December 6, 2017

Joe Paduda: Workers’ Comp – Where the Smart Money is…

Joe Paduda

What’s with all the investor interest in workers’ comp services? There are several dozen private equity (PE) firms looking hard at the work comp services business today, with many actively pursuing acquisitions of companies large and small. While their approaches, priorities, and goals may differ slightly, there are several reasons why their attention will likely persist… [Continue Reading]

WCRI to Present Research on Rx Drug Use in State WC Systems at National Summit

Workers' Compensation Research Institute

Cambridge, MA – The latest research on the devastating impact of prescription drug abuse on injured workers will be reviewed at the 2013 National Rx Drug Abuse Summit. Dr. Richard Victor, executive director of the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI), will present the Institute’s findings on longer-term use of opioids by injured… [Continue Reading]

CA DWC, WCAB revise Policy and Procedural Manual

CA Division of Workers' Compensation

Oakland, CA – The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) and Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB) have revised their Policy and Procedural Manual (PPM) and posted it on the WCAB website. The PPM is an internal employee guide, prepared under the authority of the administrative director of DWC and the chair of the WCAB… [Continue Reading]

WA Language Interpreter Gets Jail Time, Must Pay $34,000 for Overcharging State

WA Department of Labor and Industries

Tumwater, WA – A Tacoma woman received a 90-day jail term and must pay restitution after pleading guilty to first degree theft charges for fraudulently billing the Department of Labor & Industries for language interpretive services she never provided. Under terms of her sentence in Thurston County Superior Court, Betsaida “Betsy” Sosa will be… [Continue Reading]

WorkCompRecap: Getting Experienced!

Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the California WCIRB Actuarial Committee’s recent review of December 31, 2012 insurer experience. Key findings included a major increase in lien filings in the fourth quarter of 2012, in anticipation of the new filing and activation fees that were part of SB 863. DWC data showed almost 1.2 million… [Continue Reading]

CA WCIRB Actuarial Committee Reviews 2012 Year-End Experience

CA WCIRB

San Francisco, CA – On March 20, 2013, the WCIRB’s Actuarial Committee met to review December 31, 2012 insurer experience and other related information. Actuarial Committee meetings are open to the public and nearly 50 people were in attendance representing insurers, brokers, consultants, the California Department of Insurance… [Continue Reading]

GA AG: Bill to Combat Pill Mills Gets Senate Approval, Heads to Governor’s Desk

Georgia State Seal

Atlanta, GA – The Georgia Senate recently approved H.B. 178, legislation to reign in the operation of illicit pill mills in Georgia. This follows passage of the bill by the House of Representatives last month. H.B. 178, sponsored by Representative Tom Weldon in the House and Senator Renee Unterman in the Senate, will provide… [Continue Reading]

CWCI Elects Board of Directors For 2013

California Workers Compensation Institute (CWCI)

Oakland, CA – Tom Rowe, President of the State Compensation Insurance Fund, has been reelected Chairman of the Board of Directors of the California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWCI) for 2013 at the Institute’s annual meeting in San Francisco. Along with Rowe, former CWCI chairmen T. Hale Johnston of Employers Insurance Company and… [Continue Reading]

OH Chiropractor Sentenced for $33K Attempted Insurance Fraud

Ohio Department of Insurance

Columbus, OH – Ohio Lieutenant Governor and Insurance Director Mary Taylor announced that Boardman, Ohio chiropractor David Esarco was recently sentenced in the Mahoning County Court of Common Pleas to two years of community control, 60 days on electronically monitored house arrest with work privileges, a $1,000 fine and ordered… [Continue Reading]

WorkCompRecap: Advertising Alternatives!

Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the launch of a new advertising program from the Washington Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) designed to encourage employers in the state to provide light-duty jobs for their employees while they recover from workplace injuries. The Stay at Work program was authorized by… [Continue Reading]

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