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Sedgwick Completes Acquisition of Cunningham Lindsey
By Lonce Lamonte - April 16, 2018

Today, April 16th 2018, Sedgwick completed its acquisition of Cunningham Lindsey. 

Sedgwick Claims Management Services, Inc. (Sedgwick CMS or Sedgwick) had announced on December 6, 2017, that it had signed an agreement to buy Cunningham Lindsey, a rival claims management third-party administrator, global loss adjusting, and risk solutions firm.   Now, after months of regulatory approval filings, the combined organization of Cunningham Lindsey and its subsidiaries will transition globally into operating under the Sedgwick name.


California Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) Posts Additional Adjustments to Official Medical Fee Schedule. (Hospital Outpatient Departments/Ambulatory Surgical Centers)
By Lonce Lamonte and the California Department of Industrial Relations - April 13, 2018

The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) has posted an order adjusting the Hospital Outpatient Departments and Ambulatory Surgical Centers section of the Official Medical Fee Schedule (OMFS) to conform to the quarterly changes in the Medicare payment system as required by Labor Code section 5307.1.

The order, dated April 10, is the second Administrative Director order for the April 2018 quarterly update to the Hospital Outpatient Departments and Ambulatory Surgical Centers Fee Schedule. It adopts column A of the April 2 update to CMS’ ASC addendum AA and column A of the April 2 update to CMS’ ASC addendum EE for services rendered on or after April 1, 2018. CMS replaced the March 21 files with April 2 updates.


Betty Johnson, A Retired, Veteran Workers' Compensation Claims Professional Of The Los Angeles Area, Dies On April 3rd After An Illness
By Lonce Lamonte - April 12, 2018

Betty Johnson, a retired, veteran workers’ compensation claims professional from the Los Angeles area, died on April 3, 2018.  She had been ill.

Betty died of breast cancer that had spread to her bones. She had been suffering from back pain for months, was taking strong medication, and then finally was diagnosed with cancer as the cause of the back pain in July of 2017.  

Betty had retired as a senior claims examiner professional from Sedgwick Claims Management in their Encino office on April 10th 2015.  She had been working for many years on the Dignity Health account.   


Former San Diego Sheriff's Deputy Gets Probation And Work Furlough For Work Comp Fraud
By Lonce Lamonte - April 11, 2018

Matthew Tobolsky, 40, a former San Diego County sheriff's deputy who filed for workers' compensation for an alleged back injury, was sentenced Tuesday, April 10th 2018, to three years’ probation and 180 days in custody.

In October of 2017, Tobolsky pleaded not-guilty to charges of workers’ compensation fraud. While being investigated, he was seen lifting heavy weights after he claimed he was unable to do even light duty. He changed his plea to guilty last month to a felony charge of making a misrepresentation to get an unearned benefit.

Deputy District Attorney Alan Kessler said Tobolsky, a five-year veteran of the Sheriff's Department, filed the false claims after he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor vandalism charge last year which arose out of a domestic violence incident with his spouse.


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April 2, 2018 - California Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) Suspends Eight Medical Providers for Fraud or Loss of License

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