December 15, 2017

WV Physician Sentenced to 20 Years in Federal Prison for Oxycodone Crime

Beckley, WV – A Beckley area physician was recently sentenced to 20 years in federal prison and ordered to pay a fine of $50,000 for a drug crime, announced United States Attorney Carol Casto. Dr. Michael Kostenko, D.O., 61, of Daniels, previously pleaded guilty to distribution of oxycodone not for legitimate medical purposes and beyond the bounds of medical practice. Kostenko entered his guilty plea in April after a day-and-a-half of jury trial in federal court in Beckley on a 22-count indictment…[Continue Reading]

CA WCIRB Releases Report on First Quarter 2017 Insurer Experience

Oakland, CA – The WCIRB has released its quarterly update on California statewide insurer experience valued as of March 31, 2017. Highlights of the report include: California written premium for the first quarter of 2017 is $5.0 billion, which is consistent with the written premium reported for the first quarter of 2016. The projected industry average charged rate per $100 of payroll for policies incepting between January 1, 2017 and March 31, 2017 is $2.56, which is 3% below the average rate charged…[Continue Reading]

WorkCompRecap: MEDs & Mental Health!

Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the release of a new report from CWCI that tracked changes in the prevalence, volume and strength of opioid prescriptions in California work injury lost-time claims that involved a mental health component, and compares those results to indemnity claims without. Key findings included…[Continue Reading]

CompLinks: 8/30/17

CompLinks are a daily set of pertinent links that we believe will be of interest to our readers. Ohio joins states establishing opioid prescribing limits Optum Blog Ergonomic Sense Risk & Insurance Workers’ Comp 101 PC 360 Editor’s Note: These links lead to outside news sources. We check all links, but are not responsible for third-party… [Continue Reading]

CWCI Examines Opioid Use in California Workers’ Comp Claims Involving Mental Health Disorders

Oakland, CA – A new California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWCI) study tracks changes in the prevalence, volume and strength of opioid prescriptions in California work injury lost-time claims that involve a mental health component, and compares those results to other indemnity claims that have no mental health component. Using data from 368,538 lost-time claims for work injuries that occurred during the 10-year span ending in December 2016, the study’s authors calculated the percentage of…[Continue Reading]

FL OIR Issues Statement on Workers’ Compensation Rate Decrease Filing

Tallhassee, FL – The Office of Insurance Regulation recently announced that it has received the 2018 Florida workers’ compensation rate filing by the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI), which proposes a statewide average premium decrease of 9.6%. This includes a statewide average rate decrease of 9.3% and a reduction of the fixed expense cost applicable to every workers’ compensation policy in Florida from $200 to $160. The new rates would become effective…[Continue Reading]

Katherine Zalewski Designated Chair of California Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board

San Francisco, CA – Governor Jerry Brown has designated Katherine Zalewski as the Chair on the California Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board. Zalewski served on the board since her appointment by Governor Brown on April 30, 2014. Prior to her appointment, she joined the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) as a workers’ compensation administrative law judge and advisor to the Division of Workers’ Compensation from 2009 to 2011, and served as DIR chief counsel from 2012 to 2014…[Continue Reading]

GA Insurance Agent Arrested for Fraud After Pocketing Workers’ Comp Premiums

Atlanta, GA – The Georgia Department of Insurance recently announced the arrest of a Floyd County insurance agent on fraud charges related to the misappropriation of insurance premiums. Marshall Irwin, 56, owner and operator of the Irwin Agency in Rome, Ga., was arrested this morning and charged with six counts of insurance fraud. Department of Insurance Fraud investigators determined that between 2015 and 2017 Irwin accepted approximately $20,000 from his clients to pay premiums for…[Continue Reading]

A New Leader Speaks!

In today’s issue of WorkCompRecap we announce a new leader, and the publishing of their new post in WorkCompWire’s exclusive “Leaders Speak” section, which features leaders from the Workers’ Compensation Industry, and focuses on issues that are timely, relevant, and thought provoking. Are you ready?? [Continue Reading]

CompLinks: 8/29/17

CompLinks are a daily set of pertinent links that we believe will be of interest to our readers. There’s no BIG problem in work comp pharmacy – and that’s scary. Managed Care Matters A “magic bullet” to reduce workers’ compensation costs? Sedgwick Connection Can we solve our opioid issues? PC 360 Editor’s Note: These links lead to… [Continue Reading]

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