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Subrogation in Workers' Compensation Claims

Sarasota, FL (workersCompensation.com) - When a workers’ compensation accident happens, one of the first things which is relevant in the claim is whether or not there is any subrogation potential. It is important to understand the ...

NSAIDS Most Prescribed, Dermatologicals Most Costly Drugs in California WC System

Opioids previously comprised nearly one-third of the medications prescribed in California’s workers compensation system. Now they account for about 18 percent, according to researchers. While ...

Asbestos-Related Workers' Compensation Claims Filed at U-Montana Campus

Missoula, MT (WorkersCompensation.com) - Surprisingly, every day as many as 1.3 million people in the United States are exposed to a rather significant amount of asbestos in the workplace, according ...

After Parkland: Gun Violence Changing the Face of Workers’ Compensation

Orlando, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) – On February 14, 2018, Nikolas J. Cruz, 19, entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in tactical gear and heavily armed, and opened fire on students as classes were ...

Motor Vehicle Deaths Still Top 40k, Despite Slight Decrease

Sarasota, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) - Motor vehicle-related incidents are the leading cause of workplace fatalities. Workers in eight jurisdictions may be even more at risk than in prior years. A new report says while ...

Can a Medicare Advantage Plan Assert a Greater Right of Recovery for Conditional Payments than Traditional Medicare? Optum Seems to Think So

The Non-Group Health Plan (NGHP) industry is not only experiencing increased recovery demands from Medicare Advantage Plans (MAPs) ...

How can they Both Increase?

A headline in the summer of 2018 caught my eye. Fox News reported Exercise and obesity both on the rise in America. As one who has struggled with weight for decades, and for whom exercise is a hated necessity, that headline screamed ...

Is there a Benefit?

The January 2019 issue of the National Association of Workers' Compensation Judiciary's Lex and Verum includes an intriguing article regarding attorney fees: How Many Slices are in a Twelve Inch Pie? The author is one of the Virginia ...

No One can do it for Me

In recent years, I have seen the Alliance of Women in Workers' Compensation programs at various conferences. Their programs include the motivational, but also substantive topics of interest to managers and company principals. The Alliance was ...

CMS Targets Medical Providers, 'Other Interested Stakeholders' in Upcoming Part D Opioid Overutilization Policies Call

Next week, CMS will be holding a telephone call to discuss and answer questions regarding CMS’ new opioid policies for Medicare drug ...

NSAIDs Overtake Opioids As The Top Workers' Comp Drug Group; Dermatologicals Are Most Costly

Oakland, CA (WorkersCompensation.com) - A new California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWCI) study finds that non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) have ...

OH: Receptionist Owes BWC $19K After Fraud Conviction

Columbus, OH (WorkersCompensation.com) - A Bellefontaine woman who worked as a receptionist while claiming to be disabled from work owes the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation nearly $19,000 following her ...

Worker Must Prove Injury in Uninsured Employer Tort Claim

Sacramento, CA - Evangelina Ruiz began work as a legal assistant with Carter and Carter, APLC in 2007 at their office in Corona. Christopher Carter specialized in mold and mold remediation cases.In ...

Receipt-Handling May Boost Cashiers’ Exposure to Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals: Study

Toronto — Handling receipts may boost cashiers’ exposure to bisphenol A and bisphenol S – two chemicals with possible links to cancer and other adverse health effects ...

Ohio BWC Pledges Additional $500,000 to Help Law Enforcement Purchase Body Armor

Columbus, OH (WorkersCompensation.com) - Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation Administrator/CEO Stephanie McCloud, Governor Mike DeWine and Attorney General Dave Yost today announced an ...

From Social Media to Litigation Privilege, The ABA Mid-Winter Miami Seminar Has Something for Everyone

The American Bar Association 2019 Workers' Compensation Midwinter Seminar and Conference is scheduled for March 14 thru 16, at the beautiful and historic Biltmore Hotel in ...

In Phoenix, WCRI Will Give Itself Something Else to Study

The Workers’ Compensation Research Institute's (WCRI) Annual Issues and Research Conference is breaking over 30 years of tradition this year. Held annually in Boston every year since WCRI was founded, they have broken ...

The Adjusters Lament: When a Provider Lies, a Puppy Dies

We spend a great deal of time talking about ways that the workers’ compensation system could be improved. Much of that conversation centers around how adjusters and claims professionals could do their job better; how they ...

Jeff Bezos and Other Scummy Social Media Scammers

With the advent of social media, we find ourselves dealing with an ever-increasing quantity of suspicious and annoying spammers and scammers. People like Jeff Bezos and others are clogging our social media accounts asking to be our ...

E-Scooters Could be the Death of Your Company

Colorado workers’ compensation insurer Pinnacol Assurance issued a news release last week urging employers to reconsider their employee’s use of electronic scooters. It seems that use of these now ubiquitous urban ...

CBT and Smartphones: Study Shows Power of CBT on Brain Changes

There is a little known addiction that could be impacting your organization in negative ways. It affects people from all walks of life — young and old; rich and poor; men and women. It creates neurochemical ...

Research Roundup - or, stuff you don’t have to read because I did

There’s so much great research published every day – and a lot of crap too – that it is impossible to figure out A) what should I read and B) what does it mean. So, here’s what I found worth ...

Ten Light Duty Work Ideas

So you have decided to provide some light duty or transitional work for injured workers to decrease wage loss expense.  First of all, congratulations! This is the first step in decreasing claims costs. The wage expense in a comp claim is most ...

An Opioid That Doesn’t Cause Addiction Or Overdose? Is This Really Possible?

Like all drugs, opioids can cause side effects. However, beyond the commonly reported effects such as nausea, constipation, dizziness and sedation, there is one side effect that presents the biggest ...

How to Use a Medicare Set-Aside Allocation (and, how NOT to)

Administering Medicare Set-Aside (MSA) funds properly is a daunting task for most. Nuance in the Medicare formulary, ignorance about MSAs in the provider’s billing department, and complexity in medical coding all conspire ...

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Asbestos-Related Workers' Compensation Claims Filed at U-Montana Campus

Missoula, MT (WorkersCompensation.com) - Surprisingly, every day as many as 1.3 million people in the United States are exposed to a rather significant amount of asbestos in the workplace, ...

NSAIDS Most Prescribed, Dermatologicals Most Costly Drugs in California WC System

Opioids previously comprised nearly one-third of the medications prescribed in California’s workers compensation system. Now they account for about 18 percent, according to ...

Subrogation in Workers' Compensation Claims

Sarasota, FL (workersCompensation.com) - When a workers’ compensation accident happens, one of the first things which is relevant in the claim is whether or not there is any subrogation potential. It is important to ...

Worker Must Prove Injury in Uninsured Employer Tort Claim

Sacramento, CA - Evangelina Ruiz began work as a legal assistant with Carter and Carter, APLC in 2007 at their office in Corona. Christopher Carter specialized in mold and mold remediation cases.In ...

NSAIDs Overtake Opioids As The Top Workers' Comp Drug Group; Dermatologicals Are Most Costly

Oakland, CA (WorkersCompensation.com) - A new California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWCI) study finds that non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) have ...

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Registration now open for Episode 7, "State of Confusion: Benefit Adequacy in Workers' Comp"
Scheduled Guests: Paul Sighinolfi and Ramona Tanabe
12:00PM March 7, 2019

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Heather Schwartz Sanderson

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David Langham is the Deputy Chief Judge of Compensation Claims for the Florida Office of Judges of Compensation Claims at the Division of Administrative Hearings. He has been involved in workers’ compensation for over 25 years as an attorney, an ...

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