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CA: Hale Johnston Re-elected as Chairman of California Workers' Compensation Institute Board of Directors

RENO, NV – EMPLOYERS, America's small business insurance specialist, today announced that T. Hale Johnston, senior vice president and regional manager, Pacific Region, has been re-elected as chairman of the Board of Directors of the California Workers' Compensation Institute, a private...

CWCI Study Finds California Workers’ Comp Medical Payments Exceed Pre-Reform Levels

Average amounts paid per claim for treatment, prescriptions and durable medical equipment (DME), medical management and cost containment, and med-legal reports in the California workers' compensation system have grown steadily since 2005, pushing average medical expenditures above the levels noted...

CWCI Study Finds California Workers’ Comp Medical Payments Exceed Pre-Reform Levels

Average amounts paid per claim for treatment, prescriptions and durable medical equipment (DME), medical management and cost containment, and med-legal reports in the California workers' compensation system have grown steadily since 2005, pushing average medical expenditures above the levels noted...

California Private Self-Insured Claim Frequency Edged Down in 2010, But Average Claim Costs Rose

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’ Compensation Institute (CWCI) analysis of data compiled...

California Private Self-Insured Claim Frequency Edged Down in 2010, But Average Claim Costs Rose

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’ Compensation Institute (CWCI) analysis of data compiled...

California Workers’ Comp Regulators Announce 2012 User Funding and Assessment Rates

The California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) has calculated the 2012 assessments that state law requires workers' compensation insurers to collect from policyholders in order to fund the budget of the state Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) and five related programs established...

No Change in California Workers’ Comp Medical Mileage Rate For 2012 Travel

The mileage rate that workers’ comp claims administrators pay injured workers for travel related to medical treatment or evaluation of their injuries will remain at 55.5¢ per mile for travel on or after January 1, 2012, regardless of the date of injury. California Labor Code §4600 ...

CWCI Estimates California Workers’ Comp Drug Testing Costs Hit $98 Million in 2011

A new California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWCI) study finds that widespread use of narcotic painkillers to treat work-related injuries – including relatively minor injuries where their use is not supported by medical evidence -- has fueled exponential growth in the use of drug testing...

CWCI Scorecard Looks at Carpal Tunnel Claims in California Workers’ Comp

The California Workers’ Compensation Institute has released the sixth edition of its “Injury Scorecard” research series, providing detailed data on accident year (AY) 2001 to 2011 workers’ compensation claims experience for cases in which the primary diagnosis was carpal tunnel...

CWCI Scorecard Looks at Carpal Tunnel Claims in California Workers’ Comp

The California Workers’ Compensation Institute has released the sixth edition of its “Injury Scorecard” research series, providing detailed data on accident year (AY) 2001 to 2011 workers’ compensation claims experience for cases in which the primary diagnosis was carpal tunnel...

CWCI Analysis Estimates CURES Program Could Save $57 Million in Workers’ Comp Costs

As debate swirls about future funding for California’s $3.7 million a year Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES), a new California Workers’ Compensation Institute study asserts that allowing 3rd party payer access to CURES would improve quality of care and...

CWCI Analysis Estimates CURES Program Could Save $57 Million in Workers’ Comp Costs

As debate swirls about future funding for California’s $3.7 million a year Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES), a new California Workers’ Compensation Institute study asserts that allowing 3rd party payer access to CURES would improve quality of care and...

CWCI Study Measures Outcomes for Claims with Physician-Dispensed Repackaged Drugs

A new California Workers’ Compensation Institute study shows that on average, California work injury claims from 2002 through 2011 that involved physician-dispensed repackaged drugs had 17 percent higher medical benefit costs, 13 percent higher indemnity costs and 9 percent more lost-time days...

Michael Nolan to Retire as President of CWCI, Alex Swedlow Named Successor

Oakland – J. Michael Nolan has announced his retirement as president of the Oakland-based California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWCI) effective May 1, 2013. The Institute’s Board of Directors has named Alex Swedlow, CWCI’s Executive Vice President for Research, as his successor...