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April 2013 Blog

  • Changes To The Way Commuted Values Will Be Calculated

    On Monday, April 15, 2013, the Workers’ Compensation Commission voted to change the way that commuted values will be calculated on awards in the State of South Carolina. At the scheduled monthly business meeting, the Commission accepted the recommendation of the majority of the Commuted Value Advisory Committee. That recommendation was to discontinue the 5% discount rate…

    Posted 4/25/2013
  • Spinal Cord Stimulator NOT a Separate Injury

    In SC workers’ compensation claims, crafty claimants and their attorneys often allege an injury to more than one body part, even where there is little or no evidence to support such a claim. As you may know, claimants with injuries to multiple body parts qualify for total or partial wage loss awards, which can be…

    Posted 4/22/2013
  • Maximum Allowable Payment Update

    Maximum Allowable Payment Update On April 15, the South Carolina Workers Compensation Commission approved the maximum allowable payment for procedures performed in an Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC). Per the Surgical Implant Advisory Committee Recommendation, ASCs cannot legally charge more than 140% of Medicare payments, plus the cost of surgical implants, minus a $500 implant cost…

    Posted 4/19/2013
  • SC WCC Updates

    The proposed Mediation regulation continues to make its way through the SC Legislature. The Senate Judiciary adopted the regulation on March 19. It has been sent to the Senate floor, and next it will go to the General Assembly. We expect that this will be enacted in May; stay tuned as we receive further information. In other…

    Posted 4/3/2013