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CWCI Finds Use of Network Physicians in California Workers’ Comp Continues to Grow
Posted on 18 Mar 2013 by California Workers' Compensation Institute

Treatment by network physicians is becoming increasingly prevalent in California workers’ compensation, with new data showing that nearly 80 percent of first-year physician-based outpatient medical services for 2010 California work injuries was... Read More

King v. CompPartners, Inc., et al.: Do Utilization Review Physicians Owe a Duty of Care to Applicants and What Is the Nature and Scope of the Duty of Care
Posted on 9 Feb 2016 by Raymond F. Correio

By Raymond F. Correio, Esq. A recent decision from the Fourth District Court of Appeal, King v. CompPartners, Inc., et al. 243 Cal.App.4th 685, 80 Cal. Comp. Cases 10 , certified for publication, raises a number of provocative issues which will no... Read More

Physicians and Drug Companies Strike Back at Attempts to Curb Drug Costs
Posted on 14 Apr 2016 by Roger Rabb

Are reform efforts aimed at controlling the costs of physician-dispensed drugs having the desired effect? It appears not, at least in California, Florida, Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Tennessee. In recent years, at least 20 states have made legislative... Read More

Following up on the Year’s Top Workers’ Comp Issues: Back to the Future
Posted on 16 Oct 2017 by Karen C. Yotis

By Karen C. Yotis, Feature Resident Columnist, LexisNexis Workers’ Compensation eNewsletter Before the blogs and newswires start posting their usual “boy, wasn’t that something” year-in-review stuff, I thought it would be an... Read More

California: Medical Provider Network Access Standards: Three Physicians Required?
Posted on 5 Feb 2016 by Calif. WCAB Noteworthy Panel Decisions Reporter

In Soto v. Sambrailo Packaging , 2016 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS --, the WCAB held that the WCJ erred in finding that the applicant who suffered an industrial injury to her neck, back and right shoulder was entitled to treat outside the defendant’s... Read More

Successes and Failures of Fee Schedules: How Medical Providers Circumvent Fee Schedule-Related Revenue Losses
Posted on 1 Apr 2013 by John Stahl

By John Stahl, Esq. Any first-semester political science major can tell you that government regulation is a common method for controlling what a business can charge for goods or services. Fee schedules provide this price control regarding workers’... Read More

Prescription Drug Abuse in America (Part Two) – The “P” Stakeholders
Posted on 15 Nov 2011 by Stuart D. Colburn

By Stuart Colburn, Esq. This is the second part of a three-part series on prescription drug abuse in America. Part One explained “the problem ”. Part Two below identifies the “P” stakeholders involved with this epidemic: ... Read More

Prescription Drug Abuse in America (Part Two) – The “P” Stakeholders
Posted on 15 Nov 2011 by Stuart D. Colburn

By Stuart Colburn, Esq. This is the second part of a three-part series on prescription drug abuse in America. Part One explained “the problem ”. Part Two below identifies the “P” stakeholders involved with this epidemic: ... Read More

CA: DWC Posts Revised Draft QME Regulations For Comment
Posted on 16 Sep 2010 by workerscompensation.com

Oakland, CA (CompNewsNetwork) - The Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) has revised selected qualified medical evaluator (QME) regulations and posted them to the online forum where members of the public may review and comment on the proposal.... Read More

Montana Lawyers File Lawsuit To Limit Workers’ Compensation Fraud Investigation Information
Posted on 1 Sep 2011 by LexisNexis Workers' Comp Law Newsroom Staff

Gene Jarussi and Michael Eiselein, as well as ten other Montana lawyers, are asking the Montana Supreme Court to issue an injunction to prohibit state workers' compensation investigators from sharing confidential criminal justice information, including... Read More

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup Powered by Larson's (1/21/2013)
Posted on 22 Jan 2013 by LexisNexis Workers' Comp Law Newsroom 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: NCCI Posts Report on Medical Services for Claims 20... Read More

TX: DWC Publishes Access to Medical Care in WC System, 1998-2008
Posted on 23 Jul 2010 by workerscompensation.com

Austin, TX (CompNewsNetwork) - The Texas Department of Insurance's Workers' Compensation Research & Evaluation Group produced a report, Access to Medical Care in the Texas Workers’ Compensation System,1998 - 2008 . The report includes... Read More

TX: Sunset Commission to Vote on Workers' Comp Changes Related to Physician Fraud, Abuse
Posted on 1 Jul 2010 by LexisNexis Workers' Comp Law Newsroom Staff

AUSTIN, TX - The Texas Tribune reports that the Texas Sunset Commission is scheduled to vote next Tuesday on recommended changes to the Texas Dept. of Insurance, Division of Workers' Compensation's process of investigating fraud and abuse among... Read More