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MD: DWC Clarifies Voc. Rehab Procedures

Baltimore, MD (CompNewsNetwork) - In order to clarify the regulations and procedures recently promulgated regarding vocational rehabilitation procedures and the use of the VR-04 (Vocational Rehabilitation Dispute), VR-05 (Disputed Provider/Practitioner Selection form) and VR-06 (Agreement on the Propriety...

CT: WCC's Payor-Provider Presentations Available Upon Request

Hartford, CT (CompNewsNetwork) - The Connecticut Workers’ Compensation Commission, along with representatives from the insurance and medical communities, has recently established the Payor and Medical Provider Guidelines to Improve the Coordination of Medical Services, effective July 1, 2010. ...

Show me the money: DE IAB rules medical expense check can issue directly to claimant (and her attorney) in lieu of provider

This is a great week for the claimant's bar in Delaware. An order has just issued that answers the question of whether an attorney can demand that a medical expense award be issued to him and his client over the objection of the defense that checks be cut directly to the medical providers. Following...

Cal. Comp. Cases September Advanced Postings (9/9/2010)

Here's the second batch of advanced postings for the September 2010 issue of Cal. Comp. Cases. Lexis.com subscribers can link to the cases below to read the complete headnotes. Kent Anderson v. W.C.A.B., Smart & Final, PSI, Sedgwick CMS 75 Cal. Comp. Cases ***, 2010 Cal. Wrk. Comp...

Illinois Governor Signs Workers Comp Reform Bill

Governor Pat Quinn of Illinois and other supproters of workers' compensation reform are saying that the newly signed legislation could save employers from 10 to 20 percent on their workers' compensation premiums. But some trial lawyers and medical providers think that injured workers will have...

California Workers Comp Liens: The Trouble With Tribbles

"The Trouble With Tribbles" is a second-season episode of Star Trek: The Original Series, first broadcast on December 29, 1967 and repeated June 21, 1968. The "trouble" with the Tribbles is that they reproduce far too quickly and are capable of eating a planet barren if their breeding...

Five Recent Workers’ Comp Cases You Should Know About (8/26/2011) – Claimant’s Degenerative Knee Injury Caused By Original Work Injury

Larson's Spotlight on Degenerative Condition, Attorney's Fees, Health Care Provider, Facial Disfigurement, and Life Care Plan. 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 , has...

Cal. Comp. Cases October Advanced Postings (9/29/2011)

Here’s the first batch of advanced postings for the October 2011 issue of Cal. Comp. Cases. Lexis.com subscribers can link to the complete headnotes and summaries. © Copyright 2011 LexisNexis. All rights reserved. Charter Oak Unified School District, PSI, York Insurance Services Group...

Cal. Comp. Cases October Advanced Postings (9/29/2011)

Here’s the first batch of advanced postings for the October 2011 issue of Cal. Comp. Cases. Lexis.com subscribers can link to the complete headnotes and summaries. © Copyright 2011 LexisNexis. All rights reserved. Charter Oak Unified School District, PSI, York Insurance Services Group...

A Penny Saved Is a Penny Earned -- Does a Delaware Claimant Have the Right to Refuse Express Scripts?

Right now the two books on our night stand were both written by finance guru and born-again Christian Dave Ramsey. Tom is reading The Total Money Makeover and I am engrossed in Financial Peace. Dave also created a money management series called Financial Peace University-- I like to think that my thrifty...

A Penny Saved Is a Penny Earned -- Does a Delaware Claimant Have the Right to Refuse Express Scripts?

Right now the two books on our night stand were both written by finance guru and born-again Christian Dave Ramsey. Tom is reading The Total Money Makeover and I am engrossed in Financial Peace. Dave also created a money management series called Financial Peace University-- I like to think that my thrifty...

A Momentary Lapse? Period Of Lapsed Provider Certification In Delaware Not Sufficient To Disqualify Medical Bills

A big shout-out to both Dr. Doug Briggs who brought this case to my attention, and to Donna Forrest at the DOL who brought the case to his attention. Today's case is a very narrow issue and it is just quirky enough to be worth knowing. The answers to questions like this is what separates the men...

A Momentary Lapse? Period Of Lapsed Provider Certification In Delaware Not Sufficient To Disqualify Medical Bills

A big shout-out to both Dr. Doug Briggs who brought this case to my attention, and to Donna Forrest at the DOL who brought the case to his attention. Today's case is a very narrow issue and it is just quirky enough to be worth knowing. The answers to questions like this is what separates the men...

Prescriptions Part Two: Delaware IAB Once Again Preserves Carrier Right To Utilize Preferred Drug Vendors

I am thinking that some of y'all do not read my blog. If you did, you would have read my post of 10/10/11, "A Penny saved is a penny earned: Does claimant have the right to refuse ExpressScripts?" You could have printed a copy of the ruling in that case and perhaps today's post would...

Prescriptions Part Two: Delaware IAB Once Again Preserves Carrier Right To Utilize Preferred Drug Vendors

I am thinking that some of y'all do not read my blog. If you did, you would have read my post of 10/10/11, "A Penny saved is a penny earned: Does claimant have the right to refuse ExpressScripts?" You could have printed a copy of the ruling in that case and perhaps today's post would...

Missouri: Employer Penalized for Lapses in Prescription Payments

The employer’s failure to provide medical treatment for several months did not waive its right to designate a medical provider, according to the Commission, which rejected an argument that 287.140 allowed prospective waiver to designate medical providers. The employer in Missouri has the right...

California: Zombie Liens and Statute of Limitations

FREE ENEWSLETTER; SIGN UP TODAY HERE Here's a sneak peek of a recent noteworthy panel decision that will be added soon to the LexisNexis services: Liens; Medical; Statute of Limitations. WCAB affirmed WCJ’s order disallowing balance of lien claimant’s lien filed on 2/3/2011...

The Back-to-School Post……and a Carrier Friendly Outcome in Delaware on the Use of Prescription Vendors

It seems this week that everyone is sending their little darlings back to school. Pictures all over Facebook of the ornery little so-and-so's waiting for the bus, sporting all manner of new duds, their gap-toothed little faces smiling for the cameras. As anyone who knows me well can tell you, I am...

The Back-to-School Post……and a Carrier Friendly Outcome in Delaware on the Use of Prescription Vendors

It seems this week that everyone is sending their little darlings back to school. Pictures all over Facebook of the ornery little so-and-so's waiting for the bus, sporting all manner of new duds, their gap-toothed little faces smiling for the cameras. As anyone who knows me well can tell you, I am...

Montana: High Court Says Statute Allowing Ex Parte Communications With Claimant’s Doctors Is Unconstitutional

Two Montana statutes that allow a workers’ compensation insurance carrier to have ex parte communications with claimant’s medical care providers represent an unconstitutional violation of claimant’s right to privacy, at least under the facts of the case before it, held the Montana Supreme...

California: New Medical Provider Network Regulations: It's a New Medical Treatment Paradigm

The 2004 workers’ compensation reform package of SB 899 brought about many changes as to how employers were required to provide medical treatment to injured workers. (Publisher’s Note: Citations link to lexis.com; bracketed citations link to Lexis Advance.) The newly created Labor Code...