December 18, 2017

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]

CLARA Analytics Names Gregory Moore Chief Commercial Officer

Santa Clara, CA – CLARA analytics, a division of LeanTaaS and predictive analytics company for workers’ compensation, recently announced the appointment of Gregory Moore as chief commercial officer. Greg will oversee sales and marketing and the innovation process. “I see machine learning/AI models as the key to unlocking many of the innovations we’ve talked about for years in workers’ compensation. When I saw the revolutionary work CLARA analytics was doing, I was hooked. There is something…[Continue Reading]

CWCI Study Finds California Workers’ Comp IMR Volume May Be Leveling Off

Oakland, CA – A new study on the California workers’ compensation independent medical review (IMR) process established by state lawmakers to resolve medical disputes finds that in the first half of this year, more than 91% of all utilization review (UR) physicians’ modifications or denials of treatment that were reviewed by an IMR physician were upheld, and after increasing steadily since 2013, IMR volume appears to be leveling off. California law requires workers’ comp claims administrators to have a…[Continue Reading]

NAMSAP Announces Agenda for 2017 Annual Conference

Baltimore, MD – The National Alliance of Medicare Set-Aside Professionals (NAMSAP) recently announced the speakers and agenda for its 2017 Annual Conference, taking place September 27 through September 29 at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel. The conference features an impressive line-up of nationally recognized speakers, including Rear Admiral Pamela Schweitzer, PharmD, Assistant Surgeon General and Chief Pharmacy Officer, U.S. Public Health Service. U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy…[Continue Reading]

TDI-DWC Names Timothy P. Riley Deputy Commissioner of Compliance and Investigations

Austin, TX – The Division of Workers’ Compensation recently announced the hiring of Timothy P. Riley as the Division’s new Deputy Commissioner of Compliance and Investigations. Riley most recently served as vice president of Special Investigations for Texas Mutual Insurance Company, the state’s largest provider of workers’ compensation insurance coverage. The newly created Compliance and Investigations program area is responsible for monitoring compliance and investigating violations…[Continue Reading]

TDI-DWC Issues Guidance on Workers’ Comp Issues Concerning Hurricane Victims or Evacuees

Austin, TX – The TDI-DWC recently issued the following guidance for workers’ compensation system participants: Hurricane Harvey has had a catastrophic impact on Texans and their property, and Gov. Greg Abbott’s disaster proclamation will help Texans rebuild and recover. The proclamation directs that all necessary measures, both public and private, as authorized under §418.017 of the Texas Government Code, be implemented to meet that threat. For the duration of the Governor’s…[Continue Reading]

CA DWC Posts Database of Dismissed Liens

San Francisco, CA – The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) recently announced that it has posted a searchable database of liens dismissed by operation of law per Labor Code §4903.05(c)(2). As detailed previously in the DWC’s announcement of the dismissal of 292,000 unresolved liens, Senate Bill 1160 amended Labor Code section 4903.05(c) to require lien claimants to file a declaration verifying the legitimacy of liens for medical treatment or medical-legal expenses…[Continue Reading]

DAVID Corporation Announces NAVRISK VISION Cloud Express For Claims & Loss Control

Wakefield, MA – DAVID Corporation recently announced its new NAVRISK VISION Cloud Express Program for managing Claims and Loss Control online. The new NAVRISK VISION Cloud Express presents is available for organizations that have needs that match the package offer, including claim volumes of less than 200 claims a year and less than six adjuster users. The $199/mo. per user price includes secure cloud hosting, claims management software, and other onboarding services…[Continue Reading]

Utah Labor Commission ALJ Promoted to Director of Commission’s Adjudication Division

Salt Lake City, UT – The Utah Labor Commission has a new director of its Adjudication Division. Brian Stewart has been appointed by Commissioner Jaceson Maughan to head the division whose seven administrative law judges conduct the Labor Commission’s formal hearings on such matters as workers’ compensation claim denials, employment and housing discrimination, and occupational safety and health violations and penalties. Stewart will also serve as chief administrative…[Continue Reading]

CA DWC to Dismiss More Than 292,000 Unresolved Liens

San Francsico, CA – The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) has announced that it will dismiss more than 292,000 unresolved liens by operation of law as of August 15. The liens belong to claimants who did not properly file the required Supplemental Lien form and 4903.05(c) Declaration form. Senate Bill 1160, which became effective January 1, required all lien claimants who filed a lien between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2016, and paid a filing fee, to file the forms by July 1. Lien claimants who failed to file…[Continue Reading]

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