Workers' Compensation News
OWCP Starts Reining in Compound-Drug Spending
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
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Spending on compound drugs within the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act program has plummeted by 90% — from $20 million a month down to $2 million a month — after a preauthorization requirement was put in place last year.
Ohio AG Sues Drugmakers Over Opioid Marketing
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Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has filed a lawsuit against five opioid manufacturers, alleging that the drug companies engaged in fraudulent marketing regarding the risks and benefits of prescription opioids that fueled the state's opioid epidemic.
OWCA Director Decries House Passage of Formulary Bill
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The head of the Office of Workers’ Compensation Administration has come out against House Bill 592, which passed the House last week and would establish a drug formulary with the Official ...
One Call Program Helps Ensure Injured Workers Get to Medical Appointments
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One Call Care Management has launched a service that will allow the company to quickly identify transportation issues that might prevent an injured worker from getting to a medical appointment.
Through the program, called Relay Transportation, One Call’s staff can arrange alternativ...
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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
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
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
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 .
OH - 2 Plead Guilty to Working While Receiving Benefits
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A carpenter convicted of workers' compensation fraud for working while collecting benefits must reimburse the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation more than $23,000, the BWC announced Friday.
Ernest Shawn Baker
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Ernest Shawn Baker, 45, of Pomeroy, must serve five years of probation as well. He pleaded guilty Nov. 29 to a fifth-degree felony count of workers' compensation fraud.
Jim Wernecke, the director of BWC's special investigations department, said Baker went back to work as a carpenter soon after his injury in 2014.
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CA - Judge Consolidates Claims for Sanctions, Payment on Copy Service Bills
CA - No Injunction in QME Dispute; Judge Questions Jurisdiction to Hear Complaint
CA - Jury Trial in $20 Million Kickback Case Enters Week Two
CA - DWC Suspends 21 Providers, Some Tied to Medicare Fraud
CA - Little Explanation for Large Increase in SIF Costs
CA - Ex-NBA Player Pleads Guilty in Charity-Donations-for-Client-Referral Scheme
NATL. - Benchmark Study Finds Decrease in Claim Closure, More Tracking of Provider Performance
NY - DOL Denies Workers' Comp to Ground Zero OSHA Inspector With Lung Disease
CA - Better ID of Suspended Providers, Process to Report Bad Actors Sought at Hearing
NATL. - Debate Over Evidence-Based Guidelines Heats Up
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