December 4, 2017

NY Medical Transport Co Owners Sentenced for Falsifying Workers’ Comp Cert, Stealing From Medicaid

Binghamton, NY – New York State Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott and Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman recently announced that the husband and wife owners of Binghamton’s Yellow Medi-Van and Taxi, Inc., have been sentenced for failing to provide Workers’ Compensation coverage for their employees, misleading regulators about their business’s qualifications, and receiving Medicaid funds to which they were not entitled. As part of a plea agreement…[Continue Reading]

Travelers Launches New Digital Capability to Streamline Workers’ Comp Claims

Hartford, CT – The Travelers Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TRV) recently announced it has launched a new digital self-service capability that streamlines the workers compensation claim process. MyTravelers® for Injured Employees is a secure, web-based tool that provides injured employees with all the information they need to easily manage their claim from start to finish on their mobile device or computer. “We know that better outcomes are achieved when injured employees are closely engaged in their claims…[Continue Reading]

New York State Insurance Fund Selects Majesco Billing on Majesco CloudInsurer

Morristown, NJ – Majesco (NYSE MKT: MJCO) recently announced that the New York State Insurance Fund (NYSIF) selected Majesco Billing on Majesco CloudInsurer. NYSIF was established in 1914 as part of the original enactment of the New York Workers’ Compensation Law. The Fund’s mission is to guarantee the availability of workers’ compensation insurance at the lowest possible cost to employers, while maintaining a solvent fund, as well as to provide timely and appropriate…[Continue Reading]

ProAssurance Announces Special and Regular Dividends Totaling $5.00 per Share

Birmingham, AL – The ProAssurance Corporation (NYSE: PRA) Board of Directors recently declared a special dividend of $4.69 per share and a regular dividend of $0.31 per share. Both will be paid on January 10, 2018 to shareholders who own our stock as of December 21, 2017. “The special dividend declared today underscores our unwavering commitment to both effective capital management and disciplined underwriting. While our preference would be to deploy capital in a prudent manner…[Continue Reading]

NY Heavy Equipment Operator Gets Prison After Stealing Workers’ Comp Benefits & Leaving Employees Without Coverage

Auburn, NY – New York State Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott and Cayuga County District Attorney Jon E. Budelmann recently announced that a central New York heavy equipment operator has been sentenced in Cayuga County Court to 1-to-3 years in State prison and full restitution for stealing more than $83,000 in Workers’ Compensation insurance benefits, to which he was not entitled, while also failing to provide his own logging company’s employees with required Workers’ Compensation…[Continue Reading]

Safety National Awards 2017 Safety First Grant for Creative Risk Control Solutions

St. Louis, MO – Safety National awarded the annual Safety First Grant to three policyholders for their creative risk control solutions. The first-place grant, in the amount of $10,000, was awarded to Alliance of Schools for Cooperative Insurance Programs to purchase garbage can assistive lifting devices to alleviate injuries due to heavy lifting while emptying garbage cans into dumpsters. The second-place grant, in the amount of $5,000, was awarded to Capital Region Educational…[Continue Reading]

ISSA and IAIABC to Promote Excellence in Occupational Health, Safety and Workers’ Comp Systems Globally

Middleton, WI – A Memorandum of Understanding between the International Social Security Association (ISSA) and the International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions (IAIABC) furthers efforts to reduce the economic and social consequences of occupational injuries and illnesses. The MOU was signed in Montevideo, Uruguay during the ISSA Regional Social Security Forum for the Americas which brought together key social security policy…[Continue Reading]

WY State Occupational Epidemiologist Releases Annual Report on Workplace Fatalities

Cheyenne, WY – The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services (DWS) recently released an updated Work-Related Fatal Injuries report. The report, which provides analysis over years 2012-2016 and is the second multi-year report, reveals a complete view of recent fatality patterns in the state by industry and cause. Wyoming continues to have one of the highest occupational fatality rates in the country. In 2016, the State Occupational Epidemiologist identified 27 workplace fatalities…[Continue Reading]

NY State Prison Guard Faked Medical Reports, Stole $30k in Workers’ Comp While Not Working

Albany, NY – New York State Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott recently announced the arrest of a New York State Corrections Officer on charges he defrauded the Worker’s Compensation system by more than $30,000 by submitting dozens of forged and falsified medical records so he could avoid working but still get full pay. Kristopher Cowan, who is employed by the State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision as a Corrections Officer at Coxsackie Correctional Facility…[Continue Reading]

TDI-DWC Seeking Input for Development of Lumbar Spine MRI Plan-Based Audit

Austin, TX – The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (TDI-DWC) seeks input on the development of a Lumbar Spine MRI Plan-Based Audit (Plan-Based Audit) to evaluate the appropriateness of a doctor’s decision and recordkeeping that supports the ordering of lumbar spine MRIs prior to one month of conservative therapy. The Plan-Based Audit sets the scope, methodology, selection criteria, and program area responsibilities as laid out in the Medical Quality Review…[Continue Reading]

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