Workers' Compensation News
Anne Schmitz Named WCAB Secretary
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The Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board named Anne Schmitz as its secretary, effective immediately.
Schmitz, a deputy commissioner, served as acting secretary since Aug. 31. She is taking over the position on a permanent basis to replace Richard Newman, secretary and deputy commissi...
Alliant Names New SVP/Pharmacy Practice Lead
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Alliant Employee Benefits named Sal Morana senior vice president and pharmacy practice lead for hospitals and health systems as part of its expanding pharmacy consulting practice.
Attorney Reprimanded for Borrowing Settlement Proceeds From Client
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The Georgia Supreme Court on Monday reprimanded a Valdosta-based claimants’ attorney for having admittedly acquired a pecuniary interest in a former’s client’s settlement funds while still representing the client.
Advisory Council Finalizes Medical Fee Schedule
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The Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council on Friday approved a finalized medical fee schedule as part of its biennial agreed-to bill to be submitted to the L...
Agent Charged With Additional Insurance Fraud Crimes
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An insurance agent charged with defrauding three clients this summer was arrested Thursday on alleged violations involving three additional firms, The Scranton Times-Tribune reports....
AIP Luncheon to Focus on Holding Claims-Handling Seminar
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The Association of Insurance Professionals education luncheon in October will focus on ways claims handlers can ensure positive outcomes for the workers’ compensation cases they handle in California.
Armada Physical Therapy Acquired by Rehab Network
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Physical Rehabilitation Network has acquired a majority interest in Armada Physical Therapy, expanding the California-based company’s footprint into New Mexico.
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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%
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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
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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
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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.
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 - 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
CA - Lien Stay Injunction Postponed Another Week
PA - 'It's a Downside of Technology': In Saving Headaches, Online Systems Cause Them, Too
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