August 21, 2017

CA WCIRB Submits January 1, 2018 Advisory Pure Premium Rate Filing to CA DOI

Oakland, CA – The WCIRB recently submitted its January 1, 2018 Pure Premium Rate Filing (Filing) to the California Department of Insurance (CDI) proposing advisory pure premium rates that average $2.01 per $100 of payroll, which is 14.3% less than the corresponding industry average filed pure premium rate of $2.34 as of July 1, 2017, and 0.5% more than the average approved July 1, 2017 advisory pure premium rate of $2.00. This proposed small increase follows five consecutive advisory pure premium…[Continue Reading]

Brian Allen Joins Mitchell’s ScriptAdvisor PBM Business

San Diego, CA – Mitchell recently announced that Brian Allen has joined its ScriptAdvisor Pharmacy Benefit Management business as Vice President of Governmental Affairs. Allen, a well-known veteran of the workers compensation PBM industry, will lead Mitchell’s efforts to advocate on behalf of patients and payers in the P&C industry. He joins the Pharmacy Solutions division and is part of its expanding leadership team designed to deliver better outcomes for Mitchell’s PBM customers…[Continue Reading]

OK Gov. Fallin Names New Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Commission Chairman

Oklahoma City, OK – Governor Mary Fallin recently named Mark Liotta as chairman of the Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Commission. Liotta, a former state representative from Tulsa, succeeds Robert Gilliland, whose term on the commission expires Aug. 25. Liotta’s appointment as chairman takes effect Aug. 26. He has completed two years of a six-year term; he was appointed by the governor on the recommendation of former House Speaker Jeff Hickman. “Mark is aware of the critical role…[Continue Reading]

Dr. Terrence Welsh Appointed Ohio BWC’s Chief Medical Officer

Columbus, OH – The former chief medical advisor for the Ohio Industrial Commission recently joined the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) as its chief medical officer as of Monday the 14th. Terrence B. Welsh, MD, who specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation, brings extensive experience with the workers’ compensation system to his role, where he will oversee all medical components of the agency and direct medical policy. “We had many outstanding candidates, but Dr. Welsh’s…[Continue Reading]

CA DWC to Dismiss More Than 292,000 Unresolved Liens

San Francsico, CA – The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) has announced that it will dismiss more than 292,000 unresolved liens by operation of law as of August 15. The liens belong to claimants who did not properly file the required Supplemental Lien form and 4903.05(c) Declaration form. Senate Bill 1160, which became effective January 1, required all lien claimants who filed a lien between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2016, and paid a filing fee, to file the forms by July 1. Lien claimants who failed to file…[Continue Reading]

OH Commissioner Gillmor of Looking Forward to Second Term with Industrial Commission

Columbus, OH – Governor John Kasich recently reappointed Commissioner Karen Gillmor as as a Commissioner with the Ohio Industrial Commission (IC) and as Chairman of the Self-Insuring Employers Evaluation Board for a term that began on July 1, 2017, and will end on June 30, 2023. Governor Kasich first appointed her to the IC in July 2011. Even though she has a career already filled with state and federal public service, Gillmor plans to add to her legacy of service as she begins her second term…[Continue Reading]

DEA Proposes 20% Reduction to Amount of Controlled Substances to be Manufactured in 2018

Washington, DC – The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration recently announced that it is proposing a reduction for controlled substances that may be manufactured in the U.S. next year by 20 percent as compared to 2017, per the proposed notice being published in the Federal Register on August 7, 2017 and available for public inspection. The DEA has proposed to reduce more commonly prescribed schedule II opioid painkillers, including oxycodone, hydrocodone, oxymorphone, hydromorphone, morphine…[Continue Reading]

Erica J. Bailey to Lead Maryland Insurance Administration’s Compliance and Enforcement Unit

Baltimore, MD – Maryland Insurance Commissioner Al Redmer, Jr. recently announced the appointment of Erica J. Bailey, Esquire as the Maryland Insurance Administration’s new Associate Commissioner, Compliance and Enforcement. Ms. Bailey brings 15 years of experience to the team, including the last ten investigating healthcare fraud as a prosecutor. As Associate Commissioner, Ms. Bailey will oversee the team responsible for regulatory oversight of domestic and foreign insurance companies…[Continue Reading]

CA DWC Medical Unit Accepting Applications for October 2017 Qualified Medical Evaluator Examination

San Francisco, CA – The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) is now accepting applications for the Qualified Medical Evaluator (QME) examination on October 21, 2017. QMEs are independent physicians certified by the DWC Medical Unit to conduct medical evaluations of injured workers. Applications for the QME exam may be downloaded from the DWC website. Applicants may also contact the Medical Unit at 510-286-3700 to request an application via U.S. mail, email or fax…[Continue Reading]

CA DWC Issues Notice of Public Hearing for Proposed Evidence-Based Updates to MTUS Regulations

San Francisco, CA – The Department of Industrial Relations’ Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) has issued a notice of public hearing on September 6, 2017 for proposed evidence-based updates to the Medical Treatment Utilization Schedule (MTUS) regulations by Administrative Director order pursuant to Labor Code section 5307.27(a). These proposed evidence-based updates to the MTUS incorporate by reference the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine’s (ACOEM’s) most recent…[Continue Reading]

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