A TAR HEEL AT DUKE
It was 1974.
I was in law school, living in a ramshackle country house on a corner of a hog farm. The place was about 20 miles from both Chapel Hill (where I was at UNC Law) and Durham (home of Duke's Blue Devils). Surrounded by corn fields and a secluded pond good for little but wa
GETTING TOUGH WITH HEALTH INSURERS
Major healthcare reform this year in California looks dead as a doornail.
Last year's special session failed to produce an airtight deal, and the budget debacle and recession are setting the stage for an ugly legislative session.
But-to its credit-the Schwarzenegger admini
THE GRAVEYARD SHIFT: A HEALTH RISK FACTOR?
Is graveyard shift work a health risk? Are night shift workers more susceptible to accidents and illness?
As many as 15 million Americans-15% of the work force-work hours other than the day shift. There's some evidence-though controversial-that night shift work makes accidents more l
DIRTY CAR WASHES
It's been quite a week. We've been bombarded with images of the nutty
Jeremiah Wright. There's got to be more to James Cone's"Liberation Theology" than Wright's screeds. But just as liberals have their Wright, conservatives have their
EAMS COMMENT PERIOD
The DWC has now posted proposed regulations on its website dealing with EAMS (the coming electronic paperless system) and voc retraining/return to work.
The regs include proposed new forms to be used in California workers comp cases.
The regs are in a public electronic forum p
A BAD BILL
Here's a legislative stinker for you: SB 1096.
The bill would allow pharmacies to sell patient information to pharmaceutical companies, who would then be able to communicate directly with patients about prescription refills.
The rationale? Some patients forget to take thei
TASK FORCE TELLS POIZNER: PROSECUTE CARRIER FRAUD
Bear Sterns is being bailed out. March Madness is around the corner.
California Republican legislators who blocked higher yacht and oil taxes are now probably facing bake sales outside their offices staffed by teachers getting pink slips. Bobby Flay kicks butt again on Iron Chef. Bush issues an
Who? And when?
The governor still hasn't filled that other vacancy on the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board.
The rumor mill has been kinda quiet.
Send your suggestions and reliable tips to me and I'll consider posting them.
And check back
THE EAMS NEWSLETTER
The California DWC continues on in its EAMS project for the Workers Compensation Appeals Board to go paperless.
It's a huge project, and recently there have been many rumors that the project had hit some bumps in the road, delaying its rollout.
Now the DWC is sponsoring an
EVIAN WATER, PLEASE
Maybe the Evian, Perrier and San Pellegrino drinkers among us are on to something? Maybe it's not just snobbery, but rather a matter of self preservation.
Blind tastings have shown that tap water often tastes as good as pricey
waters from the Swiss and Italian Alps. But....
DATELINE: THE DWC ANNUAL CONFERENCE (PART 1)
Alas, it would be sexier if I could say this dateline was from Timbuktu,
Tunis, or Tbilisi. But the 15th Annual Workers' Compensation Conference sponsored by the California DWC wrapped up yesterday just a few blocks from my Boxer & Gerson offices. At least
THE STOCKTON RECORD: "A WORKERS' COMPENSATION NIGHTMARE"
Unless you're a Central Valley resident, you probably didn't catch the piece
several days ago in the Stockton record, "A Workers' Compensation Nightmare" by Record staff writer Joe Goldeen.
Here's a link to the piece:
WATCH THE VIDEO
Alert for all the couch potatos out there.
Time to pull yourself away from reruns of The Addams Family or The Sopranos or Beavis and Butthead. You can watch The Wire or 24 later. Don't be tempted to start the Laurence Olivier festival-from Hamlet to Marathon Man-this weekend. Why?
- A TAR HEEL AT DUKE