Workers' Compensation News
Benefit Increases Take Effect Jan. 1
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Legislation increasing the cap on permanent total disability benefits to 133% of Oregon’s average weekly wage takes effect for injuries occurring on or after Jan. 1, the Workers’ Compensation Division said in an ...
Brady Risk Management Opens New England Branch
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Brady Risk Management Inc. has opened Brady Risk New England, a property and casualty managing general insurance agency in Portland, Maine, to serve retail insurance agencies in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and Massachusetts.
Bakery Cited for Alleged Fire, Amputation Hazards
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A commercial bakery in Medley, Florida, is facing $129,145 in proposed penalties after federal safety inspectors found the company exposed workers to noise and the risk of amputation or fire.
Bundled-Payment Addiction Program Starts Seeing Results
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
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Not all injured workers who have received treatment through a workers’ comp bundled-payment addiction program at the University of California, Los Angeles, have been on massive doses of opioids.
Budget, Legislation on Agenda for WC Board Meeting
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The Alaska Workers’ Compensation Board will discuss legislation, its budget for fiscal year 2018 and proposed medical fee schedule amendments during a meeting in Anchorage Oct. 5-6.
Brendan Horgan Joins Midkiff, Muncie & Ross
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Brendan C. Horgan has joined Midkiff, Muncie & Ross in Richmond, where he will represent insurance carriers in workers’ compensation cases.
Breckenridge Hires Broker for Austin Expansion
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Breckenridge Insurance Services announced Tuesday that it has hired commercial property and casualty broker David Stamatis to further its expansion to Austin, Texas.
Billy Bray Joins Alliant as VP in Houston
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Alliant has hired Billy Bray as vice president within the company’s Alliant Americas division.
Bray, a middle-market insurance specialist, will provide insurance and risk management services. He will be based in Houston.
Before joining Alliant, Bray was vice president o...
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NATL. - Erie Promotes HR VP to Executive Vice President
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Erie Insurance has promoted Dionne Wallace Oakley to executive vice president of human resources and strategy, the carrier said in a press release.
Dionne Wallace Oakley
Wallace Oakley’s role will expand to include oversight of “several strategic functions,” the carrier said.
Wallace Oakley joined Erie Insurance in 2011 as vice president of human resources business partners, following a 22-year career at State Farm where her responsibilities included commercial lines service, personal lines underwriting, auto claims, corporate public affairs, agent recruiting and human r.
NM - Governor Makes Appointment to Advisory Council
New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez appointed Tara Bonestroo to the state’s Advisory Council on Workers’ Compensation and Occupational Disease Disablement.
Bonestroo is a partner in Bonestroo and Sons Dairy in Portales. She will fill a vacancy for a business representative on the advisory council.
The advisory council recommends rules and regulations relating to the state’s workers’ compensation system. Although the council’s role is largely advisory, it has authority to appoint members to the panel that approves independent medical examination providers.
AK - WCB Reviewing Court Cases at Jan. 11 Meeting
Members of the Alaska Workers’ Compensation Board will discuss 2017 state Supreme Court and Workers’ Compensation Appeals Commission decisions during a Jan. 11 meeting.
Board members will also discuss the 2018 year-to-date budget during the meeting. The agenda also includes a one-hour public comment period.
The board meets from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 11 at the Division of Workers’ Compensation office, 3301 Eagle St., room 208, Anchorage.
The meeting agenda is here.
ID - Industrial Commission Posts Draft Audit Guidelines for Review
The Idaho Industrial Commission posted to its website draft audit guidelines for public review and comment.
The commission conducts periodic audits to ensure carriers and self-insured employers are complying with claims adjustment requirements.
Draft guidelines outline types of claims that will be reviewed during the audits, including all total permanent disability claims and fatality claims, and a sample of other claims. The commission will examine whether payments were timely, whether payers correctly calculated benefits owed to injured workers and whether they’re promptly reporting .
OH - 2 Plead Guilty to Working While Receiving Benefits
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A carpenter convicted of workers' compensation fraud for working while collecting benefits must reimburse the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation more than $23,000, the BWC announced Friday.
Ernest Shawn Baker
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Ernest Shawn Baker, 45, of Pomeroy, must serve five years of probation as well. He pleaded guilty Nov. 29 to a fifth-degree felony count of workers' compensation fraud.
Jim Wernecke, the director of BWC's special investigations department, said Baker went back to work as a carpenter soon after his injury in 2014.
Another Ohio man .
CA - Judge Consolidates Claims for Sanctions, Payment on Copy Service Bills
CA - No Injunction in QME Dispute; Judge Questions Jurisdiction to Hear Complaint
CA - Jury Trial in $20 Million Kickback Case Enters Week Two
CA - DWC Suspends 21 Providers, Some Tied to Medicare Fraud
CA - Little Explanation for Large Increase in SIF Costs
CA - Ex-NBA Player Pleads Guilty in Charity-Donations-for-Client-Referral Scheme
NATL. - Benchmark Study Finds Decrease in Claim Closure, More Tracking of Provider Performance
NY - DOL Denies Workers' Comp to Ground Zero OSHA Inspector With Lung Disease
CA - Better ID of Suspended Providers, Process to Report Bad Actors Sought at Hearing
NATL. - Debate Over Evidence-Based Guidelines Heats Up
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