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Comp Carriers Take Steps to Encourage Safe Patient-Lifting Practices 07/11/2016
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 971 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 48 min read
With safe patient-handling procedures gaining recognition as a way to reduce workplace injuries in hospitals, one workers’ comp insurer has taken an unusual step: SFM Insurance in Minnesota has purchased Barrier Free Access, a provider of lifts and slings used for lifting patients....Read More

Worries Persist That State Will Raid Work Comp Money to Shore Up Budget 07/11/2016
State: PA | Segment: Top | 675 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 10 min read
States faced with budget deficits routinely raid workers’ compensation funds, but Pennsylvania’s current budget bill has a provision that has drawn the ire of a think tank and a national insurance trade organization. ...Read More

DWC Proposing Changes to Fee Schedule, Billing Rules 07/11/2016
State: CO | Segment: WEST | 890 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 73 min read
As part of its annual medical fee schedule update, the Colorado Division of Workers’ Compensation is also proposing changes that would require the use of ICD-10 codes and establish reimbursement rules for over-the-counter medications. ...Read More

3rd Dept. Revives Claims Against Broker, Founder of Group Trust 07/11/2016
State: NY | Segment: NORTH | 371 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 16 min read
A New York appellate court revived counterclaims by two home health care companies that refused to pay final premium adjustments to a self-insured group trust during the near collapse of the sector a decade ago. ...Read More

Company Cited Again for Failing to Protect Workers Against Lead Exposure 07/11/2016
State: PA | Segment: NORTH | 421 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 31 min read
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration again has cited an Altoona company for overexposing workers to lead and failing to provide respiratory protection. ...Read More

2 Plead Guilty to Illegally Cashing Checks for Undocumented Workers 07/11/2016
State: FL | Segment: SOUTH | 506 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 5 min read
Two Broward County men — one already serving time for workers' compensation fraud — pleaded guilty to conspiring to operate an unlicensed money transmitting business. ...Read More

OSHA: Worker's Death at Tonawanda Coke Was Preventable 07/11/2016
State: NY | Segment: NORTH | 427 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 70 min read
A New York worker who died after getting pulled into the rotating shaft of a coal elevator six months ago was not properly trained, OSHA’s Buffalo office has determined. ...Read More
A.M. Best: Resurgent Catastrophe Losses Hit P/C Industry in Q1 07/11/2016
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 413 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 15 min read
High levels of catastrophe losses led to a deterioration of underwriting results for the U.S. property and casualty industry in the first quarter of 2016, according to an A.M. Best report. The industry posted an underwriting gain of $2.1 billion for the quarter, down from $3.9 billion in ...Read More

Vendor Gets $700,000 Even Though Workers' Comp Contract Was Canceled 07/11/2016
State: CT | Segment: NORTH | 706 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 22 min read
A poorly negotiated contract between a Houston vendor and the Connecticut Workers’ Compensation Commission could cost taxpayers $700,000. Met...Read More

State Senator Becomes Workers' Compensation Administrative Law Judge 07/11/2016
State: MO | Segment: SOUTH | 750 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 18 min read
A former state senator officially became a workers' compensation administrative law judge after Gov. Jay Nixon confirmed his appointment last week. ...Read More
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