March 23, 2018

MA AG: Walgreens to Pay $5.5 Million Over Alleged Overcharges for Prescription Drugs in Workers’ Comp

Boston, MA – Attorney General Maura Healey recently announced that Walgreens Co. has agreed to pay $5.5 million after allegedly overcharging for prescription drugs covered by the state workers’ compensation insurance system. “Our office found that over many years, Walgreens overcharged workers for various legitimate prescriptions,” said AG Healey. “This settlement ensures that Walgreens does not profit from those transactions and will help our state’s ongoing efforts to combat the opioid epidemic…[Continue Reading]

GA AG Carr Commends State Assembly for Passing Measure on Opioid Drug Testing for State Workforce

Atlanta, GA – Attorney General Chris Carr recently made the following statement on House Bill 701. The legislation aims to include drug testing for all forms of opioids, including semi-synthetic and synthetic, for those state employees who are already required by state law to undergo testing. It passed through the House of Representatives and the Senate with respective votes of 159 – 1 and 51 – 0. “Opioid abuse and misuse is ravaging our state and nation,” said Attorney General Chris Carr. “We have to continue…[Continue Reading]

Origami Risk Receives Growth Investment from Spectrum Equity

Chicago, IL – Origami Risk recently announced that it has received an investment from Spectrum Equity, a leading growth equity firm. Representing a minority position, this is the first institutional capital in the company, which will facilitate access to additional insights and resources, as well as the ability to selectively pursue accretive acquisitions. Origami Risk has grown to become the preeminent risk and insurance technology platform serving all members of the risk management community from insured corporate and…[Continue Reading]

NY Woman with Internet Retail Operation Pleads Guilty to $48k in Workers’ Comp Fraud

Buffalo, NY – New York State Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott recently announced the arrest and guilty plea of a City of Buffalo woman on charges she defrauded the Workers’ Compensation system and stole over $48,000 in insurance benefits to which she was not entitled by concealing her role in running an internet retail operation. Caroline Jankowski, 44, of Buffalo, was arrested and charged with Grand Larceny in the Third Degree and Perjury in the First Degree, felonies. At arraignment…[Continue Reading]

AR Workers’ Comp Commission Launches Drug Formulary Rule Limiting Opioid Prescriptions

Little Rock, AK – The Arkansas Workers’ Compensation Commission recently announced the adoption of Rule 099.41, a drug formulary which regulates all outpatient medications prescribed as a result of work-related injuries. The rule draws on a formulary already in use for state government employees who are injured on the job, with additional provisions for opioid prescriptions based on guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The rule applies to new injuries occurring…[Continue Reading]

NC Industrial Commission Adopts Rules Combating Opioid Epidemic in Workers’ Comp Cases

Raleigh, NC – The North Carolina Industrial Commission is pleased to announce the adoption of rules for the workers’ compensation system addressing the opioid crisis. The Commission convened on Tuesday, March 20, 2018, to deliberate and vote on the proposed rules. After thorough consideration of all public comments and feedback, the Commission adopted nine rules and filed them with the Rules Review Commission. These rules for the utilization of opioids, related prescriptions, and pain…[Continue Reading]

CA DWC Announces Public Hearing on Revisions to Physician Fee Schedule Portion of OMFS

San Francisco, CA – The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) recently issued a notice of public hearing to revise the Official Medical Fee Schedule for Physician and Non-Physician Practitioner Services (Physician Fee Schedule), which can be found at California Code of Regulations, title 8, section 9789.12.1 through 9789.19. The proposed amendments to the physician fee schedule regulations would eliminate the use of the average statewide geographic adjustment factor and adopt Medicare’s…[Continue Reading]

MedRisk’s Phil McClure Receives APTA Paris Distinguished Service Award

King of Prussia, PA – Philip McClure, PT, PhD, FAPTA, the Vice President of MedRisk’s Expert Clinical Benchmarks, has received the Paris Distinguished Service Award. Presented by the Orthopaedic Section of the American Physical Therapy Association, the award honors members whose contributions to the section are “of exceptional and enduring value.” As part of the honor, McClure also gave a presentation at APTA’s Combined Section Meeting. “We are proud of Phil and his work to continually improve…[Continue Reading]

CWCI Study Tracks Changing Mix of Workers’ Comp Drugs as Opioid Use Declines

Oakland, CA – Opioids remain the most common type of prescription drug used to treat California injured workers with lost-time injuries, but sustained efforts to curb their use are paying off as new data show that in the past decade they fell from about a third of indemnity claim prescriptions to less than a quarter, while there was a concurrent increase in anti-inflammatories and anticonvulsants which are often used as opioid alternatives. A new study by researchers at the California Workers’…[Continue Reading]

Service Lloyds Parent, Service Insurance Holdings, Acquires American Healthcare Indemnity Co.

ustin, TX -PRNewswire- Building on a mainstay practice area while expanding its geographic reach, privately held Service Insurance Holdings, Inc. (SIHI), parent of Texas-based Service Lloyds Insurance Company, has announced the acquisition of American Healthcare Indemnity Company (AHIC), an Oklahoma-based insurer. The new entity will be rebranded as Service American Indemnity Company. A primary goal of the acquisition is the augmentation and gradual expansion of the company…[Continue Reading]

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