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Workers' Compensation News

 

Paduda: The Coming Recession's Impact on Workers' Comp 08/19/2019
By: Joe Paduda
State: NA | Segment: Top | 191 | 0
It’s not if — it’s when the next will recession hit. Things were looking iffy a couple months ago, and if anything, the outlook has worsened since then. ...Read More
 
 

Wagner: Race to the QME Specialty 08/16/2019
By: Kimberly R. Wagner
State: CA | Segment: Top | 397 | 0
An ongoing hot button issue in California workers’ compensation remains the specialty selected for the panel qualified medical evaluator, as it is generally the defense’s opportunity to have the injured worker evaluated by a neutral medical-legal physician after being referred to his ...Read More
 
 

Duff: How Low Can You Go? 08/15/2019
By: Michael C. Duff
State: WY | Segment: Top | 372 | 0
My work on a Wyoming workers’ compensation treatise (submitted to the publisher two weeks ago) has emphasized a fairly stark reality: While 90% of Wyoming workers are covered by workers’ compensation only 68% of them work for employers required to provide it. ...Read More
 
 

Snyder: Held Hostage by a Torturous Claim? 08/14/2019
By: Teddy Snyder
State: NA | Segment: Top | 207 | 0
Do you feel like you and your clients are hostage to a claim that goes on and on? ...Read More
 
 

Hole: A Disappointing Decision 08/13/2019
By: Trisha Hole
State: OR | Segment: Top | 400 | 0
In a very disappointing decision for employers and insurers issued Thursday, the Oregon Supreme Court held that the presence of a legally cognizable pre-existing condition is no longer sufficient to apportion permanent impairment in the absence of combined condition processing. ...Read More
 
 

Anders: What Generic Lyrica Means for MSAs 08/05/2019
By: Daniel M. Anders
State: NA | Segment: Top | 466 | 0
On July 19,  the Food and Drug Administration approved multiple applications for the first generics of Lyrica (pregabalin). This follows the expiration of Pfizer’s patent on Lyrica at the end of June. The generic is expected to be available at pharmacies in the coming weeks. ...Read More
 
 

Young: Where There's Smoke, There Are Health Hazards 08/02/2019
By: Julius Young
State: CA | Segment: Top | 349 | 1
California has now adopted interim standards for worker smoke exposure. ...Read More
 
 

Anders: What Does Generic Lyrica Mean for MSAs? 08/01/2019
By: Dan Anders
State: NA | Segment: Top | 320 | 0
On July 19, the Food and Drug Administration approved multiple applications for the first generics of Lyrica (pregabalin). This follows the expiration of Pfizer’s patent on Lyrica at the end of June. The generic is expected to be available at pharmacies in the coming weeks. ...Read More
 
 

Fein: Better Treatments for Opioid Addiction 07/31/2019
By: Lewis Fein
State: NA | Segment: Top | 189 | 0
The opioid epidemic is a moral hazard of existential proportions — a test of the moral health of the insurance industry in which the question is, will insurers acknowledge the severity of this threat by subsidizing better ways to treat it? ...Read More
 
 

Castillo: A Manufactured Crisis 07/30/2019
By: Michael Castillo
State: CA | Segment: Top | 280 | 0
The Workers' Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau (WCIRB) released its 2019 State of the System Report last week, and it continues to paint a rosy picture for e...Read More
 
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