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Why is measuring worker outcome so challenging for workers' compensation systems?

Those who make laws and policy do so to achieve certain outcomes.  Unfortunately, meaningful measurement of outcomes in workers’ compensation is sadly lacking.    Workers’ compensation outcomes ...

The Baby with the Bathwater

I have often heard of the perils of civil litigation. There are said to be many more variables there, compared to workers' compensation. The procedures ...

Motivating Good Behavior

I just had my first Uber ride tonight, from the Cincinnati airport to my hotel. I know ... I may be the last of the ...

Paradigm Shift

Technology is always an interest for me. Recently, I saw a story about a major Internet company shifting their business model. It is worthy of ...

A Heroin Vaccine

Yes, you read that right. A vaccine for heroin. I first ran across this concept on Twitter last week. I saw a posting from @heroin_research about a ...

Managing Chronic Pain

Dr. Tracy Jackson (an assistant professor of anesthesiology and pain medicine at Vanderbilt University) recently wrote an excellent article, published by The Tennessean on July 6, ...

Single Payer Lessons from Vermont

Recently, I outlined plans in Colorado for a "single payer" system. They are considering creating a mandatory, state-run, health insurance program. The costs are significant. ...

The Conversation, Interests, and Compromise

The 2016 workers' compensation summit in Dallas was an eye-opening experience. I had the opportunity to hear an amazing variety of perspectives on what is ...

“Demonstrated Responsibility” under the MSP in Liability Claims Does Not Occur until Settlement, Judgment, Award or Other Payment

A recent opinion out of the Eastern District of New York, Sexton v. Medicare, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 89815 (July 11, 2016), found that a ...

Selecting the Right MSP Compliance Service Provider

  By Michael B. Stack Selecting the right Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) compliance service provider is an important part of any claims operation.  These service providers are ...

Fentanyl Folly

Fentanyl has been in the news quite a bit in 2016: In 2014, it began being reported on the U.S. East Coast that heroin was being laced ...

On Pleading and Procedure, an Interesting Florida Appellate Case

There is an old adage in legal circles, win at trial. This is because a great many trial decisions are affirmed on appeal (and appeals ...

A Busy 6 Months ... Again

We've come to the halfway mark of the year - July 1. And it's been a busy six months for me - again. 35 travel itineraries 81,058 ...

Chatbot Wins 160,000 Cases - The Future is Now

From Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Clause (1974) came one of the great movie lines of all time: "have your people call my people, we'll do ...

Is Workers' Compensation primarily a "medical insurance" plan?

Nearly three quarters of US  workers' compensation jurisdictions now incur more  healthcare cost than “indemnity” costs (wage replacement for temporary disability workers' compensation claims) for ...

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John Gerboth

John Gerboth

John Gerboth worked for many years as a workers' compensation attorney in Ohio. Since relocating to Connecticut, he has taken to "blawging" about various legal topics. He's also a husband, a father and a huge fan of the New England Patriots.
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