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Claims Data Key to Finding, Reducing Workers’ Comp Cost Drivers

Harnessing workers’ compensation claims data is the key to finding areas to decrease costs. A white paper released earlier this year by Advisen and sponsored by The Hartford, highlighted areas in workers’ comp claims that could benefit from cost containment. …

Incorrect Diagnosis Main Cause of Catastrophic Medical Malpractice Payouts

Huge malpractice awards can be prevented by targeted interventions by healthcare provider organizations to reduce patient safety risks, such as reducing diagnosis errors, says a study published in the Journal for Healthcare Quality, a peer-reviewed publication of the National Association …

Fewer Opioid-Related Deaths in Medical Marijuana States

On average, states allowing the medical use of marijuana have lower rates of deaths resulting from opioid analgesic overdoses than states without such laws. Opioid analgesics, such as OxyContin, Percocet and Vicodin, are prescribed for moderate to severe pain. A …

Fort Collins Drivers Safest in Nation: Allstate Report

For the fourth year in the report’s history, the top honor of “America’s Safest Driving City” is Fort Collins, Colo., according to Allstate Insurance Co.’s tenth annual “Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report.” Fort Collins has placed in the top 10 …

Feds Propose New Design Rules for Buses to Reduce Rollover Crashes

The Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently proposed a new federal motor vehicle safety standard to protect motorcoach and other large bus passengers in rollover crashes. The proposal aims to improve the structural design of large buses …

New Drone Rules Challenged by Lawsuits

Recent lawsuits filed by model aircraft enthusiasts, university researchers and commercial drone interests challenge a new government directive by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that broadens the ban on commercial drone flights. Distinguishing the difference in the use of drones …

HVAC Investigators Releases 2014 Annual Claims Report

HVAC Investigators (HVACi), a national provider of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) damage assessments to insurers, recently published its 2014 Annual Claims Report. The report provides data on HVAC trends that can help carriers make more informed decisions on …

Reduced Insurance Claims Associated with Honda Collision Warning System

A combined forward collision and lane departure warning system available on the Honda Accord is reducing insurance claims, according to new analysis by the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI), an affiliate of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. In the …

Undocumented Workers Face Dangerous Work Hazards

Illegal immigrants don’t hold the most dangerous jobs in America. That kind of work pays a decent wage for the risk to life and limb, and undocumented workers are barred from those jobs. Yet there is plenty of hazard, risk …

Experts Say Technology Changing How People View Tornadoes

Experts say that advances in technology, particularly social media, are changing how people watch for severe weather and how quickly images of the damage can be shared. John Robinson, the warning coordinator for the National Weather Service’s Little Rock office, …

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