December 7, 2017

CompLinks: 9/22/17

CompLinks are a daily set of pertinent links that we believe will be of interest to our readers. Pharmacy Resource Guide now available Optum Workers’ Comp Blog Taking Credit When It’s Due (And When It’s Not) Workers’ Comp Insider Optimize your workers’ comp spend with experience modifications PC 360 Editor’s Note: These links lead to outside… [Continue Reading]

WA L&I Calls for Decrease in Workers’ Comp Rates in 2018

Tumwater, WA – The average amount employers pay for workers’ compensation insurance in Washington would drop 2.5 percent in 2018 under a recent proposal from the state Department of Labor & Industries (L&I). The proposed decrease would result in Washington employers, as a group, paying $67 million less in premiums. The lower rate would mean employers would pay an average of about $34 less a year per employee for workers’ compensation coverage. L&I attributes the proposed decrease to…[Continue Reading]

NC Industrial Commission Worker Misclassification Complaints Up 644%

Raleigh, NC – The North Carolina Industrial Commission recently noted that recent reports suggested that enactment of Senate Bill 407 creates a new section of the Industrial Commission to target employee misclassification. It does not. Instead, the legislation largely codifies preexisting initiatives of the Commission. The Employee Classification Section of the Industrial Commission was established in December 2015 through Executive Order 83, issued issued by former Governor Pat McCrory…[Continue Reading]

Free Forums Help Workers’ Compensation Professionals Serve Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, OK – Workers’ compensation professionals in Oklahoma will have the opportunity to update their knowledge on the industry at two upcoming events. The National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) will host the 2017 State Advisory Forum on Oct. 10 in Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma Insurance Department will host a second forum in Tulsa the following day. “Oklahoma has seen some tremendous growth and success in the workers’ compensation industry,” Insurance…[Continue Reading]

CA DWC Posts Adjustments to Official Medical Fee Schedule

San Francisco, CA – The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) has posted an order adjusting the Hospital Outpatient Departments and Ambulatory Surgical Centers section of the Official Medical Fee Schedule (OMFS) to conform to changes in the Medicare payment system as required by Labor Code section 5307.1. The Hospital Outpatient Departments and Ambulatory Surgical Centers fee schedule update Order adopts the following Medicare changes: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)…[Continue Reading]

WorkCompRecap: Interaction & Industry!

Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the announcement of a new episode of Out Front Ideas, where experts will examine the “interactive process” method, which is the foundation of ADAAA compliance, encouraging employers and employees to cooperate to determine whether a reasonable accommodation can be made…[Continue Reading]

CompLinks: 9/21/17

CompLinks are a daily set of pertinent links that we believe will be of interest to our readers. Virginia finalizes regulatory activity to control opioid utilization Optum Workers’ Comp Blog When it Comes to Statutes & Regulations, Words Matter UR Nation Opioid weaning problems remain in California comp formulary but no delay expected Business Insurance Editor’s Note:… [Continue Reading]

Out Front Ideas: Understanding the ADAAA Interactive Process

St. Louis, MO – Out Front Ideas with Kimberly and Mark has announced its next complimentary webinar on the “interactive process” method, which is the foundation of ADAAA compliance, encouraging the employer and employee work together to determine whether a reasonable accommodation can be made to allow an employee to return to work with restrictions. Because the interactive process relies primarily on open dialogue and teamwork between employer and employee, there is significant…[Continue Reading]

Mitchell Releases Third Quarter 2017 Industry Trends Report

San Diego, CA – Mitchell recently released its Industry Trends Report (ITR) for the third quarter of 2017. In this edition, Mitchell executives share insights on how combining artificial intelligence and augmented reality can lead to new opportunities, how “smart” technology is impacting auto claims workflows, and how insurers combine data with expertise to optimize the claims process. According to Robert Scoble and Shel Israel, authors of “The Fourth Transformation,” we are entering a new stage in technology…[Continue Reading]

CLARA Analytics Names Gregory Moore Chief Commercial Officer

Santa Clara, CA – CLARA analytics, a division of LeanTaaS and predictive analytics company for workers’ compensation, recently announced the appointment of Gregory Moore as chief commercial officer. Greg will oversee sales and marketing and the innovation process. “I see machine learning/AI models as the key to unlocking many of the innovations we’ve talked about for years in workers’ compensation. When I saw the revolutionary work CLARA analytics was doing, I was hooked. There is something…[Continue Reading]

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