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by Sheena Harrison
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Oklahoma Supreme Court weighs constitutionality of comp opt-out plan

3:01 pm, Dec. 11

The fate of Oklahoma's alternative workers compensation system, which was just signed into law in May, is in the hands of the state's Supreme Court right now.The high court heard arguments Tuesday to consider whether Oklahoma's workers comp "opt-out" law is constitutional, according to the ...MORE


"Zero-cost" workers comp claims paid by other health plans: NIOSH report

11:44 am, Dec. 10

Turns out that "zero-cost" workers compensation claims actually have some costs after all, and actually cost group health plans more than $200 million a year, according to a report published this month in the Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine.A study by the National Institute for ...MORE


Medicare Secondary Payer groups want a re-do on interim rule

11:45 am, Nov. 21

Medicare Secondary Payer experts are pretty unhappy with the plan issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to implement the Strengthening Medicare and Repaying Taxpayers Act, better known as the SMART Act.In comments submitted to CMS this month, the Risk & Insurance Management ...MORE


Yoga, yogurt, and a Calfornia auto accident

4:49 pm, Oct. 31

Workers compensation claims experts love to roll their eyes when California cases get mentioned.Here is the auto-accident case of a Marsh USA Inc. insurance brokerage employee that makes California eye-roll worthy. For the case involves a “coming and going rule” and after-work plans to ...MORE


Ethnic competitive edge in claims management

10:05 am, Oct. 21

Kudos to David North for discussing a need to meet the growing ethnic and diversity differences of employees across the country with workers compensation claims professionals who can navigate cultural variations.And thanks to Bob Wilson for writing about Dave’s discussion on the topic. Dave ...MORE


Shooting yourself in the foot not a covered workers compensation claim.

10:12 am, Oct. 17

Years before the current Washington budget battle focused attention on a split between conservative Republicans and business Republicans the two divided on allowing guns on employer property.The fight between gun advocates and business came to mind today while reading a Wall Street Journal story on ...MORE


TPA conflict of interest?

6:01 pm, Oct. 13

Is there an inherent conflict of interest when third party administrators manage employers' workers compensation claims?TPA's get paid to manage claims with the goal of helping injured employees recover their health and return to the workplace as quickly as possible. But they may also earn more ...MORE


A nation of disabled

11:53 am, Oct. 8

A recent “60 Minutes” television segment, available below, focused on the federal disability program now serving 12 million Americans and how it's out of control and rampant with fraud. It's a good segment looking at profiteering attorneys, doctors who certify people as disabled when ...MORE


Doctor shortage bottleneck, something else to blame Congress for

1 pm, Sep. 29

I have written about how the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will add to delays in treating workers compensation and disability insurance claimants by aggravating a nationwide doctor shortage.To be clear, the doctor shortage was already underway before the ACA's introduction.And here is ...MORE


Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act ruling

10:13 am, Sep. 25

A loss for the workers compensation claimants that sued Sedgwick and Coca-Cola alleging violation of the federal racketeering law may be a win for other claimants.I am referring to the federal appeals court ruling this week that said federal RICO lawsuits are not appropriate for workers comp ...MORE


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