March 22, 2018

Windham Group Receives First Case in Massachusetts’ Opioid Alternative Treatment Pathway Program

Boston, MA – Windham Group, a workers’ compensation case management company, recently announced that it has received the first case in Massachusetts’ Opioid Alternative Treatment Pathway (OATP) program. The state’s Department of Industrial Accidents (DIA) recently launched a two-year pilot program that assigns a care coordinator to mediate pain management treatment between an injured worker and the insurance company covering medical care for work-related injuries. The DIA selects…[Continue Reading]

Justice Dept Announces First Ever Indictments Against Designated Chinese Manufacturers of Fentanyl

Washington, DC – The Justice Department recently announced that federal grand juries in the Southern District of Mississippi and the District of North Dakota returned indictments, unsealed recently, against two Chinese nationals and their North American based traffickers and distributors for separate conspiracies to distribute large quantities of fentanyl and fentanyl analogues and other opiate substances in the United States. The Chinese nationals are the first manufacturers and distributors…[Continue Reading]

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]

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