May 22, 2018

Former TX Workers’ Comp Commissioner Announces Creation of The Brannan Firm

Austin, TX – Ryan Brannan, former Commissioner of Workers’ Compensation in Texas and Advisor to Governor Rick Perry, has announced the founding of The Brannan Firm, which will provide clients with an array of legal and government relations services built upon his depth of policy expertise on a variety of issues around state government. “My years in and around government have taught me the value of sound policy, tireless advocacy, and strong relationships,” Brannan said. “Success in…[Continue Reading]

NCCI “On Opioids” Part 2 Examines Impact of Opioids on WC from Claims Pros’ Perspective

Boca Raton, FL – The National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) is examining the growing issues related to opioid use in America through a three-part series, On Opioids. The series is aimed at exploring three viewpoints on issues surrounding opioid use and workers compensation: those of doctors, insurers, and regulators. NCCI conducted interviews with professionals from each of these areas and the articles in the series reflect their opinions on the topic. In the second of…[Continue Reading]

NH Workers’ Comp Professionals Form Kids’ Chance of New Hampshire

Manchester, NH – Workers’ compensation professionals have created Kids’ Chance of New Hampshire, a 501c3 organization that provides scholarships for the children of workers who are seriously injured or killed on the job. Sebastian Grasso, CEO of Windham Group, a workers’ compensation case management company, helped establish the state organization before he and other board members voted Stacey Foote, Director of Claims Shared Services at MEMIC Indemnity as the inaugural…[Continue Reading]

WorkCompCentral Announces Keynote Speaker for Comp Laude Awards & Gala

Camarillo, CA – WorkCompCentral recently announced the keynote speaker for the 2018 Comp Laude® Awards and Gala. Ben Nemtin, who is a New York Times #1 Bestselling Author and started an inspiring movement that encourages individuals to realize their dreams and help others, will kick off the conference as featured keynote. Ben and his friends Jonnie, Duncan and Dave started “The Buried Life” in their parent’s garage in 2006. They made a list of ’100 things to do before you die’ and for every…[Continue Reading]

FL CFO Releases Statement on AG’s Lawsuit Against Major Opioid Manufacturers and Distributors

Tallahassee, FL – Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis issued the following statement regarding Attorney General Pam Bondi’s announcement that her office has filed an action in state court against some of the nation’s largest opioid manufacturers and distributors for their role in the national opioid crisis: “Attorney General Pam Bondi has been a fearless warrior against the opioid epidemic. She is the leader Florida families impacted by this crisis can count on. No matter how big the opponent is, she has…[Continue Reading]

Ohio BWC: Opioid Dependence Continues to Fall in Workers’ Comp System

Columbus, OH – The number of opioid-dependent injured workers in the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation system fell 19 percent in 2017, the sixth consecutive year the numbers have fallen under BWC’s efforts to reduce opioid use and build a model pharmacy program. BWC Pharmacy Director Nick Trego recently told the agency’s board of directors that the number of injured workers who met or exceeded the threshold of being clinically dependent on opioids fell to 3,315 at the end of…[Continue Reading]

OK Workers’ Comp Commission Integrates Skype for Deliberations

Oklahoma City, OK – The Oklahoma Workers’ Comp Commission (WCC) recently announced that its commissioners have integrated the use of the video conferencing tool “Skype” for their appellate deliberations. This technology allows the three commissioners and their legal counsel to communicate between Oklahoma City and Tulsa without leaving their offices. The use of this technology is an effort to cut down on travel for key staff, and is a service provided by the Office of Management and…[Continue Reading]

Mark Pew Joins PBM Preferred Medical as Senior VP of Product Development and Marketing

Louisville, KY – Preferred Medical recently announced that Mark Pew, renowned for his work on the intersection of chronic pain and appropriate treatment in workers’ compensation, has joined the company as senior vice president of product development and marketing. “Mark’s vast experience and expertise in treating the whole patient will enable Preferred Medical to innovate new ways for our clients to drive better clinical and financial outcomes,” said Amy Wrightsel, chief operating officer…[Continue Reading]

MEMIC’s Financial Strength Earns “A” (Excellent) Rating from A.M. Best

Portland, ME – A.M. Best has affirmed its “A” (Excellent) rating for workers’ compensation specialist The MEMIC Group, which includes Maine Employers’ Mutual Insurance Company, MEMIC Indemnity Company and MEMIC Casualty Company. As the insurance industry’s most respected rating organization, A.M. Best acknowledged in its annual review The MEMIC Group’s strong balance sheet including risk-adjusted capitalization and favorable loss reserve development over the past 10 years…[Continue Reading]

Unity Solutions Selects DataCare for Utilization Review Platform

San Jose, CA – Utilization Review takes on a strong outlook as Unity Solutions enters the market with a new approach, “Proactive Cost-Savings: Placing greater emphasis on reducing treatment costs, while improving patient outcomes”. While the cost of UR continues to increase, the requested treatment is often delayed, and cannot be delivered until authorized by UR. Meanwhile, the patient continues to suffer and wait for the approval of treatment. However, prior to sending a request over for a formal…[Continue Reading]

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