July 2022 President’s Letter

Greetings from the President By Shannon Bruno Bishop The National Association of Workers’ Compensation Judiciary’s Judicial College is a little over a month away and I am so excited about this year’s conference.  As always, we have lots of educational sessions lined up.  Our Curriculum Committee has organized sessions on writing pitfalls, evidence, issues related […]

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Book Review

by David B. Torrey, WCJ Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry Reprinted with permission.   Eyal Press, Dirty Work: Essential Jobs and the Hidden Toll of Inequality in America (Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2021). In this book, the author examines a series of occupations that he says undertake “dirty work,” that is, work which society […]

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(2022) MSA Reference Guide

DISTINGUISHED OKLAHOMA ATTORNEY WRITES THAT NEW CMS WCMSA REFERENCE GUIDE “SLAMS” USE OF EVIDENCE-BASED MEDICARE SET-ASIDES   https://www.cms.gov/files/document/wcmsa-reference-guide-version-35.pdf Many lawyers and judges have reviewed the new (2022) MSA Reference Guide from the federal government.  At least one aspect of the document, however, has generated national commentary. In this regard, claimant’s attorney and mediator Bob Burke […]

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SUMMARY: THE REPORT OF THE NATIONAL COMMISSION ON STATE WORKMEN’S COMPENSATION LAWS

SUMMARY: THE REPORT OF THE NATIONAL COMMISSION ON STATE WORKMEN’S COMPENSATION LAWS: THE DOCUMENT WHICH, 50 YEARS AGO, REMADE THE PROGRAM by David B. Torrey, WCJ Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry Reprinted with permission.   American Bar Association, The Brief, Volume 51, No. 3, p.8 (Spring 2022). The year 2022 marks the fiftieth anniversary […]

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Professional Administration as a Solution for Medicare Set Aside Account Misconceptions

  by Paul Sighinolfi Esq. Senior Managing Director Ametros   During a recent presentation to a knowledgeable group of claimant attorneys, there was discussion about the importance of protecting Medicare’s interests if an injured worker settling a case is Medicare eligible or if eligibility is on the horizon. The conversation around it prompted an observation […]

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AMA Guides – Public Comment Period is June 1-July 15, 2022

Reprinted with permission. Notice: AMA Guides Sixth 2023- Public Comment Period Coming June 1, 2022 Proposals to update the AMA Guides® are being considered by the AMA Guides Editorial Panel for adoption, with an effective date of January 1, 2023. Specific topics addressed include spine impairment, upper extremity range of motion, and editorial changes to […]

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Join us at our annual Judiciary College!

By Hon. Sharon H. Reeves NAWCJ Recruiting Chair Deputy Chief Administrative Law Judge Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation   NAWCJ is an organization dedicated to judicial education for workers’ compensation adjudicators.  Our mission is to provide education and collaboration among adjudicators that is unique to the workers’ compensation system of justice.  Never has membership […]

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The WCI 2022 Give Kids The World Service Day is back in 2022!

Republished by Hon. Suzette Carlisle Flowers June 30, 2022 NAWCJ Board Member   Give Kids the World (“GKTW”) is the service day sponsored by the Workers’ Compensation Institute “(WCI”) to provide a magical, week long free vacation to critically ill children and their families from around the world.  Donations from these events help sponsor this […]

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