February 17, 2018

WY State Occupational Epidemiologist Releases Annual Report on Workplace Fatalities

Cheyenne, WY – The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services (DWS) recently released an updated Work-Related Fatal Injuries report. The report, which provides analysis over years 2012-2016 and is the second multi-year report, reveals a complete view of recent fatality patterns in the state by industry and cause. Wyoming continues to have one of the highest occupational fatality rates in the country. In 2016, the State Occupational Epidemiologist identified 27 workplace fatalities…[Continue Reading]

New WCRI Study Examines Delaware Fee Schedule Changes

Cambridge, MA – A new report from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI), Evaluation of the 2015, 2016, and 2017 Fee Schedule Changes in Delaware, provides policymakers and other stakeholders with the ability to examine all three rounds of the Delaware fee schedule changes enacted in House Bill (HB) 373. “In many states, policymakers and other stakeholders are looking to fee schedules to help control the growth of medical care costs in their workers’ compensation systems…[Continue Reading]

WCRI Study: FL Medical Payments per Workers’ Comp Claim Stabilized After Years of Moderate Growth

Cambridge, MA – Medical payments per workers’ compensation claim in Florida remained stable in 2015 following moderate growth from 2010 through 2014, according to a recent study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). The study, CompScope™ Medical Benchmarks for Florida, 18th Edition, examined medical payments, prices, and utilization in Florida and compared them with 17 other states over a period from 2010 through 2015. “Florida implemented several…[Continue Reading]

EMPLOYERS Survey: Policyholders Want More Digital Tools, Omni-Channel Experience from Workers’ Comp Insurers

Reno, NV – Technology is changing how small business owners interact with their insurance carriers, according to a new study from EMPLOYERS® (NYSE:EIG). Nearly one in four (23 percent) small business owners believe more online or self-service tools would enable their carrier to provide a better policyholder experience. Better communication and faster claims resolution also topped the list of desired improvements business owners want.The study found that 67 percent of small…[Continue Reading]

CA Nonfatal Worker Injuries, Illnesses Rate Remains Level in 2016

Oakland, CA – The Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) has posted California’s 2016 occupational injury and illness data on employer-reported injuries. According to the estimates provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII), California’s overall incidence rate of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses remains steady at 3.7 cases per 100 workers for full time employees, the lowest rate in over a decade. The data posted includes…[Continue Reading]

MedRisk Publishes White Paper on Telerehabilitation in Workers’ Compensation

King of Prussia, PA – MedRisk recently announced that it has published “Telerehabilitation & the Injured Worker: A Practical Guide,” a white paper that explores physical therapy in the age of telemedicine and its practical application for the workers’ compensation industry. The white paper examines the use of telerehabilitation for musculoskeletal injuries. Video conferencing, virtual home-exercise supervision and remote patient monitoring can be used to supplement traditional in-clinic care. Telerehabilitation is…[Continue Reading]

WC Drug Spend Continues to Drop, According to CompPharma’s 14th Annual Survey

Maggie Valley, NC – CompPharma’s 14th Annual Survey of Prescription Drug Management in Workers’ Compensation showed an average 11 percent reduction in payers’ pharmacy spend, driven by a 13.3 percent reduction in opioid cost. The survey analyzed the 2016 pharmacy cost data of 23 workers’ compensation insurance carriers, third-party administrators, self-insured employers, and state funds. Working with their pharmacy benefit managers, payers cut one of every six dollars in opioid spend…[Continue Reading]

Novarica: Workers’ Comp Insurers Investing in Tech for Ops Efficiencies, Underwriting Insights, and Product Dev

Boston, MA – In a fragmented market with high sensitivity to state regulation, workers’ compensation insurers are looking to maximize profits through operating efficiencies, underwriting insights, and product development. Top priorities to meet current and near-future challenges include improved agent portals, core system replacement, implementation of business intelligence capabilities, and growing use of specialized components. In its latest report, Business and Technology Trends[Continue Reading]

Former Commissioner of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to Open 2018 WCRI Conference

Cambridge, MA – The Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) recently announced that Dr. Erica L. Groshen, former Commissioner of Labor Statistics and head of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, will be the opening speaker at its 34th Annual Issues & Research Conference, March 22 and 23, 2018, at the Westin Copley Place Hotel in Boston, MA. “We’re excited to have Dr. Groshen open WCRI’s annual conference―our biggest event of the year,” said John Ruser, WCRI’s president…[Continue Reading]

WCRI Study: CA Sees Steady Decrease in Medical Payments per Workers’ Comp Claim

Cambridge, MA – Medical payments per workers’ compensation claim with more than seven days lost time in California have decreased steadily since the enactment of reform legislation in 2013, according to a recent study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). The study, CompScope™ Medical Benchmarks for California, 18th Edition, examined medical payments, prices, and utilization in California and compared them with 17 other states over a period from 2010 through…[Continue Reading]

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