workers’ compensation News

Study Finds Inpatient vs. Home, Outpatient Care Drives Post-Surgery Spending

A new study finds huge variation in where patients who receive post-surgical care will end up, depending on where they had their operation. And that variation in turn leads to huge differences in how much their care costs. The study, …

Louisiana Workers’ Comp Insurance Costs Drop

Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon says the cost of workers’ compensation policies for Louisiana businesses has dropped for a fourth straight year. The state insurance department announced this week that it had approved a 9.8 percent statewide decrease in workers’ compensation …

Texas DOI Re-Certifies 10 Firms to Self-Insure Workers’ Comp Claims

The Texas Department of Insurance’s Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) re-certified 10 employers to self-insure workers’ compensation claims. In total, the companies employ about 15,000 people in Texas. DWC renewed: Associated Wholesale Grocers, Inc. E.I. du Pont de Nemours and …

Waivers Of Subrogation Endorsements Are Like Onions

A recent Texas Court of Appeals decision parsing the wording of a workers’ compensation policy’s waiver of subrogation endorsement reminds us that, like an onion, a waiver endorsement has many layers and should be peeled back fully before giving up …

Mississippi High Court Hears Appeal in Contract Worker Lawsuit

A worker is fighting one of Mississippi’s largest industries in a skirmish over who can be sued when employees suffer on-the-job injuries. The Mississippi Supreme Court Tuesday heard arguments in a suit by Quindon Thomas against Chevron USA. Thomas was …

Advocacy-Based Models, Analytics Highlight Best Practices Used by Successful Workers’ Comp Firms

Better performing workers’ comp claims organizations utilize key performance indicators, data analytics and an advocacy-based model to successfully manage claims, according to Rising Medical Solution’s most recent Workers’ Compensation Benchmarking Study. Better performing workers’ comp claims organizations utilize key performance …

Subrogating Hawaii: Navigating the Subrogation Trade Winds In ‘The Middle of Nowhere’

Hawaii. There is no place like it on earth. It is the most remote population center on the face of the planet, 2,400 miles from the nearest anything. It has the most diverse population on earth, with no racial or …

How Marijuana Affects Worker Rights, Workplace Safety

Changing marijuana laws aren’t necessarily making weed more welcome in the workplace. For now, many employers appear to be sticking with their drug testing and personal conduct policies, even in states where recreational marijuana use is now permitted. Others are …

Washington 2017 Workers’ Comp Rate Will Increase Less Than 1%

The average premium for workers’ compensation coverage in Washington will go up less than 1 percent in 2017. The state Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) announced the rate will rise by an average of 0.7 percent next year. The …

The Taming of the Skew

In the famous comedy by William Shakespeare, “The Taming of the Shrew,” the main plot depicts the courtship of Petruchio and Katherina, the headstrong, uncooperative shrew. Initially, Katherina is an unwilling participant in the relationship, but Petruchio breaks down her …