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Updates in Federal and State Workers’ Compensation

Erwin, McCane & Daly | Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Worker’s compensation is oftentimes more complicated than it seems. EMD Law brought you a detailed summary of the eligibility difference between federal and state workers’ compensation. This is a good place to start, but whether you have already filed a claim or are just getting started, it’s important to stay in the loop regarding updates to the policies of both compensation programs.

Some of the notable updates you should be aware of are:

Hearings concerning Opioid weaning issues - It is not uncommon for injured workers to develop an addiction to opioids during their treatment. This new hearing process addresses such issues, and are used to consider whether or not a claimant should be weaned from using the highly-addictive drug that can evolve into a major health crisis.

A streamlined process to enter into stipulations - This revised procedure permits employers, insurers, and claimants to create a written stipulation for the Board to consider, without requiring a court appearance.

Updated DFEC Pharmacy Fee - On the federal level, the Division of Federal Employees’ Compensation has updated their policies regarding the maximum allowable fee for generic drugs and compound medications.

If you find that any of these updates impact your case, contact Erwin, McCane, & Daly for your free consultation.