IL: Payment Per Claim for Drugs Prescribed to Injured Workers Was Slightly Lower Than Study Median

CAMBRIDGE, MA - The payment per claim for prescription drugs used to treat injured workers in Illinois was slightly lower than in most study states, according to a new study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). The 16-state study by the Cambridge, MA-based WCRI found that the average...

CA: Employers' Workers' Comp Costs Continue to Decline Post-2004 Reforms

SACRAMENTO, CA - The Sacramento Bee , in reviewing the recent WCRIB report, says that the 2004 workers' compensation reforms (SB 899) are still having a big impact on the system, with employer-paid costs continuing to decline, but payouts to injured workers and physicians flattening out.

TN: Senate Speakers Signs Bill for Handling Future WC Disputes After Judgment

Nashville , TN (CompNewsNetwork) - The Tennessee Senate Speaker signed Senate Bill 3731. Under present law, in an emergency, or on account of the employer's failure or refusal to provide the medical care and services required by the workers' compensation law, an injured employee or the injured...

LA: Cost Per Claim of Drugs Prescribed to Injured Workers in Louisiana Was 75 Percent Higher Than Study Median

CAMBRIDGE, MA - The cost per claim of prescription drugs used to treat injured workers in Louisiana was significantly higher than in most study states, according to a new report by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). The 16-state study by the Cambridge, MA-based WCRI found that...

MA: Payment Per Claim for Drugs Prescribed to Injured Workers in Massachusetts Was Lower Than Study Median

CAMBRIDGE, MA - The payment per claim for prescription drugs used to treat injured workers in Massachusetts was significantly lower than in most study states, according to a new report by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). The 16-state study by the Cambridge, MA-based WCRI found...

CA: DWC Posts List of Facilities Using High Cost Outlier Payment Methodology

OAKLAND, CA - The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) has posted the updated list of hospital outpatient departments and ambulatory surgery centers who have opted for the alternate "high cost outlier" payment methodology under the official medical fee schedule (OMFS). These facilities...

MD: Cost Per Claim for Drugs Prescribed to Injured Workers in Maryland Was Slightly Higher Than Study Median

CAMBRIDGE, MA - The cost per claim for prescription drugs used to treat injured workers in Maryland was slightly higher than in most study states in a new study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). The 16-state study by the Cambridge, MA-based WCRI found that the average payment...

CA: Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Seek Legitimacy, Professional Image

OAKLAND, CA - The New York Times reports that medical marijuana dispensaries in California are seeking a new image that demonstrates professionalism and legitimacy, this as California voters will soon be determining whether marijuana should be legalized outright.

MI: Cost Per Claim of Drugs Prescribed to Injured Workers in Michigan Was Lowest Among 16 Study States

CAMBRIDGE, MA - The cost per claim of prescription drugs used to treat injured workers in Michigan was the lowest among 16 states, according to a new study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). The 16-state study by the Cambridge, MA-based WCRI found that the average payment per...

Productivity Losses Among Depressed Workers

Asheville , NC (CompNewsNetwork) - A recent study in the February issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine concludes that even when depressed patients are treated with antidepressants, there are substantial productivity losses. Researchers examined insurance claims and employee...

NJ: Cost Per Claim of Drugs Prescribed to Injured Workers Nearly 20 Percent Lower Than Study Median

CAMBRIDGE, MA – The cost per claim of prescription drugs used to treat injured workers in New Jersey was nearly 20 percent lower than in most study states, according to a new study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). The 16-state study by the Cambridge, MA-based WCRI found...

NCCI Publishes New Study on Cost Drivers in Loss Development

BOCA RATON, FL - The National Council on Compensation Insurance has posted a new study on Identifying and Quantifying the Cost Drivers of Loss Development: A Bridge Between the Chain Ladder and Statistical Modeling Methods of Loss Development. Read more Source: NCCI

NC: Cost Per Claim of Drugs Prescribed to Injured Workers Nearly 14 Percent Higher Than Study Median

CAMBRIDGE , MA – The cost per claim of prescription drugs used to treat injured workers in North Carolina was 14 percent higher than in most study states, according to a new study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). The 16-state study by the Cambridge, MA-based WCRI found...

