June 12, 2018

CopperPoint Mutual Files with AZ DOI to Change Corporate Structure to Mutual Holding Company

Phoenix, AZ – CopperPoint Mutual Insurance Company recently announced that it has filed a plan with the Arizona Department of Insurance to change its corporate structure to a mutual holding company. The plan was recently approved by the company’s board of directors and filed with the Arizona Department of Insurance (DOI) on January 12, 2018. The plan is subject to DOI review and approval, as well as approval of existing member policyholders of CopperPoint Mutual Insurance Company…[Continue Reading]

Workers’ Comp Law Firm ATB Boosts Harvey Support with Donation to Habitat for Humanity

Austin, TX – Inspired by the work of its Austin-based attorney Elliott Klein, Adelson, Testan, Brundo, Novell & Jimenez (ATB), a workers’ compensation defense law firm, recently made a $5,000 donation to Houston Habitat for Humanity to support its extensive recovery work following Hurricane Harvey. Mr. Klein, of counsel, ATB, who also volunteered on a Habitat crew working on flooded homes in northeast Houston, presented ATB’s donation to the Houston Habitat for Humanity. “We’re pleased to…[Continue Reading]

CA DWC Medical Unit Accepting Applications for Upcoming Qualified Medical Evaluator Exam on April 28

San Francisco, CA – Then California Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) is now accepting applications for the Qualified Medical Evaluator (QME) examination on Saturday, April 28. QMEs are independent physicians certified by the DWC Medical Unit to conduct medical evaluations of injured workers. Applications for the QME exam may be downloaded from the DWC website. Applicants may also contact the Medical Unit at 510-286-3700 to request an application via U.S. mail, email or fax. The deadline…[Continue Reading]

WorkCompRecap: Opt-Out Outlook!

Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features NCCI’s recent release of a new update on alternative workers compensation mechanisms, or “opting-out” of workers’ compensation, which appeared to be gaining traction and generated debate at workers’ comp stakeholder meetings across the country, but now seems to be mentioned sparingly…[Continue Reading]

CompLinks: 1/25/18

CompLinks are a daily set of pertinent links that we believe will be of interest to our readers. Telemedicine – Coventry’s approach Managed Care Matters Fear Not the Robot Risk & Insurance Business Coalition Challenges Fee on Montana Workers’ Comp Assets Insurance Journal Editor’s Note: These links lead to outside news sources. We check all links, but… [Continue Reading]

NCCI Releases Update on Alternative Workers Compensation Mechanisms/Opt-Out

oca Raton, FL – NCCI recently announced the release of a new update Alternative Workers Compensation Mechanisms, or “What’s Happening With Opt-Out?” Workers compensation was created more than a century ago to protect injured employees, and their employers, from lengthy and expensive litigation resulting from workplace injuries, with a focus on return-to-work and defined benefits. Supporters of the state-based system say it continues to work as intended, fulfilling…[Continue Reading]

UBIC Adopts Valen Analytics to Improve Underwriting in Workers’ Comp

Denver, CO – Valen Analytics®, an Insurity company, recently announced that workers’ compensation insurer, Utah Business Insurance Co. (UBIC), selected their InsureRight® Platform to modernize underwriting capabilities. UBIC will utilize the Predict application of Valen’s platform to provide underwriters with increased visibility in risk selection and pricing, allowing them to make improved policy decisions with more efficiency. “As a growing workers’ compensation company, it is imperative that UBIC…[Continue Reading]

Illinois DOI Director Hammer Named Chair of NAIC Property & Casualty Insurance Committee

Springfield, IL – The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) recently named Illinois Department of Insurance Director (IDOI) Jennifer Hammer the Chairman of the NAIC Property and Casualty Insurance (C) Committee. This chairmanship provides Illinois the highest level of leadership it has had in decades on national property and casualty policy issues. Director Hammer is dedicated to advocating on behalf of insurers and consumers regarding property and casualty issues at the…[Continue Reading]

CT Furniture Assembler Charged with Workers’ Compensation Fraud

Rocky Hill, CT – A Torrington man who went on social media to pitch his side businesses after an on-the-job injury supposedly rendered him unable to work was recently arrested and charged with illegally collecting Workers’ Compensation benefits. RICKEY FLOWERS, age 44, of 817 South Main Street, Torrington, was arrested by Inspectors from the Workers’ Compensation Fraud Unit in the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney on a warrant charging him with one count of Fraudulent Claim or Receipt of Benefits…[Continue Reading]

WorkCompRecap: Welcoming Wellness!

Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the Ohio BWC’s recent announcement that it is rolling out a new, free workplace wellness program that targets workers who are at greater risk for on-the-job injuries. The program is called “Better You, Better Ohio!”, and aims to boost employee health, reduce workplace injuries, and save employers…[Continue Reading]

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