The Best Tidbits of News From The Workers Comp Community

 

 
While there have been no formal updates to the CMS website, the WCRC recently provided an update to Gould & Lamb that it will have all remaining cases that were not part of the previous streamlined process resolved by February 28, 2013, or will provide the specific information that is necessary for the approval process to be completed. Read more…
 
 
 
From skiing injuries to sniffles, there’s no season like winter for thinking fond thoughts of the American health care system. And there’s no time like exactly one billing period later for screaming curses at the American health care system.
With the Affordable Care Act here to stay and its changes already in motion, we present this week’s Cavalcade of Risk: articles on health insurance and its impact on our lives and economy.  Read more…
 
 
Lexis Nexis News:
 
 
"Larson's May Help Interpret Law, But Can't Supplant Text of Statute, by Thomas A. Robinson. Larson's Workers' Compensation Law is often used by federal and state courts to explain and interpret a workers' compensation statute, particularly when that statute is ambiguous. In a recent decision, the Kansas Supreme Court indicated that although consulting the Larson treatise is in order when the statute is unclear, it may not serve to supplant or alter the actual text of a statute. Read more about this case and other cases on Credit for Pension Benefits, Intentional Tort, and Substantially Certain Rule."
 
 
 
"Strong Association Exists Between AMA Guides Impairment Ratings and Earnings Losses, But Losses Vary Significantly Across Body Regions, by  Robert G. Rassp, Esq. & Robin E. Kobayashi, J.D. A new major study funded by CHSWC focuses on the AMA Guides Fifth Edition in California but has implications for the AMA Guides Fourth and Sixth Editions used in other states. The study purports to quell the main criticism that the AMA Guides can only measure severity of impairmentand not disability. The study examines whether there is a strong association between AMA-based impairment ratings and earnings losses for workers' comp claimants with permanent disabilities, thereby indicating that impairment ratings accurately reflect the effect of impairments on the ability to work. The study also examines…Read more"
 
 
Author Michael B. Stack, CPA, Director of Operations, Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. is an expert in employer communication systems and part of the Amaxx team helping companies reduce their workers compensation costs by 20% to 50%. He is a writer, speaker, and website publisher.  www.reduceyourworkerscomp.com.  Contact: mstack@reduceyourworkerscomp.com.
 
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Do not use this information without independent verification. All state laws vary. You should consult with your insurance broker, attorney, or qualified professional about workers comp issues.

The Best Tidbits of News From the Workers Comp Community

 

 
Deborah Pfeifle, CEO of Gould & Lamb, and Rafael Gonzalez, Director of Medicare Compliance and Post-Settlement Administration, are featured speakers at the upcoming PARMA conference next week in Rancho Mirage, California.  Ms. Pfeifle's presentation, "Taming the Prescription Drug Beast in Workers' Compensation", will focus on managing prescription drug programs, cost and mitigating the risk of prescription drug abuse. Mr. Gonzalez will present "An Update on Medicare Secondary Payer Compliance", which will focus on strategies for when and how to take Medicare's interests into account. Read more…
 
 
 
 
As policymakers and other system stakeholders wrestle with the rapid growth of health care costs, the debate about unnecessary medical care in the U.S. and in workers' compensation is taking on a new urgency.  Due to the importance of this topic, WCRI has dedicated a whole section of the conference on it.  Join Dr. Rebecca Yang, WCRI, and Professor Thomas Wickizer, Ohio State University, for a discussion about Unnecessary Care and the Impact of Treatment Guidelines.  Read more…
 
 
 
 
CID Review is pleased to see a report in the Wall Street Journal about the NFL and work-related injuries. After all of the media attention to chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) that appears to happen after concussions, the WSJ story features a picture ofRobert Griffin III (RG III). He suffered a knee injury during a game recently. Instead of sitting out the next game (a playoff), as he undoubtedly should have, he played with a knee brace. He had his knee re-injured towards the end of the game and had surgery the following week. Apparently, he had torn the lateral collateral ligament (LCL) and the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). He had also had an injury to the ACL during his college career.  Read more…
 
 
 
 
The percentage of older workers planning to hold off on retiring has increased 20 points within the past two years, according to a business research association analysis released Friday.
 
