December 14, 2017

Guest Post: Mark Pew on “The Intersection of Medicine and Disability” from NWCDC

Las Vegas, CA – At the 2017 #NWCDConf in Las Vegas on December 7, Dr. Marcos Iglesias (Chief Medical Officer for Broadspire) presented his perspective on the intersection of medicine and disability but it might not have been what attendees expected. Though the terms “impairment” and “disability” are often mistakenly used interchangeably, in his opinion they are two completely different concepts. Disability addresses a lack of function in an administrative or legal arena, its definition can…[Continue Reading]

Bardavon and Planned Administrators, Inc. to Launch Integrated Commercial Health and Workers’ Comp Solution

Overland Park, KS – At the National Workers’ Compensation and Disability Conference 2017 in Las Vegas, Nev., Bardavon Health Innovations and Planned Administrators, Inc. (PAI), a third party administrator for property and casualty, announced an integrated commercial health and workers’ compensation solution for large employers nationwide. Employers who participate in this program will be able to enhance workforce productivity and population health outcomes. These insights, not previously…[Continue Reading]

OK WCC Executive Director Kim Bailey Resigns, to Take Spot at Another State Agency

Oklahoma City, OK – The Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Commission (WCC) recently announced the resignation of Executive Director Kim Bailey. Bailey will be leaving her position to accept a critical role elsewhere in state government, to be announced at a later date. Bailey said, “I have worked with the WCC in various roles since its inception, and watched it develop as an extraordinarily efficient state agency. I believe I am leaving the WCC in a good place where it can continue to successfully…[Continue Reading]

Ohio Employers Receive $373,000 in Workplace Safety Grants

Columbus, OH – Sixteen Ohio employers will share $372,967 in grants from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) to purchase equipment designed to substantially reduce or eliminate workplace injuries and illnesses. “Ohio businesses recognize the value of investments in new safety tools and equipment that can protect their workers from injury,” said BWC Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison. “Safe, healthy workers are key to a successful business.” BWC approved…[Continue Reading]

Valen Analytics Points to Growing Insurance Industry Divide with Release of 2018 Outlook Report

Denver, CO – Valen Analytics®, an Insurity company, recently published its 2018 Outlook Report, which chronicles the deepening divide between insurance companies adopting incremental technological advances and those that believe it’s time to disrupt the insurance ecosystem. In the fifth iteration of the annual report, the company predicts how the growing split between insurers will impact the industry, as carriers of all sizes embrace technology, albeit with very different roadmaps…[Continue Reading]

Concordia Care, Inc. to Acquire Atlantic Imaging Group and iHCFA

Miami, FL – Concordia Care, Inc. recently announced its agreement to acquire Atlantic Imaging Group, a nationwide Diagnostic Testing Network (“DTN”) with contracted radiology facilities in 48 states. The combination of Atlantic’s long history of serving the workers’ compensation and no-fault auto accident sector, combined with Concordia’s “risk carve-out” programs for catastrophic, complex and large loss cases is compelling. The integration of Atlantic’s operational resources enhances…[Continue Reading]

MEMIC Announces Employee-Directed Charitable Contributions

Portland, ME – Michael Bourque, president and chief executive officer of The MEMIC Group recently announced that all employees of the specialty workers’ compensation insurance company may each direct $100 to a 501c3 charity “that captures their hearts” as part of the kick-off to the company’s 25th anniversary. Bourque made the announcement Friday evening at the company’s year-end holiday celebration. MEMIC employs more than 400 people from Maine to Florida…[Continue Reading]

TX Companies Earn DWC Lone Star Safety Program Awards

Austin, TX – The Division of Workers’ Compensation recently recognized multiple companies for exemplary workplace safety programs and low rates of work-related injuries and illnesses. Lauren Concrete was honored for reaching those goals at their Brenham, La Grange, and Waller locations. Workers’ Compensation Commissioner Ryan Brannan presented the company with their Lone Star Safety Program Award. Lauren Concrete manufactures ready-mix concrete. Commissioner Brannan…[Continue Reading]

MO Department of Insurance Recommends Decrease in Workers’ Comp Rates for 2018

Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri Department of Insurance is recommending a 3.0 percent decrease in workers’ compensation insurance loss costs for 2018, on top of a 4.0 percent decrease that took effect on August 1, 2017. This means that average workers’ compensation rates should decrease for the fourth year in a row. The 4.0 percent decrease in loss costs between Jan. 1, 2017 and August 1, 2017 is associated with a court decision published by the Missouri Court of Appeals…[Continue Reading]

UT DOL Occupational Safety and Health Division Releases 2016 Workplace Injury and Illness Statistics

Salt Lake City, UT – The Utah Labor Commission’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, has released 2016 nonfatal occupational injury and illness data for the state of Utah. The information was obtained through the annual Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses. There was a significant decrease in the overall combined incidence rate in the public and private sectors in Utah from 3.5 injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time…[Continue Reading]

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