June 21, 2018

AR Attorney General Announces Suit Against Opioid Manufacturers Alongside Governor

Little Rock, AR – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge was recently joined by Governor Asa Hutchinson announcing that she has filed a lawsuit against the opioid manufacturers Purdue Pharma, Johnson & Johnson and Endo on behalf of the State of Arkansas. Rutledge and Hutchinson are united in their efforts to fight the opioid epidemic and will do everything in their powers to bring an end to this deadly issue, including legal action against the companies responsible for over-proliferation…[Continue Reading]

DA’s Office in CA Conducts Local Compliance Checks, Educates Employers on Workers’ Comp Requirements

Visalia, CA – Investigators from the Tulare County District Attorney’s Office Workers’ Compensation Fraud Unit recently conducted a two-day workers’ compensation insurance compliance check on March 7th and 8th, 2018, in Visalia and Porterville. The purpose of the compliance check was to inform and educate local employers of the requirements of carrying the proper state-mandated contractor’s license and workers’ compensation insurance. Investigators contacted over 36 businesses which included…[Continue Reading]

CWCI Continues Case Law Series with 2018 Update

Oakland, CA – For the twentieth consecutive year, California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWCI) will present its seminal case law seminar, scheduled in May in both San Francisco and Long Beach. The full-day program will examine how recent trends in decisional law are reshaping California workers’ compensation, and discuss appropriate negotiation and defense strategies for claims personnel, attorneys, hearing reps, and others with negotiating authority. CWCI’s General Counsel Ellen Sims Langille notes…[Continue Reading]

TN Moves Workers’ Compensation Cases Online to Make Filings More Efficient

Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) now uses an innovative new system that allows attorneys and self-represented litigants to file documents without printing copies or traveling to BWC offices across the state. The new TNComp electronic filing system allows all parties to file contested case pleadings in a more efficient and cost-effective manner. Since BWC started its trial and appellate courts in 2014, both litigants and counsel have had the convenience of…[Continue Reading]

TDI-DWC Finalizes Lumbar Spine Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Plan-Based Audit

Austin, TX – On November 20, 2017, The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (TDI-DWC) solicited and received constructive input from workers’ compensation system participants on the proposed Lumbar Spine Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Plan-Based Audit (Plan-Based Audit). TDI-DWC appreciates the input provided by system participants. All comments were carefully considered and discussed. The Commissioner of Workers’ Compensation W. Ryan Brannan…[Continue Reading]

IAIABC Announces Six States have Early EDI Claims 3.1 Adoption Plans, More on the Way

Middleton, WI – The International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions (IAIABC) is the leader in development of electronic data interchange standards for the transmission of workers’ compensation data in the U.S. The most commonly used standard is IAIABC EDI Claims, which is currently implemented in 38 states. In August 2017, the IAIABC published a new release of its Claims Standard, IAIABC EDI Clams Release 3.1. Six states have published adoption dates for the new…[Continue Reading]

Safety National Deploys Guidewire Systems for Core Operations, Data, and Analytics Capabilities

Foster City, CA – Safety National Casualty Corporation and Guidewire Software, Inc. (NYSE: GWRE) recently announced that Safety National has successfully deployed Guidewire InsuranceSuite™ as its new underwriting, policy administration, claims, and billing management system. The large commercial insurer also launched Guidewire DataHub™ and InfoCenter as its new data and analytics solutions. The Guidewire Core and Data products are replacing Safety National’s internally-developed systems, helping to…[Continue Reading]

NCCI Issues 2018 Update on Medicare Set-Asides and Workers’ Comp

oca Raton, FL – Some claimants in the workers compensation (WC) system are either eligible for Medicare or will become eligible in the near future. Under federal law, Medicare is a secondary payer for work-related injuries—workers compensation insurance usually pays for medical expenses related to such injuries. Workers compensation carriers must protect Medicare’s interests when settling claims, and often establish Medicare Set-Asides (MSAs)—funds that help pay for future work-related injury costs…[Continue Reading]

Tower MSA: CMS to Host Webinar on Transition to New CRC Contractor

Delray Beach, FL – On Thursday, January 18, 2018, at 1:00 PM ET, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will host a webinar for the purpose of introducing the new Commercial Repayment Center (CRC) contractor to Non-Group Health Plans. The CRC is responsible for recovery of Medicare conditional payments from liability insurers (including self-insured entities), no-fault insurers and workers compensation entities where such entities are the identified debtor by Medicare…[Continue Reading]

Sedgwick Identifies Risk and Benefits Industry Trends to Watch in 2018

Memphis, TN – Sedgwick recently published “Navigating 2018,” which includes major industry trends employers and risk management professionals should watch this year. “We are dedicated to taking care of our clients and their employees and customers,” said David A. North, president and CEO of Sedgwick. “An important part of that mission is helping clients proactively anticipate changes and trends in our industry.” Sedgwick’s thought leaders believe the topics and trends outlined below will be important…[Continue Reading]

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