The Conference Board Inc. report titled “Trapped on the Worker Treadmill?” found that despite improvements in the U.S. economy over the past two years, 62% of workers were delaying their retirement plans due to financial considerations in 2012 vs. 42% in 2010.  Read more…
 
 
 
 
Effective today, the Centers for Medicare/Medicaid Services (CMS) has commenced the annual Responsible Reporting Entity (RRE) re-certification process for 2013. This process requires that the Authorized Representative at the RRE send an email to the Coordination of Benefits Contractor (COBC) EDI Representative confirming the contents of the four page Profile Report.The ProfileReport is included as an attachment to the Re-certification Email Notice and summarizes the information on file at CMS for the RRE. The email will come from 'cobva@ghmedicare.com'. Read more..
 
 
 
News From Lexis Nexis
 
Workplace Wellness Programs Return on Investment and Implementation Tips by Rebecca A. Shafer, J.D., Michael Stack, Robin E. Kobayashi, J.D.
 
“Of the many workers' compensation cost reduction initiatives available to employers today, wellness programs are by far the one of greatest interest. Employers seek statistics on ROI (return on investment), as well as costs of implementation of such programs, they hunt for information on how to implement such programs and which vendors provide them. How much can we save? What is the ROI? How quickly will I see the savings? Those are the primary concerns of employers today. Of all the articles I have written in the last 25 years, those on wellness programs have by far been most widely read and most requested for reprints.” Read more
 
 
 
 
“The Supreme Court of Kansas recently affirmed an award of work disability benefits to an undocumented worker who was ineligible for gainful employment under the Federal immigration laws. The employer contended that under Federal law, it was illegal for McDonald's (or any other employer) to reemploy the worker and that any wage loss she suffered was unrelated to the work injury but rather to her legal inability to return to work. McDonald's further contended that the award of work disability contravened public policy. The high court indicated resolution of the issue was a matter of statutory construction…” Read more…
 
 
Author Michael B. Stack, CPA, Director of Operations, Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. is an expert in employer communication systems and part of the Amaxx team helping companies reduce their workers compensation costs by 20% to 50%. He is a writer, speaker, and website publisher.  www.reduceyourworkerscomp.com. Contact: mstack@reduceyourworkerscomp.com.
 
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Do not use this information without independent verification. All state laws vary. You should consult with your insurance broker, attorney, or qualified professional about workers comp issues.

The Best Tidbits of News From the Workers Comp Community

 

 News From Gould & Lamb

 
 
Now more than ever, a competent and comprehensive prescription drug management program is invaluable. With legislation in constant flux, "pill mills" and the current opioid crisis, you need the highest quality certified professionals to provide cost-savings solutions that take the beneficiary's best interests and care into account.  Read more…
 
 
 
Gould & Lamb is proud to announce its 2013 launch of the National Institute for Medicare & Medicaid Education (NIMME).  After an extremely successful Jackpot! Conference Series in 2012, which focused on the various aspects of Medicare Secondary Payer Compliance and Mandatory Insurer Reporting (MMSEA Section 111), we have expanded our program to become a self-standing educational entity.  Read more…
 
 
 
The National Institute for Medicare & Medicaid Education will be hosting the first of four Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) Compliance conferences at Harrah's Resort in New Orleans, February 25th & 26th.
Building off the success of 2012's Jackpot! Conference Series,  NIMME will be raising the bar for education and resources in the MSP arena. With an extensive panel of faculty, these conferences will continue to be invaluable to any professionals dealing with MSP Compliance and MMSEA Section 111 Mandatory Insurer Reporting. Read more..
 
 
News From Lexis Nexis
 
 
"The astronomical benefits-related costs, protracted dispute resolution process, and numerous other ills associated with workers' compensation that have prompted reforms have also increased support for the "opt-out" movement. Opting out initially requires that a state enact a law that allows employers that would otherwise have to provide workers' compensation coverage to offer employees alternative forms of reimbursement for compensable harm. A study titled "Workers' Compensation Opt-Out: Can Privatization Work", of which Peter Rousmaniere is the primary researcher, comprehensively examines why some employers favor opting out over lobbying for reform." Read more
 
 
 
"On January 10, 2013, the White House announced that President Obama signed the Strengthening Medicare and Repaying Taxpayers Act (SMART Act) into law. Insurance organizations, including the American Insurance Association, hailed the SMART Act as facilitating property-casualty insurers’ compliance with Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) Act Section 111 reporting." To read the bill,click here.  
 
