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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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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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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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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Robinson Reviews U.S. Supreme Court Case Roberts v. Sea-Land Services and other Work Comp Happenings

 
LexisNexis Communities Offers This Week WC In Review
The Workers Compensation Law Community Powered by Larsons on LexisNexis offers three great pieces this week:
 
 
Jon Robinson asks if the Longshore Act was newly awarded, newly entitled or newly paid. In an insightful entry found here. Robinson details aspects of the Supreme Court of the United States Roberts v. Sea-Land Services, Inc., case addressing Section 906 of the Longshore and Harbor Worker’s Compensation Act.[WCx]
 
 
Mark Popolizio, writes an entry titled Court Dismisses Suit Seeking to Hold Carrier Liable for Reimbursing Medicare Payments, which is found here. His summary states, “In this case, Medicare paid for two lumbar surgeries during a period in which the carrier had denied medical benefits. The parties subsequently entered into an Agreed Judgment in state court through which it was established that the condition requiring back surgery was, in fact, related to the claimant’s work accident. While the carrier accepted compensability of the claimant’s injury, this agreement did not liquidate damages or require that the carrier make any specific payments.”
 
 
The community also reviews recent cases including one in which an injured HVAC worker established “odd lot” status. The blog observes, “Under the ‘odd lot’ doctrine … a claimant who is not actually permanently totally disabled is nevertheless eligible for permanent total disability benefits if his or her disability, combined with other factors, such as lack of education or transferable skills, lack of broad-based employment experience, age, etc., make the worker de facto unemployable.” This article, found here also includes:
 
1.Unless Specifically Stipulated, Causation is Always An Issue
2. Irrigation "Mechanic" is Nevertheless a "Farm Laborer" For Purposes of Agricultural Exclusion From Workers' Compensation
3. "Member" of Limited Liability Company Is Not Immune Under Exclusive Remedy Provisions of Workers' Comp Act
 
 
In Touch Awards Gala Thursday, March 29
The In Touch Gala of workers compensation professionals in Florida will be 7 p.m. March 29 in the Floridian Ballroom in Pembroke Pines, Fla. Gina Jacobs will present awards year, and Florida Senator and Chairman of the Healthcare Regulations Committee Rene Garcia will be guest speaker, representing Hurley, Rogner, Miller,Cox, Waranch & Westcott, P.A. Admission is free for claims adjusters, and other insurance professionals. Email your response to Melissa@myomservices.com. Attorneys and other vendors may contact Melissa Lopez at (866) 640-4060. More information on the In Touch with Today`s work Comp Professionals Online Community can be found here.
 
 
WCRI to Participate in Rx Drug Abuse Summit
Dr. Richard Victor, executive director of WCRI (Workers Compensation Research Institute) has been asked to join policymakers and stakeholders at the National Rx Drug Abuse Summit April 10-12. The event, hosted by Operation UNITE, includes the U.S. Surgeon General, the director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, and others.[WCx]
 
 
For more information, read the complete release here where Victor notes, “The research WCRI has done on prescription medications in the treatment of injured workers shows us that many physicians are not following recommended guidelines to monitor use, abuse, and diversion. The result is wide variation in the length of narcotics use by injured workers across different states. For example, in Louisiana one out of six injured workers who were given narcotics initially still received three or more narcotics prescriptions six months after the injury. In the typical state, the figure was one out of 20.” For more information about the Summit, visit here.
 
Prescription Drug Summitt: These issues are also being addressed by a group of senior industry executives and thought leaders on March 22 at Broadspire in Sunrise, FL. For information, click here.

 

 

 

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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LexisNexis Gives Great Review of Roundup Book

 
 
A review titledCost Containment From Soup to Nuts: Rebecca Shafer’s Workers Compensation Management Program: Reduce Costs 20% to 50%, 2012 Edition” recently raved about our manual’s latest edition on the LexisNexis Workers Compensation Law Community powered by Larson’s.(WCxKit)
 
 
Author Karen C. Yotis writes, “When a workers’ compensation maven of Rebecca Shafer’s caliber shares her expertise about implementing cost containment best practices, industry professionals can’t afford to do anything but listen.” She, of course, also continues to say, “risk managers, adjusters, vendors, attorneys, agents and brokers, carriers, and employers can’t afford to do anything but click here to purchase the book, and start reading.”
 