PA: Cost Per Claim of Drugs Prescribed to Injured Workers Slightly Above Study Median

CAMBRIDGE, MA - The cost per claim of prescription drugs used to treat injured workers in Pennsylvania was slightly higher than most study states in a new report by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). The 16-state study by the Cambridge, MA-based WCRI found that the average payment...

TN: Payment Per Claim of Drugs Prescribed to Injured Workers in Tennessee Was Typical of States in New Study

CAMBRIDGE, MA - The average payment per claim of prescription drugs used to treat injured workers in Tennessee was fairly typical of the states examined in a new study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). The 16-state study by the Cambridge, MA-based WCRI found that the average payment...

WI: Cost Per Claim of Drugs Prescribed to Injured Workers Was 30 Percent Lower Than Study Median

CAMBRIDGE, MA - The cost per claim of prescription drugs used to treat injured workers in Wisconsin was significantly lower than in most study states, according to a new study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). The 16-state study by the Cambridge, MA-based WCRI found that the average...

CA: CWCI Reports on Medical Network Provider Use in California

OAKLAND, CA - New CWCI Research finds that the use of network providers to deliver medical services to injured workers, which rose sharply following the introduction of MPNs, has continued, albeit at a slower pace, as has the growth in the percentage of medical dollars flowing to network providers. ...

TX: Payment Per Claim for Drugs Prescribed to Injured Workers Nearly 30 Percent Higher Than Study Median

CAMBRIDGE, MA - The payment per claim for prescription drugs used to treat injured workers in Texas was nearly one-third higher than in most study states, according to a new study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). The 16-state study by the Cambridge, MA-based WCRI found that the...

NY: WCB Posts New Reimbursement Rates for Inpatient Hospital Care

ALBANY, NY - The New York State Workers' Compensation Board has released Subject No. 046-423, New Inpatient Reimbursement Rates: The workers' compensation fee schedule for inpatient hospital care automatically tracks New York Medicaid rates, as determined by the New York State Department of...

ACOEM Installs New Officers and Directors

ELK GROVE, IL - Natalie P. Hartenbaum, MD, MPH, FACOEM, is the new president of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM), an international medical society of more than 4,000 occupational and environmental medicine physicians and allied health professionals. Dr. Hartenbaum...

Researchers Attempt to Unravel the Secrets of Chronic Pain and Disability

In the May 2010 issue of Journal of Pain , the authors of " Bio-Psychosocial Determinants of Persistent Pain 6 Months After Non-Life-Threatening Acute Orthopaedic Trauma" explore whether long term pain and disability can be predicted. The authors found that psychological factors, such as pessimism...

Drug Tests Often Give False Positives, Certain Opioid Drugs Not Screened

NEW ORLEANS, LA - At a recent American Psychiatric Association's annual meeting, Dwight Smith, MD, of Boston Medical Center, gave a presentation on how drug abuse tests often give inaccurate results and how most standard drug tests don't screen for various opioid drugs, including oxycodone, methadone...

CA: Medical Board Reinstated 66 Convicted Felons During Past 10 Years

California - The Orange County Register reports that the California Medical Board has reinstated the medical licenses of 66 convicted felons during the past 10 years, including a Beverly Hills psychiatrist who was arrested and charged with hiring "cappers" to recruit thousands of laid off workers...

US: Asbestos-Related Worker Deaths Expected to Top Half a Million Mark by 2029

WASHINGTON - An investigative series on asbestos in the United States published by McClatchy says that a RAND study predicts that half a million workers will have died from asbestos-related diseases by year 2029. Dr. Richard Lemen, a former assistant U.S. surgeon general, has cited estimates that the...

California: Employer Representative at Applicant's Deposition

The WCAB issued an opinion, Padilla v. LAMTA , (6/28/10, ADJ6981165) which dealt with the issue of having an employer representative at the deposition (especially during the portions in which prior medical history was being discussed). If you would like a copy of the opinion, please let me know. ...