08.16.2017By Liz Carey
Trumbull, CT (WorkersCompensation.com) – A non-profit transportation company has said it has reached an agreement with Lyft to provide rides to people in their workers’ compensation transportation program to their medical appointments.
Coordinated Transportation Solutions (CTS), a non-profit company that provides transportation to at-risk populations for non-emergency medical transportation services and workers’ compensation transportation, among other transportation services, said the move would help them lower costs for some of their customers.<...
08.16.2017By Liz Carey
Phoenix, AZ (WorkersCompensation.com) – A drug company sued by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is preparing to pay up to $4.5 million to settle the suit, according to the company’s quarterly reports.
But legislation addressing the over-prescription of opioids to injured workers as part of its workers’ compensation system, is still pending in the Illinois legislature.
Insys Therapeutics Inc., the maker of Subsys, noted in its quarterly report...
08.16.2017By Phil Yacuboski
Orlando, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) – A workers’ comp case involving a former player of the Arena Football League (AFL) will head to the Florida Supreme Court. Bryon Bishop is trying to collect workers’ compensation benefits after being injured as a member of the Orlando Predators.
“We are disappointed in the decision,” said Charles Leo, Bishop’s attorney, to WorkersCompensation.com. “The decision left a lot of players out...
08.16.2017By Jim Thompson
Sarasota, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) - Prescription drug formularies, which have a long history in health insurance but are relatively new in workers’ comp, are seeing a surge of interest among state governments seeking to control workers’ comp costs.
One reason for the lag in workers’ comp programs developing formularies is that special-interest groups — most notably physicians and employers — routinely have had significant influence over state legislatures, according to...
08.16.2017By Liz Carey
Austin, TX (WorkersCompensation.com) – A federal agency has stepped in to investigate whether or not modified SUVs are responsible for the carbon dioxide poisoning of police officers across the country.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently began investigating more than 1.3 million Ford Explorers made between 2011 and 2017, after it received reports of exhaust odors and high carbon monoxide levels. The government agency is working with Ford to see if there is...
08.10.2017By Liz Carey
Washington, DC (WorkersCompensation.com) – While many business analysts see the Trump administration as good for business, one expert says the administration’s policies may not be enough for companies with operations in multiple states.
According to a recently released report, business leaders remain confident in the President’s ability to stimulate growth and reform taxes. The Business Roundtable CEO Economic Outlook Survey is a quarterly survey of CEOs and outlooks for...
08.10.2017By Liz Carey
Omaha, NE (WorkersCompensation.com) – Insurance fraud rings may use public records on workers’ compensation to identify potential recruits for their plans, experts say.
According to the Omaha World Herald, Joseph Wehrle, Jr., chief executive of the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), speaking at an insurance fraud conference sponsored by the Nebraska Department of Insurance, said that insurance fraudsters tend to gravitate toward larger cities and rely on recruiting others to seek...
08.10.2017By Jim Thompson
Sarasota, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) - Comorbidities — conditions like diabetes and obesity that can complicate the medical care of people injured on the job — are significant cost drivers in workers' comp claims, and many employers turn to “wellness” initiatives to preventatively address those adverse health conditions.
According to a recent whitepaper from Harbor Health Systems, unveiled at the December 2016 National Workers’ Compensation & Disability Conference in New Orleans, the presence...
08.10.2017By Phil Yacuboski
Sarasota, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) - The prescription of generic drugs is trending upward in workers’ compensation, according to research released by Coventry Workers’ Comp Services. The research looked at both managed and unmanaged prescriptions in cases from 2015-2016.
According to the report, generic drugs are prescribed more often than name brand products.
“It’s a trend that’s been out there for a while now,”...
08.10.2017By Dara Barney
Orlando, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) - Missed out on the conference this year? Or maybe didn't attend all the sessions you wanted to? See below for a quick summary of some hot workers' comp topics covered this year.
Marijuana and Opioids: How They Affect Workers’ Comp
Mark Pew, Senior Vice President at PRIUM, started out the morning with Implications...
