Mitchell News

Claims Business: Tractable, Charles Taylor and Chubb

Tractable Inks Deals with The Hartford, Mitchell Tractable, a London-based insurtech that uses artificial intelligence to create damage estimates from photographs, has expanded its presence in the US property and casualty market with two deals announced this week. Tractable has …

Hospital Costs Rising Even Though Claimants Avoiding Emergency Rooms

Auto casualty claimants are avoiding hospital emergency rooms during the COVID-19 pandemic but are generating increased hospital charges anyway, according to a new report by Mitchell, a San Diego-based claims administrator. “Anecdotally, we have heard that some people have been …

Mitchell Warns Insurers to Mind Surging Drug Use During Pandemic

Even though the number of opioid prescriptions in the United States had dropped by more than a third, the number of drug overdoes has surged this year, recent studies show. Mitchell, the San Diego-based claims administrator and pharmacy benefit manager, …

Claims Business: ClimateCheck, Mitchell and Crawford & Co.

Startup Offering Free Climate Risk Checkups ClimateCheck, a San Francisco startup, is offering consumers free reports that assess the vulnerability of individual properties to climate-related risks such as wildfires and flooding. The company said in a press release that ClimateCheck …

Business News: Pacesetter, Agero, Mitchell

Pacesetter Teams with OnSeen and Hover Pacesetter Claims Service, OnSeen Inc. and Hover have teamed up to launch a claims management system that virtually connects all parties involved in the claim adjustment workflow through smartphones. The LiveClaims Solution will become …

11th Circuit Dismisses Suit Alleging Conspiracy to Deflate Auto Body Repair Changes

A federal appellate court affirmed a decision to throw out a racketeering lawsuit brought by a group of 126 auto body collision repair shops against seven of the largest U.S. insurers. The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta agreed …

Cost Control and the Role of Precertification and Utilization Review in Workers’ Comp

Medical expenses, now averaging well over 60 percent of average claims costs, according to a 2014 Lockton whitepaper, represent a significant impact on an employer’s workers’ compensation total cost of risk. This trend isn’t going away soon, as this average …

Commentary: Workers’ Comp Can Benefit From Drug Formularies

With issues like the opioid crisis and inflating drug costs at the forefront of discussion in workers’ compensation, several states, including Indiana and Pennsylvania, are currently considering legislation to establish workers’ compensation drug formularies. Some debate has arisen as to …

Medical Marijuana Treatment Slowly Gains Traction in Workers’ Comp

Though states and the federal government remain at odds on marijuana legalization, the drug is gaining traction as a viable treatment in workers’ comp claims. In a recent discussion with Claims Journal, Brian Allen, vice president of government affairs for …

Business News: MedRisk, Mitchell and Bosch Collaboration, Kespry

MedRisk Adds Telerehabilitation to its Managed Physical Medicine Offering for Workers’ Compensation Pennsylvania-based MedRisk is integrating telerehabilitation into its Platinum Grade Program for managed physical medicine services for injured workers. MedRisk’s innovative approach uses telecommunications technologies to enable licensed physical …