October 16, 2017

MI WCA: Workers’ Comp Premium Rate Continues Decline

Lansing, MI – Michigan’s Workers’ Compensation system continues to benefit workers and job providers as the state’s pure premium advisory rate for work comp insurance will decrease by 9.3 percent for 2018. The Michigan Workers’ Compensation Agency announced that the state will see a cumulative decrease of 45 percent from 2011-2018, saving Michigan employers an estimated $446 million in workers’ compensation premiums. The pure premium is instrumental in calculating a…[Continue Reading]

CWCI Offers On-Demand Webinar on California Workers’ Comp MTUS Formulary

Oakland, CA – The California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWCI) is offering an on-demand webinar to help workers’ comp claims, medical care, and legal professionals understand what to expect from California’s new workers’ comp Prescription Drug Formulary, slated to take effect January 1, 2018. The state is close to finalizing the Formulary regulations, and because the implementation date is rapidly approaching, CWCI presented the webinar live on October 4. The 90-minute session…[Continue Reading]

KY DOI Announces Overall Workers’ Comp Loss Costs to Decrease for 12th Consecutive Year

Frankfort, KY – The Kentucky Department of Insurance (DOI) recently announced the approval of the 2017 rate filing used to develop rates for workers’ compensation coverage. For the twelfth consecutive year, the filing shows an overall decrease in Kentucky’s loss costs. A loss cost is the average compensation for lost wages based on the level of disability, plus medical benefit payments. DOI Commissioner Nancy Atkins attributes the decrease to the hard work of Kentucky employers and workers. “We were very…[Continue Reading]

OK Gov. Fallin Touts Reform Efforts at Workers’ Comp Commission Educational Conference

Norman, OK – Governor Mary Fallin recently announced results of various workers’ compensation reforms passed in 2013. The governor highlighted the significant reduction in time delays of claims for injured workers to receive health care benefits, a reduction in injured-worker case filings, decreasing costs of insurance premiums, and efficiencies at the Workers’ Compensation Commission (WCC). The percentage of cases going to trial has dramatically decreased, with the majority of…[Continue Reading]

Ohio BWC Captures Industry Awards at IAIABC Convention

Columbus, OH – The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) collected two international awards for its innovative response to the opioid epidemic and for an employee regarded as an up-and-comer in the work comp industry. The International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions (IAIABC) named BWC’s pharmacy department the winner of its second annual Innovation Award for its contest entry, “Saving Lives – Building a Model Pharmacy Program Amid a Deadly Epidemic…[Continue Reading]

CA DWC to Lift Dismissal Notice on Lien Declarations Filed on July 2-3

San Francisco, CA – The Department of Industrial Relations’ Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) will this week lift the notation in its Electronic Adjudication Management System (EAMS) that indicates all liens with Labor Code section 4903.05(c) declarations filed on July 2 and July 3 were dismissed. Under this Labor Code provision, a Senate Bill 1160 mandate to combat workers’ compensation fraud, all lien claimants who filed a lien between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2016…[Continue Reading]

CWCI Schedules to Hold Webinars on California’s MTUS Formulary

Oakland, CA – The California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWCI) will conduct a webinar from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. PT on October 4 to help workers’ comp claims, medical and legal professionals gear up for the January 1 implementation of the new Medical Treatment Utilization Schedule (MTUS) Drug Formulary mandated by AB 1124. The clock is ticking down to the January 1, 2018 effective date for the Formulary, so once the regulations are adopted, stakeholders will need to get up to speed…[Continue Reading]

Idaho Workers’ Comp Rates to Decrease for 2018

Boise, ID – The Idaho Department of Insurance has received a proposal from the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) for an overall rate change of -5.8% percent to workers’ compensation insurance to become effective January 1, 2018. “We are pleased to announce this reduction which will help Idaho businesses,” said Department Director Dean Cameron. “The change in the 2018 workers compensation rates reflects improvement in Idaho’s worker compensation…[Continue Reading]

PhRMA Announces Support for Seven-Day Script Limit on Opioid Medicines for Acute Pain

Washington, DC – Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America president and CEO Stephen J. Ubl recently issued the following statement: “As part of our commitment to advancing a multifaceted solution to address the opioid crisis, today PhRMA is announcing it supports policies limiting the supply of opioids to seven days for acute pain treatment. We are taking this step because we believe the worsening opioid epidemic demands additional solutions, with new protections for patients…[Continue Reading]

NY Governor Announces Aggressive New Actions to Combat Fentanyl Crisis

Albany, NY – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced a series of aggressive new actions to combat the fentanyl crisis in communities across New York State. The Governor will advance legislation to add 11 fentanyl analogs to the state controlled substances schedule, giving law enforcement the ability to go after the dealers who manufacture and sell. To further protect New Yorkers, the Governor is also directing the New York State Department of Financial Services to take immediate action…[Continue Reading]

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