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Are the Winds Shifting in Workers' Compensation?

For the past decade or more, the dominant storyline in workers' compensation has been the states reducing benefits, limiting the very definition of a compensable ...

Physical Therapy Performance Survey Seeks Industry Input

Physical therapy providers say there is a distinct lack of cohesive, nationwide data they can use to assess their own performance, especially when it comes ...

Georgia Form Changes—Effective February 15, 2016

There are a total of 11 forms that have been created or amended to conform to the new ICMS II system.  The following is a ...

Georgia Board Rule Changes- Effective February 15, 2016

The Rules and Regulations of the State Board of Workers' Compensation that are being amended to conform to the new ICMS II system are as ...

Changes Ahead for Wisconsin Workers' Compensation Law

Wisconsin may still see some reforms to our Workers Compensation Law during this current legislative session. The Workers Compensation Advisory Council's Agreed Bill SB-536 was ...

Response to "Viewing Alternatives to WC From Helpful Historical v. Impeding Ideological Perspective"

The following is a Letter to the Editor submitted in response to a pro-Opt Out article published on a competing platform in January. ...

Part Two - Why Injured People Don't Get Better: Fixing The System That's Making Them Sick

This is the final segment of a two part series. The first segment, published yesterday, is available here.   Understanding phenomena associated with good outcomes There is a ...

Why Injured People Don't Get Better: Fixing The System That's Making Them Sick

Abstract: A conceptual model is presented that utilises recent understandings in neuroplasticity to create an understanding of the mechanism by which some injured or ill people fall into disability whilst others with similar injuries recover uneventfully. The model explains existing research on factors correlated with good and bad outcomes in treatment of work injuries and illnesses. A critique and suggestions with regard to current legislative and regulatory practices and claims management follows, along with a new definition of individual resilience based upon neuroplastic principles. Keywords: Disability, workers' compensation, neuroplasticity, individual resilience ...

Washington Supreme Court Sides With City in Firefighter Presumption Case

This morning, the Washington Supreme Court handed down its decision in Gorre v. City of Tacoma, an appeal regarding the extent of the evidentiary presumption ...

Sore Points: How Much Is Employee Back Pain Costing Your Company?

Executive Summary Working at a desk all day and doing strenuous manual labor have at least one thing in common: They both can lead to back ...

Out Front Webinar - Integrated Disability Management: Benefits of a Streamlined Approach

Many employers' workers' compensation, disability and leave management programs reside in separate silos. With risk management, human resources, legal and the employee's supervisor often managing ...

Even Uninsured Employers Need Love

In our California legal system the uninsured employers are the criminals, and are formally referred to as “illegally uninsured”.  They are suspect in their testimony ...

LA Supreme Court Decision is Reminder for Communication Regarding Potential Excess Liability

The Louisiana Supreme Court has issued an important decision which indicates that, in some instances, a liability insurer may have an affirmative obligation in the ...

Patients are Customers, too

The first meeting I had with a renowned retinal surgeon I'll call “Sandy” (because that was his name; sadly this great doctor passed away much ...

Wisconsin Likely to Become the Nation's 25th Right to Work State

On February 23, 2015, Senate Bill 44 (bill) was introduced which, if passed by the legislature and signed by Governor Walker, would make Wisconsin a ...

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John D’Alusio has over 30 years experience in P/C insurance with executive management positions in administration, field operations, and claim technical areas. Mr. D’Alusio has had many articles published in industry periodicals, and is also a contributing author to the LexisNexis published, “Complete Guide to Medicare Secondary Payer Compliance.” He writes a monthly column for Risk & Insurance Magazine and is a quarterly columnist for AMComp Magazine.
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