March 15, 2018

FL CFO Jimmy Patronis: Florida Shows Up for First Responders Struggling with PTSD

Tallahassee, FL – Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis recently issued the following statement regarding the final unanimous passage of his top legislative priority, Senate Bill 376. The bill will now be ready to head to Gov. Rick Scott for signature. “From day one this has been a life or death issue. Our firefighters are attempting suicide at a rate FIVE TIMES HIGHER than the general population, and they are thinking about suicide at a rate NINE TIMES HIGHER than the general…[Continue Reading]

CWCI Continues Case Law Series with 2018 Update

Oakland, CA – For the twentieth consecutive year, California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWCI) will present its seminal case law seminar, scheduled in May in both San Francisco and Long Beach. The full-day program will examine how recent trends in decisional law are reshaping California workers’ compensation, and discuss appropriate negotiation and defense strategies for claims personnel, attorneys, hearing reps, and others with negotiating authority. CWCI’s General Counsel Ellen Sims Langille notes…[Continue Reading]

MS Physician Convicted for Role in $3 Million Compounding Pharmacy Fraud Scheme

Biloxi, MS – A federal jury recently found a Biloxi, Mississippi physician guilty for his role in an approximately $3 million compounding pharmacy fraud scheme. Acting Assistant Attorney General John P. Cronan of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division; U.S. Attorney D. Michael Hurst Jr. of the Southern District of Mississippi; Special Agent in Charge Christopher Freeze of the FBI’s Jackson, Mississippi, Field Division and Acting Special Agent in Charge Ted Magee of Internal Revenue Service Criminal…[Continue Reading]

IAIABC Launches Second Annual NextGen Initiative

Middleton, WI – The IAIABC is excited to kick off its second annual NextGen Initiative on Monday, March 5! IAIABC NextGen is an awards program which recognizes individuals under the age of 40 who are having an impact and contributing to their organizations and the workers’ compensation industry. In 2017, 11 individuals received the NextGen award. These individuals had diverse backgrounds and experiences in workers’ compensation, with talents including actuarial work, analytics, coverage, product…[Continue Reading]

Chesapeake Employers Insurance Declares $20 Million in Corporate Dividends

Towson, MD – The Board of Directors of the Chesapeake Employers’ Insurance Company is pleased to declare a $20 million corporate dividend to qualifying policyholders who have contributed to the company’s financial success. Ten million dollars a year will be paid out over two, consecutive years beginning with July 1, 2018 renewal quotes. “Those who will receive a dividend are qualifying policyholders whose loss ratio proves they are committed to workplace safety, preventing injuries, and helping…[Continue Reading]

Pinnacol Assurance Adds Three Board Members

Denver, CO – Pinnacol Assurance recently welcomed Fiona Arnold, Brad Busse and Bill Lindsay to its board of directors for the term that began Jan. 1, 2018. All three were confirmed unanimously by the Colorado Senate after appointment by Gov. John Hickenlooper. “These new board members bring the kind of business acumen Pinnacol needs to continue thriving in a rapidly changing sector,” said Howard Carver, Pinnacol board chair. “Together, they bring expertise in insurance, investments…[Continue Reading]

NJ Doctor Charged with Stealing More than $500k from Insurance Companies in Medical Kickback Fraud Scheme

Trenton, NJ – Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and the Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor recently announced that a Passaic County pain management doctor has been charged with first-degree conspiracy and money laundering for allegedly submitting more than $4.4 million in fraudulent bills for service to insurance companies that netted him more than $500,000 in a medical kickback fraud scheme he operated. Dr. Todd Koppel, 51, a New York City resident who ran the Garden State…[Continue Reading]

US Attorney General Announces New Prescription Interdiction & Litigation Task Force

Washington, DC – Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently announced the creation of a new effort, the Department of Justice Prescription Interdiction & Litigation (PIL) Task Force, to fight the prescription opioid crisis. The PIL Task Force will aggressively deploy and coordinate all available criminal and civil law enforcement tools to reverse the tide of opioid overdoses in the United States, with a particular focus on opioid manufacturers and distributors. “Over the past year, the Department has vigorously fought…[Continue Reading]

Employers Holdings, Inc. Appoints Barbara A. Higgins and Jeanne L. Mockard to Board of Directors

Reno, NV – Employers Holdings, Inc., (NYSE: EIG) recently announced the appointment of Barbara A. Higgins and Jeanne L. Mockard to its Board of Directors, effective March 1, 2018. “We are very excited to welcome Barbara Higgins and Jeanne Mockard to the EMPLOYERS Board,” said Douglas D. Dirks, President and Chief Executive Officer of Employers Holdings, Inc. “Barbara brings a wealth of experience focusing on customer experience with major corporations in multiple industries. Jeanne brings a depth of…[Continue Reading]

OK Workers’ Comp Commission: People Answer the Phone Here Now, Not Machines

Oklahoma City, OK – The Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Commission (WCC) has replaced their automated answering service with a live operator during normal hours of operations. Commenting on the reason behind the change, Commissioner Mark Liotta said, “I just find it extremely frustrating to call my government and be met with a recording and computerized options to direct my call, and eventually being put on hold, sent to a voice mailbox, or my call being dropped.” Liotta continued, “I want to talk my issue…[Continue Reading]

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