October 16, 2017

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]

One Call Appoints Brian Griffith as Chief Sales and Marketing Officer

Jacksonville, FL – One Call Care Management recently announced that it has appointed Brian Griffith as chief sales and marketing officer. “With his extensive leadership experience in the property and casualty industry and his deep knowledge of the workers’ compensation space, Brian is uniquely equipped to drive critical growth strategies and initiatives across the One Call platform. This, coupled with Brian’s experience leading sales and marketing for a Fortune 500 firm, will bring the discipline…[Continue Reading]

PCI Elects New Officers to Board of Governors

Chicago, IL – The Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) recently elected new officers to its Board of Governors during the association’s annual meeting. Kurt Bock, CEO, COUNTRY Financial was elected as PCI’s chair; Pete McPartland, chairman of the board, president and CEO, Sentry Insurance was elected first vice chair; and Jim Brannen, CEO, FBL Financial Group was elected second vice chair. “We are thrilled that Kurt will be taking the wheel of PCI…[Continue Reading]

MedRisk Webinar Features World Renowned Pain Management Expert Chris Main, PhD

King of Prussia, PA – MedRisk recently announced that it will host a 90-minute webinar presented by Chris Main, PhD, an international expert in the biopsychosocial approach to pain management. The “Psychologically Informed Practice in the Occupational Health Environment” will start at 10 a.m. Eastern on October 27. “This is a rare opportunity to hear from one of the world’s foremost authorities on the biopsychosocial approach to managing pain in the workplace,” said Mary O’Donoghue…[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]

Concordia Care, Inc Expands Senior Management Team, Names Berardo CEO

Miami, FL – Concordia Care, Inc. recently announce the appointment of Joseph Berardo, Jr. as CEO, as well as the expansion of its management team. Concordia helps insurers, government entities, self-insured plan sponsors and other managed care organizations improve healthcare outcomes using a patient-centered care program that leverages biopsychosocial science, predictive data analytics and evidence-based best practices to improve outcomes and reduce overall cost of quality care…[Continue Reading]

NY Man Pleads Guilty to Nearly $10,000 in Workers’ Comp Fraud

Buffalo, NY – New York State Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott recently announced the arrest and guilty plea of a City of Buffalo man on charges he defrauded the Workers’ Compensation system of nearly $10,000 in benefits to which he was not entitled because he had returned to work but continued collecting benefits as if he was not employed. Arnold Fassbinder, 55, of Royal Avenue, Buffalo, was today charged with and pleaded guilty in Erie County Court to one count…[Continue Reading]

Mitchell Announces Investment in Telehealth Company Consumer Health Connections

San Diego, CA – Mitchell recently announced it has invested in Consumer Health Connections, a telehealth and telepresence company that serves the Workers’ Compensation industry, demonstrating Mitchell’s commitment to its position as a leader in technology for the P&C industry. Mitchell did not disclose the terms of the investment. Telehealth is one of the fastest growing segments of the healthcare industry – the American Medical Association reports that 70 percent of all healthcare visits could…[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]

Mark Bilger Joins York as Chief Information Officer

Parsippany, NJ – York Risk Services Group (York) recently announced that Mark Bilger has joined the company as Chief Information Officer. In this role, Mark will oversee York’s enterprise IT infrastructure, operations, support, and corporate security. He will also lead the technology teams and manage the development of York’s technology solutions. Mr. Bilger has more than 35 years’ experience developing and driving technology strategies and solutions. Prior to joining York, he held executive…[Continue Reading]

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