North Dakota’s Workers’ Comp Audit Manager Fired

March 13, 2008

The internal audit manager at North Dakota’s workers compensation agency has been fired.

Kay Grinsteinner is said to have questioned whether the agency’s board of directors was aware of changes in the handling of injury claims. She apparently wondered whether some benefits were being improperly denied.

A consultant’s report said Grinsteinner hurt the agency by saying claims discussions were taking place in secret and there was no evidence claims were being improperly denied.

The Workforce Safety and Insurance agency’s audit committee voted to dismiss Grinsteinner and hire someone else. The agency’s interim chief executive officer said Grinsteinner would be dismissed immediately.

She couldn’t be reached right away for comment.

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