December 15, 2017

Nikki Wilson: Opioid Use Disorders – Treatment Options, Tools, and More

Nikki Wilson

In last week’s installment, we shared some insights on the need to understand when opioids are (or are not) indicated for the treatment of specific types of pain commonly seen in workers’ comp. We also highlighted the need for being familiar with prescribing guidelines should opioids be warranted and the warning signs that an individual may be exhibiting signs of…[Continue Reading]

MO Department of Insurance Recommends Decrease in Workers’ Comp Rates for 2018

Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri Department of Insurance is recommending a 3.0 percent decrease in workers’ compensation insurance loss costs for 2018, on top of a 4.0 percent decrease that took effect on August 1, 2017. This means that average workers’ compensation rates should decrease for the fourth year in a row. The 4.0 percent decrease in loss costs between Jan. 1, 2017 and August 1, 2017 is associated with a court decision published by the Missouri Court of Appeals…[Continue Reading]

UT DOL Occupational Safety and Health Division Releases 2016 Workplace Injury and Illness Statistics

Salt Lake City, UT – The Utah Labor Commission’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, has released 2016 nonfatal occupational injury and illness data for the state of Utah. The information was obtained through the annual Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses. There was a significant decrease in the overall combined incidence rate in the public and private sectors in Utah from 3.5 injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time…[Continue Reading]

Industry Group Helps TDI-DWC Employees Affected by Hurricane Harvey

Austin, TX – Texas Commissioner of Workers’ Compensation Ryan Brannan would like to thank members of the Southern Association of Workers’ Compensation Administrators (SAWCA) for the generosity and goodwill they’ve shown to DWC employees affected by Hurricane Harvey. SAWCA recently gathered donations from its members, raising $3,000 to help three DWC employees in the Houston area: Tearranny Jacobs and Richard Hensley of the Beaumont office, and Beverly Lucas of the Houston…[Continue Reading]

WorkCompRecap: Toward Telemedicine!

Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features Mitchell’s recent survey with Risk & Insurance that asked workers’ comp professionals to gauge which technologies they believe will have the greatest impact on the industry in the future, and which operational areas will improve the most as a result. Key findings included that 45% of…[Continue Reading]

Mitchell Survey: Over 45% of Industry Pros Believe Telemedicine Will Have Biggest Impact on Workers’ Comp in the Future

San Diego, CA – Mitchell recently coordinated with Risk & Insurance magazine to survey U.S. professionals in the workers’ compensation industry to gauge their views on which technologies they believe will have the greatest impact on the workers’ compensation industry in the future, and which operational areas will improve the most as a result of those technologies. Notably, 45 percent of respondents believe telemedicine will have the biggest impact on the industry, followed by artificial intelligence…[Continue Reading]

WY DWS Team Helps Employers Lower Workers’ Compensation Premiums

Cheyenne, WI – The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services’ (DWS) Workers’ Compensation Risk Management Team can help employers lower their Experience Modification Rating (EMR). An employer’s EMR is a direct representation of the number of injuries, including frequency and severity, a company sees each year. The higher a company’s EMR, the higher the Workers’ Compensation premium. “A strong safety culture starts from the top and trickles down to everyone working for the company…[Continue Reading]

LWC Office of Workers’ Compensation Administration Announces 2018 Annual Assessment Rate

Baton Rouge, LA – The Louisiana Workforce Commission recently announced that at the November 2, 2017 meeting, the Second Injury Board (SIB) voted and approved the 2018 annual assessment rate, setting it at 6.75%. This rate is an increase from 5.75% in 2017 due to lower than anticipated benefits reported. Specifically, 20 million less was reported from benefits paid than in previous years. As a result, the assessment rate needed to be increased to fully fund the reimbursement appropriation for next year…[Continue Reading]

Ohio Carpenter Nailed for Workers’ Comp Fraud

Columbus, OH – A southeastern Ohio man must reimburse the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) more than $23,000 after investigators found him working several jobs while collecting injured worker’s benefits. Ernest Shawn Baker, 45, of Pomeroy in Meigs County, also must serve five years of community control after pleading guilty to a fifth-degree felony count of workers’ compensation fraud Nov. 29 in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas. His probation could terminate sooner…[Continue Reading]

WorkCompRecap: Cashing Out!

Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap rounds out our visit to Fabulous Las Vegas for the National Workers’ Compensation & Disability Conference! Day two was just as fast and furious, with plenty of great connections in the expo hall, some engaging session action, and finished off with some fine dining, Vegas-Style…[Continue Reading]

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