June 21, 2017

WCRI: 10-18% of Injured Workers in 15 States Never Reached Substantial RTW


Cambridge, MA – The Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) recently released six new state studies published by compare outcomes of injured workers in Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina, Virginia, and Wisconsin as well as nine other states. The outcomes examined include recovery of physical…[Continue Reading]

Three Resilient Students Awarded MEMIC Scholarships Totaling $15,000


Portland, ME – At its recent Annual Meeting of the Policyholders The MEMIC Group awarded $15,000 in scholarships to three children of workers who suffered serious workplace injuries. Cody Smith of Greenbush, Maine; Derek McGraw of Brooklin, Maine; and Shannon Bagoly of Winsted, Connecticut are this year’s MEMIC Harvey Picker…[Continue Reading]

William C. Bruce Named Executive Director of ACOEM


Washington, DC – William C. “Bill” Bruce, CAE, MBA, has been named executive director of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM), effective July 1, 2017, to replace the current director who has elected to retire. “We are thrilled to have Bill Bruce joining us as our new executive director,” said Charles…[Continue Reading]

CA DIR and Division of Workers’ Compensation Suspend Psychiatrist for Fraud


San Francisco, CA – The Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) and its Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) have suspended Pasadena psychiatrist Jason Hui-Tek Yang from participating in California’s workers’ compensation system. Dr. Yang was convicted in Riverside County Superior Court for his involvement in an insurance fraud conspiracy…[Continue Reading]

CWCI Reports Increase in CA Wages Will Require Increase in 2018 Workers’ Comp Benefits

California Workers Compensation Institute (CWCI)

Oakland, CA – California’s State Average Weekly Wage (SAWW) rose more than 3.6 percent to $1,206.92 in the year ending March 31, 2017, which the California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWCI) notes will boost temporary total disability (TTD) and permanent total disability (PTD) rates for 2018 work injury claims and other workers’ comp…[Continue Reading]

Amerisure Announces New VP of Finance


Farmington Hills, MI – Amerisure Insurance recently announced that Chris Spaude has been promoted to vice president of finance. In this position, Spaude directly reports to Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer Matt Simon. In his new position, Spaude will be responsible for, and collaborate with, Amerisure’s Strategic and Operational…[Continue Reading]

Ohio BWC Secures 11 Convictions in May

Ohio BWC

Columbus, OH – Ohioans convicted in May of workers’ compensation fraud and related charges include a Cleveland-area man serving time in a federal prison on corruption charges, a former Toledo man working as a home inspector in Tennessee and two men who claimed to be permanently disabled but were earning tens of thousands…[Continue Reading]

Harbor Health Systems Networks Receive Approvals for Telemedicine from CA DWC

Harbor Health Systems

Irvine, CA – Harbor Health Systems, a One Call Care Management company, recently announced that it is one of the first companies to receive approval from the California Department of Workers’ Compensation to offer telemedicine through its medical provider networks (MPNs). “This approval is a positive step forward in improving…[Continue Reading]

OR Restaurant & Lodging Association and SAIF Team Up to Reduce Worker Injuries


Salem, OR – The restaurant and lodging industries face some of the most difficult workplace safety challenges. To help protect the more than 167,000 workers engaged in making Oregon’s dining and overnight experiences picture perfect, the Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association (ORLA) and SAIF are joining forces. With SAIF’s…[Continue Reading]

MEMIC Honors Ten Employers for Outstanding Workplace Safety


Portland, ME – At its recent Annual Meeting of the Policyholders, The MEMIC Group presented awards for workplace safety to ten of its more than 20,000 policyholders. MEMIC Senior Vice President of Loss Control and Safety Services Karl Siegfried paid tribute to the following employers for their workplace safety efforts at the Portland…[Continue Reading]

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