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New Okla. workers comp commission does not have jurisdiction before February

Published April 21, 2014 CST

The new Oklahoma Workers' Compensation Commission does not have jurisdiction to resolve workers comp disputes regarding injuries that happened before February 2014, the Oklahoma Supreme Court has ruled.

Indiana workers comp claims higher, growing faster than similar states: Study

Published April 18, 2014 CST

Workers compensation medical payments in Indiana are costlier and growing at a faster rate than medical claim payments in comparable states.

Fired worker only needs to prove comp claim as 'contributing factor': Court

Published April 16, 2014 CST

A lawsuit alleging that an injured worker was fired in retaliation for his workers compensation claim only needed to prove that his claim was a “contributing factor” and not an “exclusive cause” of his discharge, a split Missouri Supreme Court ruled.

TTD benefits end when workers are cleared to return to work: Miss. high court

Published April 22, 2014 CST

The Mississippi Supreme Court has ruled that temporary total disability workers compensation benefits end for injured workers when they are cleared to return to their previous employment, even if they haven't reached maximum medical improvement.

Louisiana workers comp costs higher than in most states: Study

Published April 22, 2014 CST

Medical payments for injured workers in Louisiana were higher and growing faster than in most states, with payments per claim increasing more than 7% per year from 2006 to 2011, according to a study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute.

Northwestern appeals NLRB ruling classifying football players as employees

Published April 09, 2014 CST

Northwestern University on Wednesday filed an appeal asking the full National Labor Relations Board in Washington to overturn a ruling that classified the school's scholarship football players as university employees.

Employee shot for reporting robbery wins comp for mental, physical injuries

Published April 14, 2014 CST

The Nebraska Supreme Court has ruled that a store manager who was shot in retaliation for reporting a robbery should receive workers compensation benefits for psychological and physical injuries he suffered.

Spike in use of compounded medications leads workers comp cost increases

Published April 10, 2014 CST

The utilization and cost of compounded medications in workers compensation claims spiked last year, while the costs of antidepressants and non-narcotic painkillers also continued to rise, according to a new report.

Release of painkiller Zohydro ER adds to opioid concerns

Published April 13, 2014 CST

A powerful opioid painkiller recently released to the market is raising concerns among workers compensation experts as the insurance industry continues to struggle with opioid addiction and abuse among injured workers.

Injured claims adjuster found drunk on beach denied workers comp

Published April 09, 2014 CST

A claims adjuster cannot receive workers compensation benefits for a head injury he mysteriously suffered while on a Texas beach because he was intoxicated at the time of his accident, a Washington state appeals court has ruled.

2014 Innovation Awards: CareMC Pharmacy Clinical Modeling

Published March 16, 2014 CST

Applying predictive analytics to pharmacy utilization can give employers and insurers a more proactive means of combating systemic risks and cost drivers associated with prescription treatments for ill and injured workers, CorVel Corp. says.

Property/casualty insurance rates to decline, but some lines uncertain: Willis

Published April 09, 2014 CST

Commercial property/casualty insurance buyers should see modest improvements in market conditions over the remainder of 2014, though external factors are causing instability in some coverage lines, according to a new report from Willis Group Holdings P.L.C.

Worker participation in wellness programs most common success metric: Survey

Published April 03, 2014 CST

Employee participation in specific workplace wellness initiatives remains the most common metric by which employers measure the success of their overall health management programs, according to a report released Thursday.

Jailed man accused of intentionally injuring himself wins comp benefits

Published April 07, 2014 CST

A Mississippi man serving a prison sentence for manslaughter should receive workers compensation benefits after he was shocked by a power line at his former job, even though the employer argued that he intentionally hurt himself.

Drugmaker Zogenix sues Massachusetts over Zohydro ER sales ban

Published April 13, 2014 CST

The manufacturer of Zohydro ER has sued Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick for imposing a ban on prescriptions and sales of the drug in the state.

Commercial insurance rates rise 3% in March: MarketScout

Published April 04, 2014 CST

U.S. commercial property/casualty insurance rates rose an average of 3% in March over those of the prior-year period, MarketScout reported Friday.

OSHA fines real estate developer over $2.3M for asbestos, lead violations

Published April 03, 2014 CST

A Wingdale, N.Y.-based real estate development and management company faces more than $2.3 million in fines for knowingly exposing employees and contractors to asbestos and lead hazards.

FDA approves opioid overdose treatment Evzio

Published April 13, 2014 CST

The recently approved Evzio is a prescription treatment that patients' family members or caregivers can use to treat opioid overdoses.

2014 Risk Manager of the Year®, Risk Management Honor Roll® announced

Published February 26, 2014 CST

Business Insurance announced Wednesday that William M. Zachry, vice president of risk management at supermarket chain Safeway Inc., is the 2014 Risk Manager of the Year®.

2014 Innovation Awards: viaOne® Express Mobile App and Push Technology

Published March 16, 2014 CST

By enabling employees who receive workers compensation, disability or leave benefits to keep tabs on their claims via the Internet or their smartphones, Sedgwick's viaOne® Express Mobile App and Push Technology aims to eliminate some frustration that leads injured workers to seek legal representation.

Ex-workers comp director must pay more than $1M in fraud restitution

Published March 19, 2014 CST

The former workers compensation director for a Texas risk management fund has been ordered by a federal judge to pay more than $1 million in restitution after he defrauded the pool of more than $514,000.

Travelers becomes largest U.S. workers comp insurer: NAIC

Published March 05, 2014 CST

Travelers Cos. Inc. was the largest workers compensation insurer in the nation last year, overtaking Liberty Mutual Holding Co. Inc. for the top spot, according to market share data released by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.

Medicaid rule changes could delay workers comp and liability settlements

Published March 02, 2014 CST

Medicare Secondary Payer Act experts are weighing an effort to change federal Medicaid recovery law that they say could hinder claim settlements this fall.

Business Insurance IN FOCUS Video: Specialty Drug Costs

Published January 29, 2014 CST

Business Insurance's latest weekly video examines how the high price of specialty drugs is affecting workers compensation costs.

KKR completes $2.4 billion Sedgwick deal

Published March 03, 2014 CST

Sedgwick Claims Management Services Inc. said on Monday that it has completed its previously announced ownership change.