December 7, 2017

CA DWC Posts Order Adopting Updates to Treatment Guidelines

San Francisco, CA – The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) has posted an order adopting regulations to update the evidence-based treatment guidelines of the Medical Treatment Utilization Schedule (MTUS). The updates, effective for medical treatment services rendered on or after December 1, 2017, incorporate by reference the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine’s (ACOEM’s) most recent treatment guidelines to the General Approaches, Clinical Topics, and Special Topics…[Continue Reading]

CO DOI: Workers’ Comp Loss Cost Will See Significant Reduction for 2018

Denver, CO – The Colorado Division of Insurance (DOI), part of the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA), recently approved a large reduction of 12.7 percent for the average “loss costs” component of workers’ compensation premiums for 2018. While this will be the fourth consecutive year without an increase, and this particular component has been dropping since 2014, it is a significant difference from the 2017 decrease of 2.4 percent. Loss costs are the average cost of lost wages and medical…[Continue Reading]

MT Governor Bullock Announces New Commissioner of Dept 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]

CA DWC to Hold Public Hearing for Proposed Regs for Medical Provider Suspension Process to Combat Fraud

San Francisco, CA – The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) today issued a notice of public hearing on proposed regulations to implement the provider suspension process required under Assembly Bill 1244. AB 1244 (Gray and Daly), which went into effect January 1, introduced new changes to the workers’ compensation system and requires the division’s Administrative Director to suspend any medical provider, physician or practitioner from participating in the workers’ compensation…[Continue Reading]

CA Workers’ Comp Insurers Advised to Reduce Rates to Reflect Decreasing Costs

Sacramento, CA – Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones adopted and issued a revised advisory pure premium rate, lowering the benchmark to $1.94 per $100 of payroll for workers’ compensation insurance, effective January 1, 2018. This is 17.1 percent less than the average pure premium rate of $2.34 California insurers filed as of July 1, 2017. Commissioner Jones’ decision results in an advisory pure premium rate that is slightly below the $1.96 average rate recommended…[Continue Reading]

OK AG Hunter Writes Letter to Feds Requesting Opioid Industry be Treated as Criminal Enterprise

Oklahoma City, OK – Attorney General Mike Hunter today sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions requesting the federal government pursue opioid manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). The letter comes one day after Attorney General Sessions was in Oklahoma to discuss criminal justice issues across the United States. Attorney General Hunter said the letter’s intent is to open communication…[Continue Reading]

Award Recognizes Oregon’s Return-to-Work Programs

alem, OR – The Oregon Workers’ Compensation Division (WCD) has received an award from a worldwide organization for the division’s ongoing efforts and track record of success in helping injured Oregon workers return to work. The International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions – the largest trade association of workers’ compensation agencies in North America – honored WCD with a 2017 President’s Award. Such awards recognize the contributions of regulators…[Continue Reading]

George Parisotto Appointed Administrative Director of CA DWC

Oakland, CA – The Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) recently to announced that Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. has appointed George Parisotto as administrative director of the Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC). “We are very pleased with the choice of George Parisotto as administrative director, as he has been a valued member of our department,” said Christine Baker, Director of the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR). DWC is a division of DIR. Parisotto has filled the post of…[Continue Reading]

Ohio BWC Awards $406,000 in Grants to Protect Ohio Firefighters

Columbus, OH – Thirty-eight Ohio fire departments will share $406,270 in grants from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) under a new program to reduce firefighters’ exposure to toxic environmental elements. The fire departments (listed below) are the first in the state to receive funding under BWC’s new Firefighter Exposure to Environmental Elements Grant Program, which provides $2 million a year to help departments purchase safety gear and equipment designed to protect…[Continue Reading]

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]

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