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Workers' Compensation News


Kamin: Lawmakers to Watch Newsom's Vetoes Closely 08/23/2019
By: John P. Kamin
State: CA | Segment: Top | 679 | 0
As the California Legislature moves toward the end of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s first session, lawyers, lawmakers and lobbyists are gearing up to see whether the new governor’s pen will follow the veto-friendly ways of his predecessor, Jerry Brown. ...Read More

Moore: WC Numbers Employers Must Have at Their Fingertips 08/22/2019
By: James Moore
State: NA | Segment: Top | 181 | 0
The first two main numbers involve knowing where your workers' compensation program is currently. If you do not know where you are, the task of knowing what to do to improve your numbers becomes extremely difficult. ...Read More

Paduda: Are Health Insurers' Profits and Costs the Problem? 08/21/2019
Source: Joe Paduda
State: NA | Segment: Top | 158 | 0
There’s a lot of bleating about the huge profits made by health insurers, with some — including too many who should know better — complaining loud and long. Insurers and pharma netted about $97 billion last year. ...Read More

Gunn: Identifying and Dealing With Fraud in Your Comp Program 08/20/2019
By: Stacey Gunn
State: CA | Segment: Top | 608 | 0
Workers' compensation fraud costs employers hundreds of thousands of dollars every year. Fraudulent claims create both a financial and administrative burden for employers, as well as create additional hardship for injured workers with legitimate claims. ...Read More

Paduda: The Coming Recession's Impact on Workers' Comp 08/19/2019
By: Joe Paduda
State: NA | Segment: Top | 234 | 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 | 486 | 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 | 424 | 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 | 248 | 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 | 505 | 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 | 560 | 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
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