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Texas: Network Report Card Published by the Division for 2010

By Stuart D. Colburn, Shareholder, Downs Stanford The Division published its network report cards for 2010. Not surprisingly, non-network medical care continued to be less expensive than medical care delivered through a network. Direct contract networks, currently offered to potential subdivisions...

CA: New DWC Regs To Control Medical Costs To Be In Effect Nov. 15, 2011

Sacramento, CA (CompNewsNetwork) - The Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) has adopted new regulations updating the Workers’ Compensation Information System (WCIS) reporting requirements as part of its 12-point plan to monitor medical costs more effectively. The final regulations, which...

2010 Year in Review: The Top 10 Workers’ Compensation Events in Texas

By Stuart D. Colburn, Shareholder, Downs Stanford 1. New Causation Standard The Texas Supreme Court addressed causation for the first time since 1943. Since that time, lower appellate courts and the Division often stated the injury need only be a producing cause and there can be more than...

The AIA’s Positions on Workers’ Compensation Issues— Medical Costs, AMA Guides Sixth Edition, State Funds, and California’s Left Coast Litigation: Taking a Hard Look at the Ball of Confusion

By Karen Yotis, Esq. When Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong penned “Ball of Confusion (That’s What the World Is Today)”, they could hardly have anticipated that the political anthem the Temptations recorded in 1970 would mirror the state of our country’s workers’ compensation...

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...

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...

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...

Workers’ Compensation in a Medically Overtreated Society

Workers’ compensation is no stranger to controversy. In 2009 the well-respected physician Nortin M. Hadler, MD, attacked workers’ compensation as an “evil, wrong-minded, illness-inducing maze that masquerades as social insurance”. You can read all about it in his book Stabbed...

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...

The OSHA Regulatory Burden: New Study Debunks Job Killer, Anti-Competitive Theories

It is a truth universally acknowledged that OSHA workplace regulations are unduly burdensome, negatively impacting an employer’s competitiveness and destroying jobs for workers . The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration is one of the most controversial regulatory agencies in our...

The OSHA Regulatory Burden: New Study Debunks Job Killer, Anti-Competitive Theories

It is a truth universally acknowledged that OSHA workplace regulations are unduly burdensome, negatively impacting an employer’s competitiveness and destroying jobs for workers . The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration is one of the most controversial regulatory agencies in...

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...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup Powered by Larson's (2/19/2013)

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: NCCI Examines Medical Services for Claims 20 Years or Older . WCRI Analyzes Medical Cost Drivers, Trends...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup Powered by Larson's (4/1/2013)

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: 7th Circuit Rejects Liberty Mutual’s Challenge to AIG Class Action Settlement Order . NAIC Ranks...

Women on the Verge: Menopause Symptoms in the Workplace

By Robin E. Kobayashi, JD, LexisNexis Legal & Professional Operations When it comes to employee wellness and costs borne by employers, studies tend to focus on the “big three”: cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes. But no one—well, at least in our workers’ comp...

Georgia: Pharmaceutical Costs in Workers’ Compensation Claims

By Richard C. Kissiah In July 2013, the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) of Cambridge, Massachusetts completed and issued a new study as to the effects of the Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation’s April 1, 2011 reform of its fee schedule as to the pricing...

The Texas Blueprint for How to Lower Workers’ Comp Costs

After continued implementation of the 2005 reforms to the Texas workers’ compensation system, and legislative review of the system in 2011, 2013 was a year in which system stakeholders and other interested parties were able to step back and evaluate the current state of the Texas system and better...

Patients, Pills and Profits: Physician Dispensing Increases Costs in Illinois Workers’ Comp Claims

Karen C. Yotis, Esq., a Feature Resident Columnist for the LexisNexis Workers’ Compensation eNewsletter , provides insights into workplace issues and the nuts and bolts of the workers’ comp world. Peeling Away the Onion on Physician Dispensing With workers’ compensation costs...

Pennsylvania: Court Affirms Denial of Claim for Holistic “Medical” Treatment Performed in India

A Pennsylvania appellate court affirmed the dismissal of a petition for reimbursement of Ayurvedic therapy—a form of holistic alternative medicine that is the traditional system of medicine in India—based upon the failure of the claimant, a licensed Pennsylvania nurse, to show either that...

The Evolution of Reform: WCRI Panel Examines Resilience and Renovation in Workers’ Compensation

Closing session at WCRI’s annual conference examines workers’ comp systems in Texas, Pennsylvania, Oregon and Florida By Ryan Benharris, Esq. Focusing on Resilience or Renovation, the 2015 Workers Compensation Research Institute Annual Convention (WCRI) closed its seminar on March 6...

CWCI Tracks Use of Network Physicians in California Workers’ Comp and Associated Savings

Use of network physicians to manage California injured workers’ medical care rose from just over half of all claims prior to the introduction of medical provider networks (MPNs) to nearly 80 percent of all claims after MPNs were fully implemented according to a new CWCI study that tracks network...

New Study on Low Back Pain Examines Costs and Benefits of State Workers’ Compensation Policy Variations

While employer control reduces medical costs, allowing employees a one-time change in physician may not be as expensive as employers fear By Thomas A. Robinson, co-author, Larson’s Workers’ Compensation Law According to a recent study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental...

Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Miss the WCRI 32nd Annual Conference

Anyone familiar with the Workers Compensation Research Institute’s 32-year history of providing the data and analysis that industry mavericks rely upon to understand, manage and effect real change have come to expect WCRI conferences to provide the discussion and debate of cutting edge issues and...