Workers’ Comp In-Cites
Welcome to the latest edition of Schaff & Young's Workers' Comp In-Cites. Designed to provide our clients with practical insight, Workers' Comp In-Cites outlines recent developments in Pennsylvania workers' compensation law and explains how those decisions impact our clients and their cases. Barbara Young, Michael Schaff and the other attorneys at Schaff & Young, P.C. are always available to discuss these cases – or any other questions or concerns you might have. Just give us a call at (215) 988-0090 or send an email to We look forward to hearing from you.

Pension Offset Can Be Calculated for Benefits from a Subsidiary

In Stepp v. Worker’s Compensation Appeal Board (Fairpoint Communications, Inc.), the Commonwealth Court ruled that an employer may take an offset against a claimant’s workers' compensation benefits under Section 204(a) of the Workers' Compensation Act for pension benefits funded by its wholly-owned subsidiary.

October 2014 Edition
Volume IX
Number 10

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Carrier is Only Responsible for Payment of Medical Care from a Licensed Healthcare Provider

The services of a health care provider, who is not licensed or otherwise authorized by the Commonwealth to provide health services, are not reimbursable under Section 109 of the Workers' Compensation Act, even if the services are prescribed by a health care provider, according to the Commonwealth Court in Babu v. Worker's Compensation Appeal Board (Temple Continuing Care Center). It is important to note that Section 306(f.1)(1) of the Act, provides that an employer shall pay for care rendered by physicians or other health care providers. Section 109 then defines "health care provider" as "any person, corporation, facility or institution licensed or otherwise authorized by the Commonwealth to provide health care services, including, but not limited to, any physician, coordinated care organization, hospital, health care facility, dentist, nurse, optometrist, podiatrist, physical therapist, psychologist, chiropractor or pharmacist and an officer, employe or agent of such person acting in the course and scope of employment or agency related to health care services."