 
 
“The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals recently affirmed a criminal sentence on a defendant's guilty plea to wire fraud in connection with his scheme to reduce his company's workers' compensation premiums. The defendant had challenged the district court's "sophisticated means" and "leadership-role" enhancements under U.S. Sentencing Guidelines Manual §§ 2B1.1(b)(10)(C), 3B1.1(a), as well as the court's failure to vary downward, and its restitution award. Defendant admitted he had shifted payroll to less expensive job classifications over several years, and that he had also created shell corporations with unwitting or uninvolved individuals as ostensible "owners."" Read more…
 
 
Author Michael B. Stack, CPA, Director of Operations, Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. is an expert in employer communication systems and part of the Amaxx team helping companies reduce their workers compensation costs by 20% to 50%. He is a writer, speaker, and website publisher.  www.reduceyourworkerscomp.com
 
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Do not use this information without independent verification. All state laws vary. You should consult with your insurance broker, attorney, or qualified professional about workers comp issues.

The Best Tidbits of News From the Workers Comp Community

 

News From Lexis Nexis:
 
 
 
“The LexisNexis Workers' Compensation Law Community has selected its 2012 honorees. These top blogsites contain some of the best writing out there on workers' compensation and workplace issues. They contain a wealth of information for the workers' compensation community with timely news items, practical information, expert analysis, practice tips, frequent postings, and helpful links to other sites. These blogsites also show us how workplace issues interact with politics and culture. Moreover, they demonstrate how bloggers can impact the world of workers' compensation and workplace issues. View the list of honorees.”
 
 
Deciphering Section 28(b) After Andrepont, by Paul B. Howell, Esq.
“In 1822, a sweaty scientist in a dimly-lit room looked at a rock from Egypt and discovered the key to decoding Egyptian hieroglyphics. 175 years later, a Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals judge with a cup of coffee inSee FMC Corp. v. Perez, 128 F.3d 908, 31 BRBS 162(CRT) (5th Cir. 1997). Read more.”
 
 
 
 
Thousands of federal government employees suffer work-related injuries each year, most of whom recover and return to their pre-injury jobs. There are however, a small percentage of employees who are unable to return to return to their pre-injury jobs due to long-term physical restrictions. Although placement with a federal agency is optimal, it is not always possible, especially at a time when government jobs are being eliminated. This leaves a significant number of individuals with transferable skills, unemployed and heading down a path towards a life of unnecessary long-term disability.  Read more…
 
 
 
 
With more visibility and vulnerability in today’s business landscape due to social media, online commerce and doing business through mobile devices, it only makes sense that there would be more potential risks to a company’s reputation and brand. In fact, now more than ever, executives are attempting to protect their brands from these security threats by being more proactive and looking for blind spots in their risk management program.  Read more…
 
 
 
Austin, TX – Texas recorded a six percent decrease in work-related fatalities in 2011, the second consecutive year of decrease and the lowest level in a decade.  There were 433 fatalities in 2011 compared to the 2010 total of 461 fatalities.  Nationally, there were a preliminary total of 4,609 fatal work injuries in 2011.  Read more…
 

Author Michael B. Stack, CPA, Director of Operations, Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. is an expert in employer communication systems and part of the Amaxx team helping companies reduce their workers compensation costs by 20% to 50%. He is a writer, speaker, and website publisher.  www.reduceyourworkerscomp.comContact mstack@reduceyourworkerscomp.com

 

 


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The Best Tidbits of News From the Workers Comp Community

 
Worker's Compensation Expert Rebecca Shafer will be presenting at the 21st Annual National Workers' Compensation and Disability Conference® in Las Vegas, November 7 – 9.
 
Rebecca would like to invite you to join her there and be a part of the nation's leading training event for workers' comp and disability management professionals. And, more importantly, to benefit from all the great strategies and best practices you’ll learn that will help you solve the biggest challenges facing our industry.
 
The organizers have given Rebecca a special discount to offer you– $320.00 off the on-site rate – even larger than the discount advertised in the brochure. You can attend all the sessions and networking events over the two-and-a-half days for only $975.
 
