Seasonal Employees: What You Should Know

Posted by Daniel Lamkin on Nov 21, 2017 8:10:00 AM

With the holiday season fast approaching, many companies are preparing for the higher volume of business by hiring seasonal employees. In 2016 alone, retailers in the United States hired around 570,000 people just for the holiday season. In 2017, employers are expected to hire even more! If you, like many others, plan to seek seasonal employment this year, there are a few important things you should know to help protect yourself from getting lost in the holiday employment shuffle.

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Topics: Workers' Compensation

Why Choose a Home Delivery Pharmacy for Your Prescriptions?

Posted by Bryanne Caso on Nov 16, 2017 8:30:00 AM

When you have a prescription to fill, what makes you pick one pharmacy over another? Sometimes its convenience: it’s around the corner from your home, or it’s in the lobby of the hospital you were discharged from. Often filling a prescription can be more complicated, especially when you’re a workers’ comp claimant. A home delivery pharmacy, especially a home delivery pharmacy that specializes in workers’ compensation, may suit your specific needs better than a retail pharmacy.

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Topics: Workers' Compensation

Why Can't I Choose My Pharmacy Under Workers' Comp?

Posted by Danielle Jaffee on Sep 28, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Workers' compensation is not like traditional health care, and your coverage isn’t like your normal health insurance coverage.  The reason? Because under workers’ compensation your employer is paying for your treatment. For the most part, you aren’t expected to put out any money when receiving workers’ comp benefits. 

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Topics: Legislative, Workers' Compensation

Uber and Alternative Workers’ Comp Insurance

Posted by Danielle Jaffee on Sep 6, 2017 11:50:24 AM

With the growing popularity of the “gig economy”, especially companies like Uber, a Transportation Network Company (TNC), questions about protecting workers have come front and center.  Most drivers for Uber are considered independent contractors which exempts them from some needed protections including workers’ comp.  But recently TNCs and insurance companies have been exploring ways to provide better protections for TNC drivers.

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Topics: Workers' Compensation

Vermont is Leading the Charge in First Responder Coverage

Posted by Danielle Jaffee on Aug 22, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Mental health has gotten a lot of attention in the last few years.  Mental health coverage, even more.  But what’s got legislators really moving is mental health coverage for first responders under state workers’ comp statutes. 

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Topics: Legislative, Workers' Compensation

Mental Health Coverage for First Responders

Posted by Kellie Collier on Aug 10, 2017 8:00:00 AM

According to the National Center for PTSD, about 7-8% of the U.S. population will have PTSD at some point in their life - amounting to 8 million adults with PTSD in a given year. 

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Topics: Workers' Compensation

Illinois Session Wraps Up Without Passage of Workers' Comp Reform

Posted by Danielle Jaffee on Jun 5, 2017 11:36:21 AM

On the last day of May, the Illinois legislature adjourned for the 2017 session.  Although the start of the session saw a flurry of activity and optimism that the budget stalemate might end and key system reforms might be adopted, the session ended as it has the last few years, with not much to show. 

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Topics: Legislative, Workers' Compensation

Working with Workers' Comp Attorneys

Posted by Daniel Lamkin on Jun 1, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Caseloads are up. Court dates are getting pushed back further and further and costs per claims continue to rise. Patients are calling your firm with complaints about adjusters, pharmacies, and the entire workers’ compensation process. When a patient’s medications get denied or cut-off, your phone lines are jammed all day long. Is it possible for a pharmacy to be the solution rather than the problem?

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Topics: Workers' Compensation

What's Next For Alabama's Workers' Compensation Statute?

Posted by Danielle Jaffee on May 25, 2017 8:15:00 AM

Earlier this month, an Alabama circuit judge struck down all of the Alabama Workers' Comp statute.  So why such a dramatic ruling? Well, when ruling on the case the judge found two specific provisions from the statute unconstitutional, the cap on attorney’s fees and the $220/week cap on compensation for an injured worker and because of how Alabama’s law is structured, if a single part is unconstitutional, the entire statute fails.

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Topics: Legislative, Workers' Compensation

Public Hearing on California's Workers' Comp Drug Formulary

Posted by Danielle Jaffee on May 9, 2017 8:00:00 AM

In 2015, the California legislature passed Assembly Bill No. 1124 which required the Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) to develop and implement a drug formulary by July 1, 2017.  Since it’s signing into law on October 6, 2015, the DWC has worked on developing a California specific drug formulary and the regulations to accompany it. 

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Topics: Legislative, Workers' Compensation

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