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Larson’s Spotlight: Top 10 Cases for 2011 That You Should Know About

It’s time to look back on the past year’s top cases to help us identify possible national trends. While many of these cases are state decisions, there are far reaching implications to be found in each of them. Here’s our selection for the top 10 workers’ comp cases that you should...

Reforming Chronic Pain Treatment: New Attitudes and Better Knowledge Advocated

The 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare authorized the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to study issues related to chronic pain. One reason for this effort was that chronic pain issues annually cost the workers’ compensation system and society as a whole an estimated $635...

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Health Care Act - Individual Mandate Is Constitutional, Medicaid Expansion Is Limited

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) In a sweeping opinion covering four issues addressed over three days of oral argument, the U.S. Supreme Court on June 28 found that the Anti-Injunction Act (AIA) does not bar challenges to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), that the individual mandate...

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...

Workers’ Compensation Under Romneycare Provides Clues for Nationwide Future of Systems

By John Stahl, Esq. Uncertainty regarding how the U.S. Supreme Court deciding that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) was constitutional would impact workers’ compensation systems makes this a good time to review an expert’s related research. RAND Director for Research...

Workers’ Compensation Under Romneycare Provides Clues for Nationwide Future of Systems

By John Stahl, Esq. Uncertainty regarding how the U.S. Supreme Court deciding that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) was constitutional would impact workers’ compensation systems makes this a good time to review an expert’s related research. RAND Director for Research...

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...

Workers Comp and the Affordable Healthcare Act

Assuming that Obamacare isn't grievously wounded by Congressional de-funding and that a Romney win in the election doesn't result in repeal of the law, what effect will it have on workers' comp? I've already received several client e-mails asking whether the Affordable Healthcare Act...

Workers Comp and the Affordable Healthcare Act

Assuming that Obamacare isn't grievously wounded by Congressional de-funding and that a Romney win in the election doesn't result in repeal of the law, what effect will it have on workers' comp? I've already received several client e-mails asking whether the Affordable Healthcare Act...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup Powered by Larson's (7/16/2012)

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: NCCI: Claim Frequency Declined One Percent in 2011 . Forbes: Steve Schmutz Interview of Impact of Obamacare...

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...

Love It or Hate It: Medicare Secondary Payer Enforcement Is Here to Stay

By Jennifer C. Jordan, Esq. Progress is the theme of this year’s update to The Complete Guide to Medicare Secondary Payer Compliance , 2012 Edition (available in October; see special offer below). Nothing has improved so much that people don’t still cringe at the mention of MSAs, but after...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup Powered by Larson's (8/27/2012)

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: Workers Comp State Legislative Battles to Watch . CMS Names New Chief to Implement Obamacare . Aetna...

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...

Role of Age Regarding Workers’ Compensation May Be Exaggerated

NCCI Suggests Younger and Older Employees’ Claims Are Comparable By John Stahl, Esq. Recent research by the National Council on Compensation Insurance, Inc., (NCCI) questions the belief that the aging American workforce is at the eye of the perfect storm related to workers’ compensation...

Impact of Obamacare on Workers’ Compensation: Decreased Cost-Shifting Predicted

By John Stahl, Esq. The fact that the primary provisions of the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare, become effective in January 2014 precludes accurately concluding whether those reforms will reduce increasingly burdensome workers’ compensation costs. Workers’ Compensation Judge David...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup Powered by Larson's (4/15/2013)

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: Group Calls for State-Run SSI System With Parallel Features of State WC System . NCCI’s 2013...

Obamacare Architect Estimates Three-Year Delay in Accurately Understanding Affordable Care Act Impact on Workers’ Compensation

The statement of economist Jonathan Gruber, Ph.D. , of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts that a three-year news blackout regarding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would have had merit was arguably the most memorable moment during the 2014 Annual Issues and Research Conference...

Hurricane Obamacare: Experts Attempt to Forecast Impact of Affordable Care Act on Workers’ Compensation

Workers’ Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) Executive Director Richard Victor, Ph.D. of Cambridge, Massachusetts stated in his presentation “Impact of the Affordable Care Act on Workers’ Compensation” during WCRI’s 2014 Annual Issues and Research Conference on March...

Affordable Care Act: A New Body of Law With Lots of Moving Parts

Practical Guidance on Administering ObamaCare and Other Health Plans The acronym “ACA” has now joined the acronym “ADA” in the panoply of regulations with which companies must comply. As with any new and unfamiliar system, some companies may be uncertain as to what exactly...