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PMSI Launches Predictive Risk Assessment Tool

04.19.2012

PMSI, a national provider of specialty products and services for the workers’ compensation market, has launched a clinical tool that provides a predictive risk assessment for identifying comparative risk across a workers’ compensation population. The Population Risk Scorecard predicts risk for a population with regard to medication-related health outcomes and drug costs, and identifies clinical interventions that will drive down risk and pharmacy spend.

“Our Population Risk Scorecard applies a proprietary set of clinical...
04.19.2012

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Executive Changes Made at EK Health Services

04.19.2012

EK Health Services has promoted Dr. Douglas Benner to Chief Medical Officer (CMO). Benner joined EK Health in June 2011 as Medical Products Business Development Officer after a long career with Kaiser Permanente, where he was the founding medical director of Kaiser Permanente’s Kaiser On-the Job and its Health Care Organization (HCO). As CMO, Benner is responsible for leading the operational management of EK Health’s physician services and medical staff administration.

Dr. Richard Thompson,...
04.19.2012

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Delta Agrees to Buckle Up

04.17.2012

Delta Air Lines Inc. has signed a corporatewide settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in order to protect workers who operate baggage handling vehicles.

The agreement covers approximately 90 of the Atlanta-based company's airport sites that fall under federal OSHA's jurisdiction, as well as 16,000 Delta employees and 6,000 baggage handling vehicles. Under the agreement, Delta will come into compliance with applicable requirements for the use of seat...
04.17.2012

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AIA Speaks Out on Maryland’s SB 745

04.12.2012

The American Insurance Association (AIA) calls the so-called "privatization" of the Injured Workers Insurance Fund (IWIF), Maryland's state-run workers' compensation insurer, a mischaracterization because IWIF maintains distinct advantages over the private market. During the final hours of the Maryland General Assembly's 2012 session, it passed SB 745 which proponents inaccurately claim will "privatize" IWIF by subsequently renaming it Chesapeake Employers' Insurance in 2013. However, legislators were unable to approve SB 152, the Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act of 2012 (BRFA), which contained...
04.12.2012

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Appalachian Underwriters Fined by Oregon Consumer Department

04.11.2012

The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services has fined an insurance agency $40,000 for charging 117 employers fees for services involving workers’ compensation insurance. The charges occurred over a nearly four-year period ending in May 2010.

Insurance companies that provide workers’ compensation insurance are required to provide services to help employers prevent health and safety problems. However, Oregon law requires the insurers to provide such services as part of the workers’ compensation package and thus prohibits...
04.11.2012

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Ohio Work Comp Formulary Available Through Mobile App

04.11.2012

The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) outpatient prescription formulary is now accessible by a mobile application available on any wireless communication device and Internet-connected computers. The online reference system gives health care professionals immediate access to the formulary at the point of care and helps to ensure prescription safety and accuracy. The application is also available to injured workers, employers and the general public.

"Medical providers are vital members of our team dedicated to helping Ohio'...
04.11.2012

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Two Tampa Bay Area Residents Charged With Workers’ Compensation Fraud

04.09.2012

Florida CFO Jeff Atwater has announced the arrest of two Tampa Bay area residents for workers’ compensation fraud. Yvonne C. Timmons, 61, of St. Petersburg, and Willie Lee Kendrick, 52, of Palmetto, are charged with filing false or misleading information in order to fraudulently obtain workers’ compensation insurance benefits. 

Since CFO Atwater took office, the Division of Insurance Fraud has arrested 318 individuals for workers’ compensation fraud, resulting in 298 convictions. 

“Workers...
04.09.2012

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New ODG Released by Work Loss Data Institute

04.09.2012

The Work Loss Data Institute has released the 17th annual edition of Official Disability Guidelines (ODG) and the 10th Anniversary edition of ODG Treatment, the nationally recognized, multi-disciplinary standard for evidence-based medicine in determining scope and duration of medical treatment in workers' compensation. Treatment recommendations in ODG are based on the most current research with direct links to the supporting evidence. ODG is unique in integrating recommended treatment options with reported return-to-work best practice pathways, clearly reflecting the impact...
04.09.2012

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OSHA Launches Program for Nursing and Residential Care Facilities

04.06.2012

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced a new national emphasis program (NEP) for nursing and residential care facilities to protect workers from serious safety and health hazards that are common in medical industries. OSHA develops national emphasis programs to focus outreach efforts and inspections on specific hazards in an industry for a 3-year period. Through this NEP, OSHA will target nursing homes and residential care facilities in an effort to...
04.06.2012

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Ohio Launches Med Safety Initiative

04.06.2012

Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer has announced new measures to improve the safety of medication prescribed to Ohioans recovering from workplace injuries and limit the practice of doctor and pharmacy shopping. The Coordinated Services Program is designed to limit the dangers that can arise when medications are prescribed by multiple physicians and are processed in different pharmacies.

