December 16, 2017

Dr. Steven Feinberg: What is the Best Approach to Preventing and Managing Chronic Pain?

Dr Steven Feinberg

The treatment of injured workers with chronic pain conditions throughout the United States is at best problematic and at worse a disaster. We continue to see individuals overtreated by well-meaning physicians with excessive opioids and psychotropic medications while undergoing numerous passive invasive interventions but with at best transient and little, if any, lasting benefit…[Continue Reading]

CWCI Continues Case Law Series With 2017 Update

California Workers Compensation Institute (CWCI)

Oakland, CA – The California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWCI) has scheduled a one-day case law seminar in May in both San Francisco and Long Beach. The program will examine how recent trends in decisional law are reshaping California workers’ compensation and discuss appropriate negotiation and defense strategies for…[Continue Reading]

TX Governor Abbott Reappoints Barta As Injured Employee Public Counsel

Texas State Seal

Austin, TX – Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Jessica Barta to the Injured Employee Public Counsel for a term set to expire February 1, 2019. The Public Counsel helps injured employees in the workers’ compensation system, oversees the ombudsman program, and advocates on behalf of injured employees. Jessica Barta…[Continue Reading]

Try As He Might, Ohio Tree Trimmer Can’t Get Away with Cheating BWC

Ohio BWC

Columbus, OH – An Akron tree trimmer with a history of cheating the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) owes more than $17,000 in restitution to the state agency following his guilty plea last month in a Summit County courtroom. Matthew Mueller, 46, of Mueller Tree & Landscape, pleaded guilty Feb. 16 in the Summit County Court…[Continue Reading]

WorkCompRecap: Disputes & Dividends!

Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the TDI-DWC’s recent announcement that after a successful pilot project, the division rolled out a statewide program in October 2016 that has helped speed up the resolution of some disputes. The “Two-Step” program splits up related claim issues so that a hearing officer can decide the most…[Continue Reading]

TDI-DWC: Two-Step Program Speeding Resolution of Many Workers’ Comp Disputes

Texas Dept of Insurance (TDI)

Austin, TX – After a successful pilot project, the Texas Division of Workers’ Compensation rolled out a statewide program in October 2016 that has helped speed up the resolution of some disputes. The program splits up related claim issues so that a hearing officer can decide the most far-reaching issue first. This can clear the way for secondary issues…[Continue Reading]

WCF Announces 7.5% Dividend of $15.8 Million

WCF Utah

Salt Lake City, UT – WCF has declared a $15.8 million dividend that will be distributed to policyholders the fourth week of May. WCF policyholders can expect to receive 7.5% of their 2016 earned premium. “We are pleased to be in a position to share our financial results with our loyal policyholders,” said WCF President and CEO, Ray Pickup…[Continue Reading]

CWCI Elects Board of Directors For 2017

California Workers Compensation Institute (CWCI)

Oakland, CA – Susan Gordon, Head of Workers’ Compensation Underwriting Product for Zurich North America, was reelected as Chair of the California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWCI) Board of Directors for 2017 at the Institute’s 53rd Annual Meeting in Oakland. Joining Ms. Gordon on the Institute’s Executive Committee…[Continue Reading]

PA Woman Charged with Mail and Wire Fraud for Fraudulent Workers’ Comp Claims

US Attorneys Office Seal

Harrisburg, PA – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania recently announced that Brenda Hilton, age 59, of Windsor, Pennsylvania, was indicted by a federal grand jury on mail and wire fraud charges. According to United States Attorney Bruce D. Brandler, Hilton worked as a claims specialist responsible…[Continue Reading]

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]

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