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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...

NCCI-Mandated Assigned Risk Policy Plain Language Upheld: Cal. Comp. Cases January Advanced Postings (1/18/2012)

Here’s the third batch of advanced postings for the January 2012 issue of Cal. Comp. Cases. FEATURED CASE: NCCI-MANDATED ASSIGNED RISK POLICY PLAIN LANGUAGE UPHELD Lexis.com subscribers can link to the case to read the complete summary. Ardis Kemp, Brenda Kemp, dba ABCO Distribution, Petitioners...

NCCI’s State of the Workers’ Compensation Line 2012: The Struggle Continues

By John Stahl, Esq. The State of the Workers’ Compensation Line 2012 presentation at the National Council on Compensation Insurance Holdings. Inc.’s , (NCCI) 2012 Annual Issue Symposium discussed trends in workers’ compensation insurance premiums, claims frequency, and related statistics...

Trends in Workers’ Compensation Narcotics Use: Avoiding Early Use is Key

By John Stahl, Esq. A May 2012 report from the National Council on Compensation Insurance Holdings, Inc. , (NCCI) addressed the conclusions of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) that “the overuse of opioid therapy to treat chronic pain conditions is becoming...

NCCI: States That Switch to AMA Guides Sixth Edition See Big Drop in Impairment Ratings

NCCI has recently analyzed the impact of the AMA Guides Sixth Edition for three states that recently switched from the Fifth Edition to the Sixth Edition, finding a trend where substantial decreases in impairment ratings resulted. In Tennessee, impairment ratings for part of the body dropped by 16...

NCCI: States That Switch to AMA Guides Sixth Edition See Big Drop in Impairment Ratings

NCCI has recently analyzed the impact of the AMA Guides Sixth Edition for three states that recently switched from the Fifth Edition to the Sixth Edition, finding a trend where substantial decreases in impairment ratings resulted. In Tennessee, impairment ratings for part of the body dropped by 16...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup Powered by Larson's (7/30/2012)

Sign up here for our free workers' compensation enewsletters (National or California Edition) to receive weekly news items. Be sure to select the enewsletter of your choice. NATIONAL NEWS: Matthew Bender Celebrates 125 Years of Trusted Analytical Content: Save 25% Thru 7/31/12 . NCCI Posts...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup Powered by Larson's (8/6/2012)

Sign up here for our free workers' compensation enewsletters (National or California Edition) to receive weekly news items. Be sure to select the enewsletter of your choice. NATIONAL NEWS: NASI Report Finds Slow Recovery Affects Workers Comp Benefits and Costs . NCCI Announces Data Quality...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup Powered by Larson's (9/10/2012)

Sign up here for our free workers' compensation enewsletters (National or California Edition) to receive weekly news items. Be sure to select the enewsletter of your choice. NATIONAL NEWS: Illicit Drug Use May Vary by Payer Type; Detection Rate as High as 17% . NCCI Posts Latest National...

How to Achieve a Desirable Experience Modification Factor Under NCCI’s New System

By John Stahl, Esq. A recent Risk & Insurance webinar entitled “Big Changes Coming in Workers’ Compensation Premiums” stresses that actively reducing your “Experience Modification Factor” (“mod”) today should reap disproportionately high reductions in workers’...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup Powered by Larson's (10/1/2012)

Sign up here for our free workers' compensation enewsletters (National or California Edition) to receive weekly news items. Be sure to select the enewsletter of your choice. NATIONAL NEWS: IAIABC Drafts Model Rule to Address Opioid Abuse in Workers Comp Systems . Free Mobile App for the...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup Powered by Larson's (10/8/2012)

Sign up here for our free workers' compensation enewsletters (National or California Edition) to receive weekly news items. Be sure to select the enewsletter of your choice. NATIONAL NEWS: US Supreme Court Denies Certiorari in MSP Case Hadden v. U.S . 9th Circ. Rules Widow Gets Another Day...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup Powered by Larson's (10/22/2012)

