December 7, 2017

Dr. Michael Choo: Clearing the Air: A CMO’s View on Medical Marijuana

Dr Michael Choo

Can medical marijuana support the overall objectives and goals intended by workers’ compensation industry? Can it play a role in ensuring our injured workers reach the best clinical and functional outcomes? Can it resolve opioid abuse? Some advocates claim medical marijuana could reduce the rate of opioid overdoses, rate of opioid use, and opioid addiction…[Continue Reading]

CA WCIRB Releases Report on 2nd Quarter 2017 Insurer Experience

Oakland, CA – The WCIRB has completed its report on statewide workers’ compensation insurer loss and premium experience through June 30, 2017. The major findings of the report include: California written premium (gross of deductible credits) for the first half of 2017 is $9.1 billion, which is 4% below the written premium reported for the first half of 2016. The projected industry average charged rate per $100 of payroll for policies incepting between January 1, 2017 and June 30, 2017 is $2.52, which is…[Continue Reading]

Michael Gavin Appointed New CEO of Injured Workers Pharmacy

Andover, MA – Injured Workers’ Pharmacy, LLC. (IWP) recently announced the appointment of Michael Gavin as President and Chief Executive Officer. “I’m grateful to the Board of Directors for the opportunity to lead IWP. I am enthusiastic about building upon the current infrastructure to grow revenue while simultaneously supporting and developing industry relationships and maintaining exceptional customer service and value,” said Gavin. Michael has been the President of PRIUM for the past seven years…[Continue Reading]

KY Resident Gets Eight Years in Federal Prison for Tax Evasion and Pocketing Comp Premiums

Knoxville, TN – On September 20, 2017, Andrea Rudd, 38, of Powell, Tennessee, was sentenced by the Honorable Thomas A. Varlan, Chief U.S. District Judge, to consecutively serve 60 months for tax evasion and 36 months for mail and wire fraud, for a total of 96 months in federal prison. Upon her release from prison, she will be supervised by U.S. Probation for three years. Rudd was also ordered to pay $15,766,417.32 in restitution to the victims of her offenses, $10,377,785.04 of which will go…[Continue Reading]

WorkCompRecap: What to Watch!

Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features WCRI’s announcement of its webinar this Thursday on its latest research on interstate variations and trends in the prescribing of opioids for workplace injuries. WCRI noted that their research shows that for more-severely injured workers who received pain medication, over 70% received…[Continue Reading]

WCRI Announces Webinar to Discuss Latest Opioid Research

Cambridge, MA – The Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) recently announced that it will hold a one-hour webinar on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 2 p.m. ET (1 p.m. CT, 12 p.m. MT, and 11 a.m. PT) to discuss its latest research on interstate variations and trends in the prescribing of opioids for workplace injuries. “Our research shows that over 70 percent of more-severely injured workers with pain medication received opioids in the majority of study states,” said John Ruser…[Continue Reading]

New Hampshire Workers’ Comp Rates May Decrease for Sixth Year in a Row

Concord, NH – New Hampshire employers could pay less for their workers compensation insurance next year because of a filing that lowers the rates and loss cost factors insurers use to develop prices. The National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) filed a rate proposal in August with the New Hampshire Insurance Department to reduce voluntary loss costs by 13.3%. The loss cost is the portion of an employer’s insurance premium that pays claims costs for work-related injuries…[Continue Reading]

TX Governor Abbott Appoints Sullivan Commissioner of Insurance

Austin, TX – Governor Greg Abbott recently announced that he has appointed Kent Sullivan as Commissioner of Insurance for a term set to expire February 1, 2019. Kent Sullivan of Austin is a partner at Jackson Walker. He previously served as a justice on the Fourteenth Court of Appeals, first assistant attorney general for the Texas Office of the Attorney General and a state district court judge. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Houston Bar Associationn and the Austin Bar Association and a…[Continue Reading]

CA DWC Suspends Six Medical Providers for Fraud

San Francisco, CA – The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) has suspended six more medical providers from participating in California’s workers’ compensation system, bringing the total number of suspended providers to 38. DWC Acting Administrative Director George Parisotto issued Orders of Suspension against the following providers: Jeffrey Campau and Landen Mirallegro of Yorba Linda, co-founders of the medical equipment company Aspen Medical Resources, MRI diagnostic…[Continue Reading]

WorkCompRecap: Rates & Complaints!

Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features Washington L&I’s announcement that under its proposal, the average amount employers pay for workers’ compensation insurance in the state would drop 2.5 percent in 2018. The proposed decrease would result in Washington employers, as a group, paying $67 million less in premiums…[Continue Reading]

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