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OR: Gov. Marks 20th Anniversary of Historic WC Reforms

Salem, OR (CompNewsNetwork) - Governor Ted Kulongoski today gathered with representatives from Oregon businesses and labor organizations to mark the 20th anniversary of successful reforms to the state's workers' compensation system. As a result of the reforms that became law in 1990, on-the-job...

FL: CFO Urges Gov. to Sign Legislation to Reduce WC Costs, Save Taxpayer Dollars

Talllahassee, FL (CompNewNetwork) - Florida CFO Alex Sink sent a letter to Governor Crist asking his support of her risk management legislation (HB 5603), which addresses the rising costs of workers’ compensation benefits in the state risk management program. The legislation passed the legislature...

FL: CFO Sink Statement on Governor Crist's Veto of HB 5603

Tallahassee, FL (CompNewsNetwork) - Florida CFO Alex Sink released the following statement after Governor Crist vetoed HB 5603, which implemented recommendations made by CFO Sink to strengthen the state’s Risk Management program and reduce workers’ compensation costs to the state. “This...

Obesity in America as Cost Driver in the Workers’ Comp System

Stuart D. Colburn, a Shareholder of Downs Stanford in Austin, Texas, analyzes the impact of an obese workforce, one of the primary cost drivers in the workers’ compensation system. To view his slide presentation on this topic, click here . Next up: the business of medicine as a cost driver.

NCCI Addresses Workers’ Compensation Prescription Drugs Costs

Increased Utilization of Predominantly Expensive Drugs Fuel Cost Rise An August 2011 research brief by the National Council on Compensation Insurance, Inc. (NCCI) analyzed the trend of prescription drugs constituting a disproportionately high percentage of workers' compensation expenses. The...

Manage Your Workers’ Compensation Program by Advisen and Amaxx Risk Solutions

Book Shows Employers How to Cut Comp Costs by 20% - 50% NEW YORK.—Sept 26, 2011 – Advisen and Amaxx have combined to produce a $159 guidebook to help brokers, consultants, safety & loss control professionals, claims managers and buyers of insurance reduce Workers Compensation costs...

Study Links Dow Jones Industrial Average and Workers’ Compensation Costs

Do Insurers’ Returns on Investments Significantly Impact Premiums? By John M. Stahl, Esq. Realistic budgets and other benefits associated with accurately predicting the cost of providing workers’ compensation insurance coverage were factors in J. Paul Leigh, Ph.D., and Abhinav Bhushan...

Study Links Dow Jones Industrial Average and Workers’ Compensation Costs

Do Insurers’ Returns on Investments Significantly Impact Premiums? By John M. Stahl, Esq. Realistic budgets and other benefits associated with accurately predicting the cost of providing workers’ compensation insurance coverage were factors in J. Paul Leigh, Ph.D., and Abhinav Bhushan...

LexisNexis 2011 Special Achievement Award for Workers’ Compensation

The LexisNexis Workers' Compensation Law Community is pleased to announce the recipient of its first Special Achievement Award. This year we would like to honor a social media phenomenon on LinkedIn - the Work Comp Analysis Group . In the fall of 2008, Mark Walls, an Assistant Vice President...

Size Matters: NCCI Attributes Medical Costs Trends to Claim Categories

Many studies have analyzed why the medical componen t of workers' compensation costs have risen rapidly the past several years despite the recession. Explanations for the higher costs have ranged from increased workers' compensation prescription drug costs to the decline in the Dow Jones Industrial...

LexisNexis® Workers Compensation Law Community Podcast: Dr. Richard Victor on the Workers' Compensation System's Elephant in the Room

On this edition, Dr. Richard Victor, Executive Director of the Workers Compensation Research Institute, discusses the challenges of return to work opportunities for injured workers and the workers compensation questions presented by the unprecedented disruption of the labor market. Copyright© 2011...

Cost Containment Leads Employers’ Workers’ Comp Concerns for 2012

Cost containment is by far the number one workers' compensation insurance concern of employers for the next 12 months, a new study shows. Fifty-nine percent of employers say they are very or somewhat concerned about cost containment in 2012. Employers are also concerned about increasing exposures...

High Drug Costs Attributed to Premiums for Physician-Dispensed Prescriptions: Study Reviews Price Gap Reducing Reforms

By John Stahl, Esq. The fact that many workers’ compensation claimants obtained prescription drugs directly from physicians was not the problem; the primary issue was that these medical professionals often charged much more than a pharmacy for the same medications. This contributed to recent...

High Drug Costs Attributed to Premiums for Physician-Dispensed Prescriptions: Study Reviews Price Gap Reducing Reforms

By John Stahl, Esq. The fact that many workers’ compensation claimants obtained prescription drugs directly from physicians was not the problem; the primary issue was that these medical professionals often charged much more than a pharmacy for the same medications. This contributed to recent...

California 2007 Reforms Reduced Costs of Physician-Dispensed Drugs: Study Shows Success Spawned Imitators

The fact that the 53-percent of all of the 2010/2011 prescriptions in the California workers’ compensation system that physicians dispensed cost a proportional 52-percent of the total for every prescription in the system showed the effectiveness of March 2007 reforms. The new guidelines regarding...

Successes and Failures of Fee Schedules: How Medical Providers Circumvent Fee Schedule-Related Revenue Losses

By John Stahl, Esq. Any first-semester political science major can tell you that government regulation is a common method for controlling what a business can charge for goods or services. Fee schedules provide this price control regarding workers’ compensation medical costs. Like most forms...

Workers’ Compensation Resources Research Report, Issue 6 May 2013

An order blank for Issue 6 of the WCRRR can be obtained by writing to John F. Burton, Jr. at JBWCR@aol.com . Issue 6 of the Workers' Compensation Resources Research Report (WCRRR) examines the employers' costs of workers' compensation. Part I relies on data from the Bureau of Labor...

Premiums Charged by Hospitals for Treating Workers’ Comp Claimants - Study Verifies Different Costs in General Healthcare and Workers’ Compensation Systems

By John Stahl, Esq. A recent report titled “Comparing Workers’ Compensation and Group Health Hospital Outpatient Payments” from the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) documented the premiums that hospitals charged workers’ compensation systems for outpatient...

Industry Bloggers Debate the Workers’ Compensation System

At the recent California Coalition on Workers’ Compensation 11th Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA, industry bloggers Mark Walls ( Work Comp Analysis Group on LinkedIn), Robert Rassp ( The Rassp Report ), Rebecca Shafer ( ReduceYourWorkersComp ), David DePaolo ( DePaolo’s Work Comp World ...

Professional Employer Organizations (PEOs) In Workers Compensation

by Rebecca Shafer, J.D. Professional Employer Organization (PEO) is a different approach many small and medium size employers take to obtain workers’ compensation insurance. The employer outsources the responsibilities of workers’ compensation insurance along with human resource services...

Workers Comp Cost Containment Starts With Post-Injury Investigation

Employers often think they have completed their investigation of the new workers’ compensation claim when they have finished filling out the state required Employers’ First Report of Injury (FROI). The information on the FROI is a good start on investigating a new injury claim, but it is...

The One-Two Punch of Benzodiazepines and Opioids on Workers’ Compensation Claim Costs

New study finds combined use of these drugs significantly increases workers’ comp costs Thomas A. Robinson, J.D., the Feature National Columnist for the LexisNexis Workers’ Compensation eNewsletter , is a leading commentator and expert on the law of workers’ compensation. A group...

Obesity in the Workforce – An Expanding Problem

American waistlines are expanding, with the adult obesity rate estimated by some to be as high as 40%. The obesity rate in the workforce has historically been lower than that of the general population, but this too is on the increase. Obese workers reportedly have more occupational limitations, more...

Fighting Fire with Fire – The Impact of Obesity on Firefighter Health

A sure sign of the concern mounting over the rate of obesity in the U.S. is the number of studies that are coming out analyzing the issue from a myriad of different angles. One of the most recent, Adiposity Predicts Self-Reported Frequency of Poor Health Days Among Male Firefighters , looks at the issue...

Insurer-Supported Engineering Controls Can Lead to Significant Reduction of Overall Workers’ Comp Claims and Costs

New study evaluates controls to reduce/eliminate workplace hazards Thomas A. Robinson, J.D., the Feature National Columnist for the LexisNexis Workers’ Compensation eNewsletter , is a leading commentator and expert on the law of workers’ compensation. Insurer-supported engineering controls—those...