December 4, 2017

Ohio BWC: Employers Split $15 Million in Safety Grants in Record Time

Ohio BWC

Columbus, OH – More than 570 Ohio employers have received, or are in the process of receiving, nearly $15 million in safety grants from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. Ohio BWC expects to finish awarding its Fiscal Year 2016 grants in the next few weeks to applications already in hand. This will be the quickest the money has been…[Continue Reading]

Colorado DOI Issues Guidelines on Workers’ Comp Audit Fees

Colorado DORA DOI

Denver–The Colorado Division of Insurance this week issued a bulletin directed at insurers that conduct workers’ compensation audits. Bulletin B-5.30 provides guidelines for insurers regarding the fees they charge when an employer fails to participate or cooperate in a workers’ compensation audit. Current law allows workers’ compensation insurers, including Pinnacol Assurance, to examine the books… [Continue Reading]

Douglass Alsop Joins SUNZ as National Claims Manager

SUNZ Insurance

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., /PRNewswire/ — Douglass Alsop has joined SUNZ Insurance, headquartered in St. Petersburg, Fla., as the new national claims manager. Alsop will be an associate to the senior management unit. Chief Operations Officer Glen J. Distefano is forming a diverse group of reputable managers with an attractive record of accomplishments. “Our goal is… [Continue Reading]

Virginia SCC Sets Hearing on Workers’ Comp Premium Level Adjustments

Virginia State Seal

RICHMOND — The State Corporation Commission (SCC) has scheduled an October hearing to consider a request filed by the National Council on Compensation Insurance, Inc. (NCCI) to adjust the premium levels charged for workers’ compensation insurance. Workers’ compensation insurance provides medical care and wage replacement benefits to injured workers. Almost all Virginia employers are required… [Continue Reading]

Paradox Technology Solutions Names Steven Mariano to Board of Directors

Paradox Technology Solutions

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Paradox Technology Solutions LLC (PTS), an innovative insurance software solution provider with a specialized focus in workers’ compensation and commercial lines insurance, today announced it has named Patriot National Insurance Group’s CEO and Chairman, Steven Mariano, to its Board of Directors. “PTS is a young organization with a bright and exciting future. I am… [Continue Reading]

Texas Work Comp Commissioner Adopts EDI Reporting Changes

Texas Department of Insurance (TDI)

On June 20, 2011 the Commissioner of Workers’ Compensation, Rod Bordelon, adopted amended 28 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) §134.802 and new §§134.800, 134.801, and 134.803 – 134.808 regarding insurance carrier medical electronic data interchange (EDI) reporting. The adoption was filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on June 20, 2011 for publication and… [Continue Reading]

New WCRI Report: Texas Workers’ Comp Drug Costs 44% Higher than Typical State

Workers' Compensation Research Institute

CAMBRIDGE, MA, – A recent study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) says that the cost of prescription drugs per workers’ compensation claim in Texas was among the highest of 17 states. The study, Prescription Benchmarks, 2nd Edition: Trends and Interstate Comparisons, found that the prescription cost per claim with prescriptions in the Texas… [Continue Reading]

New WCRI Report: Louisiana Tops List of Highest Workers’ Comp Drug Costs

Workers' Compensation Research Institute

CAMBRIDGE, MA – Injured workers in Louisiana receive more prescriptions for medications, more pills per prescription and paid more per pill than other states in a new study conducted by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). The WCRI report, Prescription Benchmarks, 2nd Edition: Trends and Interstate Comparisons, found that among the 17 states studied, Louisiana… [Continue Reading]

Texas Mutual Distributes $155M in Policyholder Dividends

Texas Mutual

AUSTIN, Texas— RecentlyTexas Mutual Insurance Company began distributing $155 million in workers’ compensation dividends. Texas Mutual estimates that about 77 percent of its policyholders will earn a dividend based largely on their premium sizes, workplace safety records and tenures with the company. “As a mutual insurance company, Texas Mutual is not publicly traded, and it… [Continue Reading]

Judge Van Norman re-elected as Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Court Presiding Judge

Nebraska State Seal

Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Court Judge Laureen Van Norman has been re-elected as presiding judge through June 30, 2013. The Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Court is composed of seven judges who are initially appointed by the governor and who then remain on the bench for successive six-year terms upon approval of the electorate. Every two years one… [Continue Reading]

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