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Questions Remain Despite Fewer Oregon Workplace Fatalities

Frankie Crispen Jr. had a lot to look forward to this past November. He was set to take the rigorous exam that could elevate him to journeyman electrician after four years as an apprentice. Thanksgiving came the day after the …

How Federal Pain Management Rules Will Affect Workers’ Comp

Genex recently released a brief overview of the Joint Commission’s new pain management protocols. According to Mark Pew, senior vice president of PRIUM, a division of Genex Services, the new pain management protocol goes into effect January 1. “That means …

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 …

Genex: Uncovering Hidden Data in the Workers’ Comp Bill Review Process

While several factors define a sophisticated bill review vendor, data analysis and reporting capabilities are becoming increasingly important in selecting the right vendor, according to a recent report released by Genex, a workers’ comp case management company. The white paper …

Opioid Pain Treatment Addiction Costs Workers’ Comp Carriers, Health Insurers Billions

Insurers Seek Reimbursement for the High Cost of Opioid Addictions Big Pharma is having a Big Tobacco moment. Since 1999, the number of prescription opioids sold in America has almost quadrupled. Over the same period, prescription opioid deaths have more …

10 Ways Top Workers’ Comp Claims Firms Distinguish Themselves from the Pack

A newly released study reveals that core competencies drive claims outcomes. That’s according to the 2017 Workers Compensation Benchmarking Study conducted by Rising Medical Solutions, a provider of medical cost containment and medical care management services. The study, now in …

When It Comes to Workers’ Comp, You Can Have the Best of Both Worlds

I kicked off this series by detailing my argument for why physician quality is the single most important aspect of a claim — efficient and effective care is far more impactful than discounted care. Now, I want to expand on …

Drug Repackagers, Compounding Pharmacies Continue to Stress Workers’ Comp Systems

Though the number of physician dispensed prescriptions declined considerably from just a few years ago, the workers’ compensation industry continues to battle an adapting market seeking to maintain high prices by changing drug strength and formulations. The impact of physician …

Survey: Policyholders Want Digital Tools, Omni-Channel Experience From Workers’ Comp Insurers

Technology is changing how small business owners interact with their insurance carriers, according to a new study from EMPLOYERS, a national small business insurance specialist. Nearly one in four (23 percent) small business owners believe more online or self-service tools …

In Workers’ Comp, It’s Quality Not Quantity That Matters

Is this claimant supposed to be off work? Did I get enough discount on the services? Were those services even necessary? I would argue that the question everyone should be asking instead is: Who is your doctor? After all, the …