March 19, 2018

WA Health Officials Announce Revised Guideline for Prescribing Narcotics

WA Department of Labor and Industries

Olympia, WA – Washington State health leaders have issued a revised guideline on pain management. The draft document includes updated recommendations on the use of prescription narcotics, or opioids, as well as non-opioid options. Sponsored by the Washington State Agency Medical Directors’ Group, the guideline was developed…[Continue Reading]

Safety National Rebrands Reinsurance Offering with Creation of Safety National Re

Safety National

St. Louis, MO – Safety National recently announced that it has rebranded its reinsurance platform as Safety National Re. Safety National Re will continue to offer its existing products and solid financial security, which includes over $1.25 billion in surplus as well as Safety National Casualty Corporation’s A+ rating from A.M. Best and Standard…[Continue Reading]

Travelers Reports Q1 2015 Results

Travelers Insurance Work Comp

New York, NY – The Travelers Companies, Inc. recently reported net income of $833 million, or $2.55 per diluted share, for the quarter ended March 31, 2015, compared to net income of $1.052 billion, or $2.95 per diluted share, in the prior year quarter. Operating income in the current quarter was $827 million, or $2.53 per diluted share, in the…[Continue Reading]

WorkCompRecap: The Big Easy!

Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the kick off of our visit to New Orleans for RIMS with the release of a new edition of WCRI’s CompScope Benchmarks report, which examines indemnity costs, medical payments, and the cost of delivering benefits to injured workers in 17 states. The report aims to provide a baseline…[Continue Reading]

17-State WCRI Study Identifies Cost Drivers, Monitors Reform Impacts

Workers' Compensation Research Institute

Cambridge, MA – The factors behind changing costs in state workers’ compensation systems, including the impact of legislative and regulatory reform on those costs, are examined in a new 17-state study released by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). The study, CompScope™ Benchmarks, 15th Edition, separately examines…[Continue Reading]

National Safety Council Urges Employers to Address Workplace Illnesses

National Safety Council

Itasca, IL – This Workers’ Memorial Day, observed April 28, the National Safety Council is calling on employers to better understand and identify the risks associated with occupational illnesses. Workplace-related illnesses are estimated to result in 53,000 deaths and 427,000 nonfatal illnesses each yeari compared to workplace-related…[Continue Reading]

Employers Names Lori A. Brown Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel

Employers Insurance

Reno, NV – Employers Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:EIG) recently announced that Lori A. Brown has been promoted to senior vice president, deputy general counsel. She is the company’s primary attorney for employment and executive compensation law, is assistant corporate secretary to the holding company and corporate secretary to all of the…[Continue Reading]

Owner of CA Floor Retailer & Remodeling Co Charged with Workers’ Comp Fraud

Santa Clara DA

San Jose, CA – The owner and operator of The Floor Center, a tile and floor retailer and remodeling company in Santa Clara, has been charged with Workers’ Compensation Insurance Fraud. Ahmad Molaie, 61, of San Jose, was arrested on April 15, 2015 on one felony count of Workers’ Compensation Premium Insurance Fraud. Molaie faces…[Continue Reading]

WorkCompRecap: Red Herring!

Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the release of a new whitepaper from Lockton’s Keith Rosenblum on the importance of using evidence-based medicine for accurate diagnoses and proper treatment in workers’ compensation cases. The whitepaper uses the example of low back injuries (noting they’re the most costly…[Continue Reading]

CompLinks: 4/24/15

CompLinks are a daily set of pertinent links that we believe will be of interest to our readers. Workers comp drug formulary bill moves in California Business Insurance Liability + Medicare Secondary Payer Issues = Confusion Medicare Insights Judge Approves Deal in N.F.L. Concussion Suit NY Times Editor’s Note: These links lead to outside news… [Continue Reading]

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