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DOL Extends ERISA Claim Filing Deadlines

The U.S. Department of Labor has just issued a new rule that extends certain timeframes for Texas injury benefit and other ERISA plan participants in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The rule became effective on April 30, 2020. We provide this initial guidance in good faith, using the information available to us at this time. We recommend all Texas injury benefit plan employer sponsors, service providers and insurers immediately and thoughtfully consider.  Read more.

New Webinar: COVID-19 Questions Answered

The COVID-19 pandemic has required employers to adapt rapidly to a patchwork of ever-changing federal, state, and local requirements. This unique situation has raised many questions and challenges for employers with respect to employee work status, medical provider access, benefit coverage, and potential liability exposure.

Richard Johnson, J.D., executive vice president of PartnerSource, will host a webinar to discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted Texas work injury programs.

This complimentary webcast will also feature medical insights from special guest, Melissa Tonn, M.D., president and chief medical officer of OccMD.

Join us May 27 at 2 p.m. or May 29 at 10 a.m.

Register Now!

Factor This: Exposing Predatory Practices of Medical Factoring Companies and Related Injury Litigation

By Julie Lambeth, JD, PartnerSource Executive Vice President

We have all seen the attorney television advertisements touting large awards for their clients. They claim to fight the insurance companies to obtain the compensation their clients deserve for injuries sustained in an accident. This begs the question of how personal injury claims are being valued and the role of medical bill factoring companies. Read Full Article Here

 

Texas Supreme Court Changes Injury Litigation Rules for COVID-19

On April 27, 2020, the Texas Supreme Court issued its Twelfth Emergency Order regarding the COVID-19 State of Disaster. Of significance to personal injury and employment litigation, this Order does the following:

  1. More Time to File Claims
  2. Going Remote
  3. Adapting, As Needed 
Read our quick summary here.

Five Questions With Jason Thurmond

Jason Thurmond’s career went from construction and flooring to working with clients on their Texas injury benefit plans. While that may seem like an unlikely jump to some, for Jason it was pursuing a passion for taking care of people. 

Read on for “Five Questions With” Jason Thurmond, claims manager with PartnerSource.

Recording Available for Employee Advocacy: Elevating Employee Care During COVID-19 & Beyond

Advocating for employees: We all like to think we do it, but are we really using best practices to make others feel valued? Click here for the recording of a webinar led by Jennifer Hurless, president of PartnerSource. This 30-minute discussion on what employee advocacy really is, and how we can sharpen our skills to elevate employee care, is part of the PartnerSource Vision: 2020 educational series and covers:

  • How the basics of advocacy build a strong foundation
  • To employ the best practices of customer service
  • Three ways to elevate care today
  • What empathy is – and what isn’t
  • How to use mindful administration

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