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PPOs "Run Silent, Run Deep" Taking Up to $3 Billion Out of Physicians' Pockets Each Year
Posted on 11 Jun 2009 by LexisNexis Workers' Comp Law Newsroom Staff

CALIFORNIA - California's Department of Managed Health Care is cracking down on health insurers' fraudulent "discount plans" that rip off consumers, but has given no indication of regulating so-called "silent PPO's", which... Read More

CA: DWC Posts Proposed Medical Treatment Utilization Schedule Regulations for Public Comment
Posted on 26 Mar 2010 by LexisNexis Workers' Comp Law Newsroom Staff

OAKLAND , CA – The Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) has posted an online forum for members of the public to review and comment on a draft of proposed regulations to update the medical treatment utilization schedule (MTUS). The proposed... Read More

Rockport Healthcare Expands National PPO Network Focused Exclusively on Workers' Compensation
Posted on 26 Sep 2008 by LexisNexis Workers' Comp Law Newsroom Staff

HOUSTON, TX - Rockport Healthcare has announced a strategic alliance with New York-based MagnaCare Administrative Services, Inc. Rockport Healthcare is a national preferred provider organization with more than 400,000 providers focused exclusively on... Read More

Experts Warn That Physician-Patient Relationship May Blur During Independent Medical Examination
Posted on 1 Oct 2009 by LexisNexis Workers' Comp Law Newsroom Staff

Lawrence H. Brenner, JD, and B. Sonny Bal, MD, MBA, have written an article in Orthopedics Today that although a physician employed to examine a patient on behalf of a third party, such as an insurance company or attorney, does not generally establish... Read More

Patients' Early-Stage Multiple Schlerosis Reversed With Dose of Their Own Stem Cells
Posted on 30 Jan 2009 by LexisNexis Workers' Comp Law Newsroom Staff

CHICAGO, IL - Researchers at Northwestern University report that, for the first time, early-stage multiple scherosis has been reversed by giving patients a dose of their own stem cells. Source: Bloomberg To read the full article, click here . Read More

FL: WCRI Study Finds Medical Costs Per Claim Grew at Slower Rates After-2003 Reforms
Posted on 20 Jan 2010 by LexisNexis Workers' Comp Law Newsroom Staff

CAMBRIDGE , MA - Workers’ compensation costs per claim for the medical care of injured workers in Florida stabilized in 2004 following the fee schedule reforms in 2003. Starting in 2005, the medical costs per claim grew again in Florida , but... Read More

Firefighter Cancer Presumption Report Under Review by IAFC
Posted on 30 Apr 2009 by LexisNexis Workers' Comp Law Newsroom Staff

FAIRFAX , VA - The IAFC is currently reviewing a study commissioned by the National League of Cities (NLC) that supports the NLC’s position opposing the workers compensation presumption that cancer in firefighters is linked to the job. The IAFC... Read More

Texas Div. of Workers' Comp Posts Monthly Updates to Official Disability Guidelines
Posted on 6 Aug 2009 by LexisNexis Workers' Comp Law Newsroom Staff

AUSTIN , TX - The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (TDI-DWC) and the Work Loss Data Institute, publishers of the Official Disability Guidelines - Treatment in Workers' Comp (ODG), have partnered to produce a monthly... Read More

Tennessee Medical Fee Schedule Helped Lower Medical Costs Per Claim, Says WRCI Study
Posted on 17 Jul 2009 by LexisNexis Workers' Comp Law Newsroom Staff

CAMBRIDGE , MA - The introduction of a medical fee schedule for the workers’ compensation system in Tennessee following the 2004 reforms helped reduce medical costs per claim, according to a study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute... Read More

MA: Payment Per Claim for Drugs Prescribed to Injured Workers in Massachusetts Was Lower Than Study Median
Posted on 22 Apr 2010 by LexisNexis Workers' Comp Law Newsroom Staff

CAMBRIDGE, MA - The payment per claim for prescription drugs used to treat injured workers in Massachusetts was significantly lower than in most study states, according to a new report by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). The 16... Read More

WCRI Releases Workers’ Compensation Medical Cost Containment: A National Inventory
Posted on 22 Sep 2009 by LexisNexis Workers' Comp Law Newsroom Staff

CAMBRIDGE, MA - Medical cost containment became a focus for many states in the early 1990s, when the medical portion of the workers' compensation benefit dollar began to grow more quickly than many other claim costs. The comprehensive tables in... Read More

NY: WCB Posts New Reimbursement Rates for Inpatient Hospital Care
Posted on 14 May 2010 by LexisNexis Workers' Comp Law Newsroom Staff

ALBANY, NY - The New York State Workers' Compensation Board has released Subject No. 046-423, New Inpatient Reimbursement Rates: The workers' compensation fee schedule for inpatient hospital care automatically tracks New York Medicaid rates... Read More

ACOEM Installs New Officers and Directors
Posted on 18 May 2010 by LexisNexis Workers' Comp Law Newsroom Staff

ELK GROVE, IL - Natalie P. Hartenbaum, MD, MPH, FACOEM, is the new president of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM), an international medical society of more than 4,000 occupational and environmental medicine physicians... Read More

CA: Medical Board Reinstated 66 Convicted Felons During Past 10 Years
Posted on 8 Jun 2010 by LexisNexis Workers' Comp Law Newsroom Staff

California - The Orange County Register reports that the California Medical Board has reinstated the medical licenses of 66 convicted felons during the past 10 years, including a Beverly Hills psychiatrist who was arrested and charged with hiring "cappers"... Read More

Colorado Div. of Workers' Comp to Consider Fee Schedule Increases and Other Rule Changes
Posted on 2 Jul 2009 by LexisNexis Workers' Comp Law Newsroom Staff

DENVER, CO - The Colorado Division of Workers' Compensation has given notice of a public hearing on August 7, 2009, to afford all interested persons an opportunity to be heard prior to the adoption of proposed amendments to the Workers’ Compensation... Read More