March 18, 2018

CWCI: California WC IMR Volume Fell Slightly In 2017, But Outcomes Held Steady

Oakland, CA – New data on the Independent Medical Review (IMR) process used to resolve California workers’ comp medical disputes show that IMR volume dipped for the first time ever in 2017, but the outcomes were unchanged as IMR physicians again upheld 91.2% of modified or denied medical service requests that they reviewed. The California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWCI) analysis is based on a review of 648,450 IMR decision letters issued from 2014 through 2017 in response to…[Continue Reading]

VT Governor Scott Announces Workers’ Comp Rate Decrease for Second Consecutive Year

Montpelier, VT – Governor Phil Scott recently announced that workers’ compensation insurance rates will continue to improve for a second year in a row. It will cost less for most Vermont employers when the new rates approved by the Department of Financial Regulation (DFR) become effective on April 1. “I am pleased to announce this substantial decrease in workers’ compensation rates, which will directly lower the cost of doing business in Vermont,” said Scott. “This is good news for Vermont employers…[Continue Reading]

CA WCIRB Elects New Committee Members at Annual Meeting

Oakland, CA – The WCIRB recently held its 102nd Annual Meeting in Oakland for the purpose of electing new insurer members to the Governing Committee and Classification and Rating Committee to fill vacancies created by expiring terms. Committee members elected at the meeting will serve a three-year term expiring at the Annual Meeting in 2021.
On behalf of the membership, WCIRB EVP and Chief Actuary David Bellusci thanked outgoing committee members and recognized…[Continue Reading]

A.M. Best Affirms Pinnacol’s A- Rating

Denver, CO – For the third year in a row, Pinnacol Assurance, Colorado’s leading workers’ compensation insurer, has received an A- (Excellent) rating with a stable outlook from the global credit rating agency A.M. Best. Pinnacol received the rating as a result of its strong financial footing, solid underwriting and operating performance, and leading position in the Colorado workers’ compensation market. A.M. Best also recognized Cake, Pinnacol’s new digital platform for small businesses that come to…[Continue Reading]

Out Front Ideas Webinar: Workforce Well-Being: Bridging Health and Productivity

St. Louis, MO – Out Front Ideas with Kimberly and Mark has announced its next complimentary webinar, noting that workforce wellbeing is critically important to human resources and risk management because it affects both the top- and bottom-line performance of an organization. Because of this, wellbeing programs that focus equally on employees’ personal health and professional productivity needs are becoming essential to help attract and retain talent. The webinar will feature experts in the areas…[Continue Reading]

WCRI Adds New Conference Session: Ohio’s Success in Reducing Injured Workers at Risk for Opioid Problems

Cambridge, MA – A new and informative session has been added to the agenda for the Workers Compensation Research Institute’s 34th Annual Research & Issues Conference, March 22-23 in Boston, MA. The new session is titled “Saving Lives—Building a Modern Pharmacy Program amid a Deadly Epidemic” and replaces the session “The Effect of Fee Schedules on Access to Care.” “The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (OBWC) has taken some important steps to address the opioid issue…[Continue Reading]

Restore Rehabilitation Makes Major Investments to Strengthen Foundation

Owings Mills, MD – In response to exponential growth, Restore Rehabilitation, LLC (Restore) recently announced that it has made the strategic decision to make several major reinvestments. Founder and CEO, Pam Anthony, RN, BSN, CDMS, CCM commented: “I recognize as a professional services organization in today’s world, we have two main areas that we must reinvest: people and technology. We elected to infuse capital into both of these areas in a significant way in 2018.” The technology…[Continue Reading]

Owner of CA Temp Labor Co. Convicted of Felony Workers’ Comp Insurance Premium Fraud

Modesto, CA – Stanislaus County District Attorney Birgit Fladager recently announced that Aileen Ramirez, age 31, of Denair, has been convicted of felony workers’ compensation insurance premium fraud. This conviction resulted from a joint investigation by the California Department of Insurance, Fraud Division and the Amador County Workers’ Compensation Fraud Unit, which investigates and prosecutes insurance fraud cases in Amador, Stanislaus, Calaveras, and Tuolumne Counties through…[Continue Reading]

CA WCIRB Releases Study on Chronic Opioid Use

Oakland, CA – The WCIRB recently announced the release of its Study of Chronic Opioid Use and Weaning in California Workers’ Compensation. This Study uses data from the WCIRB databases of medical transaction records and unit statistical reports to help understand the cost implications of chronic opioid use and the process of weaning injured workers off of opioids in California workers’ compensation. Key findings of the Study include: Claims involving chronic opioid use cost more than nine times…[Continue Reading]

IAIABC to Explore Telehealth in Work Comp at The Forum 2018

iddleton, WI – As telehealth gains traction in workers’ compensation, state officials are seeking insight into the practice so they can develop a balanced regulatory response. Attendees will explore telehealth practices at a half-day workshop on April 18, 2018 during The IAIABC Forum in Atlanta. The session will stimulate important discussion on administrative, legal, clinical, and security issues. MedRisk, a workers’ compensation physical rehabilitation provider, will begin the program with a simulated physical…[Continue Reading]

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