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  • Flash: BAKER RESPONDS TO AUDITOR’S REPORT

    In exclusive interviews and written communications with Workers’ Comp Executive former DIR Director Christine Baker responds directly to the State Auditor’s recent critical report. Baker, in her own inimitable fashion goes directly to the relevant points. This story can’t be found anywhere else – and we include links to the full text of the Auditors […]

  • Division’s Latest Amnesty Program Intended to Boost Reporting by Claims Adjusters

    The California Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) is rolling out its second amnesty program of 2017 intended to persuade claims adjusters to comply with state reporting requirements for workers’ comp data. The goal is to increase the amount of Subsequent Report of Injury (SROI) data that makes it into the Workers’ Compensation Information System (WCIS) […]

  • Company Officials Charged in Electrocution

    The Orange County District Attorney has filed criminal charges against the safety coordinator and two other principals of Five Star Plastering, based in Laguna Hills. Its employee was involved in a 2014 electrocution. The employer itself also faces charges. A two-man crew was erecting a banner at the Mission Viejo High School stadium to support […]

  • Insurance Department nabs trio for billing fraud

    The California Department of Insurance arrested three individuals including a registered qualified medical evaluator (QME) in a scheme to defraud health insurers by artificially inflating bills. The three face charges of conspiracy to submit at least $380,000 in fraudulent bills for laboratory services. Arrested were Dr. Edward Albert G. Balbas, chiropractor Jon Brunelle, and Alejandra […]

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    Flash: Lara Behested Money to Charity He Ran

    In what is becoming a pattern of continuing crookery there is yet another story in the Ricardo Lara chronicles of corruption. He directed Funds to a Charity when he was CEO. Click here for the details. Workers’ Comp Executive

     

    California: Fraud charges dismissed against four doctors, while two take pleas

    Charges against four Modesto-area doctors in a $40 million medical fraud case were dismissed in Orange County Superior Court. The orthopedic surgeons were among two dozen defendants in California charged two years ago with multiple counts of insurance fraud, filing false and fraudulent claims and conspiracy, following an investigation by the state insurance commissioner and the Orange County district attorney’s office. Two other Modesto physicians accepted plea agreements last year serving to dismiss the felony charges against them. Modesto Bee

     

    Consultant: ‘Work hardening’ can expedite return to work

    Eric Messer is a construction-industry business and risk consultant, argues that “work hardening,” which provides employees with advanced vocational or psychological assistance, or rehabilitation, can help return an injured employee to the job quickly. Here are the phases of an effective work-hardening program. Daily Reporter (Milwaukee)

     

    Arizona fireman’s cancer claim sparks dispute between city and state senator

    A workers’ compensation claim by a Glendale, Arizona fireman, who was diagnosed in April with multiple myeloma, has been turned down by the city, even though a state law passed in 2017 allows for firefighters with specific types of cancers to get compensation for treatment. There are at least nine cases in the state of firefighter claims being denied by local municipalities. A state senator who crafted the law is joining the fireman to pressure the city over the claim. AZ Mirror

     

    End of pre-employment drug testing doesn’t mean you can’t still be fired for marijuana

    Even in a jurisdiction that has stopped pre-employment marijuana testing, an employee can still be fired down the road due to their cannabis use, and any worker involved in an accident is probably going to be tested. Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.)

     

    Worker’s comp division rolls out e-warrant filing system

    Wisconsin’s Department of Workforce Development Division of Worker’s Compensation has rolled out a new electronic warrant filing system intended to streamline the warranting process of more than 4,000 transactions annually. The new e-warrant system allows the division’s staff to file warrants with circuit courts when it looks to recover benefits costs paid out of the state’s Uninsured Employers Fund. Estimated savings through the new process surpass $55,000 per year for the worker’s comp system. Wisconsin Law Journal