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Friss: Fraud Investigations Rising Even as Claims Volumes Drop

Fraud inevitably rises after natural disasters and during economic downturns. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought both conditions to the entire globe at once. Fraud-prevention advocates have long been warning about the coming increase in fraudulent claims. Data from Friss, a …

Telemedicine Surges in Michigan as Doctors Close Offices

DETROIT — The closure of doctors’ offices across Michigan during the new coronavirus pandemic has spurred a statewide surge in the embrace of telemedicine, a practice that allows doctors to treat patients remotely by phone or computer, officials said. Hospitals …

Fla. Lawmakers Mull Bill that Would Allow Documents to be Signed Online

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida legislature is considering making it possible for people to have legal documents notarized online. House Bill 409 would make signing official documents, such as a will or power of attorney, quicker and more convenient in …

Employers, Workers’ Comp Carriers Eye Rehab in Latest Telehealth Offering

Though employers and workers’ compensation insurers have been utilizing telemedicine for quite some time, there’s been a recent uptick in interest surrounding virtual physical therapy, also known as telerehab. Mitchell, a property & casualty claims technology provider, recently announced its …

Allianz: Cyber Security, Regulation and Cost Cutting Impact Global Shipping Losses

Large shipping losses have declined by 50 percent over the past decade, mostly driven by the development of a more robust safety environment by ship owners, according to Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty SE’s (AGCS) fifth annual Safety & Shipping …

Workers’ Comp to Benefit From New Technology

New technology promises to improve workers’ compensation programs, according to a Marsh webcast broadcast last week. According to Tom Ryan, market research leader, for Marsh’s Workers Compensation Center of Excellence, there are many areas of workers’ comp that can benefit …

Decline in ER Visits, Claims Costs Spurs EMPLOYERS to Expand Nurse Triage Hotline

Reductions in emergency room visits and total claim costs prompted EMPLOYERS, a small business insurance specialist, to expand its Injured Employee Hotline nationwide. The service, which began as a test in Florida in 2014, gives injured workers the option to …

Remote Alaska Port Clinic Taps Satellite Technology to Offer Telemedicine

The only clinic in one of the nation’s busiest commercial fishing ports is so remote that even conventional telemedicine for emergencies has been impossible for its limited staff – until this week. Beginning at the end of last week, a …

Federal Judge Bars Texas Telemedicine Rules From Taking Effect

A federal judge has determined claims made by the Texas Medical Board in adopting new telemedicine rules were “suspect” and barred the rules from taking effect until a civil trial can be held in lower court. Friday’s ruling by U.S. …

Workers’ Comp Industry Considers Telemedicine as a Treatment Option

Cost savings, better access to care, immediate triaging of injuries and faster claims closings are just some of the benefits of telemedicine, according to workers’ compensation experts, who also say its use is growing. A Texas Department of Insurance Workers’ …