May 16, 2018

MSHA Announces Results of October Impact Inspections

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Underground coal mine with highest number of closure orders among 19 operations ARLINGTON, Va. November 19, 2010–WorkCompWire– The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration today announced that federal inspectors issued 380 citations and orders during special impact inspections conducted at 13 coal and six metal/nonmetal mine operations last month. Impact inspections involve mines… [Continue Reading]

MSHA Puts 13 Mines on Notice for Potential Pattern of Violations

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Mines represent first group to be identified under agency’s new screening criteria ARLINGTON, Va. November 19, 2010–WorkCompWire–The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration announced today that 13 mines from around the country received letters putting them on notice that each has a potential pattern of violations of mandatory health or safety standards… [Continue Reading]

The Future of Workers’ Compensation is ………… uncertain?

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 Today’s edition of WorkCompRecap, combined with news released last week and this week by two of the larger workers’ compensation insurers in the U.S., present a very troublesome glimpse into the near term future of workers’ compensation.   Last week the CEO of American International Group (AIG), appearing live on CNBC, made the comment that… [Continue Reading]

Over 95% of Plaintiffs Accept World Trade Center Settlement

NEW YORK, Nov. 19, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — Over 95% of the eligible plaintiffs have accepted a settlement worth at least $625 million in compensation, which will result in the dismissal of their claims against the City of New York and its contractors for injuries they say they suffered from their work during the rescue, recovery… [Continue Reading]

California Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner Rejects Request for Increase in Workers’ Comp Cost Benchmark

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 Requires Overhaul of Rate-making System to Increase Transparency Sacramento, CA., November 19, 2010–WorkCompWire–Commissioner Poizner announced today his Order (see link below) to reject – for the third consecutive time – a filing submitted on behalf of insurers by the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau (WCIRB) seeking a rate increase of almost 28%.   “I will… [Continue Reading]

U.S. House Committee Hears Testimony on Workers’ Compensation


November 17, 2010 – Washington, DC –WorkCompWire– Yesterday, the U.S. House Subcommittee on Education & Labor heard testimony on developments in state workers’ compensation systems. In her opening statement, Chairwoman Woolsey (D-CA) noted the rare occurrence of examining state systems by Congress, but noted there were two specific issues today’s testimony would address. The first… [Continue Reading]

A Huge Victory for Payers!

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 Today’s edition of WorkCompRecap has one story I am particularly excited about.   The lead story below describes a long running court case involving Arizona’s largest workers’ compensation insurer and a couple of ambulatory surgery centers.  The litigation started back in 2003 when the ambulatory surgery centers filed suit seeking 100% of their billed charges,… [Continue Reading]

DIR Defaults California Self Insured Group

Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) Director John C. Duncan today declared a default of the Contractors Access Program of California (CAP), a self insured group, due to insufficient funding required for continued operation.

Guidewire Congratulates 2010 Innovation Award Winners – Amica Mutual, Mercury Insurance, and Missouri Employers Mutual

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SAN MATEO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Guidewire Software®, a leading provider of flexible core systems to property/casualty insurers, congratulates the winners of its 2010 Innovation Awards: Amica Mutual Insurance Company, Mercury Insurance Group, and Missouri Employers Mutual Insurance. Each winning company earned the recognition based on its innovative use or implementation of Guidewire’s policy, billing or claims applications, resulting in key business value delivered to their respective organizations.

Court Denies Surgery Centers’ Request to Reconsider its Ruling

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Phoenix, AZ., November 17, 2010–WorkCompWire–Last week the Arizona Court of Appeals declined to reconsider its earlier decision that affirmed a 2008 Maricopa County Superior Court ruling in SCF Arizona’s favor. The trial court held, and the appellate court confirmed, that SCF Arizona paid a “reasonable amount” to two ambulatory surgical centers, rejecting the argument that… [Continue Reading]

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