December 15, 2017

New Leaders Speak!

Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the continuation of our “Leaders Speak” series with another installment from Julie Black, R.Ph., Product Director at Coventry Workers’ Comp! You can read Julie’s new article at WorkCompWire… [Continue Reading]

CompLines: 9/25/12

CompLines is a daily set of pertinent links that we believe will be of interest to our readers. Marijuana is not approved for workers’ compensation CID Review Montana’s making progress Managed Care Matters Safer workplaces needed to stem injury rate among workers with disabilities Insurance Journal Editor’s Note: These links lead to outside news sources.… [Continue Reading]

Julie Black: New Findings for Opioid Treament

Julie Black

Treatment of pain is estimated to cost the United States approximately $635 billion per year. Prescription medications are a significant portion of that expense with narcotics now responsible for approximately 35% of workers’ compensation claim prescription spending. Costs continue to rise as a result of both new, more expensive medications, and ever increasing… [Continue Reading]

Fitch: CA Workers Comp Reform a Slight Net Benefit for Insurers

Fitch Ratings

New York, NY -(BusinessWire)- California Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed Senate Bill No. 863 (SB 863) that refashions the state’s worker compensation insurance system. Fitch Ratings believes the changes will result in a slight net benefit for the insurance industry. The new law was enacted in part to improve the operating environment for insurers… [Continue Reading]

Ohio BWC Gets 10 Workers’ Comp Fraud Convictions in August

Ohio BWC

Columbus, OH – Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer recently announced 10 individuals were convicted of or pleaded guilty to charges related to defrauding Ohio’s workers’ compensation system during August. The court actions are the result of investigations conducted by BWC’s special investigations… [Continue Reading]

DEA Holds Fifth Prescription Drug Take-Back Day as Participation Continues to Rise

DEA

Washington, DC – With public participation at an all-time high after four prior events in two years, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and its national, tribal, and community partners will hold a fifth National Prescription Drug Take Back Day at thousands of sites across America on Saturday the 29th. These Take Back Days give the public… [Continue Reading]

PRIUM’s Mark Pew to Keynote Oregon Workers’ Compensation Conference

PRIUM

Duluth, GA – PRIUM’s Senior Vice President of Business Development, Mark Pew is the keynote speaker at the Oregon Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference. He will present strategies for managing the overuse of prescription drugs and best treatment practices for chronic pain in workers’ compensation. Attendees will learn how to… [Continue Reading]

WorkCompRecap: Injuries & Implementation!

Today’s edition of WorkCompRecap features the Secretary of Labor’s announcement that preliminary results from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries were recently released. The results of the census show that the number of fatal work injuries in 2011 was slightly lower than… [Continue Reading]

US Secretary of Labor Releases Statement & Prelim Stats on Fatal Occ. Injuries in 2011

US DOL

Washington, DC – Preliminary results from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries were recently released. Findings show that the number of fatal work injuries in 2011 was slightly lower than final results from 2010. Last year, 4,609 workers died from work-related injuries, down from a final count of 4,690 in 2010… [Continue Reading]

ACIC Says Timely and Effective Implementation of SB 863 is Critical to Realizing Savings

ACIC

Sacramento, CA – California Governor Jerry Brown recently signed a comprehensive workers’ compensation reform package and permanent disability increase bill into law. SB 863 will provide injured workers with a needed benefit increase and will tackle several cost driving problems plaguing the system, but quick and appropriate… [Continue Reading]

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