February 16, 2018

Select Medical and Dignity Health Announce Completion of Transaction to Combine Concentra and U.S. HealthWorks

Mechanicsburg, PA – Select Medical Holdings Corporation (NYSE: SEM) and Dignity Health recently announced the completion of the transaction to combine Concentra Group Holdings, LLC, with U.S. HealthWorks, Inc., a subsidiary of Dignity Health Holdings Company. Concentra has acquired all of the issued and outstanding shares of stock of U.S. HealthWorks from DHHC. Dignity Health owns a 20% equity interest in the combined entity holding Concentra and U.S. HealthWorks. “This deal offers an exceptional…[Continue Reading]

Applications Open for NC Labor Department’s Safety Awards

Raleigh, NC – The N.C. Department of Labor has begun accepting applications from businesses that qualify for a workplace safety award. Safety awards are presented to companies throughout the year that have demonstrated above-average worker safety and health programs. “Our safety awards program recognizes employers and employees that are committed to promoting safe work environments in their communities,” state Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry said. “It is always a great honor to recognize…[Continue Reading]

Honduran Citizen Indicted for Scheme to Employ Undocumented Aliens, Evasion of Workers’ Comp Laws

Jacksonville, FL – United States Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez recently announced the return of an indictment charging Oscar Arnelson Rodriguez-Cruz (40, Orlando) with multiple counts of wire fraud. He faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison on each count. Rodriguez-Cruz is a Honduran citizen who is illegally present in the United States. The indictment also notifies Rodriguez-Cruz that the United States intends to seek forfeiture of approximately $626,817, the amount of proceeds obtained…[Continue Reading]

Guest Post: Tele, On-Demand Services Offer Better Treatment Outcomes for Injured Workers

Telehealth, telemedicine, teletriage, telerehab — you name it, and it’s becoming more of a presence in workers’ compensation. Efforts to provide faster and more appropriate medical care to injured workers are expected to increase exponentially in 2018. As Joe Paduda said in a recent ManageCareMatters blog, “tele-everything will take off.” Paduda, a principal at Health Strategy Associates echoed the sentiment of many in the industry who predict 2018 will bring about a sea change of tele-related…[Continue Reading]

CA CHSWC Announces the 2018 Young Worker Leadership Academy in Northern California

Oakland, CA – The Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation (CHSWC) recently announced that the annual Northern California Young Worker Leadership Academy will be held in Berkeley, February 1 through 3, 2018. The Academy provides a leadership development opportunity for teams of high school students, with their adult sponsors, from different communities statewide to focus on young worker health and safety. The goals of the Academy are to: Teach youth about workplace…[Continue Reading]

Ohio BWC Awards $377,000 in Grants to Protect Ohio Firefighters

Columbus, OH – Thirty-nine Ohio fire departments will share $376,517 in grants from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) under a new program to reduce firefighters’ exposure to toxic environmental elements. The fire departments (listed below) are receiving the funding under BWC’s Firefighter Exposure to Environmental Elements Grant Program, which provides $2 million a year to help departments purchase safety gear and equipment designed to protect firefighters from carcinogens…[Continue Reading]

MIOSHA and WCA Offer Winter Tips for Worker Safety and Reduced Workers’ Compensation Costs

Lansing, MI – As temperatures remain cold and winter hazards increase, the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) and the Michigan Workers’ Compensation Agency (WCA), are reminding employers and employees to exercise caution when working outside in the cold and snow. “Every employer’s safety and health program should address protection of their employees from hazards due to extreme weather,” said MIOSHA Director Bart Pickelman. “Providing appropriate…[Continue Reading]

Ohio BWC Proposes Double-Digit Workers’ Comp Rate Reduction

Columbus, OH – The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) recently asked its board of directors to reduce private employer premium rates by 12 percent beginning July 1. If approved, the reduction would save private employers $163.5 million over this year’s premiums, which are already at their lowest rates in at least 40 years. “Ohio is in an outstanding position as the cost of workers’ comp coverage continues to fall, thanks to fewer workplace injury claims and slow-to-moderate growth in medical inflation…[Continue Reading]

NYCOSH Releases Report, “Deadly Skyline,” Reveals Alarming Increases in New York State Construction Fatalities

New York, NY – The New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH) released its latest construction fatality report, “Deadly Skyline: An Annual Report on Construction Fatalities in New York State.” Researchers found alarming increases in New York State construction fatalities and that employers routinely violate legal regulations with impunity. NYCOSH’s report unveiled a number of findings and recommendations to improve worker safety in New York State. In 2016, New York State…[Continue Reading]

National Safety Council: Application Period Opens for Texas Employer Traffic Safety Awards

Itasca, IL – Each year, the National Safety Council and Our Driving Concern honor Texas employers that encourage positive driver behaviors among employees on and off the job through education, training and other activities centered on traffic safety. The Texas Employer Traffic Safety Awards program aims to decrease injuries and fatalities that are a result of crashes on state roads. Applications for the 2018 awards are due electronically March 15. “Award winners exemplify the highest standards of…[Continue Reading]

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