December 15, 2017

CA Anticipates Delay to MTUS Formulary Implementation; Getting it Done Right vs Fast

Optum

San Francsico, CA – In a measure of wisdom and prudence, leadership with the California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) confirmed in a recent discussion with Optum that they anticipate a delay in the implementation of the formulary until January 1, 2018. The anticipated delay is deliberate and serves to allow time for…[Continue Reading]

Scott Shader Joins CopperPoint as Chief Operating Officer

CopperPoint Mutual

Phoenix, AZ – CopperPoint Insurance Companies recently announced that Scott Shader has joined the company as chief operating officer. With more than 30 years’ insurance experience, Shader has extensive knowledge in commercial lines insurance, including expertise in analysis, building and running businesses with P&L responsibility, product…[Continue Reading]

Two East Texas Companies Earn DWC Safety Award

TDI Texas Department of Insurance

Austin, TX – The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) recently recognized two East Texas companies for exemplary workplace safety programs and low rates of work-related injuries and illnesses at the companies’ facilities. DWC’s Director of Workplace Safety, Karen Puckett, visited Frankston to honor one of the two employers on-site…[Continue Reading]

New Leaders Speak Post!

Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the continuation of our “Leaders Speak” series with another installment from Dr. Robert Hall, Chief Medical Officer at Optum Workers’ Comp and Auto No-fault Solutions. Read Dr. Hall’s new article at WorkCompWire…[Continue Reading]

Dr. Robert Hall: 21 Questions to Consider for Home Health Services for Workers’ Comp Populations

Dr Robert Hall

Home health services are an important bridge between an acute injury (or medical condition) requiring continued medical treatment and/or functional assistance and the time when the patient’s care needs can be met either independently or by family members in the home environment. In order for home health services to provide focused and medically necessary care…[Continue Reading]

Valen Analytics’ Study Shows Insurers w/Advanced Analytics Outperform Market Averages

Valen Analytics

Denver, CO – Valen Analytics®, an Insurity company, and provider of proprietary data, analytics and predictive modeling for P/C insurers, recently announced the results of their annual five-year ROI study. From 2012-2016, Valen customers collectively saw an average of 25% loss ratio improvement, nearly double the industry average of…[Continue Reading]

Liberty Mutual Appoints Jessica Dekermanji CUO of Dedicated Energy Vertical

Liberty Mutual Workers Compensation

Boston, MA – ​​​​​​Liberty Mutual has appointed Jessica Dekermanji as senior vice president and chief underwriting officer of the National Insurance Specialty Energy unit. Dekermanji will lead an experienced team of dedicated underwriting, risk control and account services professionals focused on expanding products and integrating technology…[Continue Reading]

Fraud Conviction Costs Ohio Construction Worker $16K

Ohio BWC

Columbus, OH – A Jackson County man owes the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) nearly $16,000 after pleading guilty to fraud recently in a Franklin County courtroom. Daniel McClellan, 36, pleaded guilty to a first-degree misdemeanor charge of workers’ compensation fraud after BWC investigators found him working multiple jobs…[Continue Reading]

WorkCompReccap: Research & Replay!

Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the TDI-DWC’s Research and Evaluation Group’s release of its 2017 research agenda, which lays out plans for efforts to provide critical data for decision-makers in the Texas workers’ compensation system (but can also be useful for broader insights as well). Key areas of focus…[Continue Reading]

CompLinks: 5/26/17

CompLinks are a daily set of pertinent links that we believe will be of interest to our readers. Key Elements for Employers in Pre and Post Accident Process Safety National Conference Chronicles OWC Director Responds to Article on Potential Veto of ODG Bill LCI LA Comp Blog Seek Council for WC Medical Management from the Data MedMetrics… [Continue Reading]

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