To attend at this special $320.00 discount, register by Oct. 22 using Promo Code SPKR12 (all caps).  Register at www.WCConference.com
 
 
 
News From Lexis Nexis:
 
 
 
The new mobile workforce raises many unique challenges in the world of workers' compensation. With respect to telecommuters, Larson's states: "When reliance is placed upon the status of the home as a place of employment generally, instead of or in addition to the existence of a specific work assignment at the end of the particular homeward trip, three principal indicia may be looked for: the quantity and regularity of work performed at home; the continuing presence of work equipment at home; and special circumstances of the particular employment that make it necessary and not merely personally convenient to work at home." Read more.
 
At the 21st Annual National Workers' Compensation and Disability Conference®, Nov. 7-9, Stuart D. Colburn will speak and moderate onThe New Mobile Workforce. Joining him are Roger A. Levy, Esq. and Alan S. Pierce, Esq. 
 
 
 
It is axiomatic that reliance on lay testimony and administrative expertise is not justified when the medical question is no longer an uncomplicated one and "carries the factfinders into realms that are properly within the province of medical experts". On the other hand, just because a party has a purported export willing to testify as to the medical question at stake, that does not mean the expert is free to express his or her opinion; the opinion must be based generally upon generally accepted scientific and medical standards. Illustrating this important point, a Maryland appellate court recently…read more about this case and other cases on wrongful death, retaliatory discharge, and unexplained fall.”
 
 
 
 
 
The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (TDI-DWC) has made changes to the TXCOMP Health Care Provider system at http://txcomp.tdi.state.tx.us/twccprovidersolution/home.html that effect health care providers.
 
·         Health care providers’ access to submit applications to be certified as a designated doctor, or apply for recertification has been discontinued.
·         Access to update License/Certifications and Specialties for health care providers who are certified as a designated doctor or have applied to be certified as a designated doctor is restricted to TDI-DWC staff only.  Read More…
 
 

Author Michael B. Stack, CPA, Director of Operations, Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. is an expert in employer communication systems and part of the Amaxx team helping companies reduce their workers compensation costs by 20% to 50%. He is a writer, speaker, and website publisher.  www.reduceyourworkerscomp.com Contact mstack@reduceyourworkerscomp.com

 

 


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Do not use this information without independent verification. All state laws vary. You should consult with your insurance broker or agent about workers comp issues.

 

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The Best Tidbits of News from the Workers Comp Community

 

Tampa, FL – Network Synergy Group (NSG), a national physical therapy management company, based in Tampa, announced today that Pat Chavanu has been appointed President. Since 1997, Network Synergy Group has provided physical and occupational management services to the workers’ compensation industry. Read More…
 
 
 
 Texas Workers’ Compensation Handbook by Albert Betts, Jr. and Stuart D. Colburn (Publisher: LexisNexis) is a quick reference guide designed for lawyers & adjusters. You’ll find:
 
-Concise analysis and helpful practice points
-Current practice & procedure
-All relevant workers’ comp statutes and regulations
-Summaries of recent court decisions & Appeals Panel decisions
-Tables and charts
-In-depth index
-Cross-references to Larson’s Workers’ Compensation, Desk Edition 
 
 
 
 
 
Michael J. Hoberman has been named senior vice president of business development for Broadspire, a Crawford Company and leading third party administrator of workers compensation claims, liability claims and medical management services.  Read more…
 
 
 
For those of you who wanted to, but were unable to attend any of the 2012 Jackpot! Conferences, we have made available for purchase the package of educational materials provided to conference attendees.
Attendees have reported back to us that the program (which includes all presentation slides) is "an invaluable resource to have at my finger tips" and "an essential desk reference for anyone involved in Workers' Comp, Liability, Claims, Prescription Drug Management, Conditional Payments or Structured Settlements…and DEFINITELY for Mandatory Insurer Reporting".  Read More…
 
 
 
Over the years, a number of attendees and former attendees of the WCRI Annual Issues & Research Conference have shared with us the difficulties of attending two marquee events back-to-back in November—one in the East and one in the West.
 

To best accommodate our many attendees, we have decided to move the dates of this year’s annual conference from November to February 27–28, 2013, at the Boston Marriott Cambridge.  Since this is a transition year, the conference is being held in February.  But, thereafter, it will be held in early spring.  Read More…

 

 

Author Michael B. Stack, CPA, Director of Operations, Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. is an expert in employer communication systems and part of the Amaxx team helping companies reduce their workers compensation costs by 20% to 50%. He is a writer, speaker, and website publisher.  www.reduceyourworkerscomp.com Contact mstack@reduceyourworkerscomp.com

 

 

 


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MODIFIED DUTY CALCULATOR:  www.LowerWC.com/transitional-duty-cost-calculator.php

 

Do not use this information without independent verification. All state laws vary. You should consult with your insurance broker or agent about workers comp issues.