Sign up here for our free workers' compensation enewsletters (National or California Edition) to receive weekly news items. Be sure to select the enewsletter of your choice. NATIONAL NEWS: New Study Analyzes Ethnic Disparities Among Injured Construction Workers . MSHA: Mining Fatality, Injury...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup Powered by Larson's (10/29/2012)

Sign up here for our free workers' compensation enewsletters (National or California Edition) to receive weekly news items. Be sure to select the enewsletter of your choice. NATIONAL NEWS: Survey: Big Gap in Perceptions of Integration of UR With Other Medical Management Systems . United...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup Powered by Larson's (11/5/2012)

Sign up here for our free workers' compensation enewsletters (National or California Edition) to receive weekly news items. Be sure to select the enewsletter of your choice. NATIONAL NEWS: Impact of Hurricane Sandy on Calculation of WC Premiums . NCCI: WC Premiums to Exceed 2011 Growth by...

Role of Age Regarding Workers’ Compensation May Be Exaggerated

NCCI Suggests Younger and Older Employees’ Claims Are Comparable By John Stahl, Esq. Recent research by the National Council on Compensation Insurance, Inc., (NCCI) questions the belief that the aging American workforce is at the eye of the perfect storm related to workers’ compensation...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup Powered by Larson's (11/19/2012)

Sign up here for our free workers' compensation enewsletters (National or California Edition) to receive weekly news items. Be sure to select the enewsletter of your choice. NATIONAL NEWS: Walmart Settles Federal Class Action Suit Over Alleged Interference w/WC Claims . A.M. Best Report...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup Powered by Larson's (12/3/2012)

Sign up here for our free workers' compensation enewsletters (National or California Edition) to receive weekly news items. Be sure to select the enewsletter of your choice. NATIONAL NEWS: WCRI Executive Director Explains How to Keep Lawyers Out of Workers’ Comp Cases . Aon Report...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup Powered by Larson's (12/21/2012)

Sign up here for our free workers' compensation enewsletters (National or California Edition) to receive weekly news items. Be sure to select the enewsletter of your choice. NATIONAL NEWS: SMART Act Passed by House to Streamline Medicare Secondary Payment Program . NCCI Posts Study on Role...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup Powered by Larson's (3/18/2013)

Sign up here for our free workers' compensation enewsletters (National or California Edition) to receive weekly news items. Be sure to select the enewsletter of your choice. NATIONAL NEWS: NCOIL Adopts Model Law to Rein in Repackaged Drug Pricing . NCCI Releases Calendar-Year Underwriting...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup Powered by Larson's (5/20/2013)

Sign up here for our free workers' compensation enewsletters (National or California Edition) to receive weekly news items. Be sure to select the enewsletter of your choice. NATIONAL NEWS: Rep. Reichert Files H.R. 1982 Medicare Secondary Payer Workers Comp Bill . AIA Supports H.R. 1982 Medicare...

Will California Rank No. 1 in Nation for Highest Workers’ Comp Premium Rates?

Two years ago California ranked third in the nation in terms of the highest workers’ comp premium rates. In a webinar on April 10, 2014, WCIRB observed that, given the rate activity in the state from 2012 to 2013 and most likely continuing into 2014, California could have the highest—or close...

NCCI Research Brief on Medicare Set-Asides and Workers' Compensation

NCCI has recently examined the demographics related to MSAs (distributions of amounts of MSAs and total settlements that include MSAs; distributions of ages of claimants) and the aspects of the CMS review process (length of time from submission to CMS approval; relation between submitted and CMS-approved...

Late-Term Compensation Care for Injured Workers

NCCI research analyzes decline in late-term medical costs as claimants age By Roger Rabb, Special Correspondent for the LexisNexis Workers’ Compensation eNewsletter When comparing the costs associated with providing medical treatment for injuries, even job-related injuries, the “common...

Workers’ Compensation and Its Secondary Payers: Medicare and Medicaid

Last November I had the pleasure of participating in a panel with two more eminently qualified folks—Jennifer C. Jordan of MEDVAL, LLC and Tim Nay at Nay & Friedenberg —about Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) compliance at the 23rd Annual National Workers’ Compensation and Disability...