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Book Review: Rebecca Shafer’s Workers Compensation Management Program 2012 Edition

Rebecca Shafer, an expert in workers' compensation cost containment best practices, has released the 2012 edition of her guidebook Workers Compensation Management Program: Reduce Costs 20% to 50% . Workers Compensation Management Program: Reduce Costs 20% to 50% is divided into two main components...

U.S. High Court: Widow Of Offshore Drilling Employee Can Pursue Injury Claims under Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court on Jan. 11 held that the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA) "extends coverage to an employee who can establish a substantial nexus between his injury and his employer's extractive operations" on the Outer Continental Shelf...

Offshore Drilling Worker's Widow Can Pursue Injury Claims For Fatal Workplace Accident

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court on Jan. 11 held that the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA) "extends coverage to an employee who can establish a substantial nexus between his injury and his employer's extractive operations" on the Outer Continental Shelf...

Crumley Roberts Law Firm Names Brian L. Kinsley Practice Group Leader For Mass Tort And Product Liability

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Crumley Roberts LLP has named Brian Kinsley to Practice Group Leader for Mass Tort and Product Liability. Crumley Roberts is a North Carolina-based law firm that provides legal counsel on personal injury, workers' compensation and Social Security disability claims. Kinsley will...

Court Dismisses Suit Seeking to Hold Carrier Liable for Reimbursing Medicare Payments

By: Mark Popolizio, Esquire In Caldera v. Insurance Company of State of Pennsylvania , No. C-11-321, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 12888 (S.D. Texas February 2, 2012) a claimant filed a private cause of action claim against the workers’ compensation carrier seeking double damages under the Medicare Secondary...

Cost Containment Leads Employers’ Workers’ Comp Concerns for 2012

Cost containment is by far the number one workers' compensation insurance concern of employers for the next 12 months, a new study shows. Fifty-nine percent of employers say they are very or somewhat concerned about cost containment in 2012. Employers are also concerned about increasing exposures...

LexisNexis® Workers Compensation Law Community Podcast: Scott Beckman on the 2012 RIMS Annual Conference & Exhibition

In this edition, Scott Beckman, Vice President of Claims for ISMIE Mutual Insurance Co. and Chair of RIMS Conference Programming Committee, highlights the sessions, events and keynote speakers, including Moneyball's Billy Beane, for the 2012 RIMS Annual Conference & Exhibition which will be held...

2012 RIMS Annual Conference April 15-18: Why Workers’ Comp Defense Attorneys Should Attend the Lollapalooza of the Risk Management Industry

The 2012 RIMS Annual Conference & Exhibition April 15-18 in Philadelphia is the lollapalooza of the risk management industry, what with its high energy, dynamic speakers, 120+ sessions, 10,000 attendees from 50 different countries, 400 exhibitors, and numerous networking opportunities. Find out why...

Court Rules That State Bar’s Professional Liability Fund Is NOT Subject to MMSEA Reporting

By: Mark Popolizio, Esquire, Crowe Paradis Services Corporation In the case of Oregon State Bar Professional Liability Fund v. United States Department of Health and Human Services & Kathleen Sebelius , 2012 U.S. Dist. Lexis 43790 (D. Oregon, March 29, 2012) the court (Marco Antonio Hernandez,...

The OSHA Regulatory Burden: New Study Debunks Job Killer, Anti-Competitive Theories

It is a truth universally acknowledged that OSHA workplace regulations are unduly burdensome, negatively impacting an employer’s competitiveness and destroying jobs for workers . The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration is one of the most controversial regulatory agencies in our...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup: Powered by Larson's (6/4/2012)

Sign up here for our free workers' compensation enewsletters (National or California Edition) to receive weekly news items. Be sure to select the enewsletter of your choice. NATIONAL NEWS: States With Low Workplace Nonfatal Injury Rates Have High Fatality Rates & Vice Versa . Workers...

Trends in Workers’ Compensation Narcotics Use: Avoiding Early Use is Key

By John Stahl, Esq. A May 2012 report from the National Council on Compensation Insurance Holdings, Inc. , (NCCI) addressed the conclusions of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) that “the overuse of opioid therapy to treat chronic pain conditions is becoming...

