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Workers' Compensation News

Emerge Diagnostics Raises $1.85 Million in Capital 06/29/2016
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 993 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 10 min read
Emerge Diagnostics, a company that sells systems for assessing soft-tissue injuries, raised $1.85 million in financing this month, according to a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ...Read More
Payer Access to PDMPs Gradually Gaining Momentum 06/29/2016
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 701 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 59 min read
A study released this month suggesting that prescription drug monitoring programs have helped decrease the amount of opioids prescribed in workers’ comp claims may fuel efforts to expand access to the databases by third-party payers. The study, from the Workers’ Compensation R...Read More
'Idiopathic' Cause Means Condition Personal to Worker, not Unexplained Cause 06/29/2016
By: Sherri Okamoto (Legal Reporter)
State: KS | Segment: Top | 1859 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 17 min read
In a case of first impression, the Kansas Court of Appeals last week ruled that the state's statutory bar on compensation for "idiopathic" injuries didn't necessarily bar a worker from receiving benefits for an unexplained fall down a flight of stairs. The fall caused Te...Read More
Regulators Hear Proposal for 9.3% Rate Increase 06/29/2016
State: NY | Segment: Top | 1242 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 61 min read
The New York Department of Financial Services took testimony Tuesday for and against a proposed 9.3% hike in workers’ compensation premiums – an increase much larger than any of the states along its borders. The New York Compensation Insurance Rating Board, in its loss cost fi...Read More
Family Running $30M Fraud Ring That Planted Niece As DOL Intern To Stand Trial Next Year 06/29/2016
State: TX | Segment: SOUTH | 657 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 23 min read
A family accused of running a $30 million health care fraud scheme "planted" the ringleader's 29-year-old niece as an intern at the Department of Labor's Dallas office in order to serve as a "mole" for the scheme, Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron L. Wiley said in court fi...Read More
DWC Reorganizes Medical Fee Guideline Rules 06/29/2016
State: TX | Segment: SOUTH | 515 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 231 min read
The Texas Division of Workers' Compensation has adopted new rules that reorganize the chapter governing fees for medical services, which will take effect on Sept. 1. The division said in an an...Read More

SFM Promotes Andy Gebhard To VP Of Communications 06/29/2016
State: MN | Segment: NORTH | 612 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 172 min read
A mutual insurance company that provides five Midwestern states with workers' compensation coverage has named a new vice president of communications, the Minnesota-based company announced yesterday. ...Read More
Pinnacol Surplus Grows 10.3% to $935.3 Million 06/29/2016
State: CO | Segment: WEST | 479 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 51 min read
Colorado’s state chartered workers’ compensation carrier Pinnacol Assurance ended 2015 with a policyholder surplus of $935.3 million, according to its latest annual report released Tuesday. The carrier grew its surplus by 10.3% from $848 million at the end of 2014 as its net u...Read More
IAIABC to Host Webinar on Workers' Comp Formularies 06/29/2016
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 543 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 74 min read
The International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions is hosting a webinar on prescription drug formularies in workers’ compensation on Thursday, July 21. The webinar will take place from 1 to 2 p.m. CT. Topics will include the role of formularies in&nb...Read More
WyoFile Publishes 2nd Feature On State Comp System, Focusing On Fraud, Unpaid Premiums 06/29/2016
State: WY | Segment: WEST | 622 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 2 min read
In its second report on the state of Wyoming's workers' compensation industry, the nonprofit news website WyoFile has published a story on fraudulent claims and other financial strains on t...Read More
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