March 25, 2017

WorkCompRecap: Back to Backs!

Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features CWCI’s release of a new study on the use of spinal fusion surgeries in California workers’ comp that found that in 60% of all spinal fusion claims the initial report of injury was for a sprain or strain, a majority of the fusions occurred within two years of the injury, and as…[Continue Reading]

CompLinks: 3/24/17

CompLinks are a daily set of pertinent links that we believe will be of interest to our readers. Facetime with Phil Walls: Off-Label vs. Investigational Drug Use myMatrixx Blog Chuy’s Story of Recovery and Success Texas Mutual Blog Four things you need to do after an employee is injured Simply Work Comp Editor’s Note: These links lead… [Continue Reading]

CWCI Measures the Cost and Characteristics of California WC Spinal Fusion Claims

California Workers Compensation Institute (CWCI)

Oakland, CA – A new study on the use of spinal fusion surgeries in California workers’ compensation finds that in 60% of all spinal fusion claims the initial report of injury was for a sprain or strain; a majority of the fusions occurred within two years of the injury; and as the claims aged, more than 20% involved at least one subsequent fusion surgery…[Continue Reading]

Pinnacol Assurance Issues $50M in General Dividends to Colorado Employers

Pinnacol Assurance

Denver, CO – Pinnacol Assurance recently announced that it is distributing $50 million in workers’ compensation dividend checks this month to its policyholders. More than 53,000 employers throughout the state — roughly 94.2 percent of the company’s policyholders — will receive a dividend in recognition of maintaining safe workplaces…[Continue Reading]

Michael Grandstaff Joins SUNZ as Chief Financial Officer & Executive Vice President

SUNZ Insurance

Bradenton, FL – SUNZ Holdings recently announced the appointment of Michael W. Grandstaff to the position of Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of SUNZ Holdings, and Chief Financial Officer of SUNZ Insurance Company. Grandstaff will report directly to Steven F. Herrig, CEO and Chairman of the Board. In his…[Continue Reading]

Stephen Friedman Promoted to Director of Security and Privacy at Chesapeake Employers’

Chesapeake Employers Insurance Company

Towson, MD – Stephen Friedman was recently promoted to Director of Security and Privacy for Towson-based Chesapeake Employers’ Insurance Company, Maryland’s largest provider of workers’ compensation insurance. In this position, Mr. Friedman ensures that Chesapeake Employers adheres to applicable laws and regulations regarding…[Continue Reading]

WorkCompRecap: The Next Gen!

Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the IAIABC’s introduction of its “NextGen” initiative, an awards program for those under the age of forty who are making their mark on the industry. The IAIABC noted the lack of younger talent has been identified as an important issue within the workers’ comp community, as the…[Continue Reading]

CompLinks: 3/23/17

CompLinks are a daily set of pertinent links that we believe will be of interest to our readers. Telemedicine – a primer Managed Care Matters Chemical Safety Board on budget chopping block Workers’ Comp Insider Insurance a good fit for millennials looking for a career Insurance Business Editor’s Note: These links lead to outside news sources. We… [Continue Reading]

IAIABC Introduces NextGen Awards to Recognize Young New Leaders

IAIABC NextGen

Middleton, WI – Is workers’ compensation successfully engaging and developing young, new leaders? These leaders will be critical to ensuring the industry adapts and thrives in a changing world. To recognize these rising workers’ compensation leaders, the IAIABC is introducing its “NextGen” initiative, an awards program for those under…[Continue Reading]

Ohio Employers Earn Cash & Kudos for Creative Solutions at BWC Safety Innovation Awards

Ohio BWC

Columbus, OH – The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) recently presented individual awards of up to $6,000 to five Ohio employers who developed innovative solutions to reduce potential workplace injuries. The bureau’s annual Safety Innovation Awards were presented during the 2017 Ohio Safety Congress and Expo, BWC’s…[Continue Reading]

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