December 15, 2017

VA Penalty When Uninsured for Workers’ Comp to Significantly Increase July 1, 2014

Virginia State Seal

Richmond, VA – The 2014 General Assembly approved an increase in the civil penalty imposed when an employer required to insure under the Workers’ Compensation Act fails to insure. An employer is required by state law to insure in Virginia when they regularly employ more than two part-time (or full-time) employees. A business that hires… [Continue Reading]

WA L&I: Mother & Daughter Interpreters Must Repay State for Billing Scam

WA Department of Labor and Industries

Tumwater, WA – Two Mount Vernon-area women, who provided interpretation services for Spanish-speaking injured workers, must repay the state thousands of dollars from a false billing scam. Gloria Mendoza Garcia, 46, and her daughter, Gloria Del Rocio Gonzalez, 31, were each sentenced recently to 30 days in jail, but allowed to… [Continue Reading]

WorkCompRecap: Ongoing Opioids!

Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the release of the second edition of WCRI’s Longer-Term Use of Opioids study, which examined about 264,000 workers’ compensation claims and 1.5 million associated prescriptions from 25 states, and found that in most states, the percentage of claims with opioids that received… [Continue Reading]

CompLines: 5/28/14

CompLines is a daily set of pertinent links that we believe will be of interest to our readers. The Demise of American Medicine: Lawsuits and Federal Legislation Evidence Based Post-Memorial Day catch up Managed Care Matters Mid-2015 Target For Alaska Workers’ Comp Changes Insurance Journal Editor’s Note: These links lead to outside news sources. We… [Continue Reading]

WCRI Study: Little Reduction in Longer-Term Opioid Use in Most States

Workers' Compensation Research Institute

Cambridge, MA – A new study, Longer-Term Use of Opioids, 2nd Edition, from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) found that there was little reduction in the prevalence of longer-term opioid use in most states studied. In most states, the percentage of claims with opioids that received opioids on a longer-term basis changed little… [Continue Reading]

CA State Fund Board Names Vernon Steiner New President and CEO

SCIF

San Francisco, CA – The State Compensation Insurance Fund Board of Directors recently announced it has appointed Vernon Steiner as President and CEO. Steiner joins State Fund from Zenith Insurance Company. As Senior Vice President of Claims, Steiner was responsible for Zenith’s national claims operation with significant focus… [Continue Reading]

Ohio BWC Recognizes Safety Councils for Leadership in Promoting Workplace Safety

Ohio BWC

Columbus, OH – Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) Administrator and CEO Steve Buehrer recently announced the annual safety council of the year award winners. The councils are among 81 across the state that serve as partners in BWC’s efforts to educate employers and workers about the importance of workplace safety… [Continue Reading]

Former Mayor of Williamson, WV Pleads Guilty to Lying to Federal Investigators

FBI

Charleston, WV – United States Attorney Booth Goodwin recently announced that Darrin McCormick, 50, of Williamson, West Virginia, pled guilty to lying to federal agents from the FBI and IRS. McCormick, the former Williamson branch manager of the Bank of Mingo, admitted that he lied during an interview in February 2013 about suspicious… [Continue Reading]

A New Leader Speaks!

In today’s issue of WorkCompRecap we announce a new leader, and the publishing of their 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]

Brian Allen: Closed Formulary Closing the Door on Opioids

Brian Allen

The door hinges creaked slightly as the young teenage boy opened the door to his mother’s bedroom and peered into the darkness. It wasn’t an unusual occurrence. His mom had been enduring the pain of a back surgery performed nearly two years earlier. Most mornings she needed some encouragement to wake up from a drug-induced sleep. But, on this morning… [Continue Reading]

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