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(subscription required)Higher doctor fees may get injured workers back to work faster

Published March 22, 2015 CST

Some state workers compensation systems and payers are increasing provider payments to ensure that injured workers are treated quickly and effectively.

(subscription required)Return-to-work programs expand beyond workers compensation

Published March 22, 2015 CST

Return-to-work programs are getting greater consideration among employers for workers who are on leave because of disabilities that are not related to their job.

Tennessee opt-out route for workers compensation hits roadblock

Published March 25, 2015 CST

The Tennessee Advisory Council on Workers' Compensation has unanimously decided not to recommend a bill that would allow employers to opt out of the state's workers compensation system.

Employers should lead scrutiny on compounded drugs, physician dispensing

Published March 23, 2015 CST

Employers should work with brokers, claims administrators and pharmacy benefit managers to control workers compensation medical costs related to compounded drugs and physician dispensing.

Comp insurer loses in blaming competitors for hurt business

Published March 20, 2015 CST

A Montana workers compensation insurer can't sue its competitors for unfair trade practices after it claimed other insurers spread “falsehoods” about the company to potential workers comp insurance buyers.

Worker who fell asleep at the wheel due comp for lost leg

Published March 24, 2015 CST

The Supreme Court of New Hampshire last week overruled a decision by the state’s Compensation Appeals Board to deny benefits to a driver who was injured after he fell asleep behind the wheel of a company truck and struck a utility pole.

(subscription required)Health care reform may drive workers comp costs higher

Published March 15, 2015 CST

BOSTON — Federal health care reform is expected to encourage the development of flat-fee, or capitated, health plans, which could shift medical costs for workplace injuries from group health plans to workers compensation, according to preliminary research from the Workers Compensation Research Institute.

Company that disregarded safety not covered under CGL policy

Published March 18, 2015 CST

An insurer that covered employers under a commercial general liability policy isn't obligated to indemnify the employers if they're found liable in an injured worker's intentional tort claim, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

(subscription required)Florida comp reforms struggle to balance worker and employer needs

Published March 15, 2015 CST

How the workers comp system balances the rights of injured workers and employers will be a central theme during oral arguments in The State of Florida vs. Florida Workers' Advocates et al.

Humana shifts away from occupational injury care with Concentra sale

Published March 26, 2015 CST

Humana Inc.'s $1 billion sale of occupational health and physical therapy unit Concentra Inc. apparently marks the health care insurer's exit from the workers compensation field.

Settled workers comp claim doesn't bar survivor death benefits

Published March 25, 2015 CST

A Kentucky man's settlement of his workers compensation claim prior to his death doesn't bar his wife from seeking death benefits, the state Court of Appeals has ruled.

Martial arts fighting fireman charged with stealing disability pension

Published March 20, 2015 CST

A former New Jersey firefighter has been charged with fraudulently collecting more than $82,000 through a disability pension while teaching jiujitsu and participating in a mixed martial arts competition, the state Attorney General’s Office said.

Exotic dancer shot by stray bullet eligible for workers comp

Published March 19, 2015 CST

A South Carolina woman who was shot while working as an exotic dancer is an employee, not an independent contractor, and is therefore entitled to workers compensation, the state Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.

Humana to sell Concentra medical center unit for $1 billion

Published March 23, 2015 CST

(Reuters) — Health insurer Humana Inc. said on Monday that it would sell its Concentra urgent care and physical therapy services unit