Itasca, IL (WorkersCompensation.com) - According to a new National Safety Council survey-based report, 43 percent of Americans say they do not get enough sleep to mitigate critical risks that can jeopardize safety at work and on the roads, including the ability to think clearly, make informed decisions and be productive. Eighty-one percent of the probability-based survey respondents have jobs that are at high risk for fatigue – positions that require sustained attention or are...
08.02.2017By Julius Young, Workers' Comp ZONE Blog
Months race by, so now it is time to take stock of California workers’ comp after the 2017 half-way mark. What stands out?
Below, in no particular order, are my picks for the most significant topics in California workers’ comp during the first half of 2017. Most of these were discussed in my blog as the year went along.
1. Adoption of a formulary was delayed...
08.02.2017By Liz Carey
Kingston, TN (WorkersCompensation.com) – Eight years after the dust has settled, surviving cleanup workers of the largest coal ash spill in history are filing suit against the company that failed to warn them of the dangers of coal ash, or to allow them workers’ compensation for illnesses they came down with after only a few months on the job.
In December 2008, a massive coal ash spill created havoc for the Tennessee Valley...
08.02.2017By Phil Yacuboski
Phoenix, AZ (WorkersCompensation.com) - A nationwide crackdown on individuals who didn’t meet the standards when it came to insurance licensing requirements in eight states netted 675 arrests.
The raid, organized by the National Association of State Contractors Licensing Agencies (NASCLA), attempted to level the playing field for contractors, protect consumers and discourage illegal activity in the construction industry.
“The shared commitment of our state members...
08.02.2017By Dara Barney
Orlando, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) - It is that time of year again: The Workers’ Compensation Institute’s (WCI) Annual Conference starts Sunday, Aug. 6 and goes through Wednesday, Aug. 9 at the Marriott World Center Resort & Convention Center. There are many different tracks and topics to choose from, and WorkersCompensation.com has taken the time to cover a few of the sessions, with some input from speakers.
For more information regarding the agenda,...
The 72nd Workers’ Compensation Conference marks the 30th year that the Workers’ Compensation Institute (Institute) has organized this annual event. The theme of this year’s conference “Then and Now . . . 30 Years of Change” “spotlights” not only the changing times of the national workers’ compensation and safety industries as a whole but also the many advancements made in the conference itself.
Since its’ organization in 1986 and assuming responsibility for...
07.26.2017By Phil Yacuboski
Chippewa Falls, WI (WorkersCompensation.com) - A Wisconsin woman won’t get workers’ compensation benefits after the Supreme Court in the Badger State ruled it was because she had two medical conditions. Tracie Flug, a store supervisor at the Chippewa Falls Walmart, underwent a surgical procedure not related to her Walmart employment that she claims left her permanently disabled. The case brought to the forefront preexisting conditions and how they are treated under...
Tallahassee, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) - Florida Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Yaworsky as the new Chief of Staff for the Office of Insurance Regulation (Office) effective Monday, July 24, 2017.
“Mr. Yaworsky has a wide range of experience serving in state government positions both in Florida and Georgia. This public service background combined with his exceptional leadership abilities will be a tremendous asset to the Office. I look forward...
07.26.2017By Liz Carey
Washington, DC (WorkersCompensation.com) – A former American University of Afghanistan (AUAF) professor has filed a claim with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) for workers’ compensation after being injured in an attack at the school.
According to an article in Inside Higher Ed, the professor claims that since the school was under a five-year $40 million agreement with the U.S. Agency for International Development; the school should have been covered by...
07.26.2017By Jim Thompson
Frankfort, KY (WorkersCompensation.com) - An effort by the Kentucky legislature to trim workers’ compensation benefits passed the state House earlier this year, but was stymied in the Senate, where it languished without a vote.
But, a revised bill could be ready for consideration in January, when the state legislature reconvenes, according to Nicolai Jilek, a Louisville police officer who serves as legislative representative for the Kentucky Fraternal Order of Police.