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by Sheena Harrison
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Introducing a new addition to Business Insurance's workers comp team

9:25 am, Apr. 23

I wanted to take a bit to introduce Stephanie Goldberg, a new associate editor at Business Insurance who joined me this week in covering the workers compensation market. Stephanie holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Michigan State University, and she began her career at CNN Digital in ...MORE


New opioid guidelines recommend cutting maximum daily dosing in half

4:01 pm, Apr. 16

While the release of Zohydro ER into the market has sparked concerns among workers compensation experts, a new set of prescription guidelines advises cutting opioid dosing limits in half to save lives and reduce addiction.Reed Group Ltd., a disability case management services firm in Westminster, ...MORE


FDA approves opioid overdose remedy as comp industry prepares for Zohydro

3:43 pm, Apr. 3

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new medication that it says will be critical in preventing opioid painkiller overdoses -- one of the top pharmaceutical issues that the workers compensation industry continues to keep an eye on.In a statement Thursday, the FDA announced that it ...MORE


Most industries have seen fall in work-related deaths: National Safety Council report

5:05 pm, Mar. 20

Work-related deaths in the United States decreased in 2012, although the mining and construction industries saw an increase in fatalities from 2011, according to a new report by the National Safety Council.The council released its Injury Facts report this month. The data shows that there were 3,613 ...MORE


Some see employer liability coverage tightening for Texas nonsubscribers

4:12 pm, Mar. 5

As we discussed in this week's issue, Texas nonsubscription is being considered by employers looking to save on workers compensation costs. While nonsubscribers typically purchase employer liability insurance to cover their exposure for worker injuries, a few industry observers say that liability ...MORE


Medicaid Secondary Payer guidelines continue to roll out

3:40 pm, Feb. 20

In addition to considering comments on penalties for Medicare Secondary Payer noncompliance, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services also has issued recent notices about other upcoming changes to Medicare law.CMS issued a notice on Feb. 11 seeking comments on a proposed process to reconsider ...MORE


Could Northwestern University athlete unionization pave way for player comp claims?

3:38 pm, Feb. 7

A push from the Northwestern University football team to unionize its players will be an interesting issue to watch for the workers compensation arena, particularly in light of concussion claims filed by National Football League players in recent years."Nearly 100%" of Northwestern's scholarship ...MORE


Several California contractors accused of comp fraud

3:57 pm, Jan. 31

On the heels of an alleged $36 million workers compensation fraud scheme being prosecuted in Orange County, Calif., another string of California businesses is accused of defrauding comp insurers in the state.Several California contracting firm employees were arraigned this week in connection with ...MORE


Opening round of briefs filed in Florida Westphal case

4:22 pm, Jan. 21

The first round of briefs has been filed with Florida's Supreme Court to consider whether a 104-week time limit on workers compensation temporary total disability benefits is constitutional.In Bradley Westphal v. City of St. Petersburg et al., a split en banc Florida 1st District Court of Appeals ...MORE


Video of workers behaving badly shows risk management gone wrong

11:25 am, Dec. 13

As someone who covers the workers compensation industry, it's impossible not to cringe at this "Ultimate Workers Fail" video. Here's hoping that your employees are staying safer on the job than the people featured here.Just a heads-up, there's a little bit of NSFW language at the 2:50 mark: ...MORE


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