February 17, 2018

Cal/OSHA Reminds Employers to Post Annual Work-Related Injury and Illness Summaries

Oakland, CA – Cal/OSHA is reminding employers in California of the requirement to post their 2017 annual summaries of work-related injuries and illnesses. The summaries must be posted from February 1 through April 30. “Employers must post these summaries so that workers are aware of work-related injuries and illnesses that occurred the previous year,” said Cal/OSHA Chief Juliann Sum. “This requirement also promotes accurate recordkeeping and can help bring attention to…[Continue Reading]

KY Physician Guilty of Conspiring to Unlawfully Distribute and Dispense Controlled Substances and Health Care Fraud

Bowling Green, KY – United States Attorney Russell M. Coleman recently announced the guilty plea by former Warren County, Kentucky, physician Charles Fred Gott to multiple charges of unlawful distribution and dispensing of controlled substances and health care fraud, in United States District Court, before United States District Judge Greg N. Stivers. Charles Fred Gott, age 66, a formerly licensed physician in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, was initially indicted by grand jury in Bowling Green on…[Continue Reading]

ODG and Peers Health Expand Partnership to Include Data Collection and New Products

Seattle, WA – ODG, a leader in return to work and occupational health treatment guidelines, and Peers Health are proud to announce an extension of their multi-year partnership. In addition to providing technology and sales support, Peers will now supply ODG with new data it collects from industry participants and, through a data-sharing agreement, develop its own proprietary products applying advanced technologies in machine learning and artificial intelligence. ODG, a unit of MCG Health and part of…[Continue Reading]

Pinnacol Assurance Smashes Previous Community Outreach Records

Denver, CO – Pinnacol Assurance’s commitment to the community reached new heights in 2017, beating already impressive records for employee volunteering, charitable grants and charitable contributions. With customers in all 64 Colorado counties, they spread their efforts across the state to help nonprofits large and small. Through the employee-led Pinnacol in Action program, 80 percent of Pinnacol’s 600+ employees volunteered with a nonprofit in 2017, spending a record-breaking…[Continue Reading]

Former CA School Janitor Sentenced for Felony Insurance Fraud

Sacramento, CA – The Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office recently announced that Marcus Kelly pled no contest to felony insurance fraud. The Honorable Lawrence Brown sentenced Kelly to 30 days in county jail, 5 years formal probation and ordered him to pay restitution in the amount of $40,097.40. Kelly was employed by the Sacramento City Unified School District as a janitor. On September 9, 2014, he reported he had an unwitnessed slip-and-fall at work, resulting in reported back…[Continue Reading]

Stone Point Capital to Acquire Genex Services from Funds Advised by Apax Partners

Wayne, PA – Genex Services, a provider of cost containment services to the workers’ compensation, disability and auto industries, recently announced that funds managed by private equity firm Stone Point Capital LLC (”Stone Point”) have entered into a definitive agreement to acquire a majority interest in Genex from funds advised by Apax Partners, a global private equity firm. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2018. Founded in 1978, Genex helped introduce the medical management…[Continue Reading]

TX Appellate Court Reverses Lower Court’s Decision on Reimbursement Rates for Air Ambulance Services

Austin, TX – The Austin Court of Appeals has just issued a decision in a case involving the sky-high prices that air ambulances charge Texas workers’ compensation insurers. Workers’ compensation insurance is a heavily regulated line of insurance. In fact, the state-mandated insurance policy requires workers’ compensation insurers to pay lifetime medical costs for injured workers, but also mandates that they pay whatever state law requires. State law, in turn, requires that the Texas Department of Insurance…[Continue Reading]

SAIF Cooks Up Kitchen Safety Video Series

Salem, OR – When you think of workplace injuries, you probably think of high-risk industries like agriculture or logging. You probably don’t consider the restaurant industry, even though it has among the highest number of injuries per employee of any Oregon industry. That’s according to new data from SAIF, which found that restaurant workers had an injury frequency that was twice as high as that of the services industry as a whole. In 2017, SAIF received more than 2,700 injury claims from the restaurant industry…[Continue Reading]

Dane Street Announces Office Expansion to Accommodate Growth

Boston, MA – Dane Street recently announced that it will open its eighth office location on February 1, 2018 in Phoenix, AZ. This office will provide centralized support for the company’s rapidly growing customer base in AZ, CA, CO, NM, NV and UT. “We’re excited to be strengthening our presence in the southwest,” noted Will Fulton, Dane Street CEO. “We have grown our team in the region and the new office positions us to service clients on an even higher level. This expansion represents a…[Continue Reading]

Out Front Ideas Webinar: The Impact of Natural Disasters on Risk Management

St. Louis, MO – Out Front Ideas with Kimberly and Mark has announced its next complimentary webinar, noting that in 2017, there were 16 weather and climate disaster events with losses exceeding $1 billion each across the United States. The impact of these events far surpasses property damage. In fact, natural disasters can have a big impact on workers’ compensation and healthcare systems, including the risks faced by first responders, the disruption to your workforce and challenges to the benefit…[Continue Reading]

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