Workers Comp

Texas Workers’ Comp’s telemedicine use skyrocketed during pandemic

The use of telemedicine services in Texas workers’ compensation increased dramatically during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a recently released report by the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI). The report “Assessment of Telemedicine Services in the Texas Workers’ Compensation System 2018-2021″ shows that there were 21,086 claims …

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Former BIW employee sentenced to probation for wire fraud

Michael Collins, 63, received nearly $ 13,000 from Bath Iron Works after he said a work-related injury in 2018 left him totally disabled. PORTLAND, Maine – Editor’s note: The above video aired on October 21, 2021. A former Bath Iron Works electrician who pleaded guilty to filing a fraudulent workers’ …

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DeSantis calls for a special session

(Tallahassee / NSF / October 21, 2021) –Governor Ron DeSantis on Thursday called for a special legislative session next month to push back White House attempts to demand that workers be vaccinated against COVID-19. The exact dates of the extraordinary session are not yet known; however, lawmakers are expected to …

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Texas appeals court overturns dismissal of case

An employee of a tanning salon who alleges that she suffered a seizure after being “verbally assaulted” by her manager can sue her claim that her job was not covered by the exclusivity provisions of the accident law of Texas Labor, a state appeals court ruled on Tuesday. By partially …

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Law Enforcement Requesting More Time To Apply For PTSD Workers Comp

TALLAHASSEE – Florida police chiefs are calling on lawmakers to give their officers more time to qualify for workers’ compensation benefits for post-traumatic stress disorder. Police say the time limit made it nearly impossible to qualify officers. Clearwater Police Chief Daniel Slaughter said the number of officers suffering from post-traumatic …

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California regulators assess $ 868,318 in audit penalties

The California Workers’ Compensation Division fined claims administrators a total of $ 868,318 and ordered them to reimburse $ 332,826 in unpaid claims as a result of audits conducted in 2020, according to latest review report agency profile audit. The 2020 audits revealed unpaid indemnities on 10.06% of the 2,833 …

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Small Business Insurance Options – Forbes Advisor

Editorial Note: Forbes Advisor may earn a commission on sales made from partner links on this page, but this does not affect the opinions or ratings of our editors. Starting a new business is an exciting time, and you’ll want to choose the best types of small business insurance policies …

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Lamont fires workers on probation for COVID-19 non-compliance

MARK PAZNIOKAS :: CTMIRROR.ORG Governor Ned Lamont speaks with reporters on Friday. A dozen state employees during their six-month probationary period were fired on Friday for refusing to comply with Governor Ned Lamont’s order to get COVID-19 shots or start testing weekly for illness. While other non-compliant employees risk being …

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Florida Pool Company Charged With Homeowner Scam, Insurance Fraud

South Florida pool business owners accused of defrauding homeowners of nearly $ 2 million, failing to secure workers’ compensation insurance and claim fraud insurance. Florida law enforcement officers arrested Chrystal Washburn and Brian Washburn, owners of Amore Pools this week. Investigators said the couple took large deposits from more than …

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October is National Chiropractic Health Month

Greenville Mayor Steve Willman presents Dr. Kristene Clark with a proclamation declaring October “National Chiropractic Health Month.” Photo provided Staff report GREENVILLE – Greenville Mayor Steve Willman and the American Chiropractic Association have proclaimed October “National Chiropractic Health Month”. According to the proclamation, sedentary lifestyles over the years due to …

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Report shows lower satisfaction with clearing processing networks

A Texas Division of Workers’ Compensation report on medical treatment provided to injured workers through health care networks found “slightly lower overall satisfaction with care, slightly lower perceptions of access general health care and a lower percentage of injured employees receiving pharmacy services. for network and non-network complaints. Still, the …

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Pickaway County COVID-19 cases remain high

Image: https://pixabay.com/photos/vaccine-prevention-covid-19-vaccine-6557420/ OHIO – Governor Mike DeWine of Ohio has demanded that residents of the state no longer be required to wear masks starting June 2, 2021, including Pickaway County. Pickaway’s vaccinated population is approaching half. As of this writing, it’s 46.2%, and the government is working double-handed to get …

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Who Impacts & How To Get Help – NBC 7 San Diego

An increasing number of Californian workers are victims of wage theft. An estimated 40,000 people are being exploited in San Diego County alone, according to the prosecutor’s office. Wage theft typically occurs on construction sites, with workers often paid in cash and under the table. This makes them vulnerable to …

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Thompson Builder on Common Reasons for Construction Litigation – What Can Businesses Do to Avoid Urgent Legal Problems?

