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Workers' Compensation News - August 18, 2004 Volume 2 Issue 232
 Medicare Expands Drugs Available Under Program to Help Beneficiaries with Severe Illnesses - A New CMS/MSP Issue for Reimbursement? For these...
Workers' Compensation News - July 28, 2004 Volume 2 Issue 230

NEW JERSEY: MORRIS COUNTY BARS AND RESTURANTS BRACE FOR SMOKING BAN. "Bars and restaurants are public accommodations and shouldn't be allowed to have carcinogens in the air," said Regina Carlson, executive director of the New Jersey Group Against Smoking Pollution, known as NJGASP. 

Workers' Compensation News - June 9, 2004 Volume 2 Issue 23 CompAssist (tm)

 MEDICAL GUIDELINES IN WC CASES APPROVED BY TEXAS SP CT. "In this opinion, we conclude that the Legislature authorized TWCC to set upper limits on reimbursement amounts and establish a reasonable time limitation on requests for medical dispute resolution. TWCC acted consistently with the Legislature’s mandates - (1) the establishment of fair and reasonable guidelines designed to ensure quality medical care for injured workers, TEX. LAB. CODE § 413.011(b), (2) the achievement of effective medical cost control in the workers’ compensation system, id., and (3) the establishment of a program for resolution of disputes regarding health care treatments and services, id. § 413.013(1). "

Texas Workers' Compensation Commission v. Patient Advocates of Texas, et al, Decided May 28, 2004.
NJ Division of Workers' Compensation Proposes New Rules For Asbestos Exposure Claims

Approximately six months after the enactment of very controversial legislation purportedly to aid victims of asbestos related disease, the NJ Department of Labor promulgated proposed rules that require the production of extensive amounts of information in order to obtain benefits from the Uninsured Employers Fund. Asbestos related disease is a latent condition that takes decades to manifest in such illnesses such as: asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma. Unfortunately the disease, ie. mesothelioma, is irreversible, extremely debilitating and sometimes fatal in 6 to 9 months after diagnosis and the victim is left to endure the struggle for life without medical benefits and temporary disability benefits. While the legislature’s intentions were good in concept a serious questions remains as to whether the legislation and the proposed Rules meet the remedial and expeditious philosophy of the Workers’ Compensation Act.

NJ Division of Workers' Compensation Proposes New Rules For Asbestos Exposure Claims

Approximately six months after the enactment of very controversial legislation purportedly to aid victims of asbestos related disease, the NJ Department of Labor promulgated proposed rules that require the production of extensive amounts of information in order to obtain benefits from the Uninsured Employers Fund. Asbestos related disease is a latent condition that takes decades to manifest in such illnesses such as: asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma. Unfortunately the disease, ie. mesothelioma, is irreversible, extremely debilitating and sometimes fatal in 6 to 9 months after diagnosis and the victim is left to endure the struggle for life without medical benefits and temporary disability benefits. While the legislature’s intentions were good in concept a serious questions remains as to whether the legislation and the proposed Rules meet the remedial and expeditious philosophy of the Workers’ Compensation Act.

Workers' Compensation News - July 7, 2004 Volume 2 Issue 227

CMS - MEDICARE SECONDARY PAYER - ATTORNEY OUTREACH PROGRAM LAUNCHED. The Coordination of Benefits (COB) Contractor is available to address attorney groups to fully explain Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) liability issues and policies. The COB Contractor and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) representatives will provide educational seminars regarding the COB operation and CMS’s rights in no-fault, liability, and workers’ compensation (WC) cases. 

National Gypsum Asbestos Bankruptcy Claims Settlement Announced

Who is National Gypsum? Incorporated in Delaware in 1925.Manufacturer and supplier of services for the building and construction industry. Miner of asbestos fibers. Popular trade name: Gold Bond Products
Asbestos products types – drywall, joint compounds, textures, shingles, cement boards, adhesives, acoustical plaster, fireproofing, insulation cement, raw asbestos fiber.

Workers' Compensation News - June 9, 2004 Volume 2 Issue 23 CompAssist (tm)

 MEDICAL GUIDELINES IN WC CASES APPROVED BY TEXAS SP CT--"In this opinion, we conclude that the Legislature authorized TWCC to set upper limits on reimbursement amounts and establish a reasonable time limitation on requests for medical dispute resolution

Worker Health Chartbook 2004 Issued by NIOSH

NIOSH has prepared the Worker Health Chartbook 2004 as a resource for agencies, organizations, employers, researchers, workers, and others who need to know about occupational injuries and illnesses. This concise, chart-based document consolidates information from the network of tracking systems that forms the cornerstone of injury and illness surveillance in the United States.

