December 14, 2017

OK WCC Executive Director Kim Bailey Resigns, to Take Spot at Another State Agency

Oklahoma City, OK – The Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Commission (WCC) recently announced the resignation of Executive Director Kim Bailey. Bailey will be leaving her position to accept a critical role elsewhere in state government, to be announced at a later date. Bailey said, “I have worked with the WCC in various roles since its inception, and watched it develop as an extraordinarily efficient state agency. I believe I am leaving the WCC in a good place where it can continue to successfully…[Continue Reading]

MO Department of Insurance Recommends Decrease in Workers’ Comp Rates for 2018

Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri Department of Insurance is recommending a 3.0 percent decrease in workers’ compensation insurance loss costs for 2018, on top of a 4.0 percent decrease that took effect on August 1, 2017. This means that average workers’ compensation rates should decrease for the fourth year in a row. The 4.0 percent decrease in loss costs between Jan. 1, 2017 and August 1, 2017 is associated with a court decision published by the Missouri Court of Appeals…[Continue Reading]

LWC Office of Workers’ Compensation Administration Announces 2018 Annual Assessment Rate

Baton Rouge, LA – The Louisiana Workforce Commission recently announced that at the November 2, 2017 meeting, the Second Injury Board (SIB) voted and approved the 2018 annual assessment rate, setting it at 6.75%. This rate is an increase from 5.75% in 2017 due to lower than anticipated benefits reported. Specifically, 20 million less was reported from benefits paid than in previous years. As a result, the assessment rate needed to be increased to fully fund the reimbursement appropriation for next year…[Continue Reading]

CA DWC Announces Final Approval to Adopt Drug Formulary for Treatment of Injured Workers

Oakland, CA – The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) will adopt an evidence-based drug formulary for medical providers treating injured workers beginning January 1, 2018, following approval by the Office of Administrative Law. The division will host two informational webinars for interested parties on the formulary implementation on December 13 and 14. The drug formulary establishes a list of medications to guide appropriate care for injured workers, emphasizing their health outcomes and helping them…[Continue Reading]

WA L&I: Cost of Workers’ Compensation Insurance Dropping for Many Next Year

Tumwater, WA – The state Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) recently announced that the average amount employers and workers pay for the coverage will drop by 2.5 percent in 2018. After proposing the decrease in September, the agency hosted several public hearings around the state to take input. L&I Director Joel Sacks made the final decision last week. “We’ve made several improvements that are helping injured workers heal, return to work sooner and avoid long-term disability,” said Sacks…[Continue Reading]

CA DWC Suspends 21 Medical Providers for Fraud

San Francisco, CA – The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) recently announced that it has suspended 21 more medical providers from participating in California’s workers’ compensation system, bringing the total number of providers suspended this year to 115. The providers were suspended for fraud or other criminal actions. DWC Administrative Director George Parisotto issued suspension orders against the following providers: The following providers participated in an illegal…[Continue Reading]

OSHA Extends Compliance Date for Electronically Submitting Injury, Illness Reports to December 15

Washington, DC – To allow affected employers additional time to become familiar with a new electronic reporting system launched on August 1, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has extended the date by which employers must electronically report injury and illness data through the Injury Tracking Application (ITA) to December 15, 2017. OSHA’s final rule to Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses sets…[Continue Reading]

CWCI: CA DIR Announces 2018 Workers’ Comp User Funding Assessment Rates

Oakland, CA – The California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) has issued the 2018 assessments that workers’ compensation insurers are required to collect from policyholders to cover the budget of the state Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) and five related programs set up by state lawmakers. Insurers should apply the following rates against their policyholders’ estimated annual assessable premium for policies incepting January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018…[Continue Reading]

CA DWC Suspends Nine Medical Providers for Fraud

San Francisco, CA – The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) has suspended nine more medical providers from participating in California’s workers’ compensation system, bringing the total number of providers suspended this year to 94. The providers were suspended for fraud or other criminal actions. DWC Administrative Director George Parisotto issued suspension orders against the following providers: Sathish Narayanappa Babu of Bolingbrook, Illinois, physician, was convicted on…[Continue Reading]

ISSA and IAIABC to Promote Excellence in Occupational Health, Safety and Workers’ Comp Systems Globally

Middleton, WI – A Memorandum of Understanding between the International Social Security Association (ISSA) and the International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions (IAIABC) furthers efforts to reduce the economic and social consequences of occupational injuries and illnesses. The MOU was signed in Montevideo, Uruguay during the ISSA Regional Social Security Forum for the Americas which brought together key social security policy…[Continue Reading]

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