workers’ compensation News

Value-Based Care Model Needs More Review Before Implementation in Workers’ Comp

At face value, value-based care (VBC) seems like the answer to some of the woes associated with the fee for service model currently used in workers’ compensation. However, several factors need to be considered to determine whether it can be …

Politics, Greater Employee Focus Among Workers’ Comp Issues to Watch in 2019

Value-based care, party changes in several states, as well as a holistic view when it comes to patient injuries will have a significant impact on the workers’ compensation industry this year, according to hosts of the Out Front Ideas webinar …

Missouri Study Criticizes High Costs of Air Ambulances

Sick or injured Missouri residents who need air ambulance services face thousands of dollars in bills and sometimes aggressive collection efforts if they cannot pay, according to a state report. The average bill after insurance for people who needed air …

Scientists Look to Measure Pain Better

Is the pain stabbing or burning? On a scale from 1 to 10, is it a 6 or an 8? Over and over, 17-year-old Sarah Taylor struggled to make doctors understand her sometimes debilitating levels of pain, first from joint-damaging …

First Insurers to Retroactively Correct Workers’ Comp Charges Commended

Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Jessica Altman commended Zenith Insurance Company and ZNAT Insurance Company, the first insurers to submit informational workers’ compensation filings that describe how the insurance companies are retroactively correcting charges to employers for their workers’ compensation policies written …

WCRI: Texas Workers’ Comp Medical Costs Per Claim Down Since 2014

Medical payments per workers’ compensation claim in Texas decreased from 2014 to 2016 for claims with more than seven days of lost time, evaluated as of 2017. This followed several years of increasing medical costs, according to a recent study …

The Hartford: Employers Need to Address Opioids in the Workplace

A recent survey by The Hartford shows the opioid epidemic is having a tangible and growing impact on employers of all sizes nationwide, and a majority of U.S. workers and Human Resources (HR) professionals feel they have limited knowledge and …

7 Technology Features to Look For In a Medical Management Software Platform

As medical costs continue to rise, workers’ compensation payors are looking for methods to identify expenses that can be controlled and ways to handle claims more efficiently. According to a Lockton white paper, medical expenses are now averaging well over …

Mass. Firm Illegally Fired Employee After She Collected Workers’ Comp, Court Finds

A Massachusetts Appeals Court has ruled that Dielectrics, a Massachusetts-based medical device manufacturer, illegally fired Ileana Bermudez after she collected workers’ compensation benefits and filed a lawsuit against the company. The case, Ileana Bermudez vs. Dielectrics, Inc., came about after …

Tracking Construction Worker Safety a Group Effort

Maintaining the safety of workers on a six-story job that spans 60,000 square feet is a daunting task, and a concern for not only the construction firm but also its insurer. A recently announced collaboration between Travelers, Gilbane, a large …