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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 ...

Teddy Award-Winning Employers Showcase Their Successful Strategies

This roundtable session at the 2016 National Workers’ Compensation & Disability Conference provided key strategies and tangible practices from this year’s Teddy Award Winners. Panelists included: Danielle ...

The Advocacy Approach to Workers' Compensation Claims

At the 2016 National Workers' Compensation & Disabilty Conference, a panel discussed using an advocacy approach to workers' compensation claims management. The panel was: Denise Algire ...

Bringing Value-Based Care to Workers’ Compensation

There is an industry consensus that shifting away from fee-for-service payments for medical treatment to value-based care will benefit workers’ compensation by liking medical-provider pay ...

Restoring Function and Returning to Work

At the 2016 National Workers' Compensation & Disability Conference, Marcos Iglesias from The Hartford and Robert Hall from Helios discussed the impact of disability and ...

Understand The Work Comp Heart Attack Presumption

The grand bargain of the workers’ compensation system requires employees who allege work injuries or conditions to prove compensability of their claim.  This includes the ...

How Mental Health Impacts Productivity and Performance

Mental health factors like stress, anxiety and depression contribute to disabilities, productivity losses and absences. Physical wellbeing and mental health are intertwined, therefore, both are ...

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