workers’ compensation News

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 …

CompScope Report Highlights Tenn. and Texas Reforms, Fla. Court Rulings

Tennessee moved from the low end to the very low end of total workers’ compensation claim costs after passage of reform legislation in 2013 that trimmed permanent partial disability benefits and slashed the number of attorneys in the system. Costs …

Injury Rates Still Dropping Even as Older Workers Take Larger Share of Workforce

The number of workplace injury claims continues to decline year after year despite significant changes in workforce demographics that one might think should increase claims frequency, according to a report released Monday by the National Council of Compensation Insurance. The …

KEMI Board Votes to Cut CEO’s Pay Following Critical Audit

LEXINGTON, Ky. — The governing board of Kentucky Employers’ Mutual Insurance has recommended that its chief executive take a pay cut and lose his long-term job contract in favor of year-to-year probation. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the action follows an …

Work Comp Fraudster Must Repay $246K, Spend Seven Months in Prison

A Cleveland-area man was sentenced to seven months in prison Wednesday and ordered to repay nearly $246,000 in disability benefits he fraudulently received from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation and the Social Security Administration, the BWC said Friday. Louis …

Attorney Turned Criminal Apologizes to Insurers for Giant Workers’ Comp Fraud

Sean Enrique O’Keefe said he started out as a “humanistic attorney,” but he became a mercenary and then a criminal who netted $700,000 a year by sending San Diego workers’ compensation claimants to dirty medical providers. O’Keefe on Wednesday morning …

Do High Health Plan Deductibles Lead to More Workers’ Compensation Claims?

Are employees injured at work more likely to file under workers’ compensation instead of group health insurance when their group health plan has a higher deductible? The Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) found evidence they do in a new study …