December 15, 2017

Harbor One MPN Certified as Network Entity MPN in California

One Call Care Management

Irvine, CA -(BusinessWire)- Harbor Health Systems, a One Call Care Management company, recently announced that Harbor One™ MPN, the pioneering MPN (Medical Provider Network) program, is available as an approved Network Entity MPN. “This week marks the first time our Harbor One MPN program is available to clients as an approved… [Continue Reading]

CA DWC Issues Notice of Public Hearing on July 1 for Proposed Copy Service Fee Schedule

CA Division of Workers' Compensation

San Francisco, CA – The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) has issued a notice of public hearing for proposed Copy Service Fee Schedule regulations. The public hearing has been scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 1 in Room 1 of the Elihu Harris Building, 1515 Clay Street, Oakland, CA 94612. Members of the public may also… [Continue Reading]

Texas Mutual Announces Fraud Indictment

Texas Mutual

Austin, TX – Texas Mutual Insurance Company recently reported that a Travis County grand jury indicted a San Antonio man on workers’ compensation fraud-related charges. Robbie Moore allegedly obtained $5,503 in workers’ compensation benefits he was not entitled to. Moore reported a job-related injury while working as a rock… [Continue Reading]

WorkCompRecap: Disturbing Dispensing!

Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the recent release of a new study from Accident Fund Holdings and Johns Hopkins University that delves into the negative impacts on medical costs, indemnity costs and lost time on workers’ comp claims when narcotic-related drugs are dispensed by physicians instead of pharmacies within… [Continue Reading]

CompLines: 5/23/14

CompLines is a daily set of pertinent links that we believe will be of interest to our readers. Medical marijuana in work comp – take a deep breath, folks… Managed Care Matters Medical Marijuana: The Decision that Never Should Have Happened Evidence Based Louisiana House Bill 1069 WC Insights Editor’s Note: These links lead to… [Continue Reading]

Accident Fund: Physician Dispensing of Narcotics Linked to Poor Outcomes in WC

Accident Fund

Lansing, MI -(PRNewswire)- A new study in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine reveals a negative impact on medical costs, indemnity costs and lost time from work on workers’ compensation claims when physicians, rather than pharmacies, dispense narcotic-related drugs to injured workers within the first 90 days of injury… [Continue Reading]

CA DIR Reduces Fees for IMR, IBR by 25 Percent

CA DIR

San Francisco, CA – The California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) recently announced a reduction in Independent Medical Review and Independent Bill Review fees effective April 1, 2014. These new fees represent a 25 percent reduction. Parties who submitted an IMR or IBR on or after April 1, 2014 will receive a refund in the amount… [Continue Reading]

Ohio BWC Gets 12 Workers’ Comp Fraud Convictions in April

Ohio BWC

Columbus, OH – Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer recently announced that 12 individuals were convicted of, or pleaded guilty to, charges related to defrauding Ohio’s workers’ compensation system in April 2014. These court actions are the result of investigations conducted by BWC’s Special… [Continue Reading]

CA Speaker of Assembly John A. Pérez Appoints New CHSWC Commissioner

CHSWC

Oakland, CA – The Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation (CHSWC) is pleased to announce that Speaker of the Assembly John A. Pérez has appointed Shelley Kessler to the Commission. Ms. Kessler is the Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the San Mateo County Central Labor Council which represents 110 affiliated… [Continue Reading]

WorkCompRecap: Aging & Annual Report!

Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the release of Marsh’s latest Risk Management Research Briefing, which found that an aging workforce could mean higher workers’ comp costs for businesses, but that those costs could be countered through strategies like wellness programs that focus on the 24-hour health of employees, job design… [Continue Reading]

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