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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NAWCJ JUDICIAL COLLEGE 2022 SCHOLARSHIP OFFER

By Honorable Jennifer Hopens Texas Department of Insurance, Divisionof Workers’ CompensationAustin, TX   Scholarship opportunities are available for some adjudicators attending the 2022 NAWCJ Judicial College, which is taking place from August 21-24, 2022, in Orlando, Florida. First-time scholarships may be awarded to any currently presiding workers’ compensation adjudicator and may include a maximum of […]

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2022 Earl T. Zehmer Moot Court Competition Volunteer Request

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!!!   Please see the request below from Judge Jacqueline Steele requesting additional volunteers for the virtual Moot Court Competition on July 22nd, as well as the in-person Moot Court Competition on August 21st. Please consider volunteering to serve as a judge.  The law students work so for this event and your time is […]

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