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Jul 3 2018

CA – Legislation Introduced to Prohibit Apportionment to Genetics

By Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)

08/23/2017 | 835 | 0 | 0 min read

The chairman of the California Senate Committee on Labor and Industrial Relations introduced legislation that would overturn a California appellate court decision allowing the apportionment of permanent disability to genetic risk factors, two weeks after the state Supreme Court denied a petition to review the case. Sen. Steven Bradford Sen. Steven Bradford, D-Gardena, on Monday amended Senate Bill 617 to propose a prohibition on apportionment determinations that are based on a genetic predisposition. The amended bill would create Labor Code Section 4665 saying, Notwithsta. Read More

NATL. – Coventry Report Shows Progress on Curtailing Compounds

By Elaine Goodman (medical/business Reporter)

08/23/2017 | 214 | 0 | 0 min read

Compounded medications accounted for nearly half of workers comp drug spending in some states when prescriptions weren t controlled through a pharmacy benefit manager, according to one company s data. The high level of spending on compounds was seen last year in Texas and Pennsylvania, where it was about 50% and 48% of total drug spending, respectively, when not managed by a PBM, according to the report from Coventry. Those numbers were a decrease from 2015, when about 55% of unmanaged drug spending in those states was attributable to compounds, Coventry said. The data are. Read More

NC – Commission Delays Decision on Ambulatory Surgery Center Fee Schedule

By J. Todd Foster (Reporter)

08/23/2017 | 154 | 0 | 0 min read

The North Carolina Industrial Commission has delayed approval of an ambulatory surgery center fee schedule following protests by ASCs and orthopedic clinics that the agency was rushing the process. The commission accepted written comments on amendments to Rule 04 NCAC 10J .0103 through Aug. 14. It was scheduled to approve the fee schedule at its regular meeting on Aug. 16, but decided to delay the process. Meanwhile, the commission is appealing an August 2016 ruling by Wake County Superior Court Judge Paul Wakefield, who invalidated the fee schedule because the agency failed to dra. Read More

PA – Self-Insured Municipal Employer Can’t Assert Lien Against Officer’s 3rd-Party Recovery

08/23/2017 | 112 | 0 | 0 min read

The Commonwealth Court ruled that a self-insured municipality s decision to pay medical benefits to an injured police officer from its workers compensation fund did not entitle the municipality to a subrogation lien against the officer s third-party recovery. Case: DeHoratius v. WCAB (Upper Darby Township), No. 1901 C.D. 2016, 08/08/2017, unpublished. Facts and procedural history: Michael DeHoratius works for the Upper Darby Township as a patrol officer. He suffered injuries in an on-duty car accident in November 2013. The township accepted his injuries as compensabl. Read More

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MT – Labor Department Proposes New Lower-Extremity Guidelines

08/24/2017 | 34 | 0 | 0 min read

The Montana Department of Labor and Industry is proposing to adopt recommendations for treating lower-extremity injuries as part of the annual update to its workers compensation treatment guidelines. The department said it recently finished drafting the new treatment recommendations for injuries from the hip down to the foot. It is proposing to incorporate the new chapter into its treatment guidelines to cover treatment provided on or after Jan. 1. The department will accept written comments on the proposed treatment guideline update until 5 p.m. on Oct. 6. Comments can be sent to Mar. Read More

OR – DCBS Proposing No Change to Premium Assessment Rate

08/24/2017 | 27 | 0 | min read

Oregon s Department of Consumer and Business Services on Wednesday announced the proposed premium assessment rate for 2018 is 6.8%, the same rate the agency adopted for 2017. The assessment covers the operations of the Workers Compensation Division and Workers Compensation Board, as well as part of the costs of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and part of the Insurance Division. The assessment rate was 6.2% for four years before it increased to 6.8% in 2017. The department also said it does not anticipate any changes to the additional assessments levied. Read More

OH – Mediator Sues Judge for Alleged Wrongful Termination

08/23/2017 | 207 | 0 | 0 min read

A former mediator for Portage County Common Pleas Court has filed a pro se lawsuit against a judge he claims wrongfully fired him for writing a letter to the editor, reported. Judge Laurie Pittman Richard Steinle alleges that Judge Laurie Pittman fired him for criticizing Attorney General Mike DeWine s handling of a case in which the state Bureau of Workers Compensation was accused of charging excessive workers compensation premiums. DeWine s office defended the BWC, which was ordered in 2014 to refund $859 million to about 264,000 employers for ove. Read More

HI – Andrew Kurata Named Acting Captive Administrator

08/23/2017 | 135 | 0 | 0 min read

Hawaii Insurance Commissioner Gordon Ito announced the appointment of Andrew Kurata as acting captive insurance administrator. Kurata has been with the Insurance Division since 2011 as a captive insurance examiner and captive insurance program specialist. Before that, he worked as an auditor in the private sector, Ito s office said in a statement. He replaces Sanford Saito, who left the state for a position in the private sector. Ito said there are 223 captives domiciled in Hawaii, and he expects to add 20 more in 2017. In 2016, Hawaii s captive insurers wrote more than $6.22 bi. Read More

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