March 22, 2018

OK Workers’ Comp Commission: People Answer the Phone Here Now, Not Machines

Oklahoma City, OK – The Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Commission (WCC) has replaced their automated answering service with a live operator during normal hours of operations. Commenting on the reason behind the change, Commissioner Mark Liotta said, “I just find it extremely frustrating to call my government and be met with a recording and computerized options to direct my call, and eventually being put on hold, sent to a voice mailbox, or my call being dropped.” Liotta continued, “I want to talk my issue…[Continue Reading]

CWCI Report Revisits 24-Hour Coverage and Integration with California Workers’ Comp

Oakland, CA – As public policymakers continue to debate the future of healthcare coverage in the U.S., including efforts by the Trump Administration and Congress to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and a proposal in California (AB 562) calling for the state to adopt a single-payer, “Medicare-for-All” system, the California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWCI) has released a white paper that examines the issues, opportunities, and unresolved problems surrounding the integration of…[Continue Reading]

NV Insurance Commissioner Approves Filings for Moderate Workers’ Comp Loss-Cost, Assigned-Risk Rate Changes

Carson City, NV – Commissioner Barbara D. Richardson recently approved two filings from the National Council on Compensation Insurance (“NCCI”). Compared to previous years, these filings are different as one of them will take effect March 1, 2018 while the other will take effect on March 15, 2018. An average decrease of 2.3 percent for Nevada workers’ compensation voluntary insurance loss costs and an average increase of 0.2 percent for Nevada workers’ compensation assigned-risk rates will take…[Continue Reading]

TDI-DWC Accepting Comment on New Rules Regarding Telemedicine Delivery

Austin, TX – The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (TDI-DWC) is accepting public comments on proposed new 28 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) §133.30. New §133.30 expands access to telemedicine services in the Texas workers’ compensation system by allowing health care providers to bill and be reimbursed for telemedicine services regardless of where the injured employee is located at the time the services are delivered. Health care providers must follow…[Continue Reading]

MT Insurance Commissioner Rosendale Approves Decrease in Work Comp Loss Costs

Helena, MT – Insurance Commissioner Matt Rosendale has approved a nearly 11 percent reduction in Montana workers compensation loss costs. The 10.7 percent overall average decrease was filed by the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) and will take effect on July 1, 2018. “This is fantastic news for Montana’s businesses, from small mom and pop shops to large companies,” Rosendale said. “This is the biggest decrease we’ve seen in seven years, following the bipartisan reforms I helped…[Continue Reading]

TN Moves Workers’ Compensation Cases Online to Make Filings More Efficient

Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) now uses an innovative new system that allows attorneys and self-represented litigants to file documents without printing copies or traveling to BWC offices across the state. The new TNComp electronic filing system allows all parties to file contested case pleadings in a more efficient and cost-effective manner. Since BWC started its trial and appellate courts in 2014, both litigants and counsel have had the convenience of…[Continue Reading]

Ohio BWC: Opioid Dependence Continues to Fall in OH Work 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 fiscal year 2017…[Continue Reading]

LA Governor, Attorney General Announce Coordinated Effort Against Opioid Manufacturers

Baton Rouge, LA – Governor John Bel Edwards and Attorney General Jeff Landry recently announced they have agreed to coordinate efforts in the State of Louisiana’s litigation against opioid manufacturers. Under this agreement, the Attorney General’s office will take over primary responsibility for the suit filed by the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) in the 19th Judicial District Court. Furthermore, the Attorney General’s office will lead the efforts with other state agencies and departments to pursue…[Continue Reading]

IAIABC Announces Six States have Early EDI Claims 3.1 Adoption Plans, More on the Way

Middleton, WI – The International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions (IAIABC) is the leader in development of electronic data interchange standards for the transmission of workers’ compensation data in the U.S. The most commonly used standard is IAIABC EDI Claims, which is currently implemented in 38 states. In August 2017, the IAIABC published a new release of its Claims Standard, IAIABC EDI Clams Release 3.1. Six states have published adoption dates for the new…[Continue Reading]

NCCI Previews Hot Topics in Workers’ Compensation for 2018

Boca Raton, FL – NCCI recently released a synopsis and video on hot topics in workers’ compensation for 2018, noting that as legislative sessions begin across the states, new legislative proposals are already on the horizon that may shape many of the issues on their radar. Some of the issues that NCCI will track throughout the year include: Legalization of Marijuana: States continue to legalize marijuana for medical and recreational use; however, it is still illegal and classified as a Schedule I drug…[Continue Reading]

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