March 20, 2018

New Webinar Examines 2017 Work Comp Benchmarking Study Results: Maximizing Next Generation Tech & Talent

Chicago, IL – Experts from Rising Medical Solutions’ fifth annual Workers’ Compensation Benchmarking Study will share 2017 results in an upcoming webinar. Entitled “Insurtech & Talent Crisis Crossroads: How successful claims operations maximize next generation technology and talent,” this free webinar will be held on Thursday, February 1, 2018, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. EST. Industry narratives about Insurtech’s disruption as well as the claims talent crisis are so constant that they might numb any…[Continue Reading]

ACIC Transitions to PCI Western Region Office

Sacramento, CA – ACIC recently announced that it will now officially be known as the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America’s (PCI) Western Region office. This name change is the final step of the 2012 merger of the Association of California Insurance Companies (ACIC) and PCI. ACIC had a long and distinguished history as a respected thought leader and advocacy voice with policymakers and the media since its inception in 1954. The association was purchased in 2004 by PCI…[Continue Reading]

NCCI Releases New Court Case Update Report

Boca Raton, FL – NCCI recently announced the launch of the first edition of its Court Case Update report, which provides a look at some of the cases and decisions being monitored by NCCI’s Legal Division, that may impact and shape the future of workers compensation across the states. There have been many court challenges to various aspects of state workers compensation systems throughout the years. Contesting the legality of workers compensation laws goes back more than a century…[Continue Reading]

NCCI Releases Q4 2017 Quarterly Economics Briefing

Boca Raton, FL – NCCI recently announced the release of the Q4 2017 edition of its Quarterly Economics Briefing, which examines the current state of the economy and implications for workers compensation insurance. Key takeaways from this edition include: Employment growth has slowed slightly from 1.9% in 2016 to 1.7% in 2017 and is projected to decline to 1.6% in 2018; Wage growth has increased from 1.2% to 2.0% in 2017 and is projected to increase to 4.1% in 2018…[Continue Reading]

NAMSAP Urges CMS to Align Opioid Allocation Policy with Evidence-Based Medicine

Elmhurst, IL – Members of the National Alliance of Medicare Set-Aside Professionals’ Evidence-Based Medicine Committee recently urged CMS representatives to use more sensible pharmacy allocations in Workers’ Compensation MSAs (WCMSAs) that have chronic opioid prescriptions. CMS’s policy is to allocate the cost of opioids over the full life expectancy of the beneficiary at the same dosage and frequency that have been prescribed in the six to 12 months prior to MSA submission…[Continue Reading]

New WCRI Webinar Examines Hospital Reimbursement in Several States

Cambridge, MA – In response to higher and rising hospital costs for medical care received by injured workers, several states have made changes to their hospital reimbursement, specifically Florida, Georgia, Indiana, and North Carolina. Join the Worker Compensation Research Institute’s (WCRI) Senior Analyst Carol Telles for a one-hour webinar on Thursday, January 18, 2018, at 1pm ET (12pm CT, 11am MT, and 10am PT) as she discusses the impact of these policy changes in the above states…[Continue Reading]

Robert Cartwright, Jr. Named 2018 President of RIMS

New York, NY – RIMS recently announced that Robert Cartwright, Jr. CRM, BSB/OP will lead the Society as president for the 2018 term, effective January 1. Mr. Cartwright is the Division Manager of Environmental, Health, Safety and Sustainability for Bridgestone Retail Operations in the Northeast Region. He has been a member of RIMS for more than 25 years and on its Board of Directors for ten years. Mr. Cartwright has held every Board position with the RIMS Delaware Valley…[Continue Reading]

CA Department of Industrial Relations Reports 2016 Fatal Occupational Injuries

Oakland, CA – The Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) reports that 376 Californians died on the job in 2016, down slightly from the 388 deaths in 2015. “Even one workplace fatality is too many, and our thoughts are with the families of those that died on the job last year,” said Christine Baker, DIR Director. “The fatality data released today is a reminder that we must all continue our efforts to reduce workplace safety and health hazards in order to prevent worker deaths.” A review of the past twelve years…[Continue Reading]

CA WCIRB Releases Report on California Earthquake Risk Assessment

Oakland, CA – The WCIRB recently announced the release of a comprehensive report quantifying the earthquake risk faced by California workers’ compensation insurers. The report, written in partnership with Risk Management Solutions, Inc. (RMS), a leading provider of catastrophe modeling analytics, was the product of a high resolution, big data earthquake analysis on a risk portfolio containing the policy and exposure data for $544 billion of business payroll insured by members of…[Continue Reading]

New Compendium in JOEM Highlights Development of Clinical Decision Support to Enhance Worker Health

Washington, DC – A new compilation of articles published in the November issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, describes an effort led by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to develop and evaluate clinical decision support (CDS) designed to assist primary care clinicians’ with care of their working patients using CDS tools in electronic health records. This is the first effort to systematically develop and assess the practicality and usefulness of…[Continue Reading]

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