June 12, 2018

WorkCompRecap: Investigating Imaging!

Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the TDI-DWC’s recent announcement that it has finalized its Lumbar Spine Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Plan-Based Audit. The scope and methodology for this Plan-Based Audit note that it will use the indications for ordering lumbar spine MRI identified by the criteria established in…[Continue Reading]

CompLinks: 2/28/18

CompLinks are a daily set of pertinent links that we believe will be of interest to our readers. Are you being gamed? Managed Care Matters Exoskeletons gain momentum in preventing ergonomic injuries Ohio BWC Blog Montana Being Sued by State Fund for Breach of Contract WC Insights Editor’s Note: These links lead to outside news sources. We check… [Continue Reading]

TDI-DWC Finalizes Lumbar Spine Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Plan-Based Audit

Austin, TX – On November 20, 2017, The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (TDI-DWC) solicited and received constructive input from workers’ compensation system participants on the proposed Lumbar Spine Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Plan-Based Audit (Plan-Based Audit). TDI-DWC appreciates the input provided by system participants. All comments were carefully considered and discussed. The Commissioner of Workers’ Compensation W. Ryan Brannan…[Continue Reading]

Ohio Attorney General DeWine Files Lawsuit Against Opioid Distributors for Practices Fueling Opioid Diversion

Columbus, OH – Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine recently filed a lawsuit against four majorprescription opioid distributors in Madison County Court of Common Pleas. The lawsuit alleges that the drug companies engaged in unsafe distribution practices that ignored their responsibility under law to provide effective controls against opioid diversion. “We believe the evidence will show that these companies ignored their duties as drug distributors to ensure that opioids were not being diverted for improper use…[Continue Reading]

Texas Mutual Insurance Company Announces VP of Business Development

Austin, TX – Texas Mutual Insurance Company recently announced that it has added industry leader Benjamin A. Siddons as vice president of business development. “Ben’s experience and proven success in the industry make him a key player for insurance sales management and business operations in Texas,” said Rich Gergasko, president and chief executive officer of Texas Mutual Insurance Company. “We are proud to have him join our team and look forward to the strong contributions he will…[Continue Reading]

AMERISAFE Announces 2017 Fourth Quarter and Year-End Results

DeRidder, LA – AMERISAFE, Inc. (Nasdaq:AMSF), a specialty provider of hazardous workers’ compensation insurance, recently announced results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2017. G. Janelle Frost, President and Chief Executive Officer said, “AMERISAFE achieved an 84.7% combined ratio, a 13.3% operating return on average equity and maintained our strong balance sheet in 2017. Overall, we are pleased with our performance as the workers’ compensation market continued to…[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: 2/27/18

CompLinks are a daily set of pertinent links that we believe will be of interest to our readers. Is work comp medical inflation increasing? Managed Care Matters Dead Men Tell no Tales FL Workers’ Comp Adjudication Important Change Regarding Medicaid Secondary Payer Claim Compliance Medicare Insights Editor’s Note: These links lead to outside news sources. We check all… [Continue Reading]

Johnny Meyer: Administration Experts Can Help Move Claims to Settlement

Johnny Meyer

Legacy cases may be the bane of your existence. You might have a case in particular where you know the injured worker is frustrated with the workers’ compensation system — the scrutiny, the providers, the delays, the denials — and yet he shows no interest in settling. You know because the adjuster asks him every few months. And yet, his claim continues for years…[Continue Reading]

Federated Insurance Selects Guidewire Systems for Commercial Lines Customers

Foster City, CA – Federated Insurance, a direct writer of Property and Casualty (P&C) insurance products, and Guidewire Software, Inc. (NYSE: GWRE), a provider of software products to P&C insurers, recently announced that Federated has selected Guidewire products to help modernize and transform the way it operates across its commercial lines of business. The company selected Guidewire PolicyCenter™ and Guidewire Rating Management™ as its new underwriting, policy administration, and rating…[Continue Reading]

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