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New Medicare Secondary Payer Legislation Introduced – Support MARC and the SPARC Act!

 The Medicare Advocacy Recovery Coalition (MARC) worked diligently over the past eighteen months to develop and introduce the Secondary Payer Advancement, Rationalization and Clarification Act ...

Roger Williams, Virginia Commissioner, Passes

Virginia’s workers’ compensation system has suffered a great loss. On October 11, 2016 Commissioner Roger Williams passed after a brave and arduous medical battle. For ...

A False Choice

Can marijuana solve our opioid epidemic? Is marijuana less dangerous than opioids? Is it marijuana or opioids? I have asked similar questions of my audiences during 2016 (whether my focus ...

Businesses are Soliciting Injured Workers - Be Informed

Direct mail is alive and well in the workers' compensation world. We have had instances in the past where attorneys engage in direct mail solicitation ...

CMS Maintains Liability TPOC Threshold at $1000; Implements Workers' Compensation and No-Fault TPOC Threshold at $750

As required by section 202 of The SMART Act, CMS is required to annually review its costs relating to recovering conditional payments as compared to ...

Recent Decisions may Caution Supervisors

There has been significant discussion in American workers' compensation about "exclusive remedy." That employer protection from civil liability is important to the "grand bargain" that ...

Convent Found To Be Employer of Cook and Required To Reimburse Diocese for Medical and TDP

Consider this situation:  Company A voluntarily pays approximately $172,000 in medical and temporary disability benefits to Worker.  Company A demands reimbursement from Company B believing that ...

What is the connection between Market Failures and Workers' Compensation?

Everyone has some idea of what an economic “market” is and how it works.  Terms like “supply and demand” are well known. For most goods ...

Naloxone may not save you

I am a firm believer that our opioid / heroin overdose death statistics would be muchhigher without Naloxone (brand names of Narcan and Evzio). This drug ...

Experts and Fakers

A recent blog post caught my attention, titled There's an easy way to tell if you're talking to an expert or a faker. The world of ...

My Dad, My Hero

Who has contributed to building the person you are? Who provided praise and/or constructive criticism at the perfect time for your growth? Who would you ...

September 11th Remembered - Tribute To Marsh And AON

Everyone remembers where they were the when they learned the World Trade Center crumbled to the ground. I was scooping ice cream at the Mansfield ...

Judicial Discretion and Statutory Construction at the "Fair"

Recently, I ran into an insurance professional at a conference. Our discussion turned to the National Conversation and this professional's criticism of "prevailing costs." It is ...

Judge Reprimanded for Ex Parte Communication

The road to hell is paved with good intentions. This is a quote with various attributions over the years. I was reminded of it recently, while reading ...

Eleventh Circuit Court Rules Again in Favor of Medicare Advantage Plans: Contract of Insurance Demonstrates Responsibility to Pay

A decision issued out of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals this week, MSP Recovery, LLC v. Allstate, et. al, 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 15984 ...

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