Experts, Officials, Media Offer Their Two Cents on U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision on Affordable Care Act

By John Stahl, Esq. The U.S. Supreme Court announcing its decision that the Affordable Care Act, also known as ACA and Obamacare, was constitutional was a “where were you” moment in American history. Key quotes from the majority and dissent opinions are provided below. The experts on...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup Powered by Larson's (7/2/2012)

Sign up here for our free workers' compensation enewsletters (National or California Edition) to receive weekly news items. Be sure to select the enewsletter of your choice. NATIONAL: IAIABC Drafts Model Legislation on Opioid Use . US DOL Posts Statement on OSHA Voluntary Protection Program...

The Impact of the Affordable Care Act on the Insurance Industry, Including Workers’ Compensation

In an interview with wrintv.com, Dr. Robert Hartwig of the Insurance Information Institute gave a rundown on the impact of the ACA on the insurance industry, now that the Act has been declared constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court: Health care insurers. Since the ACA is compulsory coverage,...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup: Powered by Larson's (7/9/2012)

Sign up here for our free workers' compensation enewsletters (National or California Edition) to receive weekly news items. Be sure to select the enewsletter of your choice. NATIONAL NEWS: Robert Hartwig, Insurance Information Institute, Discusses Impact of ACA on Insurance Industry . CMS...

Matthew Bender: Celebrating 125 Years of Trusted Analytical Content and Forward-Thinking Innovation

Matthew Bender ® : providing trusted analytical content for 125 years and looking toward the future While classic expert legal resources remain its heart and soul, Matthew Bender ® continues to reinvent itself to bring you innovative products. A distinguished history Matthew Bender ®...

Blueprint for HIPAA and ADA Compliant Wellness Programs: Encouraging Good Health Reduces Workers’ Compensation Expenses

By John Stahl, Esq. The article “Guidance for a Reasonably Designed, Employer-Sponsored Wellness Program Using Outcomes-Based Incentives” in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine demonstrates how employer-sponsored outcomes-based wellness programs (wellness programs) reduce...

The Case for Clear Guidelines for Nurse Case Managers

By Steven M. Birnbaum, Law Offices of Steven Birnbaum, San Rafael, California The cost of medical care has risen throughout our society and calls for cost control are no louder than in workers' compensation cases and Longshore cases are included in that. Thus, the insurance industry has tried a...

High Costs of Longer-Term Opioid Use: Workers’ Compensation Study Finds Heavy Use Compounds Medical Issues

Proof that “a higher use of opioids [among patients with occupational diseases] may … lead to addiction, increased disability or work loss, and even death” prompted the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute to conduct a study entitled “Longer-Term Use of Opioids.”...

LexisNexis Top 25 Blogs for Workers' Compensation and Workplace Issues - 2012 Honorees

The LexisNexis Workers' Compensation Law Community has selected its 2012 honorees for the Top 25 Blogs for Workers' Compensation and Workplace Issues . Congratulations to all the honorees! We thank our community members and Larson's National Workers' Compensation Advisory Board members...

LexisNexis Top 25 Blogs for Workers' Compensation and Workplace Issues - 2012 Honorees

The LexisNexis Workers' Compensation Law Community has selected its 2012 honorees for the Top 25 Blogs for Workers' Compensation and Workplace Issues . Congratulations to all the honorees! We thank our community members and Larson's National Workers' Compensation Advisory Board members...

Obamacare’s Impact on Workers’ Compensation Prescription Drug Costs: Experts Predict Greater Drug Utilization and Offer Solutions

By John Stahl, Esq. The near certainty that provisions in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a.k.a. Obamacare, will contribute to the increasing tendency to prescribe workers’ compensation claimants opioids prompted Risk & Insurance to conduct an October 23, 2012 webinar entitled “Affordable...

Depression: The Hidden Cost of Compensable Work Injuries

Collateral damage from a compensable incident often extends well beyond physical harm that stems from the initial injury. The psychological effects of even short-term disabilities, pursuing workers’ compensation benefits, and anxiety regarding an ability to return to work can be severe. Both...

Depression: The Hidden Cost of Compensable Work Injuries

Collateral damage from a compensable incident often extends well beyond physical harm that stems from the initial injury. The psychological effects of even short-term disabilities, pursuing workers’ compensation benefits, and anxiety regarding an ability to return to work can be severe. Both...