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Illinois Workers’ Comp Reforms Showing Results; Costs of Medical Payments Continue To Fall, New Study Says
By workerscompensation.com - October 30, 2014

Cambridge, MA (WorkersCompensation.com) - Reforms enacted in 2011 continue to drive down the cost of medical care for injured workers in Illinois, according to a new study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI).
 
According to the report, CompScope™ Medical Benchmarks for Illinois, 15th Edition, medical payments per claim fell 20 percent between 2010 and 2012. The decrease likely reflected the impact of a 30 percent reduction in fee schedule rates included in the reforms, effective for services provided after September 1, 2011.
 

DWC Issues Revision to Copy Service Fee Schedule Regulations for Second 15-Day Public Comment Period
By CA Dept of Industrial Relations Press Release - October 25, 2014

Following a public hearing on July 1 and a review of comments from a previous 15-day public comment period, the Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) has made additional revisions to its Copy Service Fee Schedule regulations. Members of the public are invited to present written comments regarding the proposed modifications to dwcrules@dir.ca.gov until 5 p.m. on Saturday, November 8.


Los Angeles County Probation Officer Arrested For Disability Fraud
By California Department Of Insurance Press Release - October 24, 2014

Los Angeles, Calif.- Cynthia Wesley, 46, of Claremont, was arrested by Los Angeles Sheriff's Deputies on two felony counts of insurance fraud after allegedly altering workers' compensation documents and illegally collecting $1,036 in disability payments.

"Falsifying documents to receive unearned disability payments is a serious offense," said Commissioner Dave Jones. "The fact that Wesley was a trusted member of law enforcement adds insult to injury in this case. We will investigate and bring to justice anyone that commits insurance fraud, regardless of where they are employed."


Dental Office Assistant Serving 120 Days In Jail For Fraud
By Press Release - Probe Information Services - October 23, 2014

Frances Aguirre, a 32-year old Dental Office assistant, has been prosecuted for Workers’ Compensation fraud.  Aguirre was charged by the Ventura County District Attorney with 3 Felony counts of Insurance Fraud.
 
Probe Information Services reported that Aguirre was working at Vista Village Dental as an office assistant when she alleged an industrial injury.  Aguirre was off work and receiving disability benefits and medical treatment when surveillance found her working at a mall kiosk. 

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October 23, 2014 - DWC Accepting Nominations For 2015 Carrie Nevans Community Service Awards To Be Given At Educational Conferences

October 22, 2014 - El Cajon, California, Insurance Agent, Dawna Ernster, Arrested For Stealing Premium Payments. San Diego District Attorney Continues To Search For Additional Victims.

October 18, 2014 - WCAB’s Final Rules Published and Will Become Effective January 1, 2015

October 16, 2014 - Last Call To RSVP For Michael Sullivan Party At Lake Chalet Seafood Bar & Grill in Oakland. Opening Of Oakland Office To Be Celebrated.

October 14, 2014 - DWC Issues Notice of Public Hearing to Revise the Official Medical Fee Schedule (OMFS)

October 14, 2014 - DWC Opens Registration for 22nd Annual Educational Conference

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