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Entries for May 2008

 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) .

Medical benefits continue to soar in the workers compensation arena. They constitute the largest and most significant factor in the payment of workers' compensation claims. At a recent meeting of NCCI Holdings Inc. it was announced that data reflects a huge increase in the medical component.

A Constitutional Amendment To Stop The Raiding Of The Second Injury Fund For The General Treasury is Proposed in New Jersey

An amendment has been proposed, which has received bipartisan support, to stop the raiing of the second injury trust funds and their diversion to the general treasury. Senate Majority Leader Stephen Sweeney has proposed a constitutional amendment [SCR-60] requiring contributions collected from assessments on wages to be used for employee benefits and prohibiting use of the contributions for any other purpose.

Diagnosing and Curing the Ailing NJ Workers' Compensation System

On the eve the NJ Senate's investigation into New Jersey's workers' compensation system, the question lingers on how to evaluate its health. New Jersey has always had a very large and very dedicated workforce A recent newspaper series by Star-Ledger reporters Dunstan McNichol and John P. Martin revealed that the system is serious flawed and that it is in need of a "complete overhaul."

Opposition Continues to Swell Against Utilization of the AMA Guides 6th ed

Resistance continues to mount against adoption of the AMA Guides to Impairment 6th edition. Opposition was expressed by a leading expert in workers' compensation and the Attorney General of Tennessee issued an opinion against adoption of the 6th Edition.

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