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New Scheduling Procedure for CCHs

Also, new DWC policy (coming, we’re told, from the Chief Docketing Clerk) is for Benefit Review Officers to set disputes for CCH within 60 days ...

Comings and Goings at the Division

Larry Beckham, one of the Ft. Worth Benefit Review Officers, will be retiring effective November 30, 2016. John Bell, one of the Dallas Hearing Officers, has ...

That Name Sounds Familiar!

Chiropractor Garry Craighead, recipient of the aforementioned kickbacks, treated Texas injured workers until the Division got wise to him and denied him admission to the ...

Tempting Combination

Nermin Awad-El-Hadik, owner of the Hope Pharmacy in Houston, appeared before a U.S. Magistrate Judge in Austin on November 9, 2016 and pleaded guilty to ...

Tragic Circumstances No Exception

The wife and children of a deceased claimant brought wrongful death and survival claims against the third-party administrator that adjusted his workers’ compensation claim. The ...

A Refresher Course in Chiropractic

Chiropractic is a form of alternative medicine founded by Daniel David ("D.D.") Palmer at the end of the 19th century. Palmer worked as a magnetic ...

Air Ambulance Litigation Takes Off

On December 2, 2016, Travis County District Court Judge Stephen Yelenosky will hear the appeal of the decision from the State Office of Administrative Hearings ...

Travis County Judge Reins in Chiropractic Board, Again

On October 19, 2016, Travis County District Court Judge Rhonda Hurley signed a final judgment in favor of the Texas Medical Association (TMA) in its ...

Draft RFP for WCRC Released: Contractor to Potentially Inherit a Two Category LMSA Review Process

CMS recently delayed the Workers’ Compensation Review Contractor Award (the entity that reviews Workers' Compensation Medicare Set-Asides) to the 2nd quarter of 2017, with the ...

Incorporating Telemedicine into Workers’ Compensation Care

Telemedicine is a hot topic with lots of discussion around its potential to favorably impact workers’ compensation by improving medical care access, but to what ...

Telephonic Case Management

At the 2016 National Workers' Compensation and Disability Conference, David Jones from Express Scripts, Inc., and Peter Greaney from WorkCare, Inc., presented a case study ...

Important Elements of Successful Return-to-Work Programs

Return-to-work programs frequently get cited as essential claims management tools for helping injured workers recover while eliminating employer costs. Yet many employers have not implemented ...

Causation Standards and Medical Experts

At the 2016 National Workers' Compensation & Disability Conference, Stuart Colburn from Downs Stanford P.C and Jacob Lazarovic, M.D., from Broadspire explained causation standards that ...

Sorting Out Pain Management Guidelines

Medical treatment guidelines can improve worker health by helping doctors and nurses deliver proper care. Multiple pain guidelines exist and, as their use grows, there ...

Saskatchewan WCB Notes Nearly $282M Surplus

Recently, the Saskatchewan (Canada) Workers Compensation Board (WCB) announced a $281.5 million surplus will be distributed to employers in 2016 as part of the 2015 ...

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Terry is an active researcher, speaker and commentator on workers compensation issues. Now retired, he was the Director of Corporate Planning and Development for WorkSafeBC. His responsibilities included environmental scanning, strategic planning and inter-jurisdictional comparisons. Terry says of himself: I am a student of workers’ compensation systems. Many years ago I discovered two things about this area. First, workers’ comp and OH&S are of vital importance to people. Protecting, caring for and providing compensation to workers are important, noble and morally responsible endeavors. The second thing I learned was that no matter how much I knew about workers' comp/OH&S, there was always so much more to learn. This is an endlessly challenging area of study. My purpose, therefore, is not to lecture, but to reflect on the ideas and issues that are topical in this area... and to invite others to share in a learning experience. By adding your knowledge and insights, others with similar interests can participate in the discovery and study of this important domain.
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