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Pinnacol Drops Rates 7.4% for 2018 11/09/2017
State: CO | Segment: WEST | 211 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The board of directors for Colorado’s state-chartered Pinnacol Assurance approved a 7.4% rate cut for 2018. At the same time, the carr...Read More

Proposed Benefit Notice Rules Criticized as Confusing 11/08/2017
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 805 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Representatives for payers, injured workers and providers say regulations that the Division of Workers’ Compensation proposed to implement a bill that requires notification about access to treatment outside the comp system are confusing and need to be clarified before adoption. ...Read More

ProAssurance Profit Dips in Q3; Comp Segment Faces 'Intense Competition' 11/08/2017
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 146 | 0 | Popular with Legal
ProAssurance Corp. has reported third-quarter net income of $28.9 million, a 14% decrease from $33.8 million in the third quarter of 2016. For t...Read More

Prosecutors Announce 7th Guilty Plea in Compound Drug Scheme 11/08/2017
State: FL | Segment: SOUTH | 250 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The owner of several Florida pharmacies and shell companies has pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, admitting his role in a $100 million compound drug scheme, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Tampa announced.  ...Read More

Patriot National Founder Mariano Entangled in Luxury Yacht, Other Lawsuits 11/07/2017
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 792 | 1 | Popular with Legal
Patriot National founder Steven Mariano stepped down as the company’s chief executive officer in July, but he hasn’t quietly faded away. Mariano remains a defendant in an array of lawsuits — including one seeking repayment of a $32 million loan for a luxury yacht. ...Read More
Pool Contractor Ordered to Pay $33K in Restitution 11/07/2017
State: OH | Segment: NORTH | 249 | 0 | Popular with Insurance
An Ohio pool contractor was ordered to pay $33,000 in restitution to the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation for filing false payroll records to reduce workers’ compensation insurance premiums, the BWC’s Special Investigations Department said. ...Read More
Panel Discussion on Industrial Injuries and Opioids Scheduled for Dec. 5 11/06/2017
State: ID | Segment: WEST | 235 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Idaho Industrial Commission and the state’s Office of Drug Policy are holding a panel discussion on opioids and occupational injuries at the Capitol on Dec. 5. Speakers will include Pam Eaton of the Idaho State Pharmacy Association, Teresa Raymond of the State Insurance Fund, Dr...Read More

Pain Doctor's Plea Agreement Would Require 10 Years' Probation, No Prison Time 11/06/2017
State: IN | Segment: NORTH | 305 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A Central Indiana pain-management physician has moved to plead guilty to possession of narcotics, insurance fraud, Medicaid fraud and issuing an invalid prescription.  ...Read More

Physician Payments Lower Than in Region, Country 11/03/2017
State: NC | Segment: SOUTH | 270 | 0 | Popular with Legal
North Carolina’s physician payments as a percentage of Medicare reimbursements were lower than for the region and nationally last year, a National Council on Compensation Insurance study shows. ...Read More

Proposed Rules Would Increase Fees for PBMs, Establish Appeals Process 11/02/2017
State: OR | Segment: WEST | 170 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Pharmacy benefit managers that do business in Oregon will have to pay higher fees to the state and comply with an appeals process to resolve reimbursement disputes under rules proposed by the state Department of Financial Services.  ...Read More
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