workers’ compensation News

Easing the ‘Return-to-Work’ Process for Injured Workers

In 2015, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 2.9 million non-fatal workplace accidents occurred that year. Of this, over 50 percent of the injured workers experienced time lost from work. A number this large obviously eats into a …

What Value-Based Contracting Means to the Workers’ Comp Industry

Value-based contracting (VBC) widely used in the healthcare system is now a hot topic in the workers’ comp industry, according to a Coventry whitepaper released earlier this year. Though widely discussed among industry stakeholders, a common definition for the practice …

Jury Awards $17M to California Man Who Lost Leg in Forklift Accident

A Riverside Superior Court jury awarded Steven Meier $17 million after he had his right leg amputated below the knee due to being run over by a forklift in October 2013. Meier, a security guard employed by Securitas Security Services, …

Improving Workers’ Compensation Correspondence

Like their brethren in property/casualty and life/health, workers’ compensation claims professionals write a lot. They write to physicians, lawyers, claimants, employers and many others. Like so many others in the world of claims, many workers’ comp people mistakenly think that …

Tips on Maintaining Control of Catastrophic Workplace Injury Claims

Catastrophic injuries impact the severity and complexity of workers’ compensation claims. In a two part Inside Workers’ Comp podcast series, Genex’ Laney Bond discussed how catastrophic workplace injuries can derail claims. Bond, national catastrophic program manager for Genex, outlined four …

WCRI: Price Reforms Reduce Costs of Doctor Dispensed Drugs in Some States

With many states making changes to rules governing reimbursement for physician-dispensed pharmaceuticals, the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) released a study today that sheds a light on the impact of price-focused reforms on the frequency and costs of physician-dispensed prescriptions. …

Medical Marijuana Seen as Alternative to Opioids in Workers’ Comp Cases

As a result of the types of workers’ compensation accidents and injuries that occur, case managers often see a significant number of chronic pain cases vulnerable to opioid abuse and addiction. A recent study found that three out of every …

Engagement, Good Goals Aid in Creating Safety Culture

A team environment among all levels of staff that adheres to the same safety procedures and practices must be in place in order to create a safety culture that will prevent workplace accidents and injuries, said Vik Ramaswamy, risk control …

Wearable Technology Transforms Injury Management and Rehab in Workers’ Comp

Wearable and smart technologies are revolutionizing the way we manage workplace injuries, deliver quality care and facilitate rehabilitation in workers’ compensation. To help case managers understand the scope of this exciting, new area of technology, Zack Craft, ATP, vice president …

Hawaii Workers’ Comp Insurer Drops Pot Dispensaries Over Concerns

Hawaii’s largest workers’ compensation insurer is canceling insurance policies for seven medical marijuana dispensaries preparing to open this summer. Hawaii Employers’ Mutual Insurance Co., citing concerns over criminal liability since the drug is considered illegal by the federal government, notified …