March 24, 2018

CompLinks: 3/20/18

CompLinks are a daily set of pertinent links that we believe will be of interest to our readers. Quick takeaways from CWCI’s annual meeting Managed Care Matters What is an Employee? FL Workers’ Comp Adjudication Another Oklahoma Tribe Sues Opioid Manufacturers, Distributors Insurance Journal Editor’s Note: These links lead to outside news sources. We check all links, but… [Continue Reading]

Greg Moore: Making and Breaking the Cycle of Litigation in Workers’ Compensation

Greg Moore

I recently shared an article discussing the fact that the workers’ compensation system is not functioning as designed, with some key data points that show just how badly the industry is missing the mark with it comes to litigation. In a nutshell, workers’ comp was created to reduce the need for litigation, and yet it has become a highly litigious market. This translates to enormous…[Continue Reading]

Telemedicine Provider Akos Selects Xybion’s Workers’ Comp Cloud for Revenue & Practice Management

Lawrenceville, NJ – Xybion Corporation recently announced that Akos, a pioneer in telemedicine, has entered into a partnership with Xybion to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of Akos’ telemedicine services with a powerful, cloud-based, revenue and practice management solution. Telemedicine offers significant benefits to the workers’ compensation sector by providing 24/7/365 access to treatment for employees without the need for travel, which increases employee productivity and promotes faster…[Continue Reading]

Indiana’s Exemplary Employers and Safety Heroes Honored with State Awards

Indianapolis, IN – Commissioner Rick J. Ruble recently presented the Governor’s Workplace Safety Award to 11 Hoosier companies in recognition of exemplary efforts to protect workers from occupational safety and health hazards. Additionally, six individuals received special recognition with the Everyday Safety Hero Award. Held at the Indiana Convention Center, the Governor’s Workplace Safety Awards Luncheon was part of the 2018 Indiana Safety and Health Conference. The annual event is…[Continue Reading]

CA Hospital Worker Sentenced for Workers’ Compensation Fraud

Ventura, CA – District Attorney Gregory D. Totten recently announced that defendant Michelle Cordero of Nocona, Texas, was sentenced to 60 days in the Ventura County jail for committing workers’ compensation insurance fraud in violation of Insurance Code section 1871.4(a)(1). This case was the result of an investigation by the California Department of Insurance’s Valencia Fraud Division and the District Attorney’s Workers’ Compensation Insurance Fraud Unit. On July 1, 2015, Cordero filed a workers’…[Continue Reading]

WorkCompRecap: Long-Term Look!

Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the release of a new study from WCRI that found that longer-term prescribing of opioids causes substantially longer duration of temporary disability among workers with work-related low back injuries. Key findings from the report included that longer-term opioid prescriptions resulted in…[Continue Reading]

WCRI Study: Longer-Term Opioid Prescribing Increases Time Away from Work for Injured Workers

Cambridge, MA – Longer-term prescribing of opioids causes substantially longer duration of temporary disability among workers with work-related low back injuries, according to a new study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). Temporary disability is time that workers spend away from work recovering from their work-related injuries. “While medical practice guidelines often advise against routine use of opioids for the treatment of nonsurgical low back injuries, opioid prescribing…[Continue Reading]

HOMELINK Celebrates a Quarter Century of Business

Waterloo, IA – HOMELINK is celebrating 25 years of business and service to payers and credentialed community-based providers of durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics and supplies (DMEPOS). Serving its first patient in 1993, HOMELINK, a division of VGM Group, Inc., now facilitates approximately 1,400 referrals per day helping to connect commercial insurance and workers’ compensation programs to medical equipment and services. HOMELINK has grown from two employees to…[Continue Reading]

CWCI Elects Board Of Directors For 2018

Oakland, CA – Rose Barrett of the Berkshire Hathaway Group was elected Chairman of the Board of Directors of the California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWCI) for 2018 at the Institute’s 54th annual meeting in Oakland. Ms. Barrett was first elected to the CWCI Board of Directors as a representative of AIG in 2014 and has been a member of the Institute’s Executive Committee since 2015, serving as Vice-Chair in 2017. Joining Ms. Barrett on CWCI’s 2018 Executive Committee will be Martin…[Continue Reading]

Former Ohio Graphic Artist Guilty of Work Comp Fraud

Columbus, OH – A former Ohioan injured on the job in 1991 pleaded guilty to workers’ compensation fraud March 5 after investigators found him working in Colorado while collecting injured workers’ benefits from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC). John W. Bezusko, 50, must pay $19,530 in restitution to BWC and serve five years probation for the first-degree misdemeanor, according to his sentence March 5 in a Franklin County courtroom. “We reviewed bank records, emails…[Continue Reading]

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