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Workers' Compensation News

Two Cheers for Treatment Guidelines 11/24/2014
State: NA | Segment: Top | 534 | 0
North Carolina is considering adopting evidence-based guidelines for medical care of injured workers. According to a WorkCompCentral news article on Oct. 13 by Joey Berlin, the state admires how Texas appears to have successfully used guidelines. The guidelines and pre-authorization there, per a ...Read More
The 4th Lap 11/10/2014
By: Julius Young
State: CA | Segment: Top | 668 | 0
The non-campaign is over. Jerry Brown will soon be on his fourth lap in the California Governor’s Office. ...Read More
Texas Case Law Update 10/22/2014
By: WCC Staff
State: NA | Segment: Top | 460 | 0
NEW! Lumbermens Mutual Casualty Co. v. Portillo, 13-13-0021g-CV, (10/09/2014): A Texas appellate court for th...Read More
The Rescheduling of Hydrocodone: Don't Get too Excited 09/02/2014
Source: Michael Gavin
State: NA | Segment: Top | 637 | 0
The Drug Enforcement Agency has published its final rule on HCPs - hydrocodone-containing products - which will be rescheduled (from Schedule III to Schedule II) beginning on Oct. 6. The two areas that appear to be of greatest concern in the market regarding this move are: 1) The ...Read More
The Father of the 11th Circuit Court Decision 08/25/2014
State: NA | Segment: Top | 635 | 0
The Florida 11th Circuit Court decision on Aug. 13 appears to be the first state court decision in many years to declare an entire workers’ compensation statute as unconstitutional. The fingerprints of the Dean of Workers’ Compensation Research John Burton are all over Judge Jorge Cue...Read More
Thousands for Billables, But Not $133.32 in Tribute! 08/19/2014
By: Gregory Grinberg
State: NA | Segment: Top | 434 | 0
Would you go to trial over $121? The recent writ-denied case of Martinelli v. Monterey County Superior Court seemed to answer the question in the affirmative. Ok, so here’s the deal: applicant court clerk sustained an admitted industrial injury which was resolved by way of C&R i...Read More
The 10 Commandments of Medical-Legal Psychological Reporting 08/14/2014
State: NA | Segment: Top | 616 | 0
In the last two months I wrote about the 10 Commandments of Mental Status Examinations and the 10 Commandments of Psychological Testing. The response was so good I thought I would press my luck and write about the 10 Commandments of Medical-Legal Psychological Reporting. As we know, medic...Read More
The Outsourcing Universe 07/28/2014
State: NA | Segment: Top | 911 | 0
The workers’ compensation insurer is for many the centerpiece of a mature industry. Injury frequency almost constantly declines. Insurers earn modest but fairly steady returns on equity, with little risk of insolvency. Market shares generally do not change much. Careers are largely very pre...Read More
Treatment at his own Expense -- Including a past Medical Award? 07/21/2014
By: Gary Grinberg
State: CA | Segment: Top | 727 | 0
OK, dear readers, your humble blogger has a crazy question with which to ruin your weekend: what does the wording of “at his or her own expense” mean?  As my beloved readers will recall, the Supreme Court interpreted Labor Code Section 4605 to mean that an injured worker can trea...Read More
The Power of the Workers' Compensation Voucher 07/03/2014
By: Patty Finer
State: CA | Segment: | 3071 | 0
The Workers’ Compensation Voucher is the most valuable, yet most ignored, benefit offered to an injured worker who cannot return to work.  Today, this provision has been improved, but it still does not do enough to help the i...Read More
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