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Grinberg: MPN Killer Becomes Toothless Study Bill 05/11/2021
By: Gregory Grinberg
State: CA | Segment: Top | 0
I love nothing more than sharing virtual real estate in this beloved swamp of ours, called workers’ compensation. But, if I might invite you to join me for a stroll through “delusions of grandeur forest,” I will arrogantly take sole credit for the recent change in the goal ...Read More

Fish: Licensing Requirements for Workers' Compensation Lost-Time Claims Handlers 05/10/2021
By: Mike Fish
State: AL | Segment: Top | 0
The Alabama Department of Labor requires all people handling lost-time workers’ compensation claims to complete eight hours of continuing education per calendar year. Medical-only adjusters are exempt from this requirement. ...Read More

Moore: The Value of Field Case Managers 05/07/2021
By: James Moore
State: NA | Segment: Top | 0
Thursday was National Nurses Day. In celebration, I wanted to bring up a subject that I have seen overlooked in quite a few workers' comp files: field case managers. ...Read More

Paduda: Comp's Culture of Catastrophizing 05/06/2021
By: Joe Paduda
State: NA | Segment: Top | 0
At the height of the COVID crisis last year, some research organizations, brokers/consultants and “thought leaders” were gravely forecasting how awful this was going to be for workers’ comp. ...Read More

Young: Keep on Truckin' 05/05/2021
By: Julius Young
State: CA | Segment: Top | 0
Workers have won a big victory in the federal courts, as the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that AB 5 can be enforced against the California trucking industry and is not preempted by a law known as the Federal Aviation Authorization Act of 1994. ...Read More

Fruin: Where Are We With State's New IME rules? 05/04/2021
By: Shawna G. Fruin
State: WA | Segment: Top | 0
In 2020 and 2021, there was a lot of action in Washington’s Legislature surrounding the rules for when and how employers can obtain independent medical examinations in workers’ compensation claims. ...Read More

Anders: Updated CMS Policy Changes Medicare Set-Aside Seed Calculation 05/03/2021
By: Dan Anders
State: NA | Segment: Top | 0
On April 19, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released an updated Workers’ Compensation Medicare Set-Aside (WCMSA) Reference Guide, Version 3.3, which made a slight but notable addition to how the MSA seed amount is calculated. ...Read More

Paduda: The Right Way to Think About Buying WC Services 04/30/2021
By: Joe Paduda
State: NA | Segment: Top | 0
Here’s how to think about price and service. Hint: Getting it right requires taking the time to dig deep. ...Read More

Geaney: Supplemental Benefits for Surviving Dependents of Essential Workers 04/29/2021
By: John H. Geaney
State: NJ | Segment: Top | 0
Last week, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed into law a bill co-sponsored by Sens. Troy Singleton and Dawn Addiego. The bill...Read More

Grinberg: Statute of Limitations Bars MVA Claim 04/28/2021
By: Gregory Grinberg
State: CA | Segment: Top | 0
It is a rare enough event to have the statute of limitations bar a claim. To start off, it is generally a “disfavored” defense because of the preference to have disputes resolved on the merits. ...Read More
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