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Opioid addiction suit puts workers comp payers on alert

Published May 21, 2015 CST

Experts urge workers compensation payers to take steps to avoid overprescribing or doctor shopping following a state Supreme Court's decision allowing patients to sue physicians and pharmacies for contributing to their addiction to opioids.

South Carolina considers workers comp opt-out system

Published May 20, 2015 CST

South Carolina legislators have introduced a bill that would allow employers to create alternative benefit plans for injured workers rather than providing traditional workers compensation insurance coverage for employees.

Lumbermen’s ordered into financial rehabilitation

Published May 21, 2015 CST

Lumbermen’s Underwriting Alliance, a Boca Raton, Florida-based workers compensation insurer, has been placed into rehabilitation by a Missouri court, according to the Missouri Department of Insurance.

Variability of specialty drug prices requires improved oversight

Published May 18, 2015 CST

MINNEAPOLIS — With specialty drugs accounting for an ever-rising percentage of overall U.S. prescription drug spending, employers need to improve measurement and oversight of the medications provided to workers, speakers said Monday at World At Work's Total Rewards 2015 Conference and Exhibition in Minneapolis.

Pharmacy benefit manager acquires Medicare compliance unit

Published May 18, 2015 CST

Helios, a Memphis, Tennessee-based pharmacy benefit management and settlement services firm, has acquired Ringler Medicare Solutions Inc., a Medicare Secondary Payer compliance unit, the companies announced in a statement.

Turbulent times ahead for workers compensation

Published May 14, 2015 CST

ORLANDO, Fla. — Despite improved financial indicators, the head of the National Council on Compensation Insurance Inc. says the workers compensation sector should prepare for “difficult times” as workplaces and the workforce evolve.

'At-will' worker who delayed reporting injury can't fight firing

Published May 13, 2015 CST

A worker who was fired from his job for waiting to properly report a work injury can’t move forward with a wrongful termination lawsuit against his employer, a Mississippi appellate court ruled Tuesday.

California bill aims for fairness in women's disability claims

Published May 12, 2015 CST

A California bill would prevent medical conditions that primarily affect women from being considered preexisting conditions when determining workers compensation permanent disability benefits.