 

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Tidbits From the Workers Compensation Community

LexisNexis Communities Highlights Hot Topics WC In Review
 
The Workers Compensation Law Community Powered by Larsons on LexisNexis offers several great pieces recently:
 
 
1. Statutory Presumptions of Intoxication and Drug Use Don’t Always Ensure an Easy Win for Employers found here by Thomas A. Robinson explains the doctrine of employee fault not being considered when determining compensability of an employee’s claim.
 
 
2. The Spotlight looks at a clash of medical opinions over surgery to correct an injured worker’s enlarged breast condition. The analysis, found here, notes, “In a recent Florida case, an appellate court found the dismissal, by a judge of compensation claims, of a police officer's petition for additional benefits and medical expenses related to his gynecomastia (the abnormal enlargement of male breasts), was premature and in error where the JCC had entered an order appointing an EMA, but because of delay in securing a physician willing to serve, the police officer went ahead and had surgery to correct the condition.” [WCx]
 
 
3. The Spotlight also takes a look at these cases:
  • Future Medical Payments Too Speculative to Support Taxing of Litigation Expenses Against Comp Carrier
  • Employer's Failure to Enforce General Safety Rules Regarding Food Slicer Did Not Mean More Specific Rules Could Be Ignored by Employee
  • Lump-Sum Settlement Agreement, Silent On Employment Status and Approved By Board, Nevertheless Bars Later Tort Action Claiming Independent Contractor Status
And these, found here:
  • Claimant's Trauma Induced Stroke In Fall From Wheelchair Is Not Compensable Aggravation of Original Injury
  • After Full Payment of Scheduled Injury, Employer Allowed Credit Against Additional Disability Benefits Owed Permanently Injured Claimant Related to Pension to Which It Contributed
  • No Compensation Awarded for Injuries Sustained in Auto Accident Following Doctor's Appointment for Treatment Related to Earlier Compensable Claim
 
4. And, in “Aggressive Surveillance of Injured Worker’s Family: Federal Court Says Spouse’s Tort Action Not Barred by Exclusive Remedy Rule” the site notes, “In a diversity action filed by the spouse of an injured worker against the third-party firm administering her husband's workers' compensation claim, a federal district court recently refused to grant the defendant's summary judgment motion, finding the tort action was not barred by the exclusive remedy provisions of the Connecticut Workers' Compensation Act.” Read more on this topic here.
 

WCRI Hosting Webinars Now through July 19  
 
Each webinar is 60 minutes long. Price per webinar is $35 for members, $50 for non-members, and no charge for public officials and members of the media. To register for any of the webinars, follow this link: http://www.wcrinet.org/conference.html.
 
 
One webinar will be about hospital outpatient costs and the impact of fee schedules. WCRI writes, “As legislators, employers and other stakeholders look for ways to control the rising costs of medical care for injured workers, the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) is offering a series of webinars on important workers’ compensation topics and research that will be both interesting and actionable. The first of the series is a webinar based on WCRI’s recent study, Hospital Outpatient Cost Index for Workers’ Compensation.”
 
 
Hanover Stone Partners names Brent Clark, Marnix Guillaume and Joseph A. Milan as Senior Risk Advisors
 
Hanover Stone Partners, a risk management services firm, recently expanded its capabilities in alternative risk transfer, international, and ERM by appointing three new risk advisors. The executives, Brent Clark, Marnix L.K. Guillaume, and Joseph A. Milan, bring specialized expertise and veteran leadership to the firm's clients in the areas of alternative risk transfer; international risk management; and enterprise risk management, respectively.
 
 
"As Hanover Stone Partners continues to expand our capabilities, we remain committed to bringing clients the best available expertise across a range of critical disciplines to address their complex risk management needs," said John J. Kelly, founder and managing partner of Hanover Stone Partners. "These three outstanding professionals bring world class capabilities in alternative risk transfer, international risk management, and enterprise risk management, all of which are integral to effective risk management on a global scale."  
 