"There's a point at which prescribed medications move from being a useful and necessary...
04.06.2012

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Agent Survey Reveals Challenges to Growth

04.06.2012

The largest hurdle to the organic growth of independent insurance agencies is identifying the strategies and processes that create it, according to a recent survey of more than 200 insurance professionals conducted by The WorkComp Advisory Group. Open between Jan. 6 and Jan. 23, 2012, the on-line survey examined the activities, technologies and methods agencies use to develop and nurture new business.

According to The WorkComp Advisory Group Co-Founder Susan Toussaint, results of “Assessing Strategies for Pipeline Development and Management...
04.06.2012

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Ohio Work Comp Bureau Offers Wellness Grants

04.03.2012

The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) is accepting applications for the new Workplace Wellness Grant Program. The program was created to help Ohio employers improve the overall health of their workforce and reduce injuries by adding a wellness component to their safety programs that addresses health risk factors specific to their workplaces.

"Our belief is that employers who support the wellness of their workforce will be less likely to have employees experience work-related accidents, injuries and...
04.03.2012

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Accident Fund Holdings Launches Chronic Pain Management Program

04.03.2012

Accident Fund Holdings, Inc. (AFH) has created a comprehensive narcotics program to help reduce the health risks of these drugs on injured workers and ultimately provide a mechanism for them to get back to work sooner.

The recent shift in prescribing patterns to more patients consuming Schedule II narcotics is more prevalent today than ever before. Opioid medications are now being prescribed at higher dosages in pure form and are routinely making their way into the hands...
04.03.2012

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New York State Workers’ Compensation Board to Move to Electronic Claims Reporting

04.03.2012

The New York State Workers' Compensation Board will transition from a paper to an electronic employer report of injury system by adopting the IAIABC (International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions) Claims Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) Standard Release 3.0. Founded in 1914, the IAIABC is a not-for-profit trade association representing government entities who administer workers' compensation systems.

Currently, the board accepts New York-specific claims information from employers and insurance carriers through paper submission. Beginning in early 2013, these submissions...
04.03.2012

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New WCRI Study Focuses on Workers’ Compensation Medical Prices

04.03.2012

The prices paid for medical professional services for injured workers were higher and rising faster in states without fee schedules compared with states that have them in place, according to a new study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI), “Medical Price Index for Workers' Compensation, Fourth Edition” (MPI-WC).

The WCRI study is designed to help public policymakers and system stakeholders understand how prices paid for medical professional services for injured workers in their states...
04.03.2012

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Former Broker Pleads Guilty in N.J. Insurance Scheme

04.03.2012

U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman has announced that the former insurance broker for the Toms River, N.J., Regional School District has admitted his role in a scheme to pay bribes and other benefits to the then-superintendent of schools to get and maintain a contract to provide insurance services for the district.

Francis X. Gartland, 70, of Baltimore, Md., has pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Joel A. Pisano in Trenton federal court to charges of...
04.03.2012

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OSHA Cites Wisconsin Foundry for Safety Violations

04.02.2012

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Wisconsin’s Fall River Foundry with 10 safety violations, including three repeat violations for failing to protect workers from metal dust exposure at its brass foundry in Fall River. Proposed fines total $57,600.

"Failing to ensure workers do not exceed permissible exposure limits to metal dust puts them at unnecessary risk of respiratory illnesses and complications," said Kim Stille, OSHA's area director...
04.02.2012

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Work Comp Lawyers to be Certified in Pennsylvania

04.02.2012

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has approved a recommendation of the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) Review and Certifying Board to grant accreditation to the PBA Workers' Compensation Law Section as a certifying organization in the area of workers' compensation law.

With the mid-January Supreme Court order, the PBA Workers' Compensation Law Section became the first bar association entity in Pennsylvania to receive approval as a certifying organization.

"Certification of lawyers in workers' compensation law will give...
04.02.2012

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Express Scripts Offers New Fraud Program

03.30.2012

Express Scripts, Inc., a national pharmacy benefit management company, has established a comprehensive fraud, waste and abuse (FWA) detection program for workers' compensation payers designed to help stem the rising costs associated with the widespread abuse of prescription narcotics.

The program offers a suite of services that can identify fake or forged prescriptions, overprescribing, prescriber-patient collusion, and injured worker identity theft or drug-seeking behavior.

Express Scripts already offers advanced clinical programs, such as Retro Drug...
03.30.2012

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Key Risk Launches New Risk Management Program

03.30.2012

Key Risk, a provider of workers’ compensation products and services in the Eastern United States, has introduced Essentials Risk Management, an approach to workers’ compensation that provides a dedicated risk management professional to all businesses—small, medium, and large.

Essentials Risk Management is a personalized approach designed to tailor workers’ compensation risk management programs and client services to meet the individual needs of employers insured by Key Risk. The program is available to...
03.30.2012

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