December 15, 2017

CA OAL Approves DWC Final Qualified Medical Evaluator Regulations

CA Division of Workers' Compensation

San Francisco, CA – The Office of Administrative Law (OAL) has approved the Division of Workers’ Compensation’s (DWC) final version of the Qualified Medical Evaluator (QME) regulations. The effective date of the new regulations is September 1, 2015. The new QME regulations establish a mandatory online QME panel request process for claims…[Continue Reading]

WorkCompRecap: Telehealth & Tropics!

Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the recent announcement from CorVel that it will offer telehealth services as part of its existing Enterprise Comp claims management model. The company currently offers a 24/7 nurse triage hotline, and after being screened by a nurse, injured workers will be able to engage in virtual doctor visits…[Continue Reading]

CompLinks: 8/27/15

CompLinks are a daily set of pertinent links that we believe will be of interest to our readers. Steroid injections – they kinda sorta work some of the time… Managed Care Matters Workers’ Compensation Annual Conference Industry Keynote Conference Chronicles The Opioid Battle Continues in Massachusetts WC Insights Editor’s Note: These links lead to outside… [Continue Reading]

CorVel Announces Telehealth Services

CorVel

Irvine, CA – CorVel Corporation (NASDAQ: CRVL) recently announced telehealth services as part of their existing Enterprise Comp claims management model to deliver immediate access to providers for injured employees. The Company currently offers early intervention services for workers’ compensation customers through a 24/7 nurse triage hotline…[Continue Reading]

Service Lloyds Selects Tropics Software for Workers’ Compensation Business

Tropics

Sarasota, FL – Tropics Software Technologies, a national software company specializing in workers’ compensation software systems, recently announced that Service Lloyds Insurance Company has selected Tropics Breeze software to modernize and expand its workers’ compensation insurance business. Tropics will install the full suite of…[Continue Reading]

NJCRIB: Online Assigned Risk System Goes Live September 8, 2015

NJCRIB

Newark, NJ – The New Jersey Compensation Rating and Inspection Bureau recently released a bulletin announcing that on September 8, 2015, a new, electronic system to submit applications for coverage through the New Jersey Workers Compensation Insurance Plan (“Plan”) will be unveiled at www.njcrib.com to replace the current application process…[Continue Reading]

Santa Clara DA: Former Broker Gets Jail for Selling Phantom Insurance

Santa Clara DA

Santa Clara, CA – A former insurance broker was recently sentenced to six months in jail for a scam in which he embezzled more than $30,000 from South Bay customers, but didn’t actually use their money to buy insurance. Ernie Boyd Morris, 46, of Marina, Ca., received the sentence last week from the Hon. Deborah Ryan after he pleaded no contest on June 4 to…[Continue Reading]

WorkCompRecap: Tracking Trends!

Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the release of a new report from CWCI that found average medical and indemnity payments during the initial stages of a claim declined in AY 2014, providing an indication that 2012 workers’ comp legislative reforms are having an impact. Key findings from the report included that average…[Continue Reading]

CompLinks: 8/26/15

CompLinks are a daily set of pertinent links that we believe will be of interest to our readers. Cytochrome Genetic Testing Doesn’t Make the Grade Outlook on Outcomes Determine Proper Medical Treatment With Utilization Review ReduceYourWorkersComp Take a Proactive Approach to Reduce Opioid Liability Risk Risk & Insurance Editor’s Note: These links lead to outside… [Continue Reading]

CWCI Releases Report on Medical & Indemnity Benefit Trends, AY 2002-2014

California Workers Compensation Institute (CWCI)

Oakland, CA – The average amounts paid for medical expenses and indemnity benefits on California workers’ comp lost-time claims climbed sharply after accident year (AY) 2005 – the first year after the 2004 reforms – but a new CWCI study shows average medical and indemnity payments during the initial stages of a claim declined in AY 2014, a sign…[Continue Reading]

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