December 18, 2017

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]

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]

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