workers’ compensation News

How New Technology Can Modernize the Painfully Outdated MSA Process: Viewpoint

Ask claims adjusters what they think of Medicare Set-Asides (MSAs) and you’ll likely get a wide range of answers. While most would agree, in theory, that MSAs serve a valid purpose, the way they are constructed today is labor-intensive, slow, …

FM Urges Maintenance, American Modern Uses Video, Broadspire Teams with Carisk

Equipment Breakdown a Growing Cause of Commercial Property Losses Equipment breakdown now rivals fire loss in both the frequency and severity of commercial property claims, FM Global said in a press release. FM Global said equipment breakdown was the cause …

Insurer Can’t Deny Coverage Despite Misinformation on Policy Application

An insurer that extended its workers’ compensation coverage for 90 days after discovering the employer had violated the terms of its policy could not then deny coverage for a claim on the grounds that those terms had been violated, the …

OSHA Fines Maine Roofing Firm $1.8 Million for Worker’s Death from Fall

The federal government says the owner of a Maine home improvement company must pay nearly $1.8 million in penalties for safety violations following the death of an employee. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration says the worker, 30-year-old Alan …

Chicago Eyes Overhaul of City’s Workers’ Compensation Program with Help from Gallagher

Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot said the city will partner with Gallagher Bassett, a public sector claims administrator, as well as Gallagher Global Brokerage Risk Program Administrators, to overhaul the city’s workers’ compensation program after an independent audit found system …

Oregon Supreme Court Finds Treatment Can be Compensable for Injuries not Accepted

The Oregon Supreme Court reversed both the Workers’ Compensation Board and the Court of Appeals and ruled that an injured worker was entitled to diagnostic services by a psychologist even though no psychological injury had been accepted by the insurer. …

Research Finds No Improvement in Worker Outcomes When Medical Prices Increase

When the price of physician services increases relative to group health rates, injured workers report fewer problems getting the care they want but no significant improvement in physical function or speedier return to work, according to a study released Thursday …

WCRI: States Without Work Comp Fee Schedules Paying the Price

The dwindling number of states that have no fee schedule, or that set fees according to a percentage of billed charges, are paying far more for outpatient surgery than states that have adopted some version of Medicare’s payment system, according …

P&C Reserves Improved Last Year, Pushed by Workers’ Comp

Separate reports by financial analysts concluded that property and casualty carriers improved the condition of their claim reserves in 2018, in large part because of favorable loss development in the workers’ compensation line. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reported that property …

Workers’ Comp Claims in Colorado’s Cannabis Industry Not as High as You Think

It’s a safe bet that there are a number of those among us who envision workers in the marijuana industry as mostly a bunch of mellow bud-blazers haphazardly performing the daily tasks of trimming, potting, transporting or selling cannabis. Those …