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Drug costs fall with less use – with and without formulary

Closed drug formularies continue to attract attention in states’ workers compensation systems as a tool to manage the utilization of prescription drugs and provide evidence-based guidance to physicians prescribing drug treatments for injured workers. The Official Disability Guidelines Workers Compensation Drug Formulary, also known as the ODG Formulary, has been adopted by several states including Indiana, Kentucky and Montana. In…

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Patient alleges hemorrhage was misdiagnosed as migraine

A patient claims Anderson Hospital healthcare workers misdiagnosed a subarachnoid hemorrhage as a migraine. Sara Valle and Matthew Valle filed a lawsuit on Dec.1 in the Madison County Circuit Court against Mark A. Mason, M.D., Emily L. Hilton, PA-C., Anderson Hospital, Uptown Emergency Physicians, LLP, National Hospital Services Professional Corporation, doing business as Hospitalist and Emergency Services of Illinois, PC…

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Seventh Circuit OKs $29.6 million judgment against ESL government health care clinic

U.S. Seventh Circuit appellate judges who balked at a $29.6 million judgment against the government in a kidney damage case last year cast off their doubts and approved that amount on Dec. 17. They affirmed Chief District Judge Nancy Rosenstengel of East St. Louis, who found that the conduct of plaintiff Kevin Clanton did not contribute to his disease. They…

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COA: Injured construction worker was independent contractor, not employee

A construction worker injured in a building collapse was, in fact, an independent contractor, the Court of Appeals of Indiana has concluded, rejecting an earlier finding that the worker was actually an employee of the company he sued. In December 2018, Richard Palmer was injured while doing carpentry work on top of a pole barn that partially collapsed. The building…

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Are Too Many Comp Claims Being Opposed? Some Major Employers Think So

Employers may be warming up to the idea that fighting some workers’ compensation claims and medical treatments can be counterproductive, and new emphasis should be placed on keeping injured workers happy – and out of the courtroom. “The workers’ comp system should be self-executing and so many times, it’s not,” said Michele Adams, vice president of risk management for Walmart….

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Several parents sue formula companies after premature infants developed NEC

Several parents claim their premature infants developed necrotizing enterocolitis after being fed Similac or Enfamil infant formula. Steven Binkowitz, as representative of the estate of Henya Binkowitz; Nicholette and Jonas Findley; Sheena Hayman, as representative of the estate of Jace Fisher; Jasmine Perryman, as representative of the estate of Meladee Pettaway; Demara Smitherman, as representative of the estate of Raequawn…

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Suit alleges former Advanced Technology Services employee terminated over work comp claim

A man claims he was fired in retaliation for filing a worker’s compensation claim. Gage Moore filed a federal lawsuit on Dec. 6 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois against Advanced Technology Services, Inc., alleging retaliatory discharge, disability discrimination, retaliation, violation of the Illinois Human Rights Act – disability discrimination, disability retaliation, violation of the…

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Probe into Illinois building collapse opened

An investigation into an Inc building collapse in Illinois on Friday night has been opened by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, an official at the U.S. Department of Labor said on Monday. OSHA has six months to complete its investigation, issue citations and propose monetary penalties if violations of workplace safety and or health regulations are found,…

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