 
Pat Chavanu  named Senior Vice President of Sales at Network Synergy Group
 
Network Synergy Group (NSG), a national physical therapy management company, recently named Pat Chavanu as its Senior Vice President of Sales. Chavanu will be responsible for leading all sales efforts for NSG, a company regarded in the managed care industry as a true innovator.
 
 
“We are extremely excited about Pat joining our team. He’s a highly regarded executive with over 20 years of experience in our industry,” said John D. Hanselman, President of NSG. “His experience directing sales and account-retention efforts and positioning companies for profitable growth will be an asset to our company as we continue our nationwide expansion.”
 
 
New Page At The WC Resource Center
 
Check out www.LowerWC.com where we have a new page on best practices in WC claim handling. Best practices are often referenced in the handling of workers compensation claims without an explanation as to what they are or what the insurance industry standards are for handling workers compensation claims. While best practices vary slightly from insurance company to insurance company, we offer a synopsis of the basic standards of how the insurance adjuster handles workers compensation claims.

American Chiropractic Association Looks at Obesity
 
David C. Radford, DC, Robert C. Jones, DC, and James F. Winterstein, DC recently wrote an article, found here, that notes this generation of Americans is the first predicted to die at a younger than their parents. This is mostly due to the chronic health issues associated with being overweight, they write. “Since 1985, the first year the CDC started keeping body mass index (BMI) statistics on the population in all 50 states, there has been a dramatic increase in obesity rates, and this trend is not improving. In 1994, there was not a single state that had an average rate of obesity over 19 percent, and the data showed greater than 50 percent of the general population had an obesity rate of 10 percent to 14 percent or less.”
 
 
NCIB releases Sitting Study: Mortality Risk Higher
 
US National Library of Medicine through the National Institutes of Health recently released a new Australian study showing sitting is the new smoking.
 
 
The abstract, published here, shows prolonged sitting is detrimental to health, but evidence regarding the independent relationship of total sitting time with all-cause mortality is limited. The NCIB linked prospective questionnaire data from about 200,000 people 45 years or older and examined all-cause mortality in relation to sitting time.
 
 
The study indicated, “Prolonged sitting is a risk factor for all-cause mortality, independent of physical activity. Public health programs should focus on reducing sitting time in addition to increasing physical activity levels.”
 
 
WCRI Hosting Annual Issues & Research Conference
 
The Workers Compensation Research Institute is offering signups for the 29th annual Issues & Research Conference Nov. 14-15th, 2012, at the Boston Marriott in Cambridge, Mass.
 
 
WCRI suggests saving the dates now in order to learn the latest research findings from WCRI, hear renowned speakers, and participate in networking opportunities with WC experts and policymakers, and WCRI staff.
 
Conference and registration information will be posted on the WCRI website, here, in May. For more information email Sarah Solorzano at ssolorzano@wcrinet.org.
 
 
TDI-DWC Hosts Educational Sessions on Returning Injured Employees to Work
 
The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (TDI-DWC) is hosting brown bag educational sessions Returning Injured Employees to Work at its field offices around the state in May 2012. Check here for more information. The educational sessions are for all Texas WC participants, including: injured employees, employers, health care providers, insurance carriers, claim adjusters, case managers and attorneys.[WCx]
 
 
The session will illustrate the importance of returning injured employees to work and provide tools to help facilitate the process. For more details on the educational sessions, visit the TDI-DWC Events and Training Calendar on the TDI website at http://www.tdi.texas.gov/wc/events/index.html.
 
 
Note: If your company has any developments you'd like to share, please send them to us at: RShafer@ReduceYourWorkersComp.com

 

 

 

 

Author Rebecca Shafer, JD, President of Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. is a national expert in the field of workers compensation. She is a writer, speaker, and publisher. Her expertise is working with employers to reduce workers compensation costs, and her clients include airlines, healthcare, printing/publishing, pharmaceuticals, retail, hospitality, and manufacturing. She is the author of the #1 selling book on cost containment, Workers Compensation Management Program: Reduce Costs 20% to 50%. Contact: RShafer@ReduceYourWorkersComp.com.

