December 16, 2017

Daniel Bagan Elected 2017 Chair of CA CHSWC

CHSWC

Oakland, CA – The California Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation (CHSWC) recently announced the unanimous election of Commissioner Daniel Bagan as the Chair of the Commission for 2017. Mr. Bagan, appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly to represent management, is the West Region Risk Manager for…[Continue Reading]

Ohio Woman Who Stole Relative’s Workers’ Comp Check Pleads to Theft Charge

Ohio BWC

Columbus, OH – A Columbus woman who stole a relative’s workers’ comp check recently pleaded guilty to theft in a Franklin County courtroom. Kelly Clark, 38, became the subject of an investigation after an injured worker contacted BWC’s Special Investigations Department to report he did not receive a benefits check he was expecting…[Continue Reading]

TX Clinic Owner Pleads Guilty to Insurance Fraud

Texas Dept of Insurance (TDI)

Austin, TX – A Gainesville clinic owner pled guilty to insurance fraud and was ordered to repay $1 million after an investigation by the Texas Department of Insurance found that he billed for chiropractic services without having a licensed chiropractor on staff. “In a case like this, we’re able to reduce fraudulent claims and improve the quality of…[Continue Reading]

WorkCompRecap: Helicopters & Holidays!

Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features Texas Mutual’s announcement that a state district court judge in Austin has upheld the State of Texas’ right to regulate fees paid to air ambulances for transporting patients covered by workers’ compensation insurance…[Continue Reading]

CompLinks: 12/23/16

CompLinks are a daily set of pertinent links that we believe will be of interest to our readers. Let’s put the power of 5,000 workplace fatalities to work Texas Mutual Blog Sharpening the Tools Optum Blog 21st Century Cures Act Passes: $1 Billion for Opioid Misuse Healthesystems Blog Editor’s Note: These links lead to outside news sources. We… [Continue Reading]

Texas Mutual: State Court Ruling Prevents Price Gouging by Air Ambulance Companies

Texas Mutual

Austin, TX – A state district court judge in Austin has upheld the State of Texas’ right to regulate fees paid to air ambulances for transporting patients covered by workers’ compensation insurance. This case is the first in the recent national wave of litigation to hold that the federal Airline Deregulation Act of 1978 does not wipe out state…[Continue Reading]

MN DLI: State’s Fatal Work-Injuries Increased in 2015

MN DLI

St. Paul, MN – A total of 74 fatal work-injuries were recorded in Minnesota in 2015, an increase from 62 fatal work-injuries in 2014 and 69 fatal work-injuries in 2013. The 2015 total is above the average of 66 cases a year for 2010 through 2014. Minnesota’s 2015 fatal injury rate is 2.7 fatalities per 100,000 full-time-equivalent workers; the 2014 rate…[Continue Reading]

Great American Announces Promotions of Senior Execs in P&C Operations

Great American Insurance Group

Cincinnati, OH – Great American Insurance Group recently announced that Michael E. Sullivan Jr. has been promoted to Executive Vice President and David L. Thompson Jr. has been promoted to Senior Vice President within its property and casualty (P&C) operations, effective January 1, 2017. In this expanded role, Mr. Sullivan will serve as the reporting…[Continue Reading]

NJ Biz Owner Charged with Bilking Nearly $389,000 from Workers’ Comp Carrier

NJ Attorney General

Trenton, NJ – Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino and the Office of Insurance Fraud Prosecutor recently announced that the owner of an Essex County trucking company has been charged with bilking nearly $389,000 from his insurance carrier by providing false payroll information to obtain lower premiums on workers’…[Continue Reading]

WorkCompRecap: Reform Results!

Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the release of another edition of WCRI’s CompScope Medical Benchmarks, which examined the California system and found that SB 863, which was signed into law in 2012, may have contributed to decreases in medical payments per claim in 2013 and 2014…[Continue Reading]

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