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Five Things You Need to Know: 6/28, Wednesday Edition

Sarasota, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) -  1) VT Supreme Court Rules Misinterpretation of Labor Law       A Vermont Supreme Court ruled last week that the state Department of Labor has "misinterpreted labor ...

Business Leaders Accuse OH Legislators of 'Raiding' Workers' Comp to Balance Budget

Columbus, OH (WorkersCompensation.com) – Business leaders in Ohio are calling on their legislature to find other ways to balance the budget besides taking money from the state’s ...

Five Things You Need to Know: 6/27, Tuesday Edition

Sarasota, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) -  1) OH Budgeting Decision Could Affect State Workers' Comp Bureau/Commission   Senate Republicans in Ohio have decided to utilize funding from the state's Bureau of Workers' ...

Guild Seeks to Obtain Workers' Comp Coverage for Adult Film Performers

Hollywood, CA (WorkersCompensation.com) – As an adult film performer for nearly 20 years, Alana Evans knows the industry and the hazards that can accompany it intimately. Because of that she’s ...

WCRI: 15-State Study Looks at Return to Work Rates

Sarasota, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) – As much as nearly a fifth of injured workers never return back to work, according to a recent study.  In “Comparing Outcomes for Injured Workers, 2016 Interviews," the ...

The Meaning of Legislative Words

I have spent a fair portion of my spring reading bills and watching hearings. the 2017 session was lively and interesting. Much of a bill's procession can be seen on a schedule. During the committee process in Florida there are agendas for meetings. ...

Waiver and Estoppel

Human beings may alter behavior based upon legislative and regulatory consequences. Certainly, the legislative enactment of a fine for speeding may result in slowing vehicles on roads, an intended consequence. But, there may be other instances in which legislative ...

Pennsylvania High Court Magnifies Protz

In September 2015, I penned As Florida Waits, Commonwealth Court Holds Pennsylvania Statute Unconstitutional. That reference to Florida waiting for its Supreme Court to address any of the then pending constitutional workers' compensation ...

Rousmaniere: Why Insurers Are Happy

Workers’ compensation insurers are enjoying profitable and stable years.  People who run and advise them tell me that computer analytics, relatively new to underwriting, has been a gift that will keep on giving.  And it’s ...

The Opportunity to be Heard is Important

The Florida First District Court of Appeal rendered a decision in Jiminez v. United Parcel Services, Case no., 1D16-4959 on June 19, 2017. The case is interesting, and reminded me of a case I decided several years ago.  The ...

SFM Foundation Awards Record Scholarships for Children of Injured Workers

Bloomington, MN (WorkersCompensation.com) - The SFM Foundation gave more money than ever this year toward scholarships for the children of injured workers. The Foundation awarded $285,000 in ...

Wisconsin Sees Reduction in Worker's Comp Rate for 2nd Consecutive Year

Madison, WI (WorkersCompensation.com) - Today the Wisconsin Commissioner of Insurance approved an overall 8.46% rate decrease for Worker's Compensation (WC) premiums for business this year ...

Prescription Opioid Use Among Injured Workers Decreased In Many States, But Not All, Finds New WCRI Study

Cambridge, MA (WorkersCompensation.com) - As states implement reforms to address issues related to overuse and misuse of opioids, a new study released today by ...

US Labor Department’s OSHA Proposes to Delay Compliance Date for Electronically Submitting Injury, Illness Reports

Washington, DC (WorkersCompensation.com) - The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration today proposed a delay in ...

US DOL Program for Federal Workers' Compensation to Monitor Opioid Prescription Usage

Washington, DC (WorkersCompensation.com) - The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs has begun instituting procedures aimed at ...

Safety Monitoring for the Human Condition

The irony made me laugh. I was driving to work yesterday morning, stopped at a red light, when I noticed something about the vehicle in front of me. A nondescript, white four door car, it appeared to be a corporate vehicle; likely one that ...

So What Happens After Doctor Dealer is in the Dungeon?

Last week federal agents and police officers arrested a 74-year-old Staten Island doctor and two others under charges they were running a pill mill operation. And, according to authorities, this was no ordinary pill mill setup. ...

Kids' Chance of Florida Changed Some Lives Today

It is Thursday afternoon, and I am really, really excited. Elated would be a better term. Basically, I am just so stoked, I cannot contain myself. Nothing has been officially announced, so I must withhold some of the more enticing ...

David's Dash and Life Stories Lost

There is a beautiful old cemetery located in Mystic, CT. Established in 1853, Elm Grove was designed in what is described as the Victorian Era of cemeteries, where families were intended to stroll and relax comfortably on the park-like grounds. ...

Social Security Numbers - Moving the Needle or Making It Twitch

I received another email while on vacation last week from BJ Dernbach, Division Administrator for the Wisconsin Workers’ Compensation Department of Workforce Development. It was just a courtesy email informing me ...

Embracing Change: From Volume-Based to Value-Based Healthcare

Sedgwick’s healthcare risk management team works alongside healthcare risk managers to reduce risks and improve safety by delivering cost-effective claims, productivity, managed care, patient safety, risk consulting and ...

The Hurricane Season Has Begun

Workers' Compensation programs are challenged by all types of adverse weather conditions, and the annual East Coast hurricane season is no exception. Early storms Brett and Cindy are already on the radar scopes of the National Hurricane Center and are ...

Leverage Pharmacy Controls to Reduce Opioid Spending 13.4%

The workers’ compensation industry has been a leader in addressing the national opioid epidemic. Nevertheless, medical providers continue to prescribe these drugs for chronic pain, despite research and ...

9 Questions to Ask Injured Worker’s Treating Physician

Leaving no stone unturned is critical to managing your workers’ compensation costs. With the number of steps from injury to resolution; the number or people involved from physicians to adjusters; and the number of ...

Broadspire® Names Dr. Marcos Iglesias Chief Medical Officer

ATLANTA, June 22, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Broadspire®, a division of Crawford & Company®, and a leading global third-party administrator, today announced that Dr. Marcos Iglesias has been named the company’s ...

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Best Doctors Releases New Info About Prevalence And Threat Of Misdiagnosis Of Injured Workers

 Over half of the most costly claims contain medical errors Boston, MA (WorkersCompensation.com) - Best Doctors®, the world’s leading expert medical ...

Five Things You Need to Know: 6/28, Wednesday Edition

Sarasota, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) -  1) VT Supreme Court Rules Misinterpretation of Labor Law       A Vermont Supreme Court ruled last week that the state Department of Labor has ...

Safety Monitoring for the Human Condition

The irony made me laugh. I was driving to work yesterday morning, stopped at a red light, when I noticed something about the vehicle in front of me. A nondescript, white four door car, it appeared to be a corporate vehicle; likely one ...

US DOL Program for Federal Workers' Compensation to Monitor Opioid Prescription Usage

Washington, DC (WorkersCompensation.com) - The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs has begun instituting procedures aimed at ...

Wisconsin Sees Reduction in Worker's Comp Rate for 2nd Consecutive Year

Madison, WI (WorkersCompensation.com) - Today the Wisconsin Commissioner of Insurance approved an overall 8.46% rate decrease for Worker's Compensation (WC) premiums for business this year ...

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