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July 31, 2003 1:27 PM
Workers’ Compensation News - August 10, 2003 Volume 1 Issue 20

 Workplace Injury Litigation Group [WILG] Announces President-Elect: Jon Gelman, Author and Litigator, Elected to Leadership Position

CIGNA - Medical Payments
CIGNA Corp. has earmarked up to $25 million to reimburse doctors and hospitals whose claims were inaccurately processed last year as the insurer converted to a new data processing system. But doctors might not see themselves compensated for money lost due to the little-known snafus unless they're aware of the errors and make efforts to resubmit the old bills. http://www.ama-assn.org/sci-pubs/amnews/pick_03/bisb0804.htm

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CALIFORNIA: Garamendi urges immediate reform of workers' comp California Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi said Wednesday that the state must significantly reform its workers' compensation insurance system before the legislature convenes in September or the system will collapse. San Francisco Business Times http://sanfrancisco.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/stories/2003/07/28/daily4
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World Trade Center Disaster Claims
Sept. 11 Victims Face Tight Deadlines, Big Decisions
Sue Or File Fund Claim?
As the two-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks draws near, the moment of truth is closing in on victims and their attorneys who must soon decide between filing a lawsuit or a claim with the federal Victim Compensation Fund. Lawyers Weekly http://www.lawyersweeklyusa.com/usa/feature.cfm

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Latex: NE Sp Ct finds petitioner totally & permanently disabled Morris v. Nebraska Health System, S-01-1194, 266 Neb. 285 http://court.nol.org/opinions/2003/july/july11/s01-1194.htm

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CALENDAR

ABA Convention - Important WC/Medicare Panel
W.C. PROGRAM ON MEDICARE REIMBURSEMENT Monday, August 11, 2003, 7:30-9:30 a.m. The Workers' Compensation Committee of the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law is sponsoring a program focusing on the continuing Medicare controversy. Come join us at the ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco on Monday morning, August 11, 2003, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. The program is "A Continuation of the Medicare Forum and Its Impact on the Worker's Compensation System." The program is at the Grand Hyatt Hotel on Union Square in San Francisco. Admission is $50.00 or by Section of Labor and Employment Law Passport. The panel discussion will be headed by Tom Bosserman, a Regional Administrator at the San Francisco office for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Tom will be joined by several leading worker's compensation practitioners from around the country. These include Jon Gelman of Wayne, New Jersey, president-elect of the Workplace Injury Litigation Group, and Robert Taren, a prominent plaintiff's attorney from Santa Cruz, California. Also participating will be William Winslow of Los Angeles, whose practice focuses on complex settlements, including Medicare planning, and Melissa Zwilling from Birmingham, Alabama, who has been very involved in the establishment of set-aside trusts for the settlement of claims. Diana Wann from Indianapolis, Indiana, a defense attorney and former co-chair of our committee, will complete the panel. We are very excited about this program and we believe it is a must see for any worker's compensation practitioner. We look forward to seeing you in San Francisco on August 11. Timothy J. Schumann, Management Co-Chair Hank Patterson, Union and Employee Co-Chair Grand Hyatt Hotel, San Francisco Program www.abanet.org/labor/calendar/annual03.html
Registration http://www.abanet.org/annual/2003/

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