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CO: Governor Signs Two Workers' Comp Bills

DENVER, CO - Governor Bill Ritter signed HB 1009 on May 26, 2010. The bill requires the Pinnacol Assurance Board of Directors to post the date, time and location of board meetings at least seven days in advance. The Governor also signed HB 1038 on May 26, 2010. The bill concerns a brochure to describe...

Alternative Service Concepts Names Teresa Long as Director of Regional Operations for Southeast Region

Nashville, TN (CompNewsNetwork) - Alternative Service Concepts (ASC), a full-service, workers’ compensation and property & casualty third party claims administrator (TPA), today announced the hiring of Ms. Teresa Long as Director of Regional Operations for ASC’s Southeast market including...

York Risk Services Group, Inc. Acquires Great Western Administrators, Inc.

Parsippany, NJ (CompNewsNetwork) - York Risk Services Group, Inc. (York), a premier national provider of claims-handling, specialized loss adjusting and other risk management services, today announced that its Alternative Risk Solutions (ARS) division has acquired the assets and assumed the contracts...

WorkersCompensation.com Announces “Virtual Claims Kit” To Be Available In September

Sarasota, FL (CompNewsNetwork) – WorkersCompensation.com, the leading online resource for workers’ compensation information and services, today announced the scheduled launch of its newest product, the “Virtual Claims Kit”. The Virtual Claims Kit will provide all the necessary...

Amazon.com Warehouse Workers Complain of Heat-Related Illnesses, Poor Working Conditions

Some workers at Amazon.com'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 temporary employees who are hired through a staffing...

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...

It’s Still the Economy, Stupid: Considering the NCCI Research Brief “Workers’ Compensation Claims Frequency”

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 in 2010. To a variable extent, the conclusions...

It’s Still the Economy, Stupid: Considering the NCCI Research Brief “Workers’ Compensation Claims Frequency”

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 in 2010. To a variable extent, the conclusions...

NCCI Studies Excess Loss Development

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 same name. The executive summary of the current...

NCCI Studies Excess Loss Development

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 same name. The executive summary of the current...

Webinar Stresses Use of Mediation in California Workers' Comp

"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 legal specialist Frank Russo will present a one...

Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP Extension Act (MMSEA) Section 111 Reporting: Identifying Reporting Triggers – 2011 Updates

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: 1. The claimant is Medicare-entitled; and...

Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP Extension Act (MMSEA) Section 111 Reporting: Identifying Reporting Triggers – 2011 Updates

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: 1. The claimant is Medicare-entitled; and...

Cost Containment From Soup to Nuts: Rebecca Shafer’s Workers Compensation Management Program: Reduce Costs 20% to 50%, 2012 Edition

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, now that Shafer has released the 2012 edition of...

Cost Containment From Soup to Nuts: Rebecca Shafer’s Workers Compensation Management Program: Reduce Costs 20% to 50%, 2012 Edition

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, now that Shafer has released the 2012 edition of...

CWCI Debuts New Score Card Series on California Workers’ Comp Claims Experience by Injury

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 System (ICIS) database to measure various aspects...

The Defense of Intentional Self-Injury: Russian Roulette, Workplace Frustration, Accidental Drug Overdose, and More

Rashness Versus Intention in Self-Injury Cases In a few cases, attempts have been made to invoke the intentional self-injury defense when, although the workers obviously did not really intend to harm themselves, their conduct was so rash that the defendants attempted to argue that it was the equivalent...

Workers Compensation Claim Reserves 101

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 Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and other regulations...

Details of the Third Party Administrator Service Agreement

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 issue is usually a difference of opinion between the...

The Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Dilemma for Workers’ Compensation Claims

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 on the law of workers' compensation. In...

Insurer-Supported Engineering Controls Can Lead to Significant Reduction of Overall Workers’ Comp Claims and Costs

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’ compensation. Insurer-supported engineering controls—those...

Surviving the Great Recession: Getting By With a Little Help From Our Meds

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 less taking a drive past the dead...

What’s Really Behind the Decline in Workers’ Comp Claim Rates?

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 eNewsletter , is the co-author of Larson’s...

Work-Injury Impact on Wealth of U.S. Workers

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 U.S., often in the form of analysis of the costs...