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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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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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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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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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NICB Reports High Work Comp Claimant Fraud

03.30.2012

The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) has released its 2011 questionable claims (QC) referral reason analysis. The report examines six referral reason categories of claims: property, casualty, commercial, workers’ compensation, vehicle and miscellaneous referred in 2011, with those referred in 2009 and 2010.   

In 2009, there were 84,407 QCs referred to NICB from its member insurance companies. In 2010, that number increased to 91,797. In 2011, that number increased again to 100,450—a record level. This represents a 9.4 percent increase from 2010...
03.30.2012

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Louisiana’s Rate of Work-Related Injuries, Illnesses and Fatalities Drops in 2010


03.30.2012

In 2010, Louisiana’s private industry rate of work-related injuries and illnesses dropped to the lowest level since the federal Occupational Safety & Health Administration revised its record-keeping rules in 2002, the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) reported recently.

Louisiana ranked fourth in the nation, tied with New York and Texas in the 2010 Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses. The recent survey found non-fatal work-related injuries and illnesses in Louisiana dropped to 2.7 per 100 full-time workers, down from 2.8 the prior...
03.30.2012

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Texas Supreme Court Bars Negligence Claims

03.30.2012

In late January the Supreme Court of Texas issued an unanimous opinion that bars negligence claims against policyholders. The Port Elevator-Brownsville v. Casados case reversed a previous judgment from the Corpus Christi Court of Appeals and rendered judgment for Port Elevator.

The Supreme Court upheld Texas' main legal tenet that employers cannot, intentionally or unintentionally, split their workforce to leave some employees uninsured. The court's opinion states that a key purpose of the rule against split...
03.30.2012

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National Sleep Foundation Poll Explores Transportation Workers’ Sleep

03.29.2012

The people we trust to take us or our loved ones from place to place struggle with sleep, according to the National Sleep Foundation’s (NSF) 2012 Sleep in America® poll. It is the first poll to ask transportation professionals, including pilots, train operators,* truck, bus, taxi and limo drivers about their sleep habits and work performance.

The results of the poll are striking. About one-fourth of train operators (26 percent) and pilots (23 percent) admit that sleepiness...
03.29.2012

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NCCI Issues Report on Violence in the Workplace

03.29.2012

There is perception, then there is reality. And the reality of workplace violence is dramatically different from public opinion, according to a survey from the National Council on Compensation Insurance.

The report examines the many aspects of work-related homicides and injuries due to assaults, and extends a series of studies published by NCCI on workplace violence with three years of additional data through 2009.

The study shows that workplace homicides are not crimes of passion committed...
03.29.2012

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