February 21, 2018

MI Gov. Rick Snyder Appoints Sims to Workers’ Compensation Board of Magistrates

Lansing, MI – Gov. Rick Snyder recently announced the appointment of John Sims of Marshall to the Workers’ Compensation Board of Magistrates. The 17-member board hears administrative claims for benefits and resolve disputes arising under the Workers’ Disability Compensation Act. “I thank John for his commitment to this board and to fairly and effectively serving the people of Michigan,” said Snyder. Sims is the president and an attorney for the law office of Sims and Stern P.C. He has been an active…[Continue Reading]

NAMSAP Urges CMS to Align Opioid Allocation Policy with Evidence-Based Medicine

Elmhurst, IL – Members of the National Alliance of Medicare Set-Aside Professionals’ Evidence-Based Medicine Committee recently urged CMS representatives to use more sensible pharmacy allocations in Workers’ Compensation MSAs (WCMSAs) that have chronic opioid prescriptions. CMS’s policy is to allocate the cost of opioids over the full life expectancy of the beneficiary at the same dosage and frequency that have been prescribed in the six to 12 months prior to MSA submission…[Continue Reading]

AAPAN to Expand Workers’ Compensation PBM Advocacy in 2018

Washington, DC – The American Association of Payers, Administrators and Networks (AAPAN) recently announced that it will significantly increase its advocacy efforts in 2018 to ensure that state legislators and regulators better understand the value workers’ compensation pharmacy benefits management (PBM) entities provide. Those advocacy efforts will be guided by the association’s Workers’ Compensation PBM Counsel. Counsel participants include Express Scripts, Mitchell International…[Continue Reading]

WY DWS: Workers’ Compensation Premium Credit Window Expiring Soon

Cheyenne, WY – The ability to claim a premium credit for Wyoming employers enrolled in the workers’ compensation program is set to expire on January 31, 2018. The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services (DWS) started issuing premium credits to eligible Wyoming employers this past August. Jason Wolfe, Administrator for the Office of Standards and Compliance at DWS, said, “Over 6,000 Wyoming employers who are eligible to claim this credit have yet to do so. Of those, roughly 1,000 are eligible…[Continue Reading]

Two LA Businesses Earn LAWorks Award for Workplace Safety and Health Management

Baton Rouge, LA – The Louisiana Workforce Commission’s (LWC) Office of Workers’ Compensation Administration (OWCA) OSHA/Safety Consultation Section recently announced R&R Home Care, Inc., of Mandeville, La., and Haven Nursing Center, Inc. of Columbia, La. as 2017 LAWorks Award winners. The awards were presented to each company in December. Businesses in Louisiana are eligible to apply for participation in a free safety program aimed at making workplaces safer for employees and…[Continue Reading]

Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) Urges Legislators to Reform Worker’s Comp System

Madison, WI – Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) recently delivered nearly 400 petitions from employers in every corner of the state to lawmakers urging them to reform the worker’s compensation system and pass the medical fee schedule that was unanimously supported by the Worker’s Compensation Advisory Council last fall. The petitions are on top of a letter from 49 Wisconsin executives, consisting of CEOs of road construction firms to major manufacturers…[Continue Reading]

New WCRI Webinar Examines Hospital Reimbursement in Several States

Cambridge, MA – In response to higher and rising hospital costs for medical care received by injured workers, several states have made changes to their hospital reimbursement, specifically Florida, Georgia, Indiana, and North Carolina. Join the Worker Compensation Research Institute’s (WCRI) Senior Analyst Carol Telles for a one-hour webinar on Thursday, January 18, 2018, at 1pm ET (12pm CT, 11am MT, and 10am PT) as she discusses the impact of these policy changes in the above states…[Continue Reading]

CA DWC Posts Additional Adjustments to OMFS (Physician Services / Non-Physician Practitioner Services)

San Francisco, CA – The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) has posted an order adjusting the Physician Services/Non-Physician Practitioner Services section of the Official Medical Fee Schedule (OMFS) to conform to relevant 2018 changes in the Medicare payment system as required by Labor Code section 5307.1. The order is the second Administrative Director order for the 2018 update to the Physician and Non-Physician Practitioner Fee Schedule. It adopts a revised Relative Value…[Continue Reading]

TX Division of Workers’ Compensation Announces Performance Based Oversight Results

Austin, TX – The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) has released the 2017 Health Care Provider Performance Based Oversight (PBO) assessment results. Heath care providers were assessed on their performance in one of three categories: timely filing the DWC Form-069, Report of Medical Evaluation; completeness of the DWC Form-073, Work Status Report; or documentation supporting why the injured employee was prevented from returning to work as reported…[Continue Reading]

OK Workers’ Compensation Commission Announces Organizational Changes

Okalhoma City, OK – The Workers’ Compensation Commission (WCC) recently voted to adopt an updated organizational chart, and change the names of an internal division and a working group. The changes come in an effort to more accurately reflect to the public the actual services provided by the Commission. The first of these improvements is changing the division name of Insurance Services to Permitting Services. Chairman Liotta stated, “We regularly get calls about securing workers’ compensation…[Continue Reading]

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