Construction companies large and small start their projects with the intention of honoring the contract between themselves and their customers. This means that if things don’t go as planned, businesses can face both a dissatisfied customer and the possibility of legal disputes. Thompson Builders, a general construction services company based …

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Labor reserve layoff reaches $ 14 billion

Workers ‘compensation insurers continue to store more money than needed in reserves, even as reported loss rates continue to rise, according to a report released on Wednesday by the National Workers’ Compensation Insurance Board . The NCCI said that for the 2020 accident year, workers’ compensation reserves were $ 14 …

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More States Now Allow Cannabis With Workers’ Compensation Plan

An increasing number of states are now allowing eligible patients to be reimbursed for their medical cannabis-related costs through their Workplace Injury Insurance (WCI) plans, according to an analysis of state policies conducted by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Researchers affiliated with the federal agency evaluated the …

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California Independent Medical Exam Volume Decreased Through H1 2021

The number of independent medical examinations used to resolve medical disputes for California workers hit an all-time high in the first half of 2021, as statewide unemployment remained stubbornly high, non-COVID workers’ compensation claims remained lower at pre-pandemic levels, millions of Californians continued to work from home, and efforts to …

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Analysis: A growing number of states allow reimbursement of medical cannabis costs through workers’ compensation insurance

A limited but growing number of states allow eligible patients to be reimbursed for their medical cannabis-related costs through their Workers’ Compensation Insurance (WCI) plans, according to a recently released analysis of the policies of the State conducted by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. NORML deputy director …

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Loss of consortium claims hampering WC’s subrogation efforts

“Workers’ compensation companies get a smaller share of the settlement ‘pie’ when another potential claimant (spouse) claims their damages in addition to the injured worker,” says Saerim Luciano, of Pearlman, Brown & Wax. (Credit: Destina / stock.adobe.com) The loss of consortium claims may hamper the ability of workers’ compensation companies …

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Comp pays more than group health on similar medical services

Workers ‘compensation insurers pay more for medical services than group health insurers to treat comparable injuries, according to a research report released Friday by the National Workers’ Compensation Insurance Board. By examining the experiences of workers at the NCCI Medical Data Call, which captures transaction-level details – service, fees, payments, …

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Family of deceased opioid user cannot sue

A Kansas federal court ruled on Tuesday that the parents of a worker who died of conditions related to his opioid use as part of a work injury, chronic pain and subsequent depression could not sue a workers’ compensation insurer or third party administrator for allegations that they were negligent …

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Accūrō Solutions Calls on BJ Dougherty, Worker’s Compensation Bill Review Expert, as Chief Operating Officer | New

SARASOTA, Fla – (BUSINESS WIRE) – Sep 14, 2021– BJ Dougherty joined accÅ«rō Solutions as COO. Responsible for driving the day-to-day business operations of acÅ«rō Solutions, he will work closely with CEO Ken Hannigan to implement the company’s strategy and vision to become the leading provider of review and payment …

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Obituary: Sophie A. Gassira, 89, formerly from Hamden

HAMDEN, CT – (From Sisk Brothers Funeral Home) in Guilford on August 30, 2021 Sophie A. Gassira 89, formerly of Hamden. Wife of the late Andrew Gassira. Loving mother of Donna Lombardozzi (Michael) and Diana Kanoff (Brian), sister of Joanne Tonelli (Joseph). She is also survived by her beloved grandchildren …

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WCRI update: No delay in medical treatment of workers at height of pandemic: Risk and insurance

Study shows that no significant delay in workers’ compensation care occurred at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. A new study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute, titled “The Early Impact of COVID-19 on Medical Treatment for Workers Compensation Non-COVID-19 Claims,” ​​found almost no delay in treatment during the first …

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Maine Insurance Bureau clarifies new telehealth law

Maine enacted legislation in June eliminating the distinction between telehealth services and telephone services provided by medical providers, but the Maine Insurance Bureau last week released a bulletin clarifying the new regulations. Telehealth services have been licensed for at least a decade, the office said. Because of LD 791, however, …

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Here’s how to properly manage injuries in your workplace

Workplace injuries are common and a variety of factors usually cause them; different factors usually cause them. If you are injured at work, you are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Companies with more than four employees are required by law to carry workers’ compensation insurance to protect workers. Hence, you …

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Will the updates be enough?

