December 15, 2017

Driving On-Demand Connections to Care

One Call

As patient-centric technology becomes more mainstream, providing flexible, on-demand access to healthcare remains a top priority at One Call. Injured workers demand real-time connections to care, improved patient engagement and quicker outcomes. One Call is taking the driver’s seat in the workers’ compensation industry, changing the landscape…[Continue Reading]

WorkCompRecap: Drugs for Decades…

Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the release of a new report from CWCI that found that nearly 70% of federally mandated and approved Medicare settlements for injured workers require funding for decades of opioid use, often at dangerously high levels. The study examined data from almost 8,000 California WCMSA Plans that were submitted and approved by CMS in 2015 and 16, and found that on average…[Continue Reading]

CompLinks: 11/1/17

CompLinks are a daily set of pertinent links that we believe will be of interest to our readers. Opioids, MSAs, and the Feds Managed Care Matters CMS Position on Independent Medical Reviews Medicare Insights Reports: The Metrics that Matter for Work Comp Providers DaisyBill Blog Editor’s Note: These links lead to outside news sources. We check all links,… [Continue Reading]

CWCI: Despite Risks, Most WCMSA Plans Include Funds For Long-Term Opioid Use

Oakland, CA – Nearly 70% of federally mandated and approved Medicare settlements for injured workers require funding for decades of opioid use, often at dangerously high levels and in conjunction with other high-risk drugs. Such a requirement exceeds federal and state clinical guidelines and places patients at high levels of risk. Workers’ Compensation Medicare Set-Aside (WCMSA) plans are required to set up reserves to cover Medicare beneficiaries’ future medical care for injured workers who are or will…[Continue Reading]

CO DOI: Workers’ Comp Loss Cost Will See Significant Reduction for 2018

Denver, CO – The Colorado Division of Insurance (DOI), part of the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA), recently approved a large reduction of 12.7 percent for the average “loss costs” component of workers’ compensation premiums for 2018. While this will be the fourth consecutive year without an increase, and this particular component has been dropping since 2014, it is a significant difference from the 2017 decrease of 2.4 percent. Loss costs are the average cost of lost wages and medical…[Continue Reading]

MT Governor Bullock Announces New Commissioner of Dept of Labor & Industry

Helena, MT – Montana Governor Steve Bullock recently announced he has appointed Galen Hollenbaugh to serve as the Commissioner of the Montana Department of Labor & Industry. “Montana’s economy is growing, and we need a strong leader at the Department of Labor & Industry who will ensure the state can keep pace with the rate of business growth and demand for skilled workers,” said Governor Bullock. “I’m confident Galen brings the right combination of expertise and energy to steer…[Continue Reading]

CA DWC to Hold Public Hearing for Proposed Regs for Medical Provider Suspension Process to Combat Fraud

San Francisco, CA – The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) today issued a notice of public hearing on proposed regulations to implement the provider suspension process required under Assembly Bill 1244. AB 1244 (Gray and Daly), which went into effect January 1, introduced new changes to the workers’ compensation system and requires the division’s Administrative Director to suspend any medical provider, physician or practitioner from participating in the workers’ compensation…[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: 10/31/17

CompLinks are a daily set of pertinent links that we believe will be of interest to our readers. How Employers Can Help Make Workers’ Compensation Work Insurance Journal Pennsylvania Senate passes drug formulary Optum Blog People are Talking about Comp FL Workers’ Comp Adjudication Editor’s Note: These links lead to outside news sources. We check all links, but… [Continue Reading]

Bryon Bass: ADA Compliance, RTW, and Workers’ Comp: Let the Interactive Process Be Your Guide

Bryon Bass

Workers’ compensation programs are subject to both federal and state statues. Moreover, they can be further complicated by internal structures and administrative complexities. As an example, an organization’s workers’ compensation program is subject to the statues of the state in which the employee works. These state statues can determine such issues as…[Continue Reading]

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