 
We like her.
 
 
Yotis explains our book is a roadmap that has sharp teeth and notes that its author, Shafer, has more than 25 years of experience in the industry. “This is NOT an intellectual discussion about workers comp issues and trends, but rather a hands-on practicum written from years of field research with a host of companies.” Yotis writes.
 
 
She goes on to review and explain both parts of the manual, An Action-Oriented “How To” Template and Cost Containment from Soup to Nuts noting where updates from previous editions make this the one to buy.
 
 
To read her full review, follow the link here. Or, just click on over here and get your own copy!
 
 
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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LexisNexis Work Comp Law Community Experts Sound Off About Top 10 Myths of the Workers Comp Industry

 

pic9LexisNexis Workers Compensation Law Community directed by attorney Robin Kobayashi recently teamed up with Work Comp Roundup to deliver expert opinions on the 10 most critical myths and facts about workers compensation.

 

 

What Kobayashi found were 10 top representatives from varied segments of the WC industry. Questions and comments to these experts are encouraged on the LexisNexis Workers’ Compensation Law Community, which provides all the contact information one would need.

 

 

The article goes into depth on the following 10 myths, in no particular order:

 

 

Myth #1: Large discount networks are the key to success in workers compensation managed care – from Kenneth F. Martino, president and CEO of Broadspire Services, Inc.

 

 

Myth #2: The employer’s role ends once the workers’ comp claim is paid from Emily Holbrook, editor, Risk Management and co-editor of Risk Management Monitor.

 

Myth #3: Workers compensation claims improve with age, by Mark Walls, assistant vice president of claims at Safety National.

 

 

Myth #4: Technology will cure all of our ills, from Robert Wilson, president & CEO of WorkersCompensation.com, LLC.

 

 

Myth #5: Because FECA is so different from state workers compensation systems, private sector case management best practices won’t work, contributed by Marianne Cloeren, MD, MPH, FACOEM, and medical director of Managed Care Advisors, Inc.

 

 

Myth #6: The vast majority of all medical reports using the AMA guides are inaccurate, from Robert G. Rassp, Esq. of the Law Office of Robert G. Rassp and author of The Rassp Report and The Lawyer’s Guide to the AMA Guides and California Workers’ Compensation (LexisNexis).

 

 

Myth #7: CMS’  approval of an MSA is binding from Jennifer C. Jordan, Esq., general counsel at MEDVAL, LLP.

 

 

Myth #8: Doctors prescribe narcotic pain medications because of concerns they may be sued if they don’t treat pain from Stuart D. Colburn, Esq., shareholder in Downs Stanford, P.C.

 

 

Myth #9: Workers Compensation Costs Are Out of Control, discussed by Rebecca Shafer, Esq., president of Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. author of WCManual.com and LowerWC.com.

 

 

Myth #10: The exclusive remedy defense is being eroded from Thomas A. Robinson, J.D., author of the WorkCompWriter.com.

 

 

Remember, these are all MYTHS! The article itself goes into depth explaining why they are not FACTS. Work Comp Roundup considers it required reading for everyone in the field – it’s a great way to start the new year.

 

 

 

 

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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One More Day to Vote for The Best Blog Award for Your Favorite or Most Helpful Blog Blog

The LexisNexis Workers Compensation Law Community Staff plans to make its selections for the annual Top 25 Blogs for Workers Compensation and Workplace Issues.
 
 
They will be honoring ongoing achievement by blogsites as well as point out the best newcomers and are focusing on quality of writing, frequency of posting, topics covered, interaction with the Internet community, format and design of blogsite, impact on workers compensation and workplace issues, Google ranking and/or mentions by other sites.
 
 
The LexisNexis Staff will review all comments through October 21, 2011, and then make final determinations for the top 25 blogs.
 
 
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