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CMS Brings MSP Process 'Into the 21st Century'

Sarasota, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) - Life may get a bit easier for stakeholders who use Medicare’s Secondary Payer Recovery Portal. As of April 1, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will allow full or ...

Employers Are Stymied by Worker Overdoses

Sarasota, FL (WorkercCompensation.com) - For the first time in U.S. history, a person is more likely to die from an accidental opioid overdose than from a motor vehicle crash, according to National Security Council (NSC) calculations. In ...

Workplace Fatalities Decrease Overall But Increase For Older Workers

Sarasota, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) – The diligence of employers providing a safer work place has paid off for some groups according to a March report released from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics that ...

Illinois Passes Legislation Seen as Threat to Exclusive Remedy

Springfield, IL (WiorkersCompensation.com) - Legislation on its way to Illinois’ governor would allow some workers to sue their employers for occupational injuries. Supporters say it rights a wrong in the system that ...

Nail Salons in CT Shutdown Due To Labor Violations

Hartford, CT (WorkersCompensation.com)-Nail salon goers were probably surprised last week when they went to get manicures, pedicures and other beauty services. The Connecticut Labor Department shut down two dozen nail salons ...

Reasonable Fee May be No Fee

An interesting decision of the Federal District Court for the Northern District was rendered in November 2018. The connection of that decision to workers' compensation may not be obvious to some. However, it determines attorney fees, which in a ...

MSPRP E-Payments Go Live On April 1, 2019

On Wednesday, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) held a high level overview webinar of changes coming to the Medicare Secondary Payer Recovery Portal (MSPRP), as we recently discussed here on our blog.  The ...

The FDA’s Role in the Opioid Epidemic

This week I want to share two articles about opioids and how the FDA plays a part in their approval, regulation and maybe even their problem. The first article is the transcript of an interview by CBS’ 60 Minutes with a drug manufacturer about the FDA’s ...

Compound Objections and Hearsay

One of the persistent challenges for trial attorneys is the admission of evidence to prove their claims or defenses. The admissibility of evidence in workers' compensation proceedings is controlled by the Florida Evidence Code ("FEC"). This ...

The Representation We Make

In much of workers' compensation across America, benefits are delivered to injured workers administratively. There is an accident or illness, the employer is notified, and either that employer or an insurance company with which it has contracted ...

US DOL Signs Alliance with North Dakota Oil and Gas Industry Group to Promote Workplace Safety in Oil Fields

Bismarck, ND (WorkersCompensation.com) - The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), National Institute for ...

AK Governor Announces Additional Boards and Commissions Appointments

Juneau, AK (WorkersCompensation.com) - Alaska Governor Michael J. Dunleavy has announced the following appointments and reappointments to State of Alaska state boards and commissions. Alaska ...

Prison, Hefty Restitution Ordered for Cleveland Fraudster

Columbus, OH (WorkersCompensation.com) - A Cleveland-area man was sentenced to seven months in prison Wednesday and ordered to repay nearly $246,000 in disability benefits he fraudulently received from the Ohio ...

Montana State Fund Cuts Workers’ Comp Premium Rates 8.6 Percent

Helena, MT (WorkersCompensation.com) - The Montana State Fund Board of Directors approved Friday an 8.6 percent average reduction of workers’ compensation premium rates for about 25,000 employers ...

MEMIC Scholarship for Families of Injured Workers Now Accepting Applications

Portland, ME (WorkersCompensation.com) - The MEMIC Group is now accepting applications for its Harvey Picker Horizon Scholarship Program for children and spouses of workers who have been ...

Tennessee Sausage Strategy is Something to Emulate

The forming of policy, regulations and law in the world of workers’ compensation can be an intricate process. No matter the area of the law, they say that the making of regulatory and legislative content is like the making of ...

Attitude is Everything, Even When It's Not

I spent this past weekend in the Four Corners area of Colorado and New Mexico, visiting my 99-year-old father. He unfortunately took a fall in early January, and while his injury, a broken coccyx, would’ve been painful but ...

Fatal News Is a Kick in the Groin for Telehealth

No doubt about it. Telehealth is all the rage and presents tremendous potential for expanding access to quality care for a multitude of patients. The technology, which connects patients and physicians via high speed video connections, ...

What is Disability, Really?

It is an issue we struggle with, and a difficult one to solve. Much of the activity in workers’ comp is centered around the concept of disability; what it is and how much it is worth for the individual who has been assigned with that designation. We ...

Will Cash Infusion Make Online Comp Purchases Easy as Pie?

We’ve been saying for years that the traditional business model for the typical insurance agent would be threatened by technology. The last couple years have seen real shifts in that arena. Word this week that the ...

Hurt At Work, How Far Away Can They Send Me For Treatment?

A caller to my office had a really good question about a very frustrating scenario he was in. He is an industrial painter and does a lot of overhead lifting and work in general.  One day, he felt a sharp pain in his ...

The Perez Trio of Cases and Proof of Permanent Partial Disability

It is a remarkable coincidence that the three cases that best explain entitlement to permanent partial disability benefits in New Jersey all involve claimants with the last name of Perez.  The most important of ...

Emerging risks soon to make the radar

A CEO I once worked for used to regularly ask me, “Tell me what I don’t know.” In his view, he could read the Wall Street Journal or any number of other typical sources of intelligence and information about running organizations, ...

Cousineau, Waldhauser & Kieselbach Rated #1 Nationally by Target Corporation

We are please to announce that Cousineau, Waldhauser, & Kieselbach's Target Corporation team received the highest rating nationally for Workers' Compensation for ...

Cousineau, Waldhauser, & Kieselbach Shareholder Natalie Lund to Co-Chair the 2019 Workers' Compensation Institute

Natalie Lund, Shareholder at Cousineau, Waldhauser, & Kieselbach has been asked to be the defense co-chair for the 2019 ...

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CMS Brings MSP Process 'Into the 21st Century'

Sarasota, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) - Life may get a bit easier for stakeholders who use Medicare’s Secondary Payer Recovery Portal. As of April 1, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will allow full ...

Tennessee Sausage Strategy is Something to Emulate

The forming of policy, regulations and law in the world of workers’ compensation can be an intricate process. No matter the area of the law, they say that the making of regulatory and legislative content is like the ...

Employers Are Stymied by Worker Overdoses

Sarasota, FL (WorkercCompensation.com) - For the first time in U.S. history, a person is more likely to die from an accidental opioid overdose than from a motor vehicle crash, according to National Security Council (NSC) calculations. ...

US DOL Signs Alliance with North Dakota Oil and Gas Industry Group to Promote Workplace Safety in Oil Fields

Bismarck, ND (WorkersCompensation.com) - The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), National Institute for ...

Hurt At Work, How Far Away Can They Send Me For Treatment?

A caller to my office had a really good question about a very frustrating scenario he was in. He is an industrial painter and does a lot of overhead lifting and work in general.  One day, he felt a sharp pain in ...

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Now Available! The recording of Episode 7, "State of Confusion: Benefit Adequacy in Workers' Comp"
With Guests Paul Sighinolfi and Ramona Tanabe
Recorded: 12:00PM March 7, 2019

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