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NYCIRB No Longer to Use NCCI as Medical Data Collection Vendor 02/22/2018
State: NY | Segment: NORTH | 116 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 67 min read
New York’s rate-maker is ending its contract with the National Council on Compensation Insurance to collect medical transaction data starting April 1, deeming the task too important to rely on a vendor.  ...Read More
Insurance Superintendent Approves 12% Loss Cost Decrease 02/22/2018
State: ME | Segment: NORTH | 56 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 386 min read
Maine Insurance Superintendent Eric Cioppa has approved a 12% average decrease in workers’ compensation loss costs, effective April 1. The decrease, recommended by the National Council on Compensation Insurance, marks a 59.5% cumulative decrease in loss costs since major reforms wer...Read More

Fatal Injury Brings $195k in OSHA Fines Against Manufacturer 02/22/2018
State: AL | Segment: SOUTH | 60 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 3 min read
Federal inspectors are proposing penalties of $195,144 against an Alabama plastics manufacturer for safety violations they say they discovered after the death of an employee who was pulled into a plastics recycling machine. ...Read More

Doctor Sentenced to 21 Months for Referrals in Kickback Scheme 02/21/2018
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 1694 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 27 min read
A doctor who received $5.2 million in kickbacks for referring about 90 patients to have spinal fusion surgeries performed at Pacific Hospital of Long Beach was sentenced to less than two years in federal prison last week. ...Read More

DWC Suspends 20 Providers, Bringing Total to 197 02/21/2018
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 1034 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 23 min read
The California Division of Workers’ Compensation has suspended 20 medical providers for fraud, criminal violations or for loss of their medical license, bringing the total number of suspended providers to 197. ...Read More

Hartford to Buy Farmers Small Commercial Business 02/21/2018
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 342 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 26 min read
The Hartford announced a deal to acquire California-based Farmers Exchanges’ small commercial business sold through independent agents. Hartf...Read More

Study of Formulary Cost Savings May Boost Legislative Efforts 02/21/2018
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: LA | Segment: Top | 161 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 11 min read
A Texas-style workers’ comp drug formulary might have saved the Louisiana state government as much as $2.3 million on prescription drug costs for injured state workers over 18 months, according to a report released Tuesday. ...Read More

State Lawmakers Delay Vote on Reform Bill 02/21/2018
State: KY | Segment: Top | 127 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 35 min read
Kentucky lawmakers delayed an expected vote Tuesday on a controversial workers' comp reform bill and a much more worker-friendly alternative, to allow time for additional amendments to be filed after the long holiday weekend. ...Read More

Governmental Immunity Doesn't Protect Employer From Discrimination Action 02/21/2018
State: KY | Segment: SOUTH | 81 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 5 min read
In a case of first impression, the Kentucky Court of Appeals ruled that a state statute constitutes a waiver of immunity for claims against any governmental entity or employer that discriminates against an employee for filing a workers’ compensation claim. ...Read More

Court Defers to Commission's Credibility Findings 02/21/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: MO | Segment: SOUTH | 75 | 0 | Popular with Employer | 1 min read
A Missouri appellate court ruled that a worker was entitled to benefits for her injuries from an unwitnessed fall, since it had to defer to the credibility determinations of the Labor and Industrial Relations Commission. ...Read More
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