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CMS Begins to Roll Out Details of The Mandatory Insurance Carrier Registration Progress-Teleconference Oct. 1, 2008

Implementation of the mandatory insurance company reporting process mandated pursuant to Section 111 of the Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP Extension Act of 2007 (See 42 U.S.C. 1395y(b)(7)&(b)(8) have now been unveiling by CMS.

The Politics of Asbestos – US Government Failed the People Declares Senator Baucus

 At a recent hearing of the US Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, Senator Max Baucus presented a report revealing that the Federal government failed to take the appropriate action to declare Libby, Montana a public health emergency in 2002. The disregard of the federal government led to a lack of funding and manpower in cleaning up the asbestos contamination according to the Senator.

Proposed CMS Legislation Cannot be Resuscitated Following the Wall Street Bailout

The efforts of the insurance industry to revive the previously fatally ill CMS reform legislation can be declared over and the life support disconnected following the Congressional actions to bailout Wall Street. The bill had been given a bounce, like a dead cat thrown against the ground, by the insurance industry, and some misinformed stakeholders, but economics and public opinion will not support the effort any longer.

 

Delay has always been a problem when injured workers need medical treatment.  Traditionally, insurance companies, especially in hard economic times, have sought to hold onto their money and not distribute benefits.

NJ Workers' Compensation System Purportedly Under Investigation by State Commission of Investigation

New Jersey’s workers’ compensation problems are far from over as the NJ State Commission of Investigation (SCI) has purportedly launched an investigation of the NJ Compensation Rating and Inspection Bureau. The NJ system became the center of media attention following a Star Ledger newspaper series reporting serious problems.

Lehman Brothers Crisis May Meltdown State Workers’ Compensation Programs

The escalating financial crisis of Lehman Brothers [stock down 94% Jan-Sept 2008], may have a major impact on workers’ compensation throughout the US. Over this weekend the financial gurus scheduled meetings in an effort to avoid a complete crash of Lehman Brothers. In the meantime, the waves of this potential economic meltdown are sending hurricane type surges throughout the US workers’ compensation system.
 

Yet again the basic theme of workers' compensation, "periodic payments," was reiterated by a Judge of Compensation. This philosophical premise, periodic payments, is the basic foundation upon which workers' compensation is structured and flies directly in the face of those who advance a legislative change to promote CMS workers' compensation set aside agreements.

The Next Crisis in Comp: What Happens When the Funds Go Insolvent?

Workers’ Compensation coverage is not immune from the economic realities of the market and injured workers again fail to lose big time as the economy falters

Fosamax Adverse Reactions

Fosamax® (alendronate sodium tablets and oral solution) is a bisphosphonate manufactured by Merck, that is marketed, advertised, distributed and sold for the treatment of osteoporosis and Paget’s Disease. It has additionally been prescribed for off label uses such as bone cancers. Fosamax® tablets were approved by the FDA on September 29, 1995, while the oral solution was approved on September 17, 2003.

National Cancer Institute Establishes Web Site to Answer Questions About Malignant Mesothelioma

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has established a resource on the Internet that provides a direct link to resources available concerning mesothelioma: treatment, prevention, genetics, causes, clinical trials, literature, statistics and research and related information.

US Department of the Interior Reports 36 Locations in NJ with Naturally Occurring Asbestos

The US Geological Survey has reported that NJ ranks 2nd highest in the number of naturally occurring asbestos sites (mines) in the Eastern US.

NY Enacts Legislation Extending 911 Claims Deadline to Sept. 10, 2010

New York State workers’ compensation benefits have been expanded for 911 workers as a result legislation signed Governor Patterson. Under the prior law the registration period would have closed in August 208. The date has been extended to September 10, 2010.

New Chemotherapy Treatment Reported "Responsive" to Mesothelioma

A new set of drugs has been reported responsive in treating mesothelioma, a tumor caused by exposure to asbestos fiber. The British Journal of Cancer has reported that cisplatin and vinorelbine effective in the treatment of mesothelioma.

The Asbestos Debate is Over

Almost 45 years following the historic 1964 NY Academy of Medicine conference in New York experts continue to memorialize the history of asbestos related disease. Now enters, defense expert John E. Craighead, who has written his viewpoint on the subject.
 

5th Annual Hot Topics in Workers’ Compensation Law 2008

Hot Topics in Workers’ Compensation Law 2008
New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education

The NJ Supreme Court reversed a ruling of the Appellate Division and declared the Legislature’s 2004 amendment to the workers’ compensation act not to have retroactive application.

The NJ legislature is bogged down in controversy over what direction to take in order to respond to the State’s injured workers.

CDC in Reviewing WCMSA Limits Review to One Life Expectancy Table

 Effective July 1, 2008 the Centers for Medicare and Medicad (CMS) will exclusively use the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Table 1 (Life Table for Total Population) when determining life expectancy in Workers’ Compensation Medicare Set-Asides (WCMSA) proposals.

 Navigating the Medicare recovery system just became a whole lot easier with the deployment of the new website launched by the new national MSP Recovery Contractor (MSPRC).

Social Security Disability Backlog Is Again the Focus of a Congressional Hearing

Congressional interest in the disability claims backlog and SSA's need for adequate funding continues. On April 23, 2008, a four-hour hearing was held by the full House Ways and Means Committee, which is chaired by Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) .

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