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Workers' Compensation News - February 20, 2004 Volume 2 Issue 8 CompAssist (tm)

 FREE CHOICE OF MEDICAL CARE

Ten Years' Experience Using an Integrated Workers' Compensation Management System to Control Workers' Compensation Costs
Study indicates that COSTS would be lower in such a system.
Edward J. Bernacki, MD, MPH, Shan P. Tsai, PhD JOEM 45:5 pp 508-516
http://www.acoem.org/journal/fullabstract.asp?NEWS_ISSUE_ID=1179
 
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CASES
Employer breached its contract with carrier by failing to pay adjusted final premiums., Summary Added February 13, 2004 Liberty Mut. Ins. Co. v. Decking and Steel, Inc. --- F.Supp.2d ----, 2004 WL 242881 (N.D.Ill.)
 
A "full-time student" was entitled to dependency benefits during summer vacation., Summary Added February 13, 2004 Death & Permanent Disability Trust Fund v. Anderson ---S.W.3d----, 2003 WL 22407153 (Ark.App.)
 
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WORKERS' COPENSATIO HEALTH INITIATIVE
The Workers' Compensation Health Initiative, a national program of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation was begun in October of 1995. Six million dollars was made available to support demonstration and evaluation projects testing innovations in the delivery and financing of the medical care portion of workers' compensation (WC).
http://www.umassmed.edu/workerscomp/
 
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CALENDAR
 
Healthy Schools Forum- NJ Work Environment Council - Friday, February 20: , Cosponsored by WEC, the Education Law Center and others. (Rutgers University, Livingston Campus Center, New Brunswick.)
http://www.njwec.org/
 
Workers' Compensation Certification Program. February 23-27, 2004. Held at the Chaparral Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. Sponsored by The Workers' Compensation Center, Michigan State University, School of Labor & Industrial Relations, 207 South Kedzie Hall, East Lansing, MI 48824-1032 (517/432-2209). Website: www.lir.msu.edu/wcc Additional conferences: March 15-19, 2004 held at the Embassy Suites in Houston, Texas; April 19-23, 2004 held at the EL Marriott in East Lansing, Michigan; May 17-21, 2004 held at the Hyatt on Printers Row in Chicago, Illinois; June 14-18, 2004 held at the Dearborn Inn in Dearborn, Michigan.
 
IAIABC 31st International Workers' Compensation College. March 14-19, 2004. Held at the Sheraton Tucson Hotel & Suites in Tucson, Arizona. Sponsored by the International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions (IAIABC). Additional information: IAIABC, 5610 Medical Circle, Suite 24, Madison, WI 53711 (608/663-6355). Website:
http://www.iaiabc.org
 
Top Ten Hot Issues in Workers'Compensation - Wednesday, April 14:, 2004 -NJ / NJ ICLE Cosponsored by WILG-NJ, ICLE, New Brunswick, NJ
http://www.njicle.com
 
NYCOSH’S 25th Anniversary Awards Celebration, Friday, May 14th, 2004 6 - 8:30 P.M.
http://www.nycosh.org/calendar.html
 
2004 Annual National Council of Self-Insurers Meeting. May 16-19, 2004. Held at the Don CeSar Beach Resort & Spa in St. Petersburg, Florida. Additional information: Larry Holt, Executive Director, National Council of Self-Insurers, 1253 Springfield Avenue, PMB 345, New Providence, NJ 07974 (908/665-2152). Website:
http:// www.natcouncil.com
 
CMS Regional Conference - Medicare Secondary Payer - Jun 23-25, 2004 - Atlanta GA
http://www.mediproseminars.com/
 
56th Annual SAWCA Convention. June 21-25, 2004. Held at the Inn at Loretto in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Sponsored by: SAWCA (Southern Association of Workers' Compensation Administrators), 25 Lazy Eight Drive, Port Orange, FL 32128 (386/304-1993).
 
Twenty-Fourth Annual National Workers' Compensation and Occupational Medicine Seminar. July 20-22, 2004. Held at the Sheraton Hyannis Resort in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Sponsored by SEAK, Inc., P.O. Box 729, Falmouth, MA 02541 (781-261-9972). Website:
http://www.seak.com
 
2004 American Association of State Compensation Insurance Funds (AASCIF) Conference. August 1-4, 2004. Held in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Additional information: (952/838-4245) or
http://www.aascif.org
 
90th Annual IAIABC Convention. August 5-10, 2004. Held at the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers in New York City. Sponsored by the International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions (IAIABC). Additional information: IAIABC (608/663-6355). Website:
http://www.iaiabc.org
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