December 15, 2017

TDI-DWC Seeking Input for Development of Lumbar Spine MRI Plan-Based Audit

Austin, TX – The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (TDI-DWC) seeks input on the development of a Lumbar Spine MRI Plan-Based Audit (Plan-Based Audit) to evaluate the appropriateness of a doctor’s decision and recordkeeping that supports the ordering of lumbar spine MRIs prior to one month of conservative therapy. The Plan-Based Audit sets the scope, methodology, selection criteria, and program area responsibilities as laid out in the Medical Quality Review…[Continue Reading]

CA Labor Commissioner Stresses Importance of Valid Workers’ Comp Insurance

Oakland, CA – Labor Commissioner Julie A. Su is reminding employers they must maintain valid workers’ compensation insurance coverage or its equivalent. Employers who purchased insurance with American Labor Alliance and CompOne USA are advised that the companies are not licensed to sell insurance in California. “Employers who bought workers’ compensation insurance policies from these two firms do not have policies that meet the requirement to provide coverage and must…[Continue Reading]

New WCRI Study Examines Delaware Fee Schedule Changes

Cambridge, MA – A new report from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI), Evaluation of the 2015, 2016, and 2017 Fee Schedule Changes in Delaware, provides policymakers and other stakeholders with the ability to examine all three rounds of the Delaware fee schedule changes enacted in House Bill (HB) 373. “In many states, policymakers and other stakeholders are looking to fee schedules to help control the growth of medical care costs in their workers’ compensation systems…[Continue Reading]

TDI-DWC Seeking Input on Development of Medical Quality Review CY 2018 Annual Audit Plan

Austin, TX – The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation recently announced that it is seeking informal input from workers’ compensation system participants concerning potential categories for the 2018 Medical Quality Review Annual Audit Plan. The Annual Plan sets the priorities for audits the Medical Quality Review Panel (MQRP) will initiate during the upcoming year per Section IV of the Annual Plan. This includes the scope, methodology, selection criteria, and…[Continue Reading]

MT Governor Bullock Announces New Commissioner of Department of Labor & Industry

Helena, MT – Montana Governor Steve Bullock recently announced he has appointed Galen Hollenbaugh to serve as the Commissioner of the Montana Department of Labor & Industry. “Montana’s economy is growing, and we need a strong leader at the Department of Labor & Industry who will ensure the state can keep pace with the rate of business growth and demand for skilled workers,” said Governor Bullock. “I’m confident Galen brings the right combination of expertise and energy to steer…[Continue Reading]

NC Workplace Injury and Illness Rate Unchanged from Previous Year

Raleigh, NC – New figures show North Carolina’s workplace injury and illness rate for private industry in 2016 was statistically unchanged from its historic low in 2015. The 2016 rate is 2.5 cases per 100 full-time workers, compared to 2.6 in 2015. The Tar Heel state remains one of the safest states in which to work with a rate below the national average of 2.9 cases per 100 full-time workers. “I take great pride in the fact that North Carolina’s injury and illness rate has dropped…[Continue Reading]

CA Commissioner Orders Two Companies to Stop Selling Workers’ Comp Policies

Sacramento, CA – California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones recently issued a Decision and Order requiring a central valley company and its affiliates to stop selling workers’ compensation and liability policies because it is not properly licensed with the Department of Insurance. “My Decision protects California employers who unknowingly purchase insurance from companies that are not licensed by the California Department of Insurance,” said Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones…[Continue Reading]

IN DOL Announces Workplace Injuries and Illnesses Lowest in State History

Indianapolis, IN – The Indiana Department of Labor (IDOL) recently released the annual nonfatal workplace injury and illness report for 2016. Indiana’s nonfatal occupational injury and illness rate is the lowest in state history with an estimated 3.5 injuries or illnesses per 100 full-time workers. The 2016 rate represents an eight percent decrease from 2015’s previous historically low rate of 3.8, and the fifth consecutive year the injury and illness rate has been at or below 4.0. “We are proud of our Hoosier workforce…[Continue Reading]

FL OIR Approves 9.5% Decrease in Workers’ Comp Insurance Rates

Tallahassee, FL – Florida Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier recently issued a Final Order​ granting approval to the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) for a statewide overall rate level decrease of 9.5% and premium level decrease of 9.8%. This applies to both new and renewal workers’ compensation insurance policies effective in Florida as of January 1, 2018. “I am pleased that today’s approval of NCCI’s rate filing will translate into a decrease in workers’ compensation rates…[Continue Reading]

DEA to Emergency Schedule All Fentanyls

Washington, DC – The Department of Justice recently announced that the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) intends to take immediate action against the flow of illicit fentanyl analogues into this country and the alarming increase in overdose deaths linked to synthetic opioids by scheduling all fentanyl-related substances on an emergency basis. When the DEA’s order takes effect, anyone who possesses, imports, distributes, or manufactures any illicit fentanyl analogue will be subject to criminal..[Continue Reading]

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