dispensary was opened in Decemb...Read More
More on Concussions in Sports 03/26/2013
State: CA | Segment: | 429 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Over the last several months a debate has been raging over proposals to revamp and reduce the eligibility of many professional athletes to file cumulative trauma claims in California.And football in particular has been in the spotlight for several years as high-profile ex-player suicides...Read More
Miss. Federal Courts Willing to Make MSA Determinations 03/15/2013
By: Jennifer Jordan
State: NA | Segment: | 505 | 0 | Popular with Insurance
You may recall that a federal court in Florida recently denied a party’s motion to allow the court to determine the need for and amount of a liability Medicare set-aside in the Early v. Carnival Cruise case, stating that it is not the court's place to write in terms of an agreement nor iss...Read More
March 2013 Case Law Update 03/08/2013
State: CA | Segment: | 1103 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The following is a summary of important updates to California workers' compensation law.INJURYIn Mendoza (Villanueva) v. Redwood Empire Sawmill, 2012 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS 649, the WCAB found a sudden and extraordinary employment event for the purposes of LC 32...Read More
More on Independent Medical Review Pay 02/25/2013
State: CA | Segment: | 362 | 0 | Popular with Legal
In two recent posts I've examined the issue of what doctors will be paid to do independent medical reviews (IMRs) under the new system that has gone into effect for post-1/1/13 cases.Greg Jones of has been covering this issue. In a piece posted Feb. 13 on the webs...Read More
Medicare, MSAs, the SMART Act and your Taxes 02/11/2013
State: NA | Segment: | 307 | 0
I’ve long avoided getting into the Medicare Set-Aside issue for a bunch of reasons: it’s highly esoteric, requires deep knowledge, is ever-changing, can get pretty nasty and getting educated about MSAs would come with a high opportunity cost – I wouldn’t be able to do any rea...Read More
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