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Workers' Compensation News

MedAlert Health Systems Indicted in Texas 01/03/2006
State: MO | Segment: Regulatory | 142 | 0
A Travis County grand jury indicted MedAlert Healthcare Systems Inc. and its president, Joseph Osei, on workers' compensation fraud charges. MedAlert provides billing and collection services for medical providers, according to Texas Mutual Insurance Co. The insurer said the charge...Read More
Mo. AGO Cracking Down on Uninsured Employers 01/03/2006
State: MO | Segment: Fraud | 117 | 0
A record number of Missouri businesses obtained workers' compensation insurance in 2005 as a result of action taken by the state attorney general's office (AGO), Attorney General Jay Nixon said in a press release. Nixon said the employees of 362 businesses that were not complying with state...Read More
Missouri GOP Answered Reform Call with Ayes, Oops 12/24/2005
State: MO | Segment: Politics | 94 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt led a Republican charge to fix the state's workers' compensation system, getting almost no backing from Democrats and still getting two bills through the Legislature and onto his desk. Blunt signed Senate Bills 1 and 130 into law in late March, keeping his promi...Read More
Missouri Punts NCCI's Loss Cost Numbers 12/23/2005
State: MO | Segment: Regulatory | 216 | 0
The Missouri Department of Insurance kicked back a loss-cost recommendation to NCCI, saying the recommendation that insurers reduce rates by only 1% after passage of a major reform bill was far too conservative. The department, in an announcement made Thursday, said its own actuary studied ...Read More
Md. WCC Considering 32% Fee Increase for Surgeons 12/22/2005
State: MD | Segment: Regulatory | 233 | 0
A proposed change to Maryland's medical fee schedule presented to the Workers' Compensation Committee on Wednesday would increase fees for orthopedic and neurological surgery by 32%, said Chris Costello, executive director of the Maryland Workplace Healthcare Association. The commission's ...Read More
Missouri Mutual CFO Moves to SCF Arizona 12/22/2005
State: AZ | Segment: People | 470 | 0
Chief Financial Officer Dale Newton has left Missouri Employers Mutual Insurance Co. to take a similar position with SCF Arizona. Newton oversees SCF Arizona's accounting, financial reporting, realty management, and financial planning, the insurer announced this month. Newton began his new ...Read More
Marsh Board Elects Two Directors 12/22/2005
State: NA | Segment: People | 93 | 0
Marsh & McLennan Cos. board of directors has elected Leslie M. ("Bud") Baker Jr. and Marc D. Oken to term as directors, beginning Jan. 18. < Baker, 63, retired from Wachovia Corp. in 2003 after 34 years of service. He served as chief executive officer from 1994 to 2001 and as chairman from ...Read More
Med Legal Fee Hearing Set for Jan. 30 12/21/2005
State: CA | Segment: Events | 307 | 0
A public hearing on Jan. 30 in Oakland has been scheduled about regulations proposed for the medical legal fee schedule, the California Division of Workers' Compensation said. The schedule is found in Title 8 of the California Code of Regulations. Secs. 9793 and 9795. The hearin...Read More
MMC Introduces Burns as New CFO 12/21/2005
State: NA | Segment: People | 86 | 0
Marsh & McLennan Cos. announced Tuesday that Michele Burns will join the company in March as chief financial officer. Burns succeeds Sandra Wijnberg, who announced in August that she plans to resign from the company in March 2006. Wijnberg will work closely with Burns to ensure a smooth t...Read More
Maryland Poised to Give Pay Raise to Surgeons 12/21/2005
State: MD | Segment: Regulatory | 182 | 0
The Maryland Workers' Compensation Commission today will hear a committee's recommendation to increase fees for orthopedic and neurological surgeons, who have been threatening to abandon the system ever since the state adopted a Medicare-based fee schedule last year. Kenneth G. Macleay, cha...Read More
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