May 14, 2018

WorkCompRecap: Improving Outcomes!

Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features a new guest post from Stephanie Percival, Director of Clinical Care Management at Craig Hospital, that explores the keys to achieving the best outcomes for patients with traumatic injuries. In her piece Stephanie notes that traumatic injuries create an intense set of pressures on everyone…[Continue Reading]

CompLinks: 3/30/18

CompLinks are a daily set of pertinent links that we believe will be of interest to our readers. How to Handle a Disaster in Workers’ Comp Inside Workers’ Comp Victor on Comp Managed Care Matters Impact of Opioids in the Workplace Safety National Conference Chronicles Editor’s Note: These links lead to outside news sources. We check all… [Continue Reading]

Guest Post: 5 Keys to Achieving the Best Outcomes for Patients with Traumatic Injuries

A traumatic injury — such as brain or spinal cord damage — creates an intense set of pressures on everyone from family, patients, insurance companies and emergency room nurse case managers. It can get very complicated very quickly, while an individual’s very future hangs in the balance. For workers compensation carriers, who are dealing with an injured worker who is facing a lifetime of challenges and changes, choosing the right clinical care management and rehabilitation program…[Continue Reading]

Bunker Partners with Chubb on New Insurance Product Development for Gig Economy

San Francisco, CA -(PRNewswire)- The Future of Work is here, as organizations are increasingly prioritizing a flexible workforce as a critical element of their strategy. By 2027, MBO Partners predicts 58% of Americans will either be freelance workers, or will have previously worked as a freelancer. Insurance has been a primary barrier to this movement, which is why Bunker is excited to announce its partnership with Chubb. “We’re thrilled to be working with Chubb, adding them as one of our key…[Continue Reading]

AR Insurance Commissioner Announces Lower Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rates

Little Rock, AR – Arkansas Insurance Commissioner Allen Kerr recently released the following statement after approving a decrease in workers’ compensation cost of 15.4% in overall loss in the voluntary market and a 14.9% rate decrease in overall average assigned risk, effective July 1: “The significant rate reduction shows that policies in Arkansas are making it a welcome place for business and new employment opportunities. It is important to also thank our state’s employers and workers who mind workplace…[Continue Reading]

CA DWC Suspends 27 Medical Providers for Fraud or Loss of License

The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) has suspended 27 more medical providers from participating in California’s workers’ compensation system, bringing the total number of providers suspended to 234. DWC Administrative Director George Parisotto issued suspension orders against the following providers: The following ten providers participated in an illegal scheme to defraud the Drug MediCal program at Atlantic Health Services of Long Beach, a drug and alcohol recovery program serving…[Continue Reading]

WorkCompRecap: Fraud Findings!

Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the California DIR’s recent release of a new progress report on its anti-fraud efforts, which were enhanced by two new laws that went into effect in January of 2017. The new laws required DIR to automatically stay liens belonging to providers who have been indicted or charged with crimes until…[Continue Reading]

CompLinks: 3/29/18

CompLinks are a daily set of pertinent links that we believe will be of interest to our readers. Workers’ Compensation 2030 Safety National Conference Chronicles Value-based care in Work Comp Managed Care Matters Indiana Governor Signs Bill Allowing Sale of CBD Oil Insurance Journal Editor’s Note: These links lead to outside news sources. We check all links, but… [Continue Reading]

CA DIR Issues Progress Report on Anti-Fraud Activity in Workers’ Comp System

San Francisco, CA – The Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) recently issued a progress report on its anti-fraud efforts, including updates on the suspension of 227 medical providers from treating California’s injured workers and the dismissal of 292,000 illegitimate liens with claims valued at over $2.5 billion. “DIR’s anti-fraud efforts have allowed us to remove fraudulent providers and their claims for payment from the system, with the aim to improve services and reduce premium costs,” said DIR Director…[Continue Reading]

PCI: Kentucky Sends First Workers’ Comp Reforms to Governor Since 1996

Frankfort, KY – The Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) recently noted that workers’ compensation legislation (HB 2) in Kentucky, which had broad support from the business community is headed to the governor. The Kentucky House has agreed to amendments made in the Senate to HB 2 and passed the bill. It will now be sent to the governor who is expected to sign the bill. “House Bill 2 is designed to help contain underlying costs and improve the state’s workers compensation…[Continue Reading]

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