May 19, 2018

NC Industrial Commission Collects Over $5.1 Million in Fraud & Noncompliance Penalties at End of Q3

Raleigh, NC – The North Carolina Industrial Commission’s Compliance and Fraud Investigative Division continues to proactively identify businesses not complying with the Workers’ Compensation Act at an unprecedented rate. At the end of the Third Quarter of Fiscal Year 2017-2018, the Compliance Unit collected over $5.1 million in penalties, significantly more than the $1.15 million collected the first three quarters of Fiscal Year 2016-2017. The Commission attributes a significant portion…[Continue Reading]

FL CFO Releases Statement on AG’s Lawsuit Against Major Opioid Manufacturers and Distributors

Tallahassee, FL – Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis issued the following statement regarding Attorney General Pam Bondi’s announcement that her office has filed an action in state court against some of the nation’s largest opioid manufacturers and distributors for their role in the national opioid crisis: “Attorney General Pam Bondi has been a fearless warrior against the opioid epidemic. She is the leader Florida families impacted by this crisis can count on. No matter how big the opponent is, she has…[Continue Reading]

Ohio BWC: Opioid Dependence Continues to Fall in Workers’ Comp System

Columbus, OH – The number of opioid-dependent injured workers in the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation system fell 19 percent in 2017, the sixth consecutive year the numbers have fallen under BWC’s efforts to reduce opioid use and build a model pharmacy program. BWC Pharmacy Director Nick Trego recently told the agency’s board of directors that the number of injured workers who met or exceeded the threshold of being clinically dependent on opioids fell to 3,315 at the end of…[Continue Reading]

OK Workers’ Comp Commission Integrates Skype for Deliberations

Oklahoma City, OK – The Oklahoma Workers’ Comp Commission (WCC) recently announced that its commissioners have integrated the use of the video conferencing tool “Skype” for their appellate deliberations. This technology allows the three commissioners and their legal counsel to communicate between Oklahoma City and Tulsa without leaving their offices. The use of this technology is an effort to cut down on travel for key staff, and is a service provided by the Office of Management and…[Continue Reading]

WCRI: Average Total Cost per Workers’ Comp Claim in CA Stabilized after Major Reforms Took Effect in 2013

Cambridge, MA – The average total cost per workers’ compensation claim in California remained stable since the enactment of comprehensive reforms five years ago, according to a recent study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). “Indemnity benefits per claim grew while medical payments per claim decreased, consistent with the expected impact of the workers’ compensation system reform provisions,” said Ramona Tanabe, WCRI’s executive vice president and counsel. The system reforms were…[Continue Reading]

CA CHSWC Announces Safe Jobs for Youth Month, May 2018

Oakland, CA – The Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation (CHSWC) recently announced Safe Jobs for Youth Month. Every May, statewide organizations and government agencies participate in and support a public awareness information campaign consisting of fun and engaging learning activities about safety for working teenagers. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, young workers (ages 16 to 19) in California experienced over 2,700 work related injuries in…[Continue Reading]

CompPharma President Joe Paduda to Testify before U.S. House Subcommittee on Opioids

Washington, DC – Joe Paduda, president of CompPharma, LLC, will testify before the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Workforce Protections hearing about opioids. “The Opioid Epidemic: Implications for the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act” hearing starts at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 8. “Unfortunately, when it comes to dealing with the opioid crisis, FECA is five or six years behind the rest of the workers’ compensation industry,” Paduda said. He will highlight…[Continue Reading]

FL OIR Approves Workers’ Comp Insurance Rate Decrease

Tallahassee, FL – The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation recently announced that it has approved a rate decrease for workers’ compensation insurance in Florida. The 1.8% decrease was filed by the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) in a law-only filing resulting from the effects of the Federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis said, “Reducing insurance costs and financial burdens is great news for our business community. Businesses in Florida…[Continue Reading]

PCI Expresses Disappointment at PA Governor’s Veto of Workers’ Comp Formulary Bill

Harrisburg, PA – Micaela Isler, assistant vice president of state government relations for the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) recently released the following statement regarding Gov. Wolf’s veto of Senate Bill 936, which was aimed at helping injured workers and curbing opioid prescription abuse by establishing a formulary for prescription medications in the workers compensation system: “The Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) is disappointed that Gov. Wolf…[Continue Reading]

PA Governor Wolf Takes Executive Action to Curb Opioids Overprescribing in Workers’ Comp

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf recently announced his plan to take executive action to continue addressing the opioid crisis and the potential for misuse and abuse of prescription opioids within the Workers’ Compensation system. “Pennsylvania’s injured workers must have access to reliable, safe, and effective prescription drugs that assist their recovery and ability to re-enter the workforce, while keeping in mind the need to safely and appropriately prescribe all medications, including and…[Continue Reading]

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