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18
Mar 2020

COVID-19 Update: OSHA Guidance

By Anne-Marie Foster     

  In an effort to help employers ensure they continue to maintain a safe workplace now that COVID-19 has been classified as a pandemic, OSHA recently issued Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19.  Given that the situation changes daily as the novel coronavirus is better understood, OSHA has a website that employers should check regularly
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17
Mar 2020

COVID-19: Compensability, Exposure & Best Practices

By Daniel Simones     

  COVID-19, the severe, acute respiratory syndrome caused by the Coronavirus, is the dominant concern today.  It will impact all areas of our personal and professional lives, including the handling of workers’ compensation claims.  The following serves as a brief analysis of compensability under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation and Occupational Diseases Acts and best practices
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11
Mar 2020

CMS Civil Monetary Penalties Rules Revealed: Time to Prepare (and to Wait)

By Paul Pasche     

  The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released its long-awaited proposed rule for imposition of mandatory civil penalties to enforce the Mandatory Insurer Reporting program commonly known as “Section 111 Reporting.” The comment period for the proposed rule runs until April 20, 2020, and we encourage all stakeholders to review the rule
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29
Jan 2020

Never Break the Chain: Chain of Referral Issues

By Nancy Wilensky     

  Medical bills often become an issue at the brink of a workers’ compensation trial or settlement.  On the doorsteps of closure, a new primary care physician, chiropractor or other provider may surface and present an obstacle to closing the claim.  What defenses does a respondent have?  The limitation on claimant’s choice of physicians under
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27
Jan 2020

Section 111 – Strategic Compliance Improves Outcomes

By Paul Pasche     

  By now, most of our readers are familiar with the Mandatory Insurer Reporting statute, commonly called “Section 111 Reporting,” because it originated in Section 111 of the Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP Extension Act of 2007. As it applies to the insurance claims and defense industry, Section 111 mandates that insurers or self-insured entities, and
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