January 15, 2018

NCCI Releases New Court Case Update Report

Boca Raton, FL – NCCI recently announced the launch of the first edition of its Court Case Update report, which provides a look at some of the cases and decisions being monitored by NCCI’s Legal Division, that may impact and shape the future of workers compensation across the states. There have been many court challenges to various aspects of state workers compensation systems throughout the years. Contesting the legality of workers compensation laws goes back more than a century…[Continue Reading]

Ohio BWC Announces March Workplace Health and Safety, Medical Conferences

Columbus, OH – Registration is now open for two annual conferences hosted by Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC). The Ohio Safety Congress & Expo (OSC18) is the largest regional safety and health conference in the U.S. and will run March 7-9 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. BWC’s Ohio Workers’ Compensation Medical & Health Symposium for Ohio health care providers will be held in conjunction with OSC18 March 8 and 9, also at the Convention Center. “Safety is a team effort…[Continue Reading]

MI Gov. Rick Snyder Appoints Sims to Workers’ Compensation Board of Magistrates

Lansing, MI – Gov. Rick Snyder recently announced the appointment of John Sims of Marshall to the Workers’ Compensation Board of Magistrates. The 17-member board hears administrative claims for benefits and resolve disputes arising under the Workers’ Disability Compensation Act. “I thank John for his commitment to this board and to fairly and effectively serving the people of Michigan,” said Snyder. Sims is the president and an attorney for the law office of Sims and Stern P.C. He has been an active…[Continue Reading]

NCCI Releases Q4 2017 Quarterly Economics Briefing

Boca Raton, FL – NCCI recently announced the release of the Q4 2017 edition of its Quarterly Economics Briefing, which examines the current state of the economy and implications for workers compensation insurance. Key takeaways from this edition include: Employment growth has slowed slightly from 1.9% in 2016 to 1.7% in 2017 and is projected to decline to 1.6% in 2018; Wage growth has increased from 1.2% to 2.0% in 2017 and is projected to increase to 4.1% in 2018…[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]

Philadelphia Insurance’s Growing Program Plants 80,000 More Trees

Bastrop, TX – Fifty Philadelphia Insurance Companies (PHLY) employees are supporting the company’s efforts to plant 80,000 trees for the third consecutive year through a two-day project near Austin, TX. Today employees finished their second day of planting in Bastrop State Park as part of the PHLY 80K Trees initiative, resulting in 3,500 trees in the ground. PHLY’s 80K tree planting mission began in 2015 in partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation and was renewed in 2016 and 2017. The goal to…[Continue Reading]

CA DWC Suspends Seven Medical Providers for Fraud or Loss of License

San Francisco, CA – The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) last week suspended seven more medical providers from participating in California’s workers’ compensation system, bringing the total number of providers suspended to 166. The providers were suspended for fraud or other criminal actions, or the loss of their license. DWC Administrative Director George Parisotto issued suspension orders against the following providers: David Wayne Fish, Los Angeles businessperson, was convicted…[Continue Reading]

NAMSAP Urges CMS to Align Opioid Allocation Policy with Evidence-Based Medicine

Elmhurst, IL – Members of the National Alliance of Medicare Set-Aside Professionals’ Evidence-Based Medicine Committee recently urged CMS representatives to use more sensible pharmacy allocations in Workers’ Compensation MSAs (WCMSAs) that have chronic opioid prescriptions. CMS’s policy is to allocate the cost of opioids over the full life expectancy of the beneficiary at the same dosage and frequency that have been prescribed in the six to 12 months prior to MSA submission…[Continue Reading]

AAPAN to Expand Workers’ Compensation PBM Advocacy in 2018

Washington, DC – The American Association of Payers, Administrators and Networks (AAPAN) recently announced that it will significantly increase its advocacy efforts in 2018 to ensure that state legislators and regulators better understand the value workers’ compensation pharmacy benefits management (PBM) entities provide. Those advocacy efforts will be guided by the association’s Workers’ Compensation PBM Counsel. Counsel participants include Express Scripts, Mitchell International…[Continue Reading]

MEMIC Promotes Vinas to Atlantic Region Claims Director

Portland, ME – The MEMIC Group recently announced the promotion of Adelin Vinas to the position of Claims Director of the Atlantic Region, which includes MEMIC’s Florida, Virginia, Pennsylvania and New Jersey offices. Vinas began her career in the claims industry in 2005 with Liberty Mutual in Tampa and has several years of management experience with a professional employer organization, a large third-party administrator and a national insurance carrier overseeing claims in both guaranteed…[Continue Reading]

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