June 12, 2018

Ohio Man Ordered to Serve Jail Time, Pay $11K for Workers’ Comp Fraud

Ohio BWC

Columbus, OH – A Cleveland (Cuyahoga County) man was sentenced June 18 in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas in connection with working while receiving workers’ compensation benefits. Cymande McFarland previously pleaded guilty last month to one charge of theft, a fifth-degree felony. “BWC is committed to finding and…[Continue Reading]

WorkCompRecap: New WCRI Report!

Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the release of a new study from WCRI that examines the critical and sometimes controversial issue of back surgery in workers’ comp, and found that the probability of injured workers getting back surgery can vary depending on the area of the country in which they seek treatment. According to…[Continue Reading]

New WCRI Study Examines Why Use of Back Surgery Differs Across States

Workers' Compensation Research Institute

Cambridge, MA – A new study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) found that the probability of injured workers getting back surgery depends on the area of the country in which they seek treatment for their back pain. According to the study, Why Surgery Rates Vary, back pain is a critical issue in workers’ compensation…[Continue Reading]

PCI Issues Statement on FL Third Court of Appeal Ruling Regarding Workers’ Comp


Tallahassee, FL – The Florida Third District Court of Appeal, on procedural grounds, recently reversed a trial court judgment holding that the exclusive remedy provisions of the Florida Workers Compensation Act were unconstitutional. The following statement was released by PCI’s senior director for workers compensation, Trey…[Continue Reading]

NYSIF Issues Update on Weekly Benefit Rate, Elimination of WCB Fees

NYSIF 100th Anniversary

Albany, NY – In an effort to promote small business growth in New York, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the elimination of a number of Workers’ Compensation Board fees as a part of the 2015-16 State Budget. According to the Board, the elimination of these fees will save an estimated $95,000 to individuals and businesses in New York…[Continue Reading]

WA L&I: Jail Time for Man Who Used Seahawks’ Names to Get Drugs

WA Department of Labor and Industries

Spokane, WA – A Spokane Valley man has been sentenced to six months in jail for faking on-the-job injuries and using Seahawks players’ names to get narcotics and other prescription drugs. Spokane County Superior Court Judge Harold Clarke also ordered Jeffory Leonard Mock to repay the eight Spokane-area hospitals and clinics that he scammed…[Continue Reading]

WorkCompRecap: Quality & Coordination!

Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the Ohio BWC’s recent announcement of the launch of its Enhanced Care Program, which seeks to reduce treatment delays and give physicians increased flexibility in the treatment of injured workers. The program will initially target reducing obstacles that delay or fragment care to…[Continue Reading]

CompLinks: 6/26/15

CompLinks are a daily set of pertinent links that we believe will be of interest to our readers. What Primary Care Docs Don’t Know Can Hurt You Evidence Based The aging workforce: Solutions for today’s greatest challenge in workers’ comp PC 360 Task force: Massachusetts Is in Midst of Opioid Abuse Epidemic Insurance Journal Editor’s… [Continue Reading]

Ohio BWC Pilot Program Targets Improved Quality & Coordination of Care

Ohio BWC

Columbus, OH – Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer recently announced a program to reduce delays in the treatment of Ohioans injured on the job. The Enhanced Care Program, developed by BWC in coordination with its partners in the business, labor and medical communities, will give physicians increased…[Continue Reading]

Rising Announces New Focus for 2015 Workers’ Comp Benchmark Study

Rising Medical Solutions

Chicago, IL – For the past two years, June marked the Workers’ Compensation Benchmarking Study’s national survey of claims leaders, which provided the industry with quantitative benchmarks on 70-plus data points. This year brings a new approach to Rising Medical Solutions’ study program – qualitative research and the…[Continue Reading]

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