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Low-Hanging Fruit Has Been Picked

Source: Orange County Register

According to many in the industry, rate reductions in CA are done, and prices may begin to creep back up. With the reforms in place, the low-hanging fruit has been picked and if employers want to see additional

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ACOEM Releases New Low Back Guidelines

CHICAGO, IL, December 4, 2007 The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) has released an extensive update to its evidence-based practice guidelines. The chapter on low back disorders is the latest revision...

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NY INS DEPT ISSUES DRAFT WORK COMP MEDICAL TREATMENT GUIDELINES

Source: New York State Insurance Department

Proposed medical treatment guidelines for treating workers injured on the job will benefit those workers while helping to hold down the cost of workers compensation insurance for all New Yorkers, New

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CA DWC Seeking Comments on Revised Guidelines

Source: CA DWC

The Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) has revised its proposed postsurgical treatment guidelines and posted them to a second online forum where members of the public may review and comment on the proposal. The purpose of t

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CA DWC Looking for Feedback on Post-Surgical Treatment Guidelines

Source: CA DWC

The Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) has posted its proposed postsurgical treatment guidelines, along with its new functional improvement report form, to an online forum where members of the public may review and comment

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EDITORIAL - "Reckless Remedy"

From The Riverside Press-Enterprise:

While there have certainly been reductions in Work Comp benefits from previously bloated levels it does not necessarily mean that new benefit levels are too low.

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California Workers' Comp Institute Recaps Year in Legislation - Insurance Journal Thu, 19 Oct 2017 18:01:15 GMT

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California Workers' Comp Institute Recaps Year in Legislation
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The California Workers' Compensation Institute this week released a report on a list of bills that will affect the workers' comp system. The bills were recently signed into law at the end of the Legislative session by Gov. Jerry Brown. Here is the CWCI ...
Ferguson: NASI Reports Workers' Comp as Percentage of PayrollWorkCompCentral

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Off-duty California deputies who responded to Vegas shooting file comp claims - Business Insurance Thu, 19 Oct 2017 19:41:21 GMT

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Off-duty California deputies who responded to Vegas shooting file comp claims
Business Insurance
Four off-duty sheriff deputies from California have filed workers compensation claims after responding to the shooting in Las Vegas mass shooting on Oct. 1 and getting injured, the Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs confirmed on Thursday.

California Workers' Comp Division Suspends 3 Medical Providers for Fraud - Insurance Journal Mon, 16 Oct 2017 09:00:50 GMT

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California Workers' Comp Division Suspends 3 Medical Providers for Fraud
Insurance Journal
The California Division of Workers' Compensation has suspended three more medical providers from participating in the state's workers' comp system, bringing the total number of providers suspended this year to 49. The suspensions were made possible by ...

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California Gov. Brown Passes Bill Prompted by San Bernardino Terrorist Attack - Government Technology Thu, 19 Oct 2017 22:19:59 GMT

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California Gov. Brown Passes Bill Prompted by San Bernardino Terrorist Attack
Government Technology
The legislation requires employers in both the public and private sectors to immediately provide employees injured in an act of terrorism a nurse case manager and information of the treatment options available to them. by Joe Nelson, San Bernardino ...

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Four OC sheriff's deputies at Vegas shooting file workers' compensation claims for physical, psychological injuries - OCRegister Tue, 17 Oct 2017 03:01:05 GMT

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Four OC sheriff's deputies at Vegas shooting file workers' compensation claims for physical, psychological injuries
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Dominguez disagreed with Spitzer's interpretation of California workers' compensation law but acknowledged that it is an extremely rare occurrence for police officers to file claims stemming from incidents that occurred out of state. He could not ...

CompWest Completes Successful California Workers' Comp Training – Prepares to Launch Additional Classes in 2018 - GlobeNewswire (press release) Wed, 27 Sep 2017 13:46:55 GMT

CompWest Completes Successful California Workers' Comp Training – Prepares to Launch Additional Classes in 2018
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Santa Ana, Calif., Sept. 27, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Following completion of two successful workers' compensation training sessions for California insurance professionals, CompWest will add two dates in Spring 2018 for its Certified Authority on ...

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Brown Vetos Anti-Apportionment Law - for Third Year - WorkersCompensation.com (press release) Fri, 20 Oct 2017 15:02:11 GMT

Brown Vetos Anti-Apportionment Law - for Third Year
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"The California Constitution provides that the Legislature shall create a complete system of Workers' Compensation so that employers compensate employees for injuries sustained in the course of their employment. To that end, Labor Code Section 4663 ...

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California Workers' Comp Division Suspends 6 Medical Providers for Fraud - Insurance Journal Fri, 22 Sep 2017 15:00:09 GMT

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California Workers' Comp Division Suspends 6 Medical Providers for Fraud
Insurance Journal
The California Division of Workers' Compensation has suspended six more medical providers from participating in the state's workers' comp system, bringing the total number of suspended providers to 38. The suspensions were made possible by the ...

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Former DIR Director Duncan Joins Sacramento Lobbying Group - WorkCompCentral Fri, 20 Oct 2017 19:51:23 GMT

Former DIR Director Duncan Joins Sacramento Lobbying Group
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Duncan was director of the DIR from 2007 to 2011, and served as chairman of the California Public Employment Relations Board from 2004 to 2007. He worked as vice president of government affairs for US ... Cal Capitol Group said Duncan's expertise and ...

Comp reforms yield lower medical claims costs in some states: Study - Business Insurance Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:52:54 GMT

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Comp reforms yield lower medical claims costs in some states: Study
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Several states have seen decreases in medical payments per workers compensation claim after reform measures, according to a batch of new studies released Thursday by the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Workers Compensation Research Institute. The ...