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HI: PCI Opposes Bill to Deprive Employer of Right to Contest Workers' Comp Diagnostic Service

HONOLULU, HI - The Property Casualty Insurers Association of American (PCI) reports that the 2010 Hawaii legislature passed SB 2566 during the last days of the legislative session and the bill is now pending before Governor Linda Lingle. PCI opposes this bill, stating it would deprive an employer from...

WCRI Releases Annual Study Highlighting Impact of the 2007 Workers’ Compensation Reforms in New York

Introduction In December 2011, the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute [Cambridge, MA] (“WCRI”) published its fourth annual report evaluating the effects of the so-called workers’ compensation “reforms” passed unanimously by the New York Assembly and Senate...

California: Diagnostic Testing: Is it Medical Treatment or Medical-Legal Expense?

An interesting question arises in whether diagnostic testing constitutes “medical treatment” or a valid “medical-legal” expense. If it’s deemed medical treatment, then it is subject to UR/IMR. Two recent panel decisions illustrate the complexities of this issue. (Publisher’s...