October 16, 2017

Mitchell Announces Investment in Telehealth Company Consumer Health Connections

San Diego, CA – Mitchell recently announced it has invested in Consumer Health Connections, a telehealth and telepresence company that serves the Workers’ Compensation industry, demonstrating Mitchell’s commitment to its position as a leader in technology for the P&C industry. Mitchell did not disclose the terms of the investment. Telehealth is one of the fastest growing segments of the healthcare industry – the American Medical Association reports that 70 percent of all healthcare visits could…[Continue Reading]

CA DWC Suspends Three Medical Providers for Fraud

San Francisco, CA – The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) has suspended three more medical providers from participating in California’s workers’ compensation system, bringing the total number of providers suspended this year to 49. DWC Acting Administrative Director George Parisotto issued Orders of Suspension against the following providers: Samuel H. Albert of Tustin, psychiatrist, pled guilty in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California on June 20, 2016 to conspiracy to…[Continue Reading]

MA AG Healey Reaches Agreement with Opioid Maker Over Fentanyl Marketing Scheme

Boston, MA – An opioid manufacturer will pay $500,000 to resolve allegations that it engaged in a widespread scheme to unlawfully market its fentanyl spray and paid kickbacks to providers to persuade them to prescribe the product, Attorney General Maura Healey announced today. The consent judgment entered today in Suffolk Superior Court resolves allegations that Insys Therapeutics, Inc. misleadingly marketed Subsys, a narcotic fentanyl product that is sprayed under a patient’s tongue…[Continue Reading]

Ametros Announces Partnership with Kura MD to Offer Telehealth Services

Wilmington, MA – Ametros recently announced their partnership with Kura MD to offer online telehealth services to expedite access to medical care for workers’ compensation injuries. As part of its CareGuard professional administration service, Ametros is now offering its members the opportunity to virtually consult with a physician via a secure video consultation from a Smart Phone. Tablet or PC without having to leave their homes. Kura’s services are designed to provide 24/7, 365 days a year access…[Continue Reading]

Workers’ Comp Benchmarking Study Group Releases White Paper on How Claims Teams Can Achieve Mastery

Chicago, IL – The highest percentage of claims leaders (46 percent) surveyed in Rising Medical Solutions’ 2017 Workers’ Compensation Benchmarking Study believe adjusters become expert at claims management within four to six years on the job. This begs the question, what makes a claims expert and how do adjusters become one? A new white paper, co-authored by study program director Rachel Fikes and industry journalist Peter Rousmaniere, examines strategies for achieving peak adjuster…[Continue Reading]

Paradigm Outcomes to Acquire ForeSight Medical

alnut Creek, CA – Paradigm Outcomes, the nation’s leading provider of medical management services for catastrophically injured workers, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire ForeSight Medical. Together, ForeSight’s suite of surgical management solutions combined with Paradigm’s expertise in complex and catastrophic injuries will form the most comprehensive resource available for high-cost, high-acuity and complex care management. The transaction is expected to close…[Continue Reading]

TDI-DWC Rule Helps Expand Use of Telemedicine in Workers’ Compensation System

Austin, TX – The Texas Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) posted an informal rule that aims to help expand the use of telemedicine—sometimes called ‘telehealth’—in the state’s workers’ compensation system. “Most states, including Texas, are limited in what they are doing with telemedicine,” says Texas Commissioner of Workers’ Compensation Ryan Brannan. “We’re introducing this rule with the future growth of telemedicine in mind.” Telemedicine—typically defined as a doctor…[Continue Reading]

Free Forums Help Workers’ Compensation Professionals Serve Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, OK – Workers’ compensation professionals in Oklahoma will have the opportunity to update their knowledge on the industry at two upcoming events. The National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) will host the 2017 State Advisory Forum on Oct. 10 in Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma Insurance Department will host a second forum in Tulsa the following day. “Oklahoma has seen some tremendous growth and success in the workers’ compensation industry,” Insurance…[Continue Reading]

Out Front Ideas: Understanding the ADAAA Interactive Process

St. Louis, MO – Out Front Ideas with Kimberly and Mark has announced its next complimentary webinar on the “interactive process” method, which is the foundation of ADAAA compliance, encouraging the employer and employee work together to determine whether a reasonable accommodation can be made to allow an employee to return to work with restrictions. Because the interactive process relies primarily on open dialogue and teamwork between employer and employee, there is significant…[Continue Reading]

Mitchell Releases Third Quarter 2017 Industry Trends Report

San Diego, CA – Mitchell recently released its Industry Trends Report (ITR) for the third quarter of 2017. In this edition, Mitchell executives share insights on how combining artificial intelligence and augmented reality can lead to new opportunities, how “smart” technology is impacting auto claims workflows, and how insurers combine data with expertise to optimize the claims process. According to Robert Scoble and Shel Israel, authors of “The Fourth Transformation,” we are entering a new stage in technology…[Continue Reading]

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