MOST Unveils New Process for Possible Rule and Law Violations

By Brian Holmes, Director, Mediation and Ombudsman Services of Tennessee Being a workers’ compensation mediator is an extremely rewarding job. Mediators help employers, employees, and insurers resolve disputes that impact lives, businesses and careers. Mediators also confront a number of challenges. Of them, the most difficult might be balancing statutory roles while building cooperative, trusting … Continue reading MOST Unveils New Process for Possible Rule and Law Violations

Protecting Confidential Billing Info–A Road Less Traveled

By Judge Thomas Wyatt, Chattanooga Judge Thomas Wyatt In the past six and a half years, you’d think our twelve judges in seven locations would’ve addressed every conceivable procedural issue. NOT SO! To the contrary, we’re constantly amazed at how many new issues arise out of the clear blue sky. In fact, a week does … Continue reading Protecting Confidential Billing Info–A Road Less Traveled

What’s New at the Appeals Board?

We’re glad you asked! First, on Monday, new rules became effective that govern the appeals process for both interlocutory appeals and compensation order appeals. They are available here. The rules didn't revise any deadlines or make other significant substantive changes, but they now incorporate the Board’s former Practices and Procedures into the administrative rules. Second, … Continue reading What’s New at the Appeals Board?

Lessons Learned from “Coffee with the Court”

By Chief Judge Kenneth M. Switzer, Nashville During April, I toured the state’s three largest cities and attended “Coffee with the Court” conducted by the local Court of Workers’ Compensation Claims’ offices. The purpose of these coffee-talks was to listen to lawyers and other stakeholders discuss issues they face daily. I took copious notes. The … Continue reading Lessons Learned from “Coffee with the Court”

Appeals Board Sets Knoxville Oral Arguments, Revises Rules

The Tennessee Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board recently set four cases for oral argument in Knoxville on April 26. Starting at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time, the Board will take up Yeaman v. Kindred Health Care, where the Court denied a motion to dismiss for failure to prosecute. Afterward, counsel will argue whether the Court properly held … Continue reading Appeals Board Sets Knoxville Oral Arguments, Revises Rules