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Workers' Compensation News


Moore: No Fee Schedule Means Higher Costs Now and in Future 06/05/2019
By: James Moore
State: NA | Segment: Top | 561 | 0
The Workers Compensation Research Institute just released a study pointing out a medical fee schedule dilemma: The states that still hold on to the old usual and customary method of charging for workers’ compensation treatment are costing employers dearly.  ...Read More

Anders: MSA Amended Reviews Promote Case Closures 06/04/2019
By: Dan Anders
State: NA | Segment: Top | 503 | 0
Two years ago, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services rolled out a policy that enabled submission of a new Medicare set-aside even if an MSA had previously been approved for the same date of injury. ...Read More

Paduda: Drug Price Fixing's Impact on Workers' Comp 06/03/2019
By: Joe Paduda
State: NA | Segment: Top | 516 | 0
The generic drug manufacturers’ price-fixing scheme raised prices by up to 1,000%. But there’s good news for workers’ comp payers, as the impact has been minimal. ...Read More

Walls: Is Telemedicine the Last Frontier for WC? 05/31/2019
By: Mark Walls
State: NA | Segment: Top | 581 | 0
Telemedicine makes it possible for injured employees to reach a qualified clinician from home or the work site, providing a promising alternative that ensures early treatment. ...Read More

Langham: It Has to Be on the Menu 05/30/2019
By: David Langham
State: FL | Segment: Top | 497 | 0
The Office of Judges of Compensation Claims clerks recently got an order to change the carrier on a particular case, from “AIG Claims” to “Commerce & Industry Insurance Co./AIG Claims.” ...Read More

Paduda: Hey, Work Comp Payers — Do Your Job 05/29/2019
By: Joe Paduda
State: NA | Segment: Top | 499 | 0
Has any workers’ comp insurer, excess carrier, state fund or any self-insured employer sued opioid manufacturers, distributors or dispensers? ...Read More

Moore: Involving the Physician in Return-to-Work Risk Management 05/28/2019
By: James Moore
State: NA | Segment: Top | 490 | 0
A huge risk return-to-work risk management failure begins when the physician evaluates the injured employee for a light- or full-duty release.   ...Read More

Walls: Taking Aim at Workplace Violence 05/24/2019
By: Mark Walls
State: NA | Segment: Top | 625 | 0
Workplace violence can happen any time and anywhere. A session at the recent RIMS 2019 Annual Conference & Exhibition reviewed a spectrum of workplace violence risk management tactics, including red flags that can foreshadow an event, and training on what to do if it does occur. ...Read More

Duff: Reflections on a Workplace Manslaughter Case 05/23/2019
By: Michael C. Duff
State: ME | Segment: Top | 482 | 0
Last summer, well-known podcaster Joe Rogan debated fellow podcaster and sometimes-libertarian Dave Rubin about the necessity of having and enforcing building code regulations (see the YouTube video ...Read More

Paduda: Comparing Work Comp to Group Health 05/22/2019
By: Joe Paduda
State: NA | Segment: Top | 504 | 0
Barry Lipton, a senior actuary at the National Council on Compensation Insurance, did a quick review of a few ways work comp and group health differ, and how they are sometimes comparable. ...Read More
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