 


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Vermont Proposes Radical Approach to Workers Compensation and other News

 
Vermont H 762 — a radical approach to workers compensation in Vermont
Noted WC writer Peter Rousmaniere writes that Vermont is set to pass a radical approach to dealing with the independent contractor problem in workers comp. “The problem is this: many businesses in the past, across the country, have chosen to define their workers as independent contractors, thereby saving themselves serious money in workers comp insurance, unemployment compensation insurance, and other benefits mandatory or voluntary, and leaving their workers exposed to the elements .(There are also other state labor protections that come to play),” he says.[WCx]
 
 
“The house bill 762 has a provision expressly designed to let workers define themselves as independent contractors!” he notes. “The intent comes out in the hearings: to let employers such as contractors hire them without having to worry about the risk of the engagement being seen as employment — even if the engagement looks, talks and walks like employment.”
 
 
Volume Three of the LexisNexis eNewsletter Available
Follow this link to see a summary of state and world news in the WC industry. This edition includes information on North Carolina’s reforms, Retaliatory Discharge and an experts year-in-review among many other “goodies.” Check it out!
 
 
Broadspire Holds First Annual Rx Summit
Danielle Lisenbey, chief operating officer for the Medical Management Services of Broadspire announced its first annual Rx Summit here in Sunrise March 22. As a leader in the industry, Broadspire first Pharmacy Issues Summit should prove to be helpful. They write, “The purpose of the meeting is to bring thought leaders from various organizations together to discuss relevant topics and issues surrounding pharmacy benefits in the workers compensation setting. The intent is not to share the specifics of what various companies are doing, but rather to focus on the global industry issues themselves and what may be the possible trends and developments for the future. One key objective of the program will be to help to identify and define common threads that run through all components of the industry – across claimants, payors, employers and carriers. Defining some of these commonalities will help the consumer to maneuver through the market. This will be an opportunity to brainstorm and share ideas amongst industry peers that can help to influence positive impacts for all.”
 
 
Email Mjaynes@choosebroadspire.com by March 15, 2012 for more information. The Summit is by invitation only.
 
 
TDI-DWC Launches Redesign of Homepage on the TDI Website
Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers' Compensation changed its site this week. The redesign of its homepage on the TDI website at http://www.tdi.texas.gov/wc/indexwc.html.
 
 
“In an effort to make online resources for workers’ compensation system participants more user friendly, the TDI-DWC homepage redesign features a new tab style menu with three sections to assist system participants in accessing workers’ compensation information. Topics A-Z features an alphabetical listing of workers’ compensation-related subject matter that directly links to website content. Online Services features direct links to services, including: safety violation reporting, employer coverage verification and attorney fee processing.
Resources features direct links to resources, including the Texas Labor Code, TDI-DWC rules, calendar of events and training and TDI-DWC forms,” they write.
 
 
There are many other helpful changes. Go take a look!
 
 
WCRI Releases Study of WC Laws
The Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) and the International Association of Accident Boards and Commissions (IAIABC) just released a joint study, Workers’ Compensation Laws as of January 2012.
 
 
This tool allows users to compare WC system laws across U.S. and Canada. More information is available here.
 
 
WCRI calls it, “An essential tool for researching and understanding the distinctions among workers’ compensation laws in all U.S. states and certain Canadian provinces.”
 
 
LRP Publications Announces New EEO/Federal Manager Book
To prevent age discrimination and sexual harassment complaints, managers need guidance. EEO complaints can be avoided.
 
 
This new guide is updated with changes in the ADA and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act. Follow this link to learn more: EEO and Federal Managers: Following the Principles, Avoiding Complaints. The book could be handed out to all managers to get everyone up to speed on their EEO responsibilities.
 
 
Chapters include:
EEO Responsibilities
Sex Discrimination and Sexual Harassment
Race and Color Discrimination
National Origin Discrimination
Age Discrimination
Religious Discrimination and Accommodation
Disability Discrimination and Accommodation
Toward a Diverse Federal Workplace
 
 
Early MRIs Impact Outcomes Workshop March 14
Liberty Mutual Insurance knows that while MRIs are commonly used in workers compensation claims, their findings may or may not always be related to workplace injury. To this end, they are hosting a workshop March 14. More information is available here.
 
 
Among the topics to be discussed will be the results from a Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety study on the early use of MRIs as they relate to claims outcomes, case studies from the field and best practices around the use of MRIs.[WCx]
 
 
The company recommends people with claims, loss control, risk consulting, or managed care responsibilities should attend as well as risk managers interested in the latest issues and research associated with MRIs and claims outcomes.

