May 22, 2017

Fitch: U.S. Commercial Lines Profitability Deteriorating, WC A Bright Spot

Fitch Ratings

Chicago, IL – The U.S. commercial lines insurance market segment reported its fourth consecutive underwriting profit in 2016, but the combined ratio deteriorated by 4 percentage points to 99% according to a new report from Fitch Ratings. Poor results tied to adverse loss reserve development posted in the last two years by traditional…[Continue Reading]

EMPLOYERS Names Thomas M. Warden Senior VP, Chief Data & Analytics Officer

Employers Insurance

Reno, NV – EMPLOYERS (NYSE: EIG) has named Thomas M. Warden as senior vice president, chief data and analytics officer for EMPLOYERS. Warden brings to EMPLOYERS strong experience in the fields of data and analytics with 30 years in the industry. This position reports directly to the chief operating officer, and is…[Continue Reading]

Ohio Tax Preparer Convicted of Workers’ Comp Fraud

Ohio BWC

Columbus, OH – A Cincinnati-area man who claimed to be permanently disabled from work while earning more than $100,000 preparing tax returns owes the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) nearly $57,000 in restitution. A judge ordered Fernando Cruz, of Maineville in Warren County, to pay BWC $2,000 up front, followed…[Continue Reading]

NCCI State of the Line Highlights Key Indicators of Workers Comp Industry

NCCI Holdings, Inc.

Boca Raton, FL – The National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) recently released its highly anticipated annual State of the Line Guide, the industry’s most extensive workers compensation market analysis. As presented in this year’s State of the Line Report, the workers compensation Calendar Year 2016 combined ratio…[Continue Reading]

Conference Chronicles: NCCI: Moral Imperative of Workers’ Compensation

Conference Chronicles

Orlando, FL – At the 2017 NCCI Annual Issues Symposium, Jonathan Haidt, Professor of Ethical Leadership from NYU Stern School of Business and noted author, discussed the important work done by our industry and our reason for doing it. The Triangle Shirtwaist fire in 1911 is credited with being the rallying point for the present workers’ compensation…[Continue Reading]

MI Doctor Sentenced to 15 Months in Prison for Illegally Prescribing Opioids

US Attorneys Office Seal

Grand Rapids, MI – Acting U.S. Attorney Andrew Birge recently announced that Doctor Horace Junior Davis, age 66, of Albion, Michigan, was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison for illegally prescribing opioid painkillers and committing healthcare fraud. U.S. District Judge Paul L. Maloney also ordered that Dr. Davis pay restitution…[Continue Reading]

NY State Psych Center Employee Falsified Report to Get Workers’ Comp

New York State Seal

Albany, NY – New York State Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott recently announced the arrest of a Central New York Psychiatric Center employee who falsified an incident report to fraudulently obtain Workers’ Compensation benefits by asserting that she was violently attacked by a patient when in fact she was the aggressor…[Continue Reading]

OR Gov Brown Announces Opioid Abuse & Dependency Task Force

Oregon State Seal

Salem, OR – Governor Kate Brown recently announced that she has tasked Senior Policy Advisor Jeff Rhoades with leading a statewide effort to combat opioid abuse and dependency. Rhoades will create a task force consisting of medical experts, drug treatment specialists, and government officials to identify and implement efforts…[Continue Reading]

AZ Gov Ducey Signs Legislation Establishing Drug Overdose Review Team

Arizona State Seal

Phoenix, AZ – Governor Doug Ducey recently signed legislation establishing a review team to investigate every drug overdose death in Arizona. The team will be comprised of the state’s top health, prevention, and public safety officials and will be tasked with collecting data on drug overdoses and coordinating with local stakeholders to…[Continue Reading]

CA DIR & DWC Suspend Michael R. Drobot, Steven Howser for Fraud

CA DIR

San Francisco, CA – The Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) and its Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) have suspended two more medical providers from participating in California’s workers’ compensation system. DWC Acting Administrative Director George Parisotto issued Orders of Suspension for the following providers, who had…[Continue Reading]

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