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Increased Disputes Aside, California Formulary ‘On Track’ to Reduce Frictional Costs

Oakland, CA (WorkersCompensation.com) - There’s some good news and not as good news in the latest research out of California. The recently implemented workers’ compensation prescription ...

Lyft, Uber Say Reclassification of Workers Would Impact Business

San Francisco, CA (WorkersCompensation.com) – Both Lyft and Uber, the country’s two largest ride sharing companies, say changing the classification of their drivers would negatively impact their business ...

MEDVAL Acquired by Brown & Brown Subsidiary

Daytona Beach, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) - Insurance brokerage firm Brown & Brown announced one of its subsidiaries, The Advocator Group has acquired MEDVAL, which provides Medicare Secondary Provider-compliant services. According ...

Report: Federal Black Lung Fund Threatened

Coeburn, VA (WorkersCompensation.com) – A tax increase that was not renewed during the budget showdown in January 2019 may mean the depletion of a fund designed to help coal miners who have contracted black lung disease on the ...

Aging Workforce Requires Employers to Step Up

Sarasota, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) – More of the population is retiring at a later age according to a 2017 report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). In 2014, the number of workers aged 55 and older was 40 percent. ...

2019 Marijuana Statute in Florida

The Florida Legislature has passed CS/CS/CS/SB182 (committee substitute for Senate Bill 182), and it has been signed into law. This amends section 381.986, Fla. Stat. There has been significant news coverage of this change on platforms such as ...

MSP Compliance Continues to be Placed at the Forefront

On Monday, the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland issued a press release concerning a settlement arrangement involving the repayment of conditional payments ...

Rousmaniere: How Many Work Injuries Don’t We See?

Some problems don’t jump out at you so much as lurk.  At the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute’s conference in Phoenix in February, two speakers hit upon the same worry creeping around the edges ...

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 ...

Cal/OSHA Cites Contractor Following Accident that Crushed Worker

American Canyon, CA (WorkersCompensation.com) - Cal/OSHA has cited a Bay Area contractor for serious safety violations after a worker was fatally crushed at a San Rafael construction site on September 18, ...

Vermont Superior Court Rules in Favor of State in Opioids Case

Montpelier, VY (WorkersCompensation.com) - The Chittenden Superior Court has denied Purdue Pharma’s motion to dismiss the State’s case against it. The judge ruled that the State may bring all ...

Study Explores Link Between Farm Machinery Vibration and Workers’ Back Pain

Iowa City, IA — A NIOSH-funded study of farm machinery found that the machine operators experienced whole-body vibration at levels that reached the European Union’s “action ...

$1,326,367 Penalty after Ohio Company Willfully Exposes Employees to Dangerous Hazards

Bowling Green, OH (WorkersCompensation.com) - The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has proposed penalties of $1,326,367 to Dowa ...

OH: Montgomery County to Receive $139K Under BWC Drug Workplace Safety Program

Columbus, OH (WorkersCompensation.com) - Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and BWC Administrator/CEO Stephanie McCloud announced today that Montgomery County will receive more than $139,000 this week ...

For Ohio BWC, Headline Accuracy Matters

As a publisher of news content, I appreciate the challenges of getting content out in a relative and timely manner. I understand that the author of the article may not be the one who selects its headline or title. But I also think that ...

Boning up For Best Blogs 2019

Our annual Best Blogs Contest is once again just around the corner, and I suppose I better start tidying up around here if I want to be part of it. Launched in 2016, the WorkersCompensation.com Best Blogs Contest is a program recognizing blogs that ...

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, ...

Protecting Medicare's Past Interests (How Securing Medicare Lien Resolution Will Help Protect Dwindling Medicare Trust Funds)

During the 21 years between 1980 and 2001, it is no secret that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) did very little to enforce the ...

The ERISA Lien -- A Federal "Partner" In State Workers’ Compensation Litigation

If the workers’ compensation practitioner reading this otherwise dry blog finds his/her mind wandering to more exciting topics, let your mind focus on that ominous line from the 1987 ...

2019 Louisiana Labor Summit Includes Special Presentation on Rapid Response

The 2019 Louisiana Labor Summit, which is taking place from March 19th-22nd in New Orleans, features a variety of topics about Workforce Commission activities and economic development potential in our ...

Rest Assured: Quality Sleep Supports Recovery From Brain Injury

A good night’s rest benefits mental and physical health. The body’s normal healing and restoration processes during sleep are crucial for recovery, particularly after brain injury. With one-third of ...

The Violent Act Exception

How has the law been developing on the “violent act” exception to California Labor Code 4660.1(c)(1)? That’s an issue I had occasion to look at recently as I prepared for a presentation on a panel with defense attorney Jake Jacobsmeyer at the ...

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For Ohio BWC, Headline Accuracy Matters

As a publisher of news content, I appreciate the challenges of getting content out in a relative and timely manner. I understand that the author of the article may not be the one who selects its headline or title. But I also think that ...

OH: Montgomery County to Receive $139K Under BWC Drug Workplace Safety Program

Columbus, OH (WorkersCompensation.com) - Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and BWC Administrator/CEO Stephanie McCloud announced today that Montgomery County will receive more than $139,000 this week ...

MEDVAL Acquired by Brown & Brown Subsidiary

Daytona Beach, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) - Insurance brokerage firm Brown & Brown announced one of its subsidiaries, The Advocator Group has acquired MEDVAL, which provides Medicare Secondary Provider-compliant services. ...

Cal/OSHA Cites Contractor Following Accident that Crushed Worker

American Canyon, CA (WorkersCompensation.com) - Cal/OSHA has cited a Bay Area contractor for serious safety violations after a worker was fatally crushed at a San Rafael construction site on September 18, ...

$1,326,367 Penalty after Ohio Company Willfully Exposes Employees to Dangerous Hazards

Bowling Green, OH (WorkersCompensation.com) - The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has proposed penalties of $1,326,367 to Dowa ...

The Hot Seat

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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