Report to Congress on Workers' Home Contamination Study

In 1992, the U.S. Congress passed the Workers' Family Protection Act (Public Law 102-522, 29 U.S.C. 671), which requested that the CDC's National Institute for Occupational Safety And Health (NIOSH) conduct a study to "evaluate the potential for, prevalence of, and issues related to the contamination of workers' homes with hazardous chemicals and substances...transported from the workplaces of such workers."

Workers' Compensation News - May 12, 2004 Volume 2 Issue 20 CompAssist (tm)

Asbestos: Federal Mediation Fails to Reach Accord. AIA remains committed to meaningful reform of deeply flawed litigation system. The following statement is in response to the end of negotiations over legislation to establish a national asbestos victims compensation trust fund (S. 2290). The negotiations were mediated by retired Federal Judge Edward Becker. This statement should be attributed to Robert E. Vagley, president of the American Insurance Association (AIA) 

Workers' Compensation News - April 28, 2004 Volume 2 Issue 18

Statement by OSHA Administrator John Henshaw On Worker Memorial Day 2004. "Today is Worker Memorial Day, a day to pay tribute to the men and women who have lost their lives on the job. We mourn with their families and friends, and we recognize that the loss of these very special people extends beyond the home; the loss is felt in schools, places of worship, at social gatherings, in local communities, and throughout the entire nation.

Workers' Compensation News - April 14, 2004 Volume 2 Issue 16

ASBESTOS-Take a look at USAction's new cartoon, “Halliburton's Doggone Good Deal.” First war profiteering, now an asbestos bailout scheme orchestrated by a company with oh-so-close relations to the White House.  

Workers' Compensation News - April 7, 2004 Volume 2 Issue 15 CompAssist (tm)

UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE COVERAGE. Firms watch health-care fight - California battle on insurance fans fear of mandates.  A battle under way in California may foreshadow whether businesses in Illinois and around the country will be forced to offer employee health insurance.

Does the Workers’ Compensation System  Need a Prescription Change?

The delivery of medical benefits to injured workers  is becoming more costly and difficult to administer.The purpose of this article is to report developing trends in the United States in the delivery of medical benefits for injured workers.

Workers' Compensation News - March 31, 2004 Volume 2 Issue 14 CompAssist (tm)

 CANCER RISKS IN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING FACILITIES. A chipmaking trade group said on Thursday that it would sponsor a far-reaching study on cancer risks in semiconductor manufacturing facilities, after years of calls for such an effort by industry critics. 

Workers' Compensation News - March 24, 2004 Volume 2 Issue 13 CompAssist (tm)
NJ RULE PROPOSALS - DEADLINE TO COMMENT Public Hearing: Tues April 6, 2004 Deadline to Comment: May 14, 2004 Topics: Camera & Audio Coverage; M...
Workers' Compensation News - March 17, 2004 Volume 2 Issue 12 CompAssist (tm)
 FORMER DIRECTOR OF NJ DIVISION OF WORKERS COMPENSATION INDICTED Harry Parkin, formerly one of Mercer County's highest-ranking officials, was in...
Workers' Compensation News - March 10, 2004 Volume 2 Issue 11 CompAssist (tm)
WHO WILL MANAGE SSA - CMS (The people who enforce Medicare Secondary Payment laws) HHS Secretary Thompson Criticizes Opposition to Nomination of FDA ...
Asbestos Related Deaths to Increase Reports the International Labour Organization

Being concerned with continuous wide used of asbestos in the world, the EU and ILO convened the European Asbestos Conference in September 2003 in Dresden, Germany. Gerd Albracht, chairman of the Conference, underlined that "mmillions of workers and consumers have been exposed to asbestos dust. Twenty-thousand asbestos related lung cancers and 10,000 mesotheliomas occur annually across the population of Western Europe, Scandinavia, North America, Japan and Australia alone, but developing countries have much higher risks of exposure. In such countries, asbestos is thus a time bomb that looks set to lead to an explosive increase in asbestos related diseases and deaths in the next 20-30 years." 

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