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CMS to launch Medicare set-aside calculator for prescription drug costs

Published August 25, 2014 CST

Online tool would allow workers compensation claim payers to determine how much money should be allocated for prescription drugs in Medicare set-aside accounts.

California comp rating bureau recommends 6.7% rate hike

Published August 20, 2014 CST

The Workers' Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California is recommending that the California Department of Insurance adopt a 6.7% increase in the state's pure premium workers compensation rate.

Court upholds judgment against Union Pacific in railroad worker's death

Published August 22, 2014 CST

The Texas Court of Appeals has affirmed a $1.2 million judgment awarded to the family of a railroad employee who died from complications after being injured on the job.

DEA reclassifies painkiller tramadol as a controlled substance

Published August 18, 2014 CST

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration began labeling tramadol, an opioid pain medication, as a Schedule IV controlled substance on Monday, according to a final rule published in the Federal Register.

U.S. to tighten restrictions on common opioid painkillers

Published August 22, 2014 CST

(Reuters) — The U.S. government is tightening restrictions on hydrocodone, an opioid painkiller contained in Vicodin and other addictive drugs.

Oklahoma firms consider private coverage in wake of landmark workers comp law

Published August 17, 2014 CST

At least seven Oklahoma employers have opted out of the state's workers comp system since a new law went into effect, and more are considering the move to private coverage allowed under the landmark legislation.

Work-from-home policies for disabled employees need review after EEOC ruling

Published August 17, 2014 CST

In the wake of a federal court ruling that telecommuting is a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disability Act, experts say employers should evaluate their work-from-home policies to determine how to handle disabled workers' requests.

NCCI proposes 2.5% workers comp rate decrease for Florida in 2015

Published August 26, 2014 CST

The National Council on Compensation Insurance Inc. has proposed a statewide workers compensation rate decrease in Florida for the first time in four years, the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation said.

Growing earnings, workforce pushed comp costs up 6.9% in 2012: Report

Published August 26, 2014 CST

Workers compensation costs paid by employers rose 6.9% to $83.2 billion year-over-year in 2012, driven largely by an increase in worker numbers and earnings.

NFL concussion settlement funds will come from insurers and higher ticket prices

Published August 17, 2014 CST

The National Football League's financial settlement of former players' concussion-related litigation likely will be paid with a combination of insurer funds and higher prices for game tickets and media rights.

State judge rules Florida Workers' Compensation Act unconstitutional

Published August 15, 2014 CST

The Florida Workers' Compensation Act no longer provides adequate benefits to injured workers and is therefore unconstitutional, a Miami-Dade County, Florida, judge has ruled.