June 21, 2017

WorkCompRecap: Very Varied!

Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the release of a new WCRI study that compared hospital outpatient payments across states and monitors the impact of fee schedule reforms. Hospital Outpatient Payment Index: Interstate Variations and Policy Analysis, 5th Edition found that hospital outpatient payments…[Continue Reading]

CompLinks: 9/1/16

CompLinks are a daily set of pertinent links that we believe will be of interest to our readers. Does workers’ comp have a future? Managed Care Matters Bureaucracy in Workers’ Compensation Safety National Conference Chronicles 6 ways to improve return-to-work incentives and cut workers’ comp costs PC 360 Editor’s Note: These links lead to outside… [Continue Reading]

WCRI Study: Large Variations in Hospital Outpatient Care Across States & vs Medicare

Workers' Compensation Research Institute

Cambridge, MA – Rising hospital costs in the treatment of injured workers receives attention from public policymakers and system stakeholders in many states. To assist in better understanding these costs, the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) released a new study, Hospital Outpatient Payment Index[Continue Reading]

CA DWC Posts Draft Formulary Regs, Related Docs to Online Forum for Public Comment

CA Division of Workers' Compensation

San Francisco, CA – The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) has posted drug formulary draft regulations, including a proposed list of preferred drugs, on its online forum. The goal is to adopt an evidence-based drug formulary, consistent with California’s Medical Treatment Utilization Schedule (MTUS), to augment the provision of…[Continue Reading]

KEMI Hires Tim Feld as Legal Director

KEMI

Lexington, KY – Kentucky Employers’ Mutual Insurance (KEMI) recently announced the hiring of Tim Feld as Legal Director. A graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Law, Feld has been practicing since 2001 and has achieved success in a diverse range of cases including workers’ compensation, personal injury defense, product liability…[Continue Reading]

Ohio Fugitive with Double Identity Convicted of Workers’ Comp Fraud

Ohio BWC

Columbus, OH – A Toledo man with a long arrest record was convicted of workers’ compensation fraud last week after investigators discovered he had lied to his physician and used a fake identity to collect injured workers’ benefits. David Abitua, 51, pleaded guilty Aug. 18 in Franklin County Common Pleas Court to one count of workers’ compensation…[Continue Reading]

WorkCompRecap: Formulary Forecasting!

Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the release of a new CWCI study used data from 1.2 million drug prescriptions dispensed injured workers in California in 2014 to model the impact of the draft Medical Treatment Utilization Schedule (MTUS) Drug Formulary released by the Division of Workers’ Compensation…[Continue Reading]

CompLinks: 8/31/16

CompLinks are a daily set of pertinent links that we believe will be of interest to our readers. Standing Orders: Are You Prepared? Evidence Based Opposing Sides File Briefs in Challenge to Oklahoma’s Work Comp Opt-Out Insurance Journal What Makes an Expert Catastrophic Injury Nurse and Case Manager? Outlook on Outcomes Editor’s Note: These links lead… [Continue Reading]

CWCI Models Formulary’s Impact on California Workers’ Comp Prescription Drugs

California Workers Compensation Institute (CWCI)

Oakland, CA – A new California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWCI) study uses data from 1.2 million drug prescriptions dispensed to California injured workers in 2014 to model the impact of the draft Medical Treatment Utilization Schedule (MTUS) Drug Formulary released by the Division of Workers’ Compensation last week. The draft MTUS…[Continue Reading]

Missouri Businesses Should Expect to See Workers’ Comp Rates Continue to Decline

Missouri State Seal

Jefferson City, MO – Employers should see a reduction in workers’ compensation rates for the third straight year in a row according to preliminary figures collected by the Missouri Department of Insurance from the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI). The NCCI recently proposed an overall decrease of 3.7 percent…[Continue Reading]

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