 

 

 

 

Author Rebecca Shafer, JD, President of Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. is a national expert in the field of workers compensation. She is a writer, speaker, and publisher. Her expertise is working with employers to reduce workers compensation costs, and her clients include airlines, healthcare, printing/publishing, pharmaceuticals, retail, hospitality, and manufacturing. She is the author of the #1 selling book on cost containment, Workers Compensation Management Program: Reduce Costs 20% to 50%. Contact: RShafer@ReduceYourWorkersComp.com.

 


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Get to Know the Greats in Workers Compensation – Arthur Larson

 

pic8If you don’t know the name Arthur Larson but you work in the insurance industry, maybe you should.

 

 

Larson, who died in 1993, is most famous for his authorship of the still-used legal treatise on the Law of Workmen’s Compensation, written while he was assistant professor of law at Cornell Law School, which led to his being named dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1953.

 

 

The treatise is still in use today and has since been edited by his son, Lex, who is affiliated with Lexis Nexis. The book was formative in that it was the first document that looked to standardize workers compensation across the nation not only for the benefit of companies and legal representatives but also for the American worker. It has grown from two to 12 volumes. Larson’s Workers’ Compensation, Desk Edition eBook from LexisNexis® is now available with coverage on the exclusive remedy defense, employment status, medical and death benefits, psychological injuries, and third-party claims from various jurisdictions with appropriate WC interpretation.

 

According to Peter Rousmaniere, a blogger and expert in the compensation industry who has researched Larson’s life, “Larson had the idea that (in his son Lex’s words) ‘if you can find common threads in the way courts in the various states were deciding various legal issues, the field of workers’ compensation could be recast much more as a single, national body of law.’ A currently practicing lawyer calls Larson’s guide essential. He said, ‘It is imperative to see the breadth of possible interpretations from various jurisdictions to fully understand what is at stake.'”
Rousmaniere goes on to write, “Larson’s vision was apparent in his other writings, perceptively analyzed by his biographer, David Stebenne. Larson saw workers’ compensation law not as a radical redesign of the old tort system but rather as the earliest element of a new and peculiarly American system of social benefits. Unemployment insurance, nonoccupational disability insurance and retirement programs were part of this system. He thought some programs were better run in the public sector, others in the private sector. Workers compensation was for him well designed: privately financed, with benefits set according to the injured worker’s wages. He applauded state-mandated nonoccupational disability insurance, an idea since endorsed by few states.”

 

 

Among advents Larson brought about were unemployment insurance, nonoccupational disability insurance and retirement programs.

 

 

Larson went on to write A Republican Looks at His Party, which propelled him to go on to be President Dwight Eisenhower’s top speech writer and director of the United States Information Agency. He was a law professor at Duke University at the time of his death.

 

PETER ROUSMANIERE is an expert on the workers compensation industry and a columnist with Risk & Insurance. His original and more-complete article on Larson can be found here.

Peter Rousmaniere can be reached at 802-457-9149 or by email at pfr@rousmaniere.com. His professional website is www.peterrousmaniere.com and his well-known blog about immigrants is: www.workingimmigrants.com

 

 

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Do not use this information without independent verification. All state laws vary. You should consult with your insurance broker or agent about workers comp issues.

 

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Vote For Lexis Nexis Notable People in 2010 Workers Compensation Law Community

Vote Now: LexisNexis Workers' Comp Notable People 2010

LexisNexis has announced the finalists for voting purposes in the following categories: Risk Managers, Insurance Professionals, and Industry Vendors. The summaries of these nominees are at: http://tinyurl.com/4hvhpb7

We are proud that our founder, Rebecca Shafer,  has been nominated for this award and would appreciate your vote if you a member of the WORK COMP ANALYSIS GROUP. 

Only members of the Work Comp Analysis Group on LinkedIn can vote. If you aren't a member of the WC Analysis Group, click here to join now: http://tinyurl.com/49ypvmk

ACCESS THE BALLOT HERE: http://tinyurl.com/48a8ho9

Voters can select two individuals in each of the three categories. The voting period runs from January 23, 2011 through February 4, 2011.

Thank you Lexis Nexis and WC Analysis Group for this opportunity! Good luck to all nominees!

 

 

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