December 15, 2017

IW Pharmacy CEO Submits Remarks on NY Workers’ Comp Reform

Injured Workers Pharmacy (IWP)

Andover, MA – In an op-ed letter submitted to the Albany Times Union, Chief Executive Officer Kenneth Martino of Injured Workers’ Pharmacy, LLC (IWP) questioned the current state of workers’ compensation in New York, believing there is a common misconception with regard to patient choice of medical care. Martino is voicing his support… [Continue Reading]

FDA Approves Lyrica For Neuropathic Pain Associated With Spinal Cord Injury

Pfizer

New York, NY -(BusinessWire)- Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE) recently announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of Lyrica® (pregabalin) capsules CV for the management of neuropathic pain associated with spinal cord injury. Lyrica received a priority review designation for this new indication from… [Continue Reading]

Ohio BWC Awards More than $465,000 to Support Workplace Safety

Ohio BWC

Columbus, OH – The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) awarded safety intervention grants totaling more than $465,000 to 18 Ohio employers in May. BWC designed the Safety Intervention Grant Program to assist Ohio employers in reducing illnesses and injuries and to create a partnership with them to establish best… [Continue Reading]

WorkCompRecap: Further Opposition…

Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features some legislative news, as the Business Council of New York recently announced its opposition of two bills currently before the State Legislature, which it said could rollback cost savings created by 2007 Workers’ Compensation reforms. The first piece, S.3749-C (Robach)/A.5183 (Simotas), also opposed… [Continue Reading]

CompLines: 6/27/12

CompLines is a daily set of pertinent links that we believe will be of interest to our readers. Progress on opioids – Texas leads the way Managed Care Matters Getting Lost in the Labyrinth of Medical Bills MCNTalk OFF BEAT: Illinois adds walking to list of workplace hazards Business Insurance Editor’s Note: These links lead… [Continue Reading]

NY Business Council Opposes Pharmacy and Treatment Guidelines Bills

NY Business Council

Albany, NY – The Business Council of New York has released the following statement regarding its opposition of two bills working their way through the state’s legislature: Two bills before the State Legislature could rollback cost savings created in the 2007 Workers’ Compensation reforms. S.3749-C (Robach)/A.5183 (Simotas) would allow… [Continue Reading]

CA Insurance Commissioner Announces $32 Million in Grants to Fight Workers’ Comp Fraud

CA Department of Insurance

Sacramento, CA – Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones recently announced that nearly $32 million in grants will be distributed to District Attorneys in California by the California Department of Insurance (CDI) in order to support their efforts in investigating and prosecuting workers’ compensation insurance fraud. “Without question… [Continue Reading]

EK Health Expands Leadership to Advance National Footprint in Workers’ Comp Managed Care

EK Health

San Jose, CA -(BusinessWire)- In a strategic move to advance its national footprint in workers’ compensation managed care, EK Health Services, Inc. has expanded its leadership. Jeff S. Jahnke was hired as Executive Director of Medical Bill Management. Todd Brown, previously EK Health’s Director of Bill Review, has assumed… [Continue Reading]

Ohio Man Pleads Guilty to Theft after Workers’ Comp Scam Uncovered

Ohio BWC

Columbus, OH – Robert T. Howland of Millersburg (Holmes County) must repay the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) more than $5,000 after he was discovered working while receiving benefits for a workplace injury. Howland pleaded guilty to one count of theft last week for collecting Living Maintenance benefits while… [Continue Reading]

WorkCompRecap: Investigating Impact!

Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the release of a new edition of WCRI’s CompScope Medical Benchmarks series. In this latest release, Texas is examined, with a focus on the results of reforms and increased focus on managing medical care in the state’s workers’ comp system. Key findings from the report included that medical… [Continue Reading]

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