December 16, 2017

Ron Skrocki: Medication Management: A Growing Problem Requiring a Collaborative Effort

Ron Skrocki 2016

Among the many concerns in workers’ compensation, medication safety remains high on the list. While the industry has experienced some success through better pharmacy utilization and pain management alternatives, opioid abuse is still present in up to 41 percent of patients receiving chronic pain treatment. For those whose regimen lasts 90 days or longer, odds of…[Continue Reading]

DEA Announces April 30th Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

DEA

Washington, DC – After collecting and destroying 5.5 million pounds -2,762 tons- of unused prescription drugs in the past 5 years, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is continuing its efforts to take back unused, unwanted and expired prescription medications. The DEA invites the public to bring their potentially dangerous…[Continue Reading]

MarketScout Announces Expansion of Workers’ Compensation Division

MarketScout

Dallas, TX – MarketScout, a national electronic insurance exchange and specialty MGA headquartered in Dallas, Texas, recently announced the expansion of its Workers’ Compensation division by adding three highly experienced insurance professionals in San Francisco, Las Vegas and Atlanta. Taylor Gardner will be based in…[Continue Reading]

Ohio Woman to Repay $12,000 in Ill-Gotten Workers’ Comp Benefits

Ohio BWC

Columbus, OH – A Columbus (Franklin County) woman has been ordered to repay more than $12,000 to BWC after investigators found she was working while receiving workers’ comp benefits. Susan Meaney was sentenced in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas on April 15. SID’s Intelligence Unit found during a database cross-match…[Continue Reading]

WorkCompRecap: System Study!

Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the release of a new edition of WCRI’s CompScope Benchmarks report, which examines the factors behind changing costs in state workers’ comp systems, including the impact of legislative and regulatory reform on those costs in 18 different states. The study is based on more than…[Continue Reading]

New WCRI Study Examines 18 State Workers’ Comp Systems

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 18-state study recently released by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). These comprehensive reference reports measure the performance of different…[Continue Reading]

Effective Health Systems’ President Introduces Big Data Strategies at AMCOMP 2016

Effective Health Systems

Los Angeles, CA – James Schlueter, President, Effective Health Systems recently presented evidence to suggest that Big Data affords not only significant strides in workflow automation, but also a noticeable lift in job satisfaction among claims professionals. Results reported include the elimination of a wide range of mechanical processes adjusters…[Continue Reading]

Systema Software Selected by Baltimore County

Systema Software

Larkspur, CA – Systema Software, LLC, a provider of claims administration software and services to the insurance industry, recently announced that Baltimore County has selected SIMS Claims™ to support administration of its general liability and workers’ compensation claims. Systema Software will host the claims system via its SIMS Cloud…[Continue Reading]

OK AG Pruitt Files Workers’ Comp Fraud Charges Against Two Individuals

Oklahoma State Seal

Oklahoma City, OK – Attorney General Scott Pruitt on recently announced charges against two individuals for workers’ compensation fraud. John Glover, 32 – Glover, of Ada, received work restriction slips from his doctor after spraining his ankle on the job. Glover allegedly altered the slips to include more restrictions in an attempt to increase his workers’…[Continue Reading]

WorkCompRecap: Reforms & Rates!

Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the announcement that Maine Governor Paul LePage has signed into law LD 1646, “An Act To Prevent Opiate Abuse by Strengthening the Controlled Substances Prescription Monitoring Program.” The new legislation, which was introduced by the Governor, mandates prescriber…[Continue Reading]

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