March 22, 2017

CWCI: WC IMR Volume Hit Record High in 2016, Outcomes Showed Little Change

California Workers Compensation Institute (CWCI)

Oakland, CA – An analysis of the California workers’ comp independent medical review (IMR) process used to resolve medical disputes finds that in 2016, IMR physicians once again upheld about 90% of utilization review (UR) physician’s modifications or denials of treatment, yet IMR volume continued to grow, climbing 6.5% last year…[Continue Reading]

Chubb Introduces New Workers’ Compensation System for Small Businesses


Whitehouse Station, NJ – Chubb recently announced that it has launched a new online system that will help independent agents quote and issue a comprehensive workers’ compensation policy for small businesses. “Our new workers’ compensation system is efficient and fully automated, making it easier for our agents to place…[Continue Reading]

Utah Labor Commissioner Appoints New UOSH Director

Utah State Seal

Salt Lake City, UT – Commissioner Jaceson R. Maughan of the Utah Labor Commission recently announced the appointment of Cameron S. Ruppe as the new Director of the Utah Occupational Safety and Health Division (UOSH). Mr. Ruppe received a Bachelor’s Degree Cum Laude in Emergency Services Administration with an Emphasis in…[Continue Reading]

First Nurse Practitioner Sentenced in Alabama Pill Mill Case

US Attorneys Office Seal

Mobile, AL – Acting United States Attorney Steve Butler of the Southern District of Alabama announces that Bridgette Parker has been sentenced to 20 months in federal prison for her role in the operation of the massive pill mill run by Dr. Xiulu Ruan and Dr. John Patrick Couch. After years of experience as an operating room nurse, Bridgette Parker…[Continue Reading]

Ohio BWC: Private Employer Workers’ Comp Premiums Remain at 40 Year Low

Ohio BWC

Columbus, OH – The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) Board of Directors recently voted to keep the overall average rate level for Ohio private employers steady for the policy year that begins July 1. Average rate levels for private employers have been reduced by 28.2 percent since the end of 2010 and are now at their lowest level…[Continue Reading]

CA DWC Issues Notice of Public Hearing for Drug Formulary Regulations

CA Division of Workers' Compensation

San Francisco, CA – The Department of Industrial Relations’ Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) has issued a notice of public hearing on May 1 for the Medical Treatment Utilization Schedule (MTUS) Drug Formulary regulations, which includes a list of preferred drugs that can be dispensed without the need for prospective utilization review…[Continue Reading]

Chesapeake Employers Promotes Joan Adelman to VP of Legal Services

Chesapeake Employers Insurance Company

Townson, MD – Joan Adelman was recently promoted to Vice President of Legal Services for Towson-based Chesapeake Employers’ Insurance Company. Ms. Adelman is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Legal department including supervision of attorneys and the Legal department’s Appellate practice. She also provides…[Continue Reading]

WCRI Launches Redesign of Website with New Logo, Releases Annual Report


Cambridge, MA – In an effort to help policymakers and other stakeholders find the latest research on some of the most significant issues impacting state workers’ compensation systems, the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) recently announced that it has launched a redesign of its website along with a new logo. The site can be…[Continue Reading]

Paradigm Webinar: Psychosocial Issues in Catastrophic Injuries

Paradigm Management Services

Walnut Creek, CA – Paradigm Outcomes recently announced an upcoming webinar scheduled for Thursday, April 6, 2017, 11am – 12pm Pacific (2-3 pm Eastern) on managing the risks and challenges of psychosocial issues in catastrophic injuries. The psychosocial challenges that accompany traumatic work-related injuries can interfere with…[Continue Reading]

Timothy Howlin Tapped to Helm Market Expansion at Rising Medical Solutions

Rising Medical Solutions

Chicago, IL – Industry veteran Timothy Howlin has joined Rising Medical Solutions (Rising) as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. For more than 25 years, Tim has held integral roles with high growth managed care organizations, specializing in customer acquisition and retention. Reporting directly to the CEO, Tim is responsible for increasing…[Continue Reading]

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