December 17, 2017

CompLinks: 8/25/17

CompLinks are a daily set of pertinent links that we believe will be of interest to our readers. Facetime with Phil: Acceptable Uses for Fentanyl myMatrixx Blog How to survive an OSHA inspection Texas Mutual Blog The Supreme Court of Louisiana Gives Choice of Pharmacy to Employers UR Nation Editor’s Note: These links lead to outside news… [Continue Reading]

Coventry Releases Part 4 of 2016 First Script Drug Trends Report Series

Downers Grove, IL – Coventry recently announced the release of the third part of its 2016 Drug Trends Series, which is based on all calendar year transactions billed through its PBM Program, First Script, as well as transactions from medical bill review to reflect the total pharmacy experience for their client base. When releasing the previous parts of its report, Coventry noted that they are continuing to present data for traditional, managed, and unmanaged views; however, they are now sharing the information…[Continue Reading]

IA Proposed Workers’ Compensation Rates to Decrease in 2018

Des Moines, IA – Governor Kim Reynolds recent announced that according to a new report from the Iowa Insurance Division, the state’s proposed workers’ compensation rates will decrease by 8.7% beginning January 1, 2018, which builds on a July 1, 2017, rate decrease of 3.9%. Reynolds said the proposed decreases are a direct result of the workers’ compensation reform passed in House File 518 during the 2017 legislative session. The reduction in business costs will enable Iowa companies to hire more…[Continue Reading]

Andrew Kurata Appointed HI Acting Captive Insurance Administrator

Honolulu, HI – Hawaii Insurance Commissioner Gordon Ito recently announced the appointment of Andrew Kurata as acting captive insurance administrator for the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Insurance Division. Kurata has been with the Insurance Division since 2011 as a captive insurance examiner and captive insurance program specialist. Prior to that, he worked in the audit department at KMH LLP. Kurata replaces Sanford Saito, who transitioned to the private sector. “The Captive Insurance…[Continue Reading]

CT Woman Arrested for Workers’ Compensation Fraud

Rocky Hill, CT – Chief State’s Attorney Kevin T. Kane recently announced the arrest of STEPHANIE L. HART, age 45, of Norwich, on an arrest warrant charging her with one count of Fraudulent Claim or Receipt of Benefits. On October 11, 2016, Hart reported that she had sustained a work related knee injury while working as an oil delivery driver for Nikko Oil LLC of Canterbury, CT. From October 12, 2016 to March 1, 2017, Hart received Worker’s Compensation Temporary Total Disability…[Continue Reading]

WorkCompRecap: The NextGen!

Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the IAIABC’s recent announcement of the inaugural class of winners of its NextGen Awards, which recognizes individuals under the age of 40 who are making their mark on the industry. This year’s 11 winners were selected from over 30 nominees based on their contributions and impact…[Continue Reading]

CompLinks: 8/24/17

CompLinks are a daily set of pertinent links that we believe will be of interest to our readers. Big news in work comp pharmacy Managed Care Matters Illinois Governor Vetoes 1 of 2 Workers’ Comp Bills Opposed by Insurers Insurance Journal Loss prevention contacts associated with reduced lost-time claims SFM Simply Work Comp Editor’s Note: These links lead… [Continue Reading]

IAIABC NextGen Award Recipients Announced

Middleton, WI – The IAIABC NextGen Awards seek to recognize new talent and leadership in workers’ compensation as the industry, like many others, moves to adapt and thrive in a changing world. IAIABC NextGen, in its inaugural year, recognizes 11 individuals under the age of 40 who are making their mark on the industry. With over 30 qualified nominees, the NextGen selection committee faced a difficult task in selecting this year’s recipients. Evelyn McGill, Executive Director of the Virginia Workers’…[Continue Reading]

ACOEM: CDC Program Helps Smaller Companies Invest in Employee Health

Washington, DC – Small- to mid-size employers participating in a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) program increased their investment in evidence-based interventions to improve worker health, according to a study in the July Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Laurie Cluff, PhD, of RTI International and colleagues report an evaluation of the CDC’s National Healthy Worksite Program (NHWP). One hundred small (less than 100 employees) and mid-size…[Continue Reading]

RAS Adopts Valen Analytics’ InsureRight Platform

Denver, CO – Valen Analytics®, an Insurity company recently announced a new customer engagement with Risk Administration Services (RAS), one of the largest writers of workers’ compensation in the upper Midwest. The insurer will leverage both the Predict and Manage applications of Valen’s InsureRight® Platform to improve underwriting and more accurately forecast the health of their book of business. The Predict application provides underwriters with an analytics tool…[Continue Reading]

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