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The Surgeon General weighs in

As you've probably already heard, last Thursday the U.S. Surgeon General, Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy MD MBA, formally made public his office's groundbreaking Report on ...

Cannabis > Opioids?

The title of an article published in the Santa Fe New Mexican on November 4 certainly piqued my interest - "Advisory panel backs medical cannabis ...

North Carolina Court of Appeals: WCMSA Not a Resource as it Relates to Medicaid Eligibility

According to the Court of Appeals of North Carolina, a WCMSA was not considered a “countable resource” for purposes of determining a claimant’s Medicaid eligibility, ...

CMS Reduces MSP Liability Threshold for 2017 to $750

Yesterday, CMS announced that the threshold for liability settlements will reduce to $750. CMS will also maintain the $750 threshold for no-fault and workers’ compensation ...

Another Double Damages MSP Private Cause of Action Filed Against Plaintiff Attorneys

A few months ago, I issued a blogwire article regarding MSP private cause of action litigation against a Plaintiff attorney law firm for failure to ...

Universal Income - A Reality Coming?

Technology is a recurring theme. My thoughts return periodically to how technology is changing our world and what effects it will have on us. As ...

CMS Hits ‘Reset’ Button With Workers' Comp Review Contractor Procedures and Request for Approval of Zero-Dollar Medicare Set-Aside Amounts

Another view on this important topic, republished with permission. ...

CMS Rescinds Recent Changes to Review of Zero Allocations

Last week, the Workers’ Compensation Review Contractor (WCRC) informally let the industry know that an internal quality review revealed that the WCRC was improperly applying ...

Experts and Credibility

I recently ran across a post on LinkedIn titled Expertise is relative. Here's how to identify who's truly credible. The author contends that "expertise is relative." and ...

How the Presidential Election Could Affect Medicare Secondary Payer

With the Presidential Elections on November 8th nearing around the corner, the industry has been wondering how the election of either Hillary Clinton or Donald ...

Vocational Rehabilitation Question

Less than a year ago the national conversation on Worker's Compensation began. Serious questions were asked about the future of this system. I am pleased ...

CMS Plans to Change Requirements for Approval of Zero Allocations; CMS MSA Review is Intended Only for Commutation Cases

The MSA industry has been abuzz, and Franco Signor has confirmed with the Workers’ Compensation Review Contractor (WCRC), that changes are being made to the ...

Partial Responsibility for Parking Lot by Employer Results in Compensable Claim

In Giordano v. High Point Insurance Company, No. A-4971-14T3 (App. Div. October 11, 2016), Michelle Giordano, an employee of High Point Insurance Company, was injured in a ...

Interesting Science and the Litigation Process

Science is intriguing. In the legal field there are innovations and technological advances. We feel sometimes like we are on the cutting edge of certain ...

Driving Drugged

Should the person driving next to you at 70 mph be on the road? Whether it's distracted driving (texting, calling, eating, playing with your infotainment system), ...

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