August 21, 2017

Ohio BWC Fraud Investigators Get Seven Convictions in July

Columbus, OH – The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation secured seven convictions in July of employers and injured workers who attempted to cheat the agency. The cases raise the year’s total convictions for BWC’s special investigations department (SID) to 90. “Workers’ compensation fraud raises the cost of the system for everyone involved,” said SID Director Jim Wernecke. “I hope these latest convictions serve as a reminder to those attempting to steal from BWC: We have investigators all over the state…[Continue Reading]

Daniel Schley Joins Go Transportation & Translation as COO

Winter Park, FL – Go Transportation & Translation (Go T&T), a transportation and translation company serving the workers’ compensation industry, has selected Daniel Schley as its Chief Operating Officer. Schley is based in the company’s Winter Park, Florida headquarters. Most recently, Schley was the president and owner of Executive Coaching Professionals in Jacksonville, Florida, where clients included healthcare organizations, pharmaceutical and medical device companies, and technology firms…[Continue Reading]

BETA Healthcare Group Maintains “A (Excellent)” Rating from A.M. Best

Alamo, CA -(BusinessWire)- BETA Healthcare Group (BETA), the largest professional liability insurer of hospitals on the West Coast, has maintained its “A (Excellent)” rating from A.M. Best, the oldest and most widely recognized provider of ratings for the insurance industry. The ratings are based upon the consolidation of BETA Healthcare Group Risk Management Authority and its affiliate, Health Providers Insurance Reciprocal, A Risk Retention Group, and the merger with ALPHA Fund in January 2017…[Continue Reading]

WA L&I Announces New Center of Excellence with Harborview for Severe Burn Recovery

Tumwater, WA – Burns are among the most painful on-the-job injuries. Each year, hundreds of workers in Washington are burned on the job so severely that they require specialized medical care. The care and support these injured workers receive are key to their recovery and return to work. The Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) and Harborview Medical Center recently announced a new Center of Excellence for medical care for burns. The new agreement expands workers’ access to a range of specialists…[Continue Reading]

CA WCIRB Submits January 1, 2018 Advisory Pure Premium Rate Filing to CA DOI

Oakland, CA – The WCIRB recently submitted its January 1, 2018 Pure Premium Rate Filing (Filing) to the California Department of Insurance (CDI) proposing advisory pure premium rates that average $2.01 per $100 of payroll, which is 14.3% less than the corresponding industry average filed pure premium rate of $2.34 as of July 1, 2017, and 0.5% more than the average approved July 1, 2017 advisory pure premium rate of $2.00. This proposed small increase follows five consecutive advisory pure premium…[Continue Reading]

OK WCC Hires Molly H. Lawyer for Tulsa-based Administrative Law Judge Position

Oklahoma City, OK – The Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Commission (WCC) recently announced the hiring of Molly H. Lawyer to serve as a Tulsa-based Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). She will take the bench on September 5, 2017. The WCC currently employs five administrative law judges and administered over 7,700 injury filings in 2016. Lawyer, of Tulsa, is a partner at the Latham, Wagner, Steel & Lehman law firm in Tulsa, OK. She defended workers’ comp claims on behalf of clients such as…[Continue Reading]

MS Woman Arrested for Submitting False Workers’ Comp Claim

Jackson, MS – Attorney General Jim Hood recently announced the arrest of a woman who submitted a false insurance claim for workers’ compensation benefits. Letticia Valerie White, 39, of Brookhaven, was arrested in Hazlehurst Tuesday by Investigator Michael Stevens with the Attorney General’s Insurance Integrity Enforcement Bureau. White was charged with one count false pretense after being indicted by the Claiborne County Grand Jury for failing to disclose a knee injury and treatment, which occurred…[Continue Reading]

IAIABC Concludes Third Year of Foundations of Workers’ Comp Administration Program

Middleton, WI – The IAIABC has concluded the third year of its Foundations of Workers’ Compensation Administration Program. The IAIABC Foundations Program provides participants from jurisdictional agencies with a comprehensive education in workers’ compensation policy and administration. Through webinars, self-paced modules, and a face-to-face course, the Foundations Program participants examined workers’ compensation administrative and regulatory topics at both a…[Continue Reading]

Chesapeake Employers Insurance Introduces “Safe Returns” Dividend Plan

Towson, MD – Chesapeake Employers’ Insurance Company, Maryland’s largest writer of workers’ compensation insurance, recently introduced its “Safe Returns” Dividend Plan. The plan rewards policyholders who prevent workplace accidents, keep workers safe, and losses low. Eligible policyholders could receive up to 25 percent of their premium in the form of a dividend. “When an insured is demonstrably and successfully invested in maintaining a safe workplace, everybody benefits,” says Kama Kolbe…[Continue Reading]

Brian Allen Joins Mitchell’s ScriptAdvisor PBM Business

San Diego, CA – Mitchell recently announced that Brian Allen has joined its ScriptAdvisor Pharmacy Benefit Management business as Vice President of Governmental Affairs. Allen, a well-known veteran of the workers compensation PBM industry, will lead Mitchell’s efforts to advocate on behalf of patients and payers in the P&C industry. He joins the Pharmacy Solutions division and is part of its expanding leadership team designed to deliver better outcomes for Mitchell’s PBM customers…[Continue Reading]

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