A look at early comments from the Opioid Task Force on the CDC’s updated guideline and how some states are developing their own opioid prescribing rules. Even before its publication five years ago, the CDC’s guidelines for prescribing opioids for chronic pain1 was at the center of the controversy, with …

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Doctor Pleads Guilty to Workers’ Compensation Fraud

FAYETTEVILLE – A Louisiana doctor pleaded guilty on Friday to workers’ compensation fraud related to collecting bribes from an Arkansas company. Robert Dale Bernauer Sr., 74, waived a grand jury charge and pleaded guilty to a criminal information accusing him of conspiring to violate five federal laws. According to court …

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Danos Oil Services Company Named Employee of the Year

Danos, a Gray-based oifield services company, has named two employees to receive its most prestigious awards for 2020. Case manager Frances Kosak is Employee of the Year. And Logistics Coordinator Mary Perez is Dwain “Hog” Carrell Field Worker of the Year. “Frances and Mary both embody Danos’ purpose by working …

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Vancouver couple accused of tax evasion

A Vancouver couple have been charged with theft of Washington State Department of Labor and Industry workers’ compensation insurance benefits. Jeffrey Bart Pierson, 61, is accused of stealing over $ 116,000 over about two years, and Karen S. Pierson, 62, is accused of stealing more than $ 64,000 over about …

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Unwrap the role of the workers’ comp

In 2020, the frequency of claims for work-related accidents fell by 7% excluding claims related to COVID-19, according to the NCCI. (Photo: Monster Ztudio / stock.adobe.com America’s workers’ compensation system came out of 2020 “stronger than ever,” according to Bill Donnell of the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI), who …

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NARFA Partners with Flyreel to Provide Innovative, Contactless Safety and Loss Control Inspections to Members as Part of Their Workers’ Compensation Program | New

PETERBOROUGH, NH & DENVER – (BUSINESS WIRE) – July 13, 2021– The National Automotive Roads Fuel Association (NARFA), the exclusive sponsor of the Automotive Industries Compensation Corporation (AICC) Workers’ Compensation Program, is proud to announce the availability of Flyreel to AICC members. Flyreel is an industry-leading loss control platform that …

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Illinois biometric privacy case to watch in H2 2021

Law360 (July 8, 2021, 7:05 p.m. EDT) – The evolving landscape of biometric privacy litigation in Illinois could be significantly altered by pending federal and state cases, given the timeline of claims under the law state history and whether employee privacy claims are preempted by Illinois workers’ compensation law. The …

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States examine impact of marijuana on composition and injuries

State courts continue to question whether employers and insurers should reimburse marijuana in workers’ compensation and how a positive marijuana test can impact accident compensation, says a published legislative update Friday by the National Insurance Compensation Board. As of early 2021, Connecticut, New Mexico, New York and Virginia have legalized …

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RIMS Announces Educational Partnerships With Universities | Workers’ Compensation News

Friday 25 June 2021 | 0 RIMS, the risk management company, has entered into agreements with universities in California, Connecticut, New York and Virginia to develop educational programs focused on the Certified Risk Management Professional certification process. Schools participating in the RIMS-CRMP certification partnership include: The University of California, Los …

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NCCI sets 2020 COVID-19 competition losses at $ 260 million

Workers’ compensation losses in 2020 on 45,000 COVID-19-related claims totaled $ 260 million, according to data released Wednesday by the National Compensation Insurance Board. Figures exclude self-insureds and only take into account the 36 states where NCCI provides underwriting services. The NCCI said in its report that COVID-19 claims could …

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Hospital must pay fines for billing injured worker

A hospital must pay fines for sending invoices for treatment related to an industrial accident to the injured worker and a collection agency. In Delta County Memorial Hospital v. Industrial Claims Appeal OfficeThe Colorado Division IV Court of Appeals on Thursday upheld a decision by a panel of the Industrial …

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Remembering a Texas Giant | Columns

He wasn’t gigantic in physical size, but in his pragmatic approach to government he stood tall, that proud governor of Texas who was the first West Texan to hold the post. His name was Preston Smith, who died 18 years ago at the age of 91. Although he maintained an …

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