January 16, 2018

WY DWS: Occupational Fatalities Unchanged from 2015 to 2016

Cheyenne, WI – The Research & Planning (R&P) section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services recently reported that there were 34 occupational fatalities in 2016. This is the same number of fatalities that occurred in 2015. Variations in fatalities from year to year are, to some extent, the result of the random nature of work-related accidents. Furthermore, there is not always a direct relationship between workplace fatalities and workplace safety. For example, suicides and homicides…[Continue Reading]

ReEmployAbility’s Debra Livingston Named Woman to Watch by Business Insurance

New York, NY – Being an influential business leader in the workers’ compensation industry requires many skills that set you apart, such as dedication, compassion, and an innovative mindset. ReEmployAbility Co-Founder, Debra Livingston, has spent the past 20 years refining these skills, which has made her a natural honoree for Business Insurance’s 2017 Women to Watch nominee list. Launched in 2006, Business Insurance started the Women to Watch awards program to recognize women leaders…[Continue Reading]

FL Construction Company Owner Arrested Following $700,000 Workers’ Comp Scam

Jacksonville, FL – Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis recently announced the arrest of Maria Cristina Romero Zelaya, owner of Miochosis Construction, Inc. Zelaya allegedly provided fictitious information when applying for workers’ compensation insurance coverage to obtain a lower premium. As a result, Zelaya illegally avoided paying more than $700,000 in premium payments and left her employees uninsured and vulnerable to workplace injuries. “When companies lie to obtain cheaper…[Continue Reading]

WorkCompRecap: Experience & Expansion!

Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the California WCIRB’s release of its report on statewide workers’ comp insurer loss and premium experience through the end of Q3 2017. Key findings from the report included that written premium for the first nine months of 2017 was $13.5 billion, which was 4% below…[Continue Reading]

CompLinks: 12/21/17

CompLinks are a daily set of pertinent links that we believe will be of interest to our readers. Game Changer: Joint Commission Pain Management Rules and Workers’ Comp Inside Workers’ Comp Employers, Workers’ Compensation Carriers Eye Latest in Telehealth: Telerehab Insurance Journal FDA promotes the development of generic versions of abuse-deterrent opioid analgesics Optum Blog Editor’s… [Continue Reading]

CA WCIRB Releases Q3 2017 Insurer Experience Report

The WCIRB has completed its report on statewide workers’ compensation insurer loss and premium experience through September 30, 2017. The major findings of the report include: California written premium for the first nine months of 2017 is $13.5 billion, which is 4% below the written premium reported for the first nine months of 2016. The projected industry average charged rate per $100 of payroll for policies incepting in the first nine months of 2017 is $2.47, which is 17% below the average…[Continue Reading]

United Heartland to Offer Workers’ Comp Insurance in Connecticut

Lansing, MI – United Heartland recently announced that it will offer workers’ compensation insurance in Connecticut, effective immediately. This announcement reflects the continued expansion of the company’s footprint throughout the U.S. (presently 19 states), and marks its first significant foray into the New England area. Earlier this year, United Heartland expanded into Oklahoma and South Dakota. “Our entry into the Connecticut market reaffirms our assertion that there is a need for the high-touch…[Continue Reading]

Ohio BWC Names Dr. Nicholas D. Trego Pharmacy Director

Columbus, OH – Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison recently announced the appointment of Dr. Nicholas D. Trego to lead the agency’s pharmacy operations. As Pharmacy Program Director, Trego will oversee BWC’s pharmacy benefits program, which manages more than 768,000 prescriptions in the BWC system. “Nick brings a passion to his job for doing right by the injured worker, and he has a mix of experience from the private and public sectors…[Continue Reading]

USAO: Beverly Hills Doctor Convicted of Fraud, Corruption in Massive Workers’ Comp Scheme

San Diego, CA – Beverly Hills Radiologist Ronald Grusd and two of his corporations, California Imaging Network Medical Group and Willows Consulting Company, were recently convicted by a federal jury of fraud and bribery charges in connection with a massive health care-fraud scheme involving the State of California’s Workers’ Compensation program. After a seven-day trial, the jury found Dr. Grusd and his companies guilty on all charges facing them, including Conspiracy, Honest…[Continue Reading]

WorkCompRecap: Acquisition Action!

Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap gets in another bit of M&A news for the year, with the announcement from The Carlyle Group that it has agreed to acquire a majority stake in MedRisk. Current investor TA Associates will exit as part of the transaction and MedRisk’s founder, Shelley Boyce, along with CEO, Mike Ryan, and other members…[Continue Reading]

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