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National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup Powered by Larson's (6/10/2013)
Posted on 10 Jun 2013 by LexisNexis Communities Staff

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: Sedgwick Releases White Paper on Oklahoma Opt Out Laws... Read More

California: Utilization Review and Independent Medical Review Best Practices
Posted on 4 Mar 2015 by Karen C. Yotis

Loosening the rope on the UR/IMR Gordian Knot Karen C. Yotis, Esq., Feature Resident Columnist of the LexisNexis Workers’ Compensation eNewsletter , provides insights into workplace issues and the nuts and bolts of the workers' comp world... Read More

Evidence-Based Medicine Can Be Hazardous to Your Health
Posted on 2 Dec 2013 by Robert G. Rassp, Esq.

By Robert G. Rassp, Esq. The current trend across the country is to require evidence-based medicine for treatment of employees who are injured on the job. Statutory and regulatory mandates are emerging on a state-by-state basis. Stakeholders within... Read More

JOEM Study Supports Contention that EBM Guidelines Result in Better Outcomes for Injured Workers and Reduced Costs for Employers
Posted on 15 Jun 2016 by Thomas A. Robinson

First Comprehensive Study Evaluating EBM Guidelines in Comp Setting In recent years within the workers’ compensation (WC) arena, proponents of evidence-based medicine (EBM) have contended that managing an injured worker’s care according... Read More

Medical Expert Says U.S. Health Industry Often Guilty of “Overkill”
Posted on 21 May 2015 by Thomas A. Robinson

Significant percentage of medical care procedures is unnecessary Much has been written about the explosion of health care costs in the workers’ compensation system. Indeed, most experts agree that medical care expenses now represent more than... Read More

Independent Medical Review: A New Wave of Litigation in California
Posted on 16 Jun 2014 by Robert G. Rassp, Esq.

Recent noteworthy panel decisions show that the applicant would be wise to present all relevant medical reports and records, and citations to the MTUS, ACOEM, ODG, or other nationally accepted medical standards to the IMR reviewer, and that when a material... Read More

Work Loss Data Institute Warns of Fox Guarding the Hen House in State Treatment Guidelines
Posted on 24 Mar 2012 by John Stahl

By John Stahl, Esq. Phil LeFevre, who is a Senior Account Executive, with the Work Loss Data Institute (WLDI) spent much of a recent webinar entitled “Emerging Trends in Workers’ Comp Treatment Guidelines by State: Has the Fox Been Left... Read More

New CWCI Study Looks at Independent Medical Review Outcomes in California Workers’ Comp
Posted on 25 Apr 2015 by California Workers' Compensation Institute

A new analysis of independent medical review decisions issued in 2014 suggests that the medical dispute resolution process mandated by the workers’ compensation reform bill enacted in 2012 is working to assure that the treatment provided to California... Read More

Drug Formularies, Texas Style: Coming Soon to a State Near You?
Posted on 13 Jul 2014 by Karen C. Yotis

Karen C. Yotis, Esq., a Feature Resident Columnist for the LexisNexis Workers’ Compensation eNewsletter , provides insights into workplace issues and the nuts and bolts of the workers’ comp world. As policymakers, risk managers, and insurers... Read More

Experts Offer Guidance on Opioid Management Strategies
Posted on 10 Jun 2013 by John Stahl

By John Stahl, Esq. The double-edged sword regarding using opioids to relieve pain associated with compensable harm is that the workers’ compensation claimants benefit from the effects of feeling little or no pain and health-care practitioners... Read More

New CWCI Study Looks at California Workers’ Comp Medical Dispute Resolution
Posted on 9 Jan 2014 by California Workers' Compensation Institute

A new study by the California Workers’ Compensation Institute estimates that workers’ compensation payors’ utilization review (UR) programs, which rely on evidence-based medicine, combined with the new Independent Medical Review (IMR... Read More

CWCI Study on Independent Medical Review Outcomes in California: Smoke and Mirrors
Posted on 26 Apr 2015 by Robert G. Rassp, Esq.

There are five kinds of lies—fibs, excuses, lies, damn lies, and statistics. The CWCI "study"from a political standpoint has to say that the UR/IMR process is a "success." A great deal of energy was put into the political... Read More

Opioids – The Grand Debate
Posted on 8 Jan 2015 by Robert G. Rassp, Esq.

An examination of ACOEM’s newly revised opioid practice guidelines for treatment of pain By Robert G. Rassp, Esq. We hate statistics but policymakers can’t live without them. For example, 100 million residents of the United States... Read More

Workers’ Compensation in a Medically Overtreated Society
Posted on 12 Nov 2011 by Robin E. Kobayashi

Workers’ compensation is no stranger to controversy. In 2009 the well-respected physician Nortin M. Hadler, MD, attacked workers’ compensation as an “evil, wrong-minded, illness-inducing maze that masquerades as social insurance”... Read More