December 4, 2017

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: 12/5/17

CompLinks are a daily set of pertinent links that we believe will be of interest to our readers. It takes Diff’rent Strokes to move the world Sedgwick Connection Millennials want job stability, Gen Z wants passion PC 360 Express Scripts Not Looking But Open to Deal with an Insurer, Amazon Insurance Journal Editor’s Note: These links… [Continue Reading]

Nikki Wilson: Understanding the Risks and Benefits of Opioid Use

Nikki Wilson

The rampant opioid misuse battering the nation represents one of the most virulent threats to employee welfare in the more than 100-year history of workers’ compensation protections. Equipping key players with an understanding of when opioids are necessary and how to identify opioid use disorder will lead to better chances of deterring the abuse of opioid analgesics that has…[Continue Reading]

MT Workplace Injury and Illness Rates Decline for Fourth Straight Year

Helena, MT – For the fourth straight year, Montana’s workplace safety has improved, while injury and illness rates have declined. The annual Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses conducted by the Department of Labor & Industry’s Data Management Unit showed that private industry workplaces in Montana have reported an incidence rate of 4.2 injury and illness cases per hundred full-time workers in 2016. The 2015 incidence rate was 4.3 cases per hundred full-time workers…[Continue Reading]

OSHA Extends Compliance Date for Electronically Submitting Injury, Illness Reports to December 15

Washington, DC – To allow affected employers additional time to become familiar with a new electronic reporting system launched on August 1, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has extended the date by which employers must electronically report injury and illness data through the Injury Tracking Application (ITA) to December 15, 2017. OSHA’s final rule to Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses sets…[Continue Reading]

TX Pharmacy Owner Pleads Guilty in Connection with Health Insurance Fraud Scheme

McAllen, TX – The 45-year-old owner of Penitas Family Pharmacy has pleaded guilty in connection with a scheme to defraud Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Abe Martinez. Omar Espericueta, of Palmhurst, pleaded guilty joining co-defendant Oscar Elizondo, 47, of Pharr, who pleaded guilty recently. Both men conspired to submit more than $1.7 million in fraudulent claims through Penitas Family Pharmacy aka Riverside Pharmacy to Blue Cross…[Continue Reading]

WorkCompRecap: Study This!

Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the release of the 2017 edition of the Workers’ Compensation Benchmarking Study, which revisited its 2014 survey questions to measure industrywide advancement in claims management. There’s a ton of great info to unpack, but a few key findings included that while slightly fewer respondents…[Continue Reading]

2017 Workers’ Comp Benchmarking Study Releases Three-Year Industry Report Card for Claims Best Practices

Chicago, IL – Now in its fifth year, the 2017 Workers’ Compensation Benchmarking Study reprises its 2014 survey questions to measure industrywide advancement in claims management these past three years. The study also continues its potent method of validating how and what higher performers are doing differently than lower performing peers to reveal a more robust profile of the successful claims organization. Findings from the just published 2017 study reflect the responses of 572 claims leaders…[Continue Reading]

Texas Mutual Distributes $3 Million in Early Qualifier Dividends to 4,000 Texas Businesses

Austin, TX – Texas Mutual Insurance Company recently paid more than $3 million in early qualifier dividends to approximately 4,000 newer policyholder owners across the state. This payout is the final component of the company’s $260 million record dividend distribution in 2017. Early qualifier dividend recipients are those who are already maintaining safe workplaces but haven’t been with Texas Mutual long enough to qualify for a regular dividend. It includes those who have a good loss…[Continue Reading]

CWCI: CA DIR Announces 2018 Workers’ Comp User Funding Assessment Rates

Oakland, CA – The California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) has issued the 2018 assessments that workers’ compensation insurers are required to collect from policyholders to cover the budget of the state Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) and five related programs set up by state lawmakers. Insurers should apply the following rates against their policyholders’ estimated annual assessable premium for policies incepting January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018…[Continue Reading]

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