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Health Care Reform’s Potential Impact to Pose Challenges for Workers Comp, Medical Liability Insurers

While it's still too early to quantify the exact impact of health care reform, implementation of the measure enacted last year will bring short- and long-term challenges to employers and the property/casualty insurance industry, attendees at the Casualty Actuarial Society's annual Ratemaking...

Five Recent Workers’ Comp Cases You Should Know About (11/4/2011) – Injured Worker's Tort Action Against Landlord Corporation Closely Related to Her Tenant Employer May Move Forward

Larson's Spotlight on Tort Action, Retaliatory Discharge, Black Lung, Disqualification From Benefits, and Loss of Wage Earning Capacity. Larson's surveys the latest case developments that you need to know about. Thomas A. Robinson, the staff writer for Larson's Workers' Compensation Law...

Another Busy Year for Workers’ Compensation and Occupational Health

The new 2011 Edition of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (LexisNexis) has shipped to customers This was another busy year for workers' compensation and occupational health. In light of the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) of 2010, many were trying to predict...

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...

Update From the Benefits Review Board (May 2012)

By Karen Koenig, Associate General Counsel, Longshore, Benefits Review Board, United States Department of Labor, Washington, D.C. BRB Statistical Update The Board began this fiscal year in October 2011 with 148 pending Longshore appeals. During the last fiscal year, which ended September 30, 2011...

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...

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...

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...

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...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup Powered by Larson's (11/26/2012)

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: US Attorney, Coventry Enter Into Civil Agreement Related to Medicare Set-Asides . NAIC CEO Dr. Therese...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup Powered by Larson's (3/11/2013)

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: New Survey on WC Bill Review Shows More Than $2B in Unwarranted Medical Payments . NAIC Posts 2012...

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...

Affordable Care Act: How It Can Reduce Workers’ Compensation Costs and Provide Better Outcomes for Injured Workers

By Ryan Benharris, Esq. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the unpredictability on its future effect on workers’ compensation systems across the country continue to be a hot topic among workers’ compensation scholars. Last month, the William Mitchell Law Review...