Workers' Compensation News
Lawmaker Seeks to Forbid Providers From Sending Workers' Bills to Collections
By: Emily Brill (Reporter)
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New Jersey banned providers from invoicing workers for unpaid workers’ compensation medical bills five years ago. But when Ron Dancer’s constituent approached him recently with a ruined credit rating and a story, the assemblyman knew the balance-billing issue wasn’t over in...
Longshore, Coal Mine Rate Decreases Proposed
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The Pennsylvania Compensation Rating Bureau has proposed a rate decrease of 9.97% for benefits under the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act.
And the Coal Mine Compensation Rating Bureau has filed for a 2.1% loss cost decrease for workers' compensation insurance, for ne...
Lawmaker Proposes Medical Fee Schedule
By: J. Todd Foster (Reporter)
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Missouri would join the vast majority of U.S. states in adopting a medical fee schedule under a bill that has been introduced by perennial worker’s compensation reformer Sen. Dave Schatz.
LMAC to Discuss Premium Ranking, State Fund and Wage Definition at Next Meeting
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Montana’s Labor-Management Advisory Council will discuss the biennial premium ranking study published by Oregon regulators, ongoing legislative deliberations over the future of Montana State Fund, as well as legislation enacted in May modifying the definition of wages for the purpose of cal...
Little Explanation for Large Increase in SIF Costs
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CA | Segment: Top |
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California employers will pay more in assessments for subsequent injury claims next year than they have in each of the three years combined, and the reason why isn’t exactly clear.
Lien Stay Injunction Postponed Another Week
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It will be at least two more weeks before a federal judge hands down an order requiring the Division of Workers’ Compensation to notify all claimants through its website that their liens are being stayed.
Longtime Comp Judge to Retire
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Workers’ Compensation Court Judge Debra Olsson, a 1991 appointee of then-Gov. Bruce Sundlun, will retire Dec. 31 after 26 years on the bench, the P...
L&I Approves 2.5% Rate Decrease to Take Effect Jan. 1
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The Washington Department of Labor & Industries announced Thursday that Director Joel Sacks has approved a 2.5% decrease in the average amount that employers and workers pay for workers’ compensation coverage.
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Today's Round Up
CA - Audit Standards Tighten for 2018
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Claims administration services will need to score better in 2018 than they did this year to pass the initial stage of annual audits and avoid a more stringent review of claim files.
The Division of Workers’ Compensation said the Profile Audit Review performance standard for 2018 will be 1.47573, down from the PAR standard of 1.47885 in 2017.
Claims administrators that receive a score equal to or less than the standard set by the division will be required to pay any outstanding compensation but will not face administrative penalties. Shops that score higher will be subject to .
UT - Workplace Injury Rate Drops More Than 14%
The rate of occupational injuries and illnesses dropped 14.3% from 2015 to 2016, the Utah Labor Commission’s Occupational Safety and Health Division announced.
The agency said the overall combined incidence rate in the public and private sectors fell to three injuries or illnesses per 100 workers in 2016, from 3.5 in 2015.
Private sector employees drove most of the decrease. The occupational injury rate among them fell to 2.9%, from 3.5% in 2015.
The decrease was smaller in the public sector, where the incidence rate fell to 3.6%, from 3.8% in 2015.
The Occupational Safety .
MT - Report: High Injury Rate Perplexes Officials
Despite their best efforts to uncover the root causes, officials in Montana are unable to explain the state’s high workplace injury rate, according to a report by the Billings Gazette.
The occupational injury and illness rate in 2016 dropped to 4.2 per 100 workers, from 4.3 in 2015. But the state still ranks behind only Washington, Vermont and Maine.
Eric Strauss, administrator for the Employment Relations Division of the Department of Labor and Industry, said the agency has tried to determine whether there is something driving the higher rate of injuries in Montana, to no avail.
OR - VA Director Taking Over Department of Business and Consumer Services
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown on Wednesday appointed Cameron Smith as the director of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, the parent agency of the Workers' Compensation Division and Board.
If confirmed by the Senate, Smith will replace Patrick Allen, who left DCBS in August to become the director of the Oregon Health Authority.
Smith is now director of the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs, a position he has held since 2013. From 2009 to 2013, Smith served as senior policy adviser to Govs. John Kitzhaber and Ted Kulongoski, managing a portfoli.
NATL. - Erie Promotes HR VP to Executive Vice President
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Erie Insurance has promoted Dionne Wallace Oakley to executive vice president of human resources and strategy, the carrier said in a press release.
Dionne Wallace Oakley
Wallace Oakley’s role will expand to include oversight of “several strategic functions,” the carrier said.
Wallace Oakley joined Erie Insurance in 2011 as vice president of human resources business partners, following a 22-year career at State Farm where her responsibilities included commercial lines service, personal lines underwriting, auto claims, corporate public affairs, agent recruiting and human r.
CA - Judge Consolidates Claims for Sanctions, Payment on Copy Service Bills
CA - No Injunction in QME Dispute; Judge Questions Jurisdiction to Hear Complaint
CA - Little Explanation for Large Increase in SIF Costs
CA - Better ID of Suspended Providers, Process to Report Bad Actors Sought at Hearing
CA - Ex-NBA Player Pleads Guilty in Charity-Donations-for-Client-Referral Scheme
CA - DIR at Odds With Auditor Over Fraud Recommendations
CA - Investigation Into Double Electrocution Leads to Fraud Charges
NATL. - Debate Over Evidence-Based Guidelines Heats Up
CA - DWC Approves Carve-Out Agreement Between Los Angeles and Police Union
CA - DWC Posts Adjustment to Physicians' Fee Schedule
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