October 24, 2017

CompLinks: 9/1/17

CompLinks are a daily set of pertinent links that we believe will be of interest to our readers. Will Harvey be a disaster for recovery workers? Managed Care Matters Hello Dave. WCC Work Comp World What employers need to know about concussions SFM Blog Editor’s Note: These links lead to outside news sources. We check all links, but… [Continue Reading]

Genex Services Acquires PRIUM from Ameritox

Wayne, PA – Genex Services recently announced its acquisition of PRIUM, an Atlanta-based provider of Comprehensive Chronic Pain Intervention programs and Utilization Review services, from Ameritox. Financial terms were not disclosed. Since its founding in 1987, PRIUM has provided Chronic Pain Intervention programs through its Utilization Review, Medication Oversight, and TaperRx services to employers, insurers, and third-party administrators. “The PRIUM acquisition is an exciting…[Continue Reading]

TDI-DWC Issues Guidance on Workers’ Comp Issues Concerning Hurricane Victims or Evacuees

Austin, TX – The TDI-DWC recently issued the following guidance for workers’ compensation system participants: Hurricane Harvey has had a catastrophic impact on Texans and their property, and Gov. Greg Abbott’s disaster proclamation will help Texans rebuild and recover. The proclamation directs that all necessary measures, both public and private, as authorized under §418.017 of the Texas Government Code, be implemented to meet that threat. For the duration of the Governor’s…[Continue Reading]

CA DWC Posts Database of Dismissed Liens

San Francisco, CA – The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) recently announced that it has posted a searchable database of liens dismissed by operation of law per Labor Code §4903.05(c)(2). As detailed previously in the DWC’s announcement of the dismissal of 292,000 unresolved liens, Senate Bill 1160 amended Labor Code section 4903.05(c) to require lien claimants to file a declaration verifying the legitimacy of liens for medical treatment or medical-legal expenses…[Continue Reading]

FL Pill Mill Doctor Sentenced to Nearly Four Years for Role in Opioid Distribution Conspiracy

Tampa, FL – U.S. District Judge Charlene Honeywell recently sentenced Anil Sahijwani (43, Tampa) to 45 months in federal prison for illegally prescribing oxycodone, Adderall, and other controlled substances. The Court also ordered him to forfeit his DEA registration number, $182,266.66, and the value of a personally owned Porsche, all of which constitute proceeds of the offenses, or which were used in furtherance of the offenses. Sahijwani pleaded guilty on February 23, 2017…[Continue Reading]

WorkCompRecap: Reduce & Return!

Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the release of a new study from WCRI that examined the effects of Kentucky’s House Bill (HB) 1, and found fewer injured workers in Kentucky with pain medications received opioids, and they received smaller amounts on average after the law’s implementation. The study looked at opioid…[Continue Reading]

CompLinks: 8/31/17

CompLinks are a daily set of pertinent links that we believe will be of interest to our readers. Why the People’s Choice Awards? WCC’s Work Comp World August WCAC Meeting Addresses Genetic Testing of Injured Workers, Plan to Nip it in the Bud LCI Comp Blog Illinois Governor Vetoes 2nd Workers’ Comp Bill Insurance Journal Editor’s Note: These… [Continue Reading]

WCRI Study: Opioids Dispensed to Kentucky Injured Workers Reduced Immediately Post-HB 1

Cambridge, MA – According to a new study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI), fewer injured workers in Kentucky with pain medications received opioids, and they received smaller amounts on average after the implementation of Kentucky’s House Bill (HB) 1. The study, Impact of Kentucky Opioid Reforms, examined the impact of Kentucky’s HB 1 on opioid dispensing to newly injured worker in the first 12 months after the injury. The legislation, which went into effect…[Continue Reading]

Cordant Offering Drug Take-Back Service for Workers’ Comp Organizations

Denver, CO – An effective, easy-to-use, prescription take-back program is now available nationwide to help workers’ compensation providers assure safe, convenient and legal disposal of unused prescribed pain medications. “The workers’ comp industry uses 10 times more opioids than other health insurance payers,” said Susan Sommer, president and CEO, Cordant Health Solutions. “Cordant is offering its collection kits for unused drugs to physicians who treat workers’ comp patients for acute…[Continue Reading]

SUNZ Insurance Co Hires Gene R. Levine as Senior Vice President – Underwriting

Bradenton, FL – SUNZ Insurance Company, a large deductible workers’ compensation carrier, recently announced the appointment of Gene R. Levine to the position of Senior Vice President – Underwriting. Levine will report directly to Therese A. Stevens, President of SUNZ. He will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the underwriting and loss control departments of SUNZ Insurance as well as continuing to coach and develop a staff focused on protecting policyholders’ businesses and…[Continue Reading]

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