December 15, 2017

Nikki Wilson: Stepping Up to Reduce Risks of Opioid Misuse and Overdose

Nikki Wilson

The worst drug overdose crisis in U.S. history is driving policymakers to declare opioid-use disorder a national emergency and to seek new ways to battle the epidemic. The workers’ compensation industry must likewise step up efforts to protect patients and better understand how the No. 1 drug class among injured workers affects return-to-work and quality of life….[Continue Reading]

Ohio BWC Proposes Rate Cut for Ohio Local Governments

Columbus, OH – School districts, cities and other Ohio local government employers could see a 6.1 percent reduction in their workers’ compensation premiums beginning Jan. 1. Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison recently asked BWC’s Board of Directors to grant the reduction for Ohio’s 3,700 public entities covered by BWC. “This rate cut demonstrates our commitment to maintaining low rates for public employers and the communities they serve,” said Morrison…[Continue Reading]

DAVID Corporation Announces NAVRISK VISION Cloud Express For Claims & Loss Control

Wakefield, MA – DAVID Corporation recently announced its new NAVRISK VISION Cloud Express Program for managing Claims and Loss Control online. The new NAVRISK VISION Cloud Express presents is available for organizations that have needs that match the package offer, including claim volumes of less than 200 claims a year and less than six adjuster users. The $199/mo. per user price includes secure cloud hosting, claims management software, and other onboarding services…[Continue Reading]

A.M. Best Assigns Credit Ratings to Starr Specialty Insurance Company

Oldwick, NJ -(BusinessWire)- A.M. Best has assigned a Financial Strength Rating (FSR) of A (Excellent) and a Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating (Long-Term ICR) of “a” to Starr Specialty Insurance Company (Starr Specialty) (a Texas corporation) (Dallas, TX). The outlook assigned to these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable. The ratings reflect the execution of an inter-company pooling agreement under which Starr Specialty will cede 100% of its business to its parent, Starr Indemnity & Liability Company…[Continue Reading]

WorkCompRecap: Tracking Trends!

Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the California WCIRB’s recent release of the 2016 update to its Workers’ Compensation Aggregate Medical Payment Trends report, which uses reported medical payment data representing 91% of the state’s workers’ comp market, and compares medical payment transaction data…[Continue Reading]

CA WCIRB Releases 2016 Update to Aggregate Medical Payment Trends Report

Oakland, CA – The WCIRB has released the California Workers’ Compensation Aggregate Medical Payment Trends report, comparing medical payment transaction data from calendar year 2014 to calendar year 2016. WCIRB researchers used reported medical payment data representing more than 90% of the California workers’ compensation insurance market. Among the key findings of the report are: Medical payments per claim dropped 9% from Calendar Year 2014 to $3,474. The decline in medical…[Continue Reading]

OR WCD Proposes 2018 Workers’ Comp Premium Assessment Rates

Salem, OR – Each year, the Department of Consumer and Business Services adopts by rule the workers’ compensation premium assessment rate that is paid by employers to fund workers’ compensation and workplace safety and health programs. The rule also adopts the rate for an additional amount that is collected from all self-insured employers and self-insured employer groups to fund the Self-Insured Employers Adjustment Reserve and the Self-Insured Employer Group Adjustment Reserve. These funds…[Continue Reading]

Phu Le Joins Utah Labor Commission as Administrative Services Director

Salt Lake City, UT – A new director has been appointed to manage the Utah Labor Commission’s budget and day-to-day finances. Phu Le was named by Commissioner Jaceson Maughan to head the commission’s Administrative Services Division. “I am very excited to take on the opportunity and challenges with the new job at the Labor Commission,” said Mr. Le. Mr. Le came to the Utah Labor Commission from Salt Lake County government where he was the administrative and fiscal manager for…[Continue Reading]

Two Ohio Restaurant Owners Convicted for Cheating Workers’ Comp System

Columbus, OH – The owner of a central Ohio restaurant must reimburse the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) $9,406 after his former employer accused him of cheating the agency. Mark J. Cothern, of Danville, Ohio, in Knox County, also must serve three years probation after pleading guilty Aug. 11 to one fifth-degree felony count of attempted workers’ compensation fraud in the Knox County Court of Common Pleas. Investigators found Cothern, who was injured while working for…[Continue Reading]

WorkCompRecap: New Drug Report!

Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features Coventry’s release of the fourth and final portion of its 2016 First Script Drug Trends Report Series, which has continued to present traditional, managed, and unmanaged views, but is now offered in a great new format with more concise pieces that allow for easier examination of trends and…[Continue Reading]

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