June 19, 2018

ReEmployAbility Appoints Tom Blackwell as National Sales Manager

Tampa, FL – ReEmployAbility recently announced a new addition to its leadership team with the appointment of Tom Blackwell as National Sales Manager. With over 15 years of experience, Tom brings to our sales team an extensive background in developing, implementing, and marketing complex business solutions in the workers compensation and medical industries. “Tom has already proven to be a great addition to the team,” ReEmployAbility’s Director of Sales and Client Services, Victoria Giuliani, said. “His sales…[Continue Reading]

NY Orthopedic Surgeon Sentenced, Forfeits License, Must Pay $87k for Theft from Workers’ Comp System

Albany, NY – New York State Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott recently announced that a central New York orthopedic surgeon was sentenced for running an ongoing scheme that defrauded the Workers’ Compensation system by nearly $87,000. Dr. Gregory B. Shankman, of Clinton, was sentenced in Oneida County Court for his previous guilty plea to two counts of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the Second Degree. At sentencing, Shankman surrendered his license to practice…[Continue Reading]

TDI Workers’ Comp Research & Evaluation Group Releases Report on Multiple Injuries & Claims

Austin, TX – The Texas Department of Insurance’s Workers’ Compensation Research and Evaluation Group (REG) recently released a new report that sought to investigate how common multiple injury claims are in the Texas workers’ compensation system, to estimate reinjury rates by demographic and injury characteristics, and to examine risk factors of multiple injury by comparing injured employees of single injury with those of multiple injuries. Key findings from the report included that about 40 percent of new…[Continue Reading]

WCRI: Average Total Cost per WC Claim Changed Little in Indiana Since 2013 Reform Took Effect

Cambridge, MA – The average total cost per workers’ compensation claim in Indiana was stable in the years since the state enacted workers’ compensation system reforms, according to a recent Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) study. The study, CompScope™ Benchmarks for Indiana, 18th Edition, provides a look at changes in the Indiana workers’ compensation system following the enactment in 2013 of House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1320. The legislation included the implementation…[Continue Reading]

Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Commission Hires General Counsel

Oklahoma City, OK – In a special public meeting, the Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Commission voted unanimously to hire Sarah Greenwaltas the agency’s new General Counsel. The General Counsel will act as a legal advisor to the three commissioners of the WCC. Ms. Greenwalt’s employment will begin June 25th, 2018. She will report directly to Commissioners Mark Liotta, Jordan Russell and Megan Tilly. Chairman Liotta said, “Sarah Greenwalt brings a broad mix of governmental legal…[Continue Reading]

CA Doctor and Unqualified Interpreter Charged with Workers’ Comp Fraud

San Jose, CA – A doctor and an unqualified medical interpreter were arraigned last week on felony fraud charges for conspiring to bilk insurance companies out of thousands by billing for translation services that were illegal or non-existent. In some cases, Gabriela Pacheco, of San Jose, simply substituted her unqualified family members to do the translations, which are required by state law to be done by a certified interpreter. In other cases, Pacheco billed companies for patients with Latino surnames…[Continue Reading]

CA State Fund Program Reduces Opioid Prescriptions by 60 Percent

San Francisco, CA – State Compensation Insurance Fund, California’s stable provider of workers’ compensation insurance, has significantly reduced the number of opioid prescriptions for injured workers by 60 percent since launching its opioid-reduction program in 2014. State Fund implemented a comprehensive opioid-reduction strategy that took a two-pronged approach, which included: 1) early prevention in new cases and 2) reduction of chronic opioid usage in existing cases. “The opioid-reduction…[Continue Reading]

NYS WCB Proposes New Medical Fee Schedule to Improve Access and Medical Care for Injured Workers

Albany, NY – The New York State Workers’ Compensation Board recently released a proposed increase in medical reimbursement to providers who treat workers’ compensation patients. The new, proposed medical fee schedule includes an overall fee increase for all provider types, as well as additional increases for certain specialty provider groups to potentially raise the number of authorized providers for injured workers. The proposed changes to the Medical Fee Schedule were published in the State…[Continue Reading]

Kenneth Martino Joins MedRisk as Executive Vice President of Business Development

King of Prussia, PA – MedRisk has named Kenneth Martino, CPCU Executive Vice President of Business Development. His responsibilities include identifying and evaluating business development opportunities both domestically and internationally, including analyzing competitive and market trends, developing and managing strategic partnerships, acquisition identification and integration and organic growth strategies. “Ken understands the complexity of our marketplace and his experience will help us…[Continue Reading]

CEO of Team Work Ready Gets More Than 19 Years for $18 Million Health Care Fraud Scheme

Houston, TX – The CEO of Team Work Ready (TWR) has received a significant federal sentence for conspiracy, health care fraud, wire fraud and money laundering, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick along with Special Agent in Charge Christopher Cave of the U.S. Postal Service – Office of Inspector General (USPS-OIG), Special Agent in Charge Steven Grell of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) – OIG, Assistant Special Agent in Charge Ramsey Covington of IRS-Criminal Investigation (CI), Special…[Continue Reading]

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