June 21, 2017

New Leaders Speak!

Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the continuation of our “Leaders Speak” series with another installment from Anne Sambucini, Founding Principal and Chairperson at ANS Solutions! You can read Anne’s new article at WorkCompWire… [Continue Reading]

CompLines: 7/1/14

CompLines is a daily set of pertinent links that we believe will be of interest to our readers. Identify causes of sleep deprivation to avoid employee injuries PinPointNews Del. Lawmakers Approve Bill Aimed at Lowering Workers’ Comp Medical Costs Insurance Journal Stretch It Out WC Insights Editor’s Note: These links lead to outside news sources.… [Continue Reading]

Anne Sambucini: Everything Begins by Establishing Trust and Relationships with Providers

Anne Sambucini

Outside of catastrophic injuries, most people injured at work do not plan on becoming dependent on opioids or other painkillers. But as outlined in last week’s article, this happens far too often – and many times it stems from one single injury. It’s a familiar cycle for those in the workers’ comp industry – short-term prescribed opioid use for pain management turns into… [Continue Reading]

NY Gov. Signs Legislation to Combat Heroin, Opioid & Rx Drug Abuse Epidemic

New York State Seal

Albany, NY – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently signed legislation designed to combat the growing heroin and opioid epidemic in communities across the State. Last week, the Governor and legislative leaders reached an agreement on multiple bills that include new programs and insurance reforms to improve treatment options… [Continue Reading]

Eastern Alliance Insurance Group Continues Expansion, Opens First Michigan Office

EAIG

Grandville, MI -(PRNewswire)- Eastern Alliance Insurance Group (EAIG) has announced it will open an office in Grandville, Michigan, as part of the company’s geographic expansion plan. Eastern Alliance is a domestic casualty insurance group specializing in workers’ compensation insurance products and services. The Grandville office… [Continue Reading]

RI Man Pleads to Workers’ Comp Fraud, Ordered to Pay More Than $10k in Restitution

Rhode Island State Seal

Providence, RI – Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin recently announced that James M. Casale (54), with a last known address of 110 Dunedin Street, Cranston RI, pleaded nolo contendere before Providence Superior Court Associate Justice William E. Carnes, Jr., to one count of obtaining money under false pretenses for collecting more… [Continue Reading]

WorkCompRecap: New WCRI Report!

Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features a new report from WCRI that looked at how closed drug formularies, similar to the one in place in Texas, might affect the prevalence and costs of drugs in 23 other states’ workers’ comp systems that do not currently have them. The study noted that if prescribers’ behavior patterns changed… [Continue Reading]

WCRI: Texas-Like Drug Formulary Has Potential to Reduce Costs in Other States

Workers' Compensation Research Institute

Cambridge, MA – A new study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) examines how a Texas-like closed drug formulary might affect the prevalence and costs of drugs in 23 other state workers’ compensation systems that do not currently have a drug formulary. “As policymakers and other system stakeholders seek… [Continue Reading]

CopperPoint Announces Board Changes; New Chair Named

CopperPoint Mutual

Phoenix, AZ – CopperPoint Mutual Insurance Co. recently announced that the first woman to chair its Board of Directors, Judith Patrick, completed her term on June 19, after five years at the helm. Vice Chair Ken Kirk was named the new Board Chair, and director Steve Tully was made the new vice chair. Patrick, a long-time Tucson resident, will… [Continue Reading]

AK Governor Parnell Signs Workers’ Compensation Legislation

Alaska State Seal

Juneau, AK – In an effort to relieve some of the burden on small employers, Governor Sean Parnell recently signed House Bill 141, dealing with workers’ compensation. By defining the rates for out-of-state services, HB 141 eliminates the potential for workers’ compensation claims provided in another state to be billed at Alaska’s higher rates for the same… [Continue Reading]

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