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Ryancare And Workers' Comp

Paul Ryan’s plan to gut and amend Obamacare is now on the table. What are the implications for California workers’ comp? The American Health Care Act, ...

10 Common Questions Claimants Have When Filing a Worker Comp Claim

Being in the insurance or risk management field we often forget that the workers that get injured do not know nearly as much as we ...

Louisiana Comp Blog Guest Post: Dr. Douglas Lurie on Work as Medicine

What if there was a treatment that was well accepted with scientific validity as being therapeutic, low risk, cheap and proven to improve outcomes and ...

We’re Not Talking Peanuts: Carfentanil, Fentanyl and Heroin

Carfentanil is a synthetic opioid that is 80 times more potent than fentanyl and 8,000 times more potent than heroin. Having been created and used ...

CMS to Begin Referencing 2012 Life Expectancy Table on April 1

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced on March 8, 2017 that it “will begin referencing the CDC’s Table 1: Life Table for ...

14 Points To Discuss With Your Injured Worker For Win-Win Outcome

A big mistake made by employers is leaving the injured employee to fend for himself / herself in the world of workers’ compensation.  For most ...

What's Past is Not Prologue: Formularies Differ by State

I've recently heard predictions regarding California's forthcoming formulary that are based on the experience of Texas over the last five years. Both are large states. ...

Redefining the Workplace

It would seem that everyone would like to work at Google. Google’s efforts to create the happiest place to work include more than complimentary gourmet ...

4 Areas To Manage Workers’ Comp Medical Costs

Medical treatment has comprised the bulk of workers’ comp claim costs in recent years, and the trend seems to have no end in sight. Where ...

The Litigation Funnel

Litigation volumes are a frequent topic of conversation in Florida workers' compensation. It feels like it has been discussed more in the last 12 months. ...

Are You the Frog in the Pot?

At some point the frog figures out the water is getting too hot – but by then the heat has sapped so much of its ...

OSHA’s New Reporting and Anti-Retaliation Rule Now in Effect

OSHA recently implemented its new "reporting and anti-retaliation rule", which went into effect January 1, 2017. Under the new rule, certain employers must now submit injury ...

Trump Admin May Bring a Surge in Occupational Disease Claims

Mesothelioma death rates remain high in the US even on the eve of an anticipated national ban of the asbestos fiber. Things may radically change ...

3 Steps to Discover the Root Cause of Work Injury

A near miss may be the best thing that ever happens at your company. Depending on what you do afterward, it can be a huge ...

What Impact Will New Jersey's New Opioid Prescription Bill Have On Workers' Comp?

On February 15, 2017 Governor Chris Christie signed a new law requiring health insurance coverage for treatment of substance abuse disorders and certain restrictions on ...

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Heather Schwartz Sanderson

Heather Schwartz Sanderson

Heather Schwartz Sanderson, Esq., MSCC, CHPE, CLMP, CMSP Heather is Chief Legal Officer for Franco Signor LLC, the nation's compliance authority for Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) matters. She has lectured on MSP compliance to the workers’ compensation and liability insurance communities at conferences, associations, and individual offices nationwide. She is a regularly published author on court decisions and legislative reforms involving Medicare Set-Asides, conditional payments, and Mandatory Insurer Reporting issues. Understanding that compliance with the Medicare Secondary Payer Act can be at times complex and frustrating for those that handle claims with Medicare beneficiaries, Heather’s goal is to speak and write with the primary goal being simple and understandable solutions to compliance. Heather can be reached at Heather.Sanderson@francosignor.com Franco Signor's Blog can be found at: http://www.francosignor.com/msp-blog/
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