Workers' Compensation News
WCRI: Medical Payment Per Claim Falling Post-Reform
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Medical payments per workers’ compensation claim with more than seven days' lost time in California have continued to decrease since the Senate Bill 863 was enacted in 2013, according to a new report from the Workers Compensation Research Institute.
WCD Publishes List of Independent Medical Examiners
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Alaska’s Workers’ Compensation Division published an updated list of providers who are authorized to serve as independent medical examiners on disputed claims.
The list provides names, office addresses, contact information and specialties for the 49 providers authorized to ser...
Worker Can Proceed With Personal Injury Action
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A New York appellate court ruled that a worker can proceed with his personal injury claims for alleged injuries from a fall over construction materials that had been left at his workplace.
WCAC Releases Draft of Annual Report
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The South Dakota Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council has released a draft of its annual report, with the finalized copy expected to come out within a few days, stat...
W.R. Berkley Net Income Down 26% in Q3
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W.R. Berkley Corp. has reported third-quarter net income of $162 million, a 26% decrease from $221 million in the third quarter of 2016.
WCD Adopts Arbiter Assignment Rules
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Oregon’s Workers’ Compensation Division has adopted rules to govern when the director will appoint two or three medical arbiters to panels to resolve disputes when a carrier seeks to close a claim.
WSI's Net Position Improves by $143M in FY2017
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Workforce Safety & Insurance is insuring fewer employers as a result of North Dakota’s economic slowdown, but losses have declined and investment income is up, resulting in an improvement in the agency’s net position.
WCS Schedules Basic Orientation Training
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The Nevada Workers’ Compensation Section is holding basic orientation training sessions on Oct. 25.
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Today's Round Up
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.
NM - Governor Makes Appointment to Advisory Council
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New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez appointed Tara Bonestroo to the state’s Advisory Council on Workers’ Compensation and Occupational Disease Disablement.
Bonestroo is a partner in Bonestroo and Sons Dairy in Portales. She will fill a vacancy for a business representative on the advisory council.
The advisory council recommends rules and regulations relating to the state’s workers’ compensation system. Although the council’s role is largely advisory, it has authority to appoint members to the panel that approves independent medical examination providers.
AK - WCB Reviewing Court Cases at Jan. 11 Meeting
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Members of the Alaska Workers’ Compensation Board will discuss 2017 state Supreme Court and Workers’ Compensation Appeals Commission decisions during a Jan. 11 meeting.
Board members will also discuss the 2018 year-to-date budget during the meeting. The agenda also includes a one-hour public comment period.
The board meets from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 11 at the Division of Workers’ Compensation office, 3301 Eagle St., room 208, Anchorage.
The meeting agenda is here.
ID - Industrial Commission Posts Draft Audit Guidelines for Review
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The Idaho Industrial Commission posted to its website draft audit guidelines for public review and comment.
The commission conducts periodic audits to ensure carriers and self-insured employers are complying with claims adjustment requirements.
Draft guidelines outline types of claims that will be reviewed during the audits, including all total permanent disability claims and fatality claims, and a sample of other claims. The commission will examine whether payments were timely, whether payers correctly calculated benefits owed to injured workers and whether they’re promptly reporting .
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 - Ex-NBA Player Pleads Guilty in Charity-Donations-for-Client-Referral Scheme
CA - Better ID of Suspended Providers, Process to Report Bad Actors Sought at Hearing
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
CA - Lien Stay Injunction Postponed Another Week
CA - Investigation Into Double Electrocution Leads to Fraud Charges
Jan 6, 2018
2018 Liens, Costs and Med-Lega
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Jan 20, 2018
2018 MCLE Super Saturday
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Jan 22-23, 2018
2018 Florida Comp Update
The 2018 Florida Comp Update at the Don CeSar Hotel in Pete Beach, FL, will provide two days of vi …