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Opioids top comp payers' concerns, but compounded drugs gain scrutiny

Published December 16, 2014 CST

While the use of opioids remains a top concern for workers compensation payers, compounded drugs are a leading emerging issue, according to a new survey.

Texas risk management office names Todd Holt deputy executive director

Published December 15, 2014 CST

The Texas State Office of Risk Management has named L. Todd Holt as deputy executive director, effective Jan. 5.

Home Depot cleared to stop paying comp for missing woman unless she reappears

Published December 12, 2014 CST

Home Depot Inc. will not have to continue paying workers compensation benefits for a Maine employee who has been missing since 2012 unless she reappears and appeals for benefits to be reinstated.

Workers comp-specific Ebola care guidelines take sick worker's perspective

Published December 18, 2014 CST

Managed care services provider Genex Services L.L.C. on Wednesday said it has developed workers compensation-specific clinical guidelines for treating Ebola and the related Marburg virus from an injured worker's perspective.

Louisiana to cut workers compensation insurance rates by 2.4%

Published December 17, 2014 CST

Louisiana businesses will see a 2.4% cut in workers compensation insurance rates as of May 1, 2015, according to the state’s insurance department.

How the NLRB may expand responsibility for labor violations

Published December 17, 2014 CST

(Reuters) — The National Labor Relations Board is expected to rule soon on if, and how, companies can be held responsible for labor violations carried out by their contractors or franchisees — a move that could have far-reaching implications for businesses.

California law pressures companies that use contracted workers: Marsh

Published December 09, 2014 CST

A new California law that increases the liability for companies that use temporary or contract workers could result in additional underwriting scrutiny from insurers, according to a report by Marsh L.L.C.’s Workers’ Compensation Center of Excellence.

Missouri insurance department recommends 4.4% 2015 comp rate decrease

Published December 16, 2014 CST

The Missouri Department of Insurance has recommended a 4.4% decrease in advisory workers compensation rates for 2015.

Employee wellness programs continue to focus on obesity despite lawsuits

Published December 07, 2014 CST

Rising obesity-related health care costs are leading some employers to take a firmer approach to workplace wellness programs despite the potential to violate anti-discrimination laws.

Cook bitten by co-worker's dog while on smoke break qualifies for comp

Published November 11, 2014 CST

A Pennsylvania court has ruled that a part-time restaurant cook who was bitten by his co-worker's dog should receive workers compensation benefits for the attack.

California comp premiums up 18% in 2013; continue to climb in 2014

Published December 11, 2014 CST

Premiums for California workers compensation insurers rose 18% year-over-year to $14.8 billion in 2013 and are on track to increase again in 2014, according to the California Workers' Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau.

Insurers and brokers must adapt to risk managers' evolving needs: Report

Published December 10, 2014 CST

Insurers and brokers need to adapt to help meet the evolving needs of risk managers, according to a report released Wednesday by J.D. Power and Associates and the Risk & Insurance Management Society Inc.

Express Scripts suit over compounded drugs signals future challenges

Published December 07, 2014 CST

A lawsuit filed by several compounding pharmacies against Express Scripts Inc. could portend future challenges as payers attempt to limit compounded medications in workers compensation claims.

Widow of Ohio construction worker due 23 years' worth of comp benefits: Court

Published December 10, 2014 CST

The widow of an Ohio worker who died hours after his workplace injury should receive more than 23 years' worth of workers compensation benefits for the loss of his limbs, sight and hearing in the period before his death, an Ohio appellate court has ruled.

York Risk Services acquires New York third-party administrator

Published November 17, 2014 CST

Third-party administrator York Risk Services Group Inc. has acquired Mineola, New York-based TPA Risk Management Planning Group.

Injured worker can seek benefits under auto cover: Michigan high court

Published December 01, 2014 CST

Injured workers in Michigan are employees of a company, rather than independent contractors, only if they meet three criteria under Michigan's workers compensation law, the Michigan Supreme Court has ruled.

OFF BEAT: Ex-'Bridezilla' faces felony insurance fraud charges

Published December 11, 2014 CST

After a two-episode arc on the reality TV show “Bridezillas,” a California woman apparently turned to insurance fraud.

Employer not liable for cancer treatment required before work injury surgery

Published December 11, 2014 CST

Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores Inc. and Sedgwick Claims Management Services Inc. aren’t obligated to cover the nonoccupational cancer treatment a worker needed before he could receive treatment for his compensable back injury, Florida’s 1st District Court of Appeal ruled Tuesday.

Business Insurance names 2014 Women to Watch

Published October 08, 2014 CST

Business Insurance on Wednesday announced the honorees for its 2014 Women to Watch recognition program.

Florida workers comp exclusive remedy rule bars wrongful death payout to family

Published December 05, 2014 CST

Exclusive remedy provisions under Florida's workers compensation statute prevent the estate of a worker killed on the job from receiving a $9.5 million liability judgment against the man's employer and its insurer, the Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

Gilead sued over 'exorbitant' hepatitis C drug prices

Published December 10, 2014 CST

(Reuters) — Philadelphia's transportation authority has filed a class action lawsuit accusing Gilead Sciences Inc. of charging “exorbitant” prices for its blockbuster hepatitis C drug Sovaldi.

Attacks on hospital nurses trigger state laws to protect them

Published November 23, 2014 CST

Recent acts of violence against health care employees are leading more states to take action to protect medical workers' safety.

Dollar Tree manager who tripped over water containers due disability benefits

Published December 08, 2014 CST

The manager of a Dollar Tree store in Virginia who tripped over a display of water containers suffered a compensable injury because the display was a workplace hazard, the Virginia Court of Appeals has ruled.

Workers compensation insurers to see profit in 2014: NCCI

Published November 10, 2014 CST

Workers compensation premiums are projected to grow 7% this year over 2013 to $39.3 billion as workers comp insurers see the first signs of profitability in eight years, the NCCI said Monday.

NCCI recommends lower workers compensation rates for 15 states

Published September 14, 2014 CST

An improving workers compensation market is driving the National Council on Compensation Insurance Inc. to recommend more decreases in state workers comp rates for next year.