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Workers' Compensation News

Public Citizen Calls for New Safety Laws 05/07/2014
State: NY | Segment: EAST | 238 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The advocacy group Public Citizen said Tuesday that New York state should pass new safety laws to address the toll of occupational injuries in the private sector.In a new report titled “Aim Higher,” the group said it found that private sector workplace in...Read More
Panel Breaks Down Case Law Impact for Nonsubscribers 05/02/2014
State: TX | Segment: Top | 610 | 0 | Popular with Legal
By Joey BerlinSouthern Bureau ChiefAUSTIN – Nonsubscribers to the Texas workers’ compensation system learned Thursday how they can benefit from recent court rulings – lessons some employers and carriers learned the hard way.The general session of the T...Read More
Peace Officer Bills Come with $10M Price Tag 05/01/2014
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 1372 | 0 | Popular with Legal
By Greg JonesWestern Bureau ChiefExtending the time for dependents of California police officers and firefighters to file for death benefits and increasing the number of safety workers entitled to the presumption th...Read More
Pinnacol Finds Wellness Program Reduces Health Risks 05/01/2014
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CO | Segment: WEST | 557 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Workplace wellness programs can improve safety and reduce the risk that workers will develop cancer or become obese, according to Colorado workers’ compensation carrier Pinnacol Assurance.Pinnacol said its wellness program, called Health Risk Management, allows policyholders to off...Read More
PMSI Reports Progress on Physician-Dispensing Battlefront 05/01/2014
By: Jim Sams (Senior Editor)
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 1044 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Bitter debate between proponents and opponents of physician dispensing gave way to "a wave of artful compromise" in the past 13 months that led to new legislation or regulations in seven states, according to a white paper released by PMSI and its affiliate Progressive Medical on Wednesday....Read More
Patriot Buys Brokerage that Specializes in Comp for Shooting Industry 05/01/2014
By: Jim Sams (Senior Editor)
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 553 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Patriot Underwriters Inc. said it has acquired the assets of Holdren Insurance Group, a brokerage based in Bend, Oregon, that specializes in providing workers' compensation coverage for the shooting industry.Patriot said that HIG founder Chuck Holdren will now serve as senior vice pr...Read More
PMSI/Progressive Report Decrease in Opioid Use and Costs 04/30/2014
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 1898 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Fewer injured workers were prescribed opioids in 2013, and those prescriptions were less expensive and for lower dosages than they were the previous year, according to a report by Progressive Medical and PMSI.In 2013, 62.1% of injured workers using prescription medications were taking at...Read More
Proposed Fee Schedule Would Reduce Some Fees, Increase Others 04/25/2014
By: Jim Sams (Senior Editor)
State: MT | Segment: WEST | 576 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Proposed changes to Montana's medical fee schedule will reduce rates paid for general medicine services by 1.3% while increasing rates for anesthesiology by 2.6% on July 1, according to an announcement by the Department of Labor and Industry on Thursday.The department is also proposi...Read More
Pearl River Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Oxymorphone Deaths 04/25/2014
State: NY | Segment: EAST | 390 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A Pearl River man was sentenced to 10 years in prison April 23 for distributing oxymorphone, the use of which killed two other young men, Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced.Craig Oleksowicz, 38, pleaded guilty in federal...Read More
Projected 2013 Losses at 11-Year High, CWCI Says 04/24/2014
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 1077 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Workers’ compensation losses and allocated loss-adjustment expenses are projected to hit $12.5 billion for 2013, the highest they’ve been since 2002, according to the California Workers’ Compensation Institute.At the same time, the growth in premium rates in 2012 and 20...Read More
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