December 15, 2017

Dr. Robert Goldberg: How to Write a Better Ending for Employers and Injured Workers

Dr Robert Goldberg

A good friend recently visited his primary care physician for treatment of back pain. He walked out with prescriptions for an opioid pain reliever, a muscle relaxant and an anti-inflammatory. While his problem was not claimed as a workplace injury, his prescribed treatment mirrors what has become the standard of care for injured workers having similar complaints… [Continue Reading]

Florida Insurance Commissioner Rejects NCCI Workers’ Compensation Rate Filing

Florida Office of Insurance Regulation

Tallahassee, FL – Florida Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty today issued an Order notifying the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) that its 1% proposed annual rate filing increase in Florida’s workers’ compensation insurance rates has been disapproved. After a careful review and analysis by the Office of… [Continue Reading]

CA DOI Awards $32 Million in Grants to Fight Workers’ Compensation Fraud

CA Department of Insurance

Sacramento, CA – Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones recently announced he has awarded $32 million in grants to district attorneys across 36 counties in California to combat workers’ compensation fraud. The grants, funded through employer assessments, support law enforcement efforts in investigating and prosecuting workers’… [Continue Reading]

Pinnacol Board Announces Finalist for Chief Executive Officer

Pinnacol Assurance

Denver, CO – The Pinnacol Assurance Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Philip B. Kalin has been selected as a finalist for the position of Chief Executive Officer. The Pinnacol board is gratified that after an extensive, nationwide search a finalist with Phil’s background and talent has been identified in Colorado. Pinnacol is… [Continue Reading]

WorkCompRecap: Mega M&A!

Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features a mega deal in M&A news as Apax Partners has announced the acquisition of One Call Care Management from controlling stockholder Odyssey Investment Partners. Announced in tandem was the acquisition of workers’ comp physical medicine company Align Networks from General Atlantic… [Continue Reading]

Funds Advised by Apax Partners to Acquire One Call Care Management & Align Networks

One Call Care Management

Jacksonville, FL -(BusinessWire)- Funds advised by Apax Partners, a global private equity firm, recently announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement to acquire One Call Care Management, the nation’s leading provider of specialized cost containment services to the workers’ compensation industry, from Odyssey Investment Partners… [Continue Reading]

IAIABC Updates Tools for Jurisdictions Interested in Promoting Electronic Billing

IAIABC

Madison, WI – The Executive Committee of the International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions recently adopted revisions of the Workers’ Compensation Electronic Medical Billing Model Rule, Version 2.1 and Workers’ Compensation Electronic Billing and Payment National Companion Guide, Release 2.1… [Continue Reading]

Amerisure Appoints Eric Spencer Vice President of Claims

Amerisure

Farmington Hills, MI – Amerisure Mutual Insurance Co. recently announced the appointment of Eric Spencer to Vice President of Claims. He joins Amerisure from QBE Insurance Co. where he served as Senior Vice President—Head of Middle Market Claims. Spencer reports to Greg Crabb, Chief Administrative Officer with Amerisure… [Continue Reading]

Ohio Restaurant Owner Pleads Guilty to Running Business Without Workers’ Comp

Ohio BWC

Columbus, OH – Cheryl Brenner, owner of Cranberry Station in Andover (Ashtabula County), was sentenced Oct. 15 in the Ashtabula County Court of Common Pleas for failing to maintain workers’ compensation insurance coverage. BWC’s Employer Compliance Department attempted to work with Brenner to bring her policy into compliance… [Continue Reading]

WorkCompRecap: New WCRI Report!

Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the release of a new report from WCRI on the ongoing effects of workers’ compensation reforms enacted in New York in 2007, including which objectives have been achieved and missed, as well as unintended consequences. Key findings included that implementation of and changes to the pharmaceutical… [Continue Reading]

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