Workers' Compensation

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Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP Extension Act (MMSEA) Section 111 Reporting: Identifying Reporting Triggers – 2011 Updates
Posted on 28 Nov 2011 by Jennifer Jordan

It is important to be familiar with the criteria for reporting to avoid being late in adhering to the MMSEA Section 111 requirements. The determination of whether to submit a claim is dictated by two criteria, both of which must be met to require reporting... Read More

Cost Containment From Soup to Nuts: Rebecca Shafer’s Workers Compensation Management Program: Reduce Costs 20% to 50%, 2012 Edition
Posted on 4 Jan 2012 by Karen C. Yotis

By Karen C. Yotis, Esq. When a workers’ compensation maven of Rebecca Shafer’s caliber shares her expertise about implementing cost containment best practices, industry professionals can’t afford to do anything but listen. Likewise... Read More

NCCI Studies Excess Loss Development
Posted on 21 Oct 2011 by John Stahl

Largest Claims Develop Down and Smaller Ones Develop Up Over Time By John M. Stahl, Esq. A September 2011 NCCI research brief entitled “Workers’ Compensation Excess Loss Development” followed up on NCCI’s 2007 study of the... Read More

California Private Self-Insured Claim Frequency Edged Down in 2010, But Average Claim Costs Rose
Posted on 29 Sep 2011 by California Workers' Compensation Institute

Workers’ compensation claim frequency among private self-insured employers in California registered a slight decline last year, but only because the incidence of low cost medical-only claims declined according to a new California Workers’... Read More

Work-Injury Impact on Wealth of U.S. Workers
Posted on 12 Jan 2016 by Roger Rabb

Workers with injuries experienced slow to significant income loss post-injury compared to steeper increases for non-injured workers over time By Roger Rabb, J.D. Although there are many studies exploring the costs of workplace injuries in the... Read More

Workers Compensation Claim Reserves 101
Posted on 20 Nov 2013 by Rebecca A. Shafer

Reserves are the amount of money that is set aside to pay the cost of a workers’ compensation claim. The reserve amount is the number of dollars necessary to pay the financial and legal obligations of the self-insured employer or the insurer. The... Read More

The Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Dilemma for Workers’ Compensation Claims
Posted on 20 Jun 2014 by Thomas A. Robinson

Doesn’t the Employer Take the Employee as It Finds Him or Her, Susceptible to PTSD or Not? By Thomas A. Robinson, JD, the Feature National Columnist of the LexisNexis Workers' Compensation eNewsletter , is a leading commentator and expert... Read More Warehouse Workers Complain of Heat-Related Illnesses, Poor Working Conditions
Posted on 21 Sep 2011 by LexisNexis Workers' Comp Law Newsroom Staff

Some workers at's Lehigh Valley fulfillment center warehouse facilities in Pennsylvania have recently complained about the inside temperatures and other working conditions during this past summer's heat wave. Many of the employees are... Read More

CWCI Debuts New Score Card Series on California Workers’ Comp Claims Experience by Injury
Posted on 21 Feb 2012 by California Workers' Compensation Institute

The California Workers’ Compensation Institute has launched a new series of research publications, “California Workers’ Compensation Industry Score Cards,” which uses subsets of data from CWCI’s Industry Claims Information... Read More

Insurer-Supported Engineering Controls Can Lead to Significant Reduction of Overall Workers’ Comp Claims and Costs
Posted on 19 Feb 2015 by Thomas A. Robinson

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’... Read More

Details of the Third Party Administrator Service Agreement
Posted on 4 Dec 2013 by Rebecca A. Shafer

Self-insured employers who utilize a third party administrator (TPA) to administer their workers’ compensation claims frequently feel they do not get everything they bargain for from their TPA in the handling of the employer’s claims. The... Read More

Webinar Stresses Use of Mediation in California Workers' Comp
Posted on 21 Nov 2011 by LexisNexis Workers' Comp Law Newsroom Staff

"Mediating Workers' Comp Claims, Liens and Other Disputes" is the topic of a free webinar on Dec. 1 from WorkCompCentral Education, the company announced today. Former Oakland Presiding Judge George Mason and longtime workers' comp... Read More

What’s Really Behind the Decline in Workers’ Comp Claim Rates?
Posted on 9 May 2015 by Thomas A. Robinson

New study suggests improved safety is only partially the answer given the considerable shift of care from workers’ comp to private insurance coverage Thomas A. Robinson, J.D., the Feature National Columnist for the LexisNexis Workers’ Compensation... Read More

Surviving the Great Recession: Getting By With a Little Help From Our Meds
Posted on 24 Feb 2015 by Karen C. Yotis

By Karen C. Yotis, Esq. and Robin E. Kobayashi, J.D. It’s a no brainer that when the economy takes a deep dive, our collective psychological well-being also ends up under water. Just reading about mass layoffs, homeless families, and bankruptcies—much... Read More

It’s Still the Economy, Stupid: Considering the NCCI Research Brief “Workers’ Compensation Claims Frequency”
Posted on 6 Oct 2011 by Vernon R. Sumwalt

By Vernon Sumwalt, Esq. In the NCCI brief “ Workers’ Compensation Claims Frequency ” (August 2011), Jim Davis and Yair Bar-Chaim look at the consequences of the Great Recession of 2007-2009 upon workers’ compensation claims frequency... Read More