June 19, 2018

CompLines: 12/19/12

CompLines is a daily set of pertinent links that we believe will be of interest to our readers. Florida Medical Association: Predictable, but Still Disappointing Evidence Based Opioids, physician dispensing are targets of state legislators Risk & Insurance Workers’ Compensation Privatization CID Review Editor’s Note: These links lead to outside news sources. We check all… [Continue Reading]

New NCCI Research Brief: Role of Traffic Accidents in Workers Compensation

Workers' Compensation Research Institute

Boca Raton, FL – Traffic accidents are a leading cause of high-severity workers compensation injuries. Moreover, they are pervasive; indeed, a study by NCCI published in December, 2006 noted that even the clerical classification has surprisingly high exposure to traffic accidents. Driver-related factors that are linked to traffic accidents include… [Continue Reading]

NY WCB Announces New Regs on Pharmacy/DME Fee Schedules & Pharmacy Network

NYWCB

Schenectady, NY – On November 28, 2012, a final regulation covering pharmacy networks and the pharmacy and durable medical equipment (DME) fee schedules took effect. The regulation replaces a series of emergency regulations enacted following the 2007 reforms that authorized employers to require injured workers to use pharmacy networks… [Continue Reading]

TDI-DWC Adopts Changes to Request for Extension of MMI Date for Spinal Surgery Form

Texas Dept of Insurance (TDI)

Austin, TX – The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (TDI-DWC) has adopted a revised DWC Form-057, Request for Extension of Maximum Medical Improvement Date for Spinal Surgery. The form was revised to improve instructions to requestors, insure the certification of the requestor is compliant with the rules, improve… [Continue Reading]

Derek Downs Joins EK Health Services as Account Executive for California

EK Health

San Jose, CA – EK Health Services, Inc., a national workers’ compensation managed care services company, has hired Derek Downs as Account Executive. Downs, who is responsible for EK Health sales in the Northern California region, has more than 18 years of California-focused sales and marketing experience, including work for a major… [Continue Reading]

A New Leader Speaks!

In today’s issue of WorkCompRecap we announce a new leader, and the publishing of his new post in WorkCompWire’s exclusive “Leaders Speak” section, which features leaders from the Workers’ Compensation Industry, and focuses on issues that are timely, relevant, and thought provoking. Are you ready?? [Continue Reading]

CompLines: 12/18/12

CompLines is a daily set of pertinent links that we believe will be of interest to our readers. Opioids and Cancer: Adding Risks to the List Evidence Based Is workers’ comp over? Managed Care Matters Workers’ compensation fraud CID Review Editor’s Note: These links lead to outside news sources. We check all links, but are… [Continue Reading]

Mitch Freeman: Physician Dispensing: What Needs to be Done to Control Costs and Utilization

Mitch Freeman

Rapidly accelerating pharmacy costs and risk to patient safety due to physician-dispensed medications is one of the key issues facing the workers’ compensation industry today. It now accounts for over one-third of pharmacy costs, according to the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI). The issue is widely acknowledged in the industry, but… [Continue Reading]

CA CHSWC Releases Working Paper on Impact of Experience Rating on Small Employers

CHSWC

Oakland, CA – The Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation (CHSWC) is pleased to announce the release for a 30-day public comment period the Working Paper on “The Impact of Experience Rating on Small Employers: Would Lowering the Threshold for Experience Rating Improve Safety?” prepared by RAND for CHSWC… [Continue Reading]

OR WCD Releases Bulletin on Claims Processing Administrative Cost Factor

Oregon DCBS

Salem, OR – The Oregon Workers’ Compensation Division recently released the following bulletin notifying insurers and self-insured employers of the revised administrative cost factor. The Workers’ Compensation Division applies this factor to approved reimbursements for supplemental disability benefits and claim costs. The factor is… [Continue Reading]

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