Health Care Reform: Eight Strategies for Employers

Asheville, NC (CompNewsNetwork) - Much has been written about the sweeping health care reform law and its immediate and long-term effects on employers. While there is still much confusion and interpretation surrounding the law, it is clear that the law will impact costs and employers should strategize...

Lockton Adds Medical Director

Kansas City, MO (CompNewsNetwork) - Dr. Ian Chuang has joined Lockton, the world's largest privately held insurance broker, as a National Medical Director with Lockton Benefit Group. Dr. Chuang will prepare strategic road maps and operational framework to inform Lockton clients of the opportunities...

Insurers Say Suspected Diversion of Prescription Drugs on the Rise

According to a recent survey conducted by the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud, “fully half of health-related insurers say claims involving suspected diversion of addictive prescription drugs have increased over the last 12 months”. Source: Coalition Against Insurance Fraud

OK: Agencies Lose Millions In Potential Savings With Insurance Reform Veto

Oklahoma City, OK (CompNewsNetwork) - Numerous agencies, including some of the state’s largest, were set to save millions from legislation that would have streamlined state and education employee health insurance in an effort to lower costs for both the state and workers. Unfortunately, a...

NY: Gov. Signs 83 Bills Into Law

New York, NY (CompNewsNetwork) - Governor David A. Paterson signed 83 bills into law including legislation that will increase consumer protection by requiring the disclosure of rebates on purchases to consumers, and prohibit the manufacture and sale of products containing bisphenol A. The bills signed...

Workers’ Compensation Centennial 1911-2011- California: Justice, Equality and a Decent Life

In 150 Years, San Francisco Bay Area Working Families Have Made Progress, But Still Fight for the Same Goals In the hundred and fifty year history of workers in the San Francisco Bay Area, the watershed event was one that happened 70 years ago – the San Francisco general strike. That year...

Five Recent Cases You Should Know About (3/18/2011)

Larson's Spotlight on Subsequent Injury, Accidental Injury, Unexplained Injury, Collateral Source, and Defamation Suit . Larson's surveys the latest case developments that you need to know about. Thomas A. Robinson, the staff writer for Larson's Workers' Compensation Law , has compiled...

Health Care Reform’s Potential Impact to Pose Challenges for Workers Comp, Medical Liability Insurers

While it's still too early to quantify the exact impact of health care reform, implementation of the measure enacted last year will bring short- and long-term challenges to employers and the property/casualty insurance industry, attendees at the Casualty Actuarial Society's annual Ratemaking...

Workers’ Compensation Centennial 1911-2011- California: Justice, Equality and a Decent Life

In 150 Years, San Francisco Bay Area Working Families Have Made Progress, But Still Fight for the Same Goals In the hundred and fifty year history of workers in the San Francisco Bay Area, the watershed event was one that happened 70 years ago – the San Francisco general strike. That year...

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Health Care Act - Individual Mandate Is Constitutional, Medicaid Expansion Is Limited

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) In a sweeping opinion covering four issues addressed over three days of oral argument, the U.S. Supreme Court on June 28 found that the Anti-Injunction Act (AIA) does not bar challenges to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), that the individual mandate...

Experts, Officials, Media Offer Their Two Cents on U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision on Affordable Care Act

By John Stahl, Esq. The U.S. Supreme Court announcing its decision that the Affordable Care Act, also known as ACA and Obamacare, was constitutional was a “where were you” moment in American history. Key quotes from the majority and dissent opinions are provided below. The experts on...

Workers’ Compensation Under Romneycare Provides Clues for Nationwide Future of Systems

By John Stahl, Esq. Uncertainty regarding how the U.S. Supreme Court deciding that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) was constitutional would impact workers’ compensation systems makes this a good time to review an expert’s related research. RAND Director for Research...

Workers’ Compensation Under Romneycare Provides Clues for Nationwide Future of Systems

By John Stahl, Esq. Uncertainty regarding how the U.S. Supreme Court deciding that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) was constitutional would impact workers’ compensation systems makes this a good time to review an expert’s related research. RAND Director for Research...

The Impact of the Affordable Care Act on the Insurance Industry, Including Workers’ Compensation

In an interview with wrintv.com, Dr. Robert Hartwig of the Insurance Information Institute gave a rundown on the impact of the ACA on the insurance industry, now that the Act has been declared constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court: Health care insurers. Since the ACA is compulsory coverage,...

Cost-Shifting of Workers’ Compensation Expenses: Study Says Third Parties Pick Up Most of the Bill

By John Stahl, Esq. A study that J. Paul Leigh, Ph.D. , and James P. Marcin, MD, MPH conducted addressed cost shifting that occurred when the workers’ compensation system did not absorb the entire cost of a compensable incident. They reported their findings in an article entitled “Workers’...

The Blessing and the Curses of Compounded Drugs: Insurer Pulls Coverage Following Meningitis Outbreak

By John Stahl, Esq. The FDA website defines “pharmacy compounding” as “a practice in which a licensed pharmacist combines, mixes, or alters ingredients in response to a prescription to create a medication tailored to the medical needs of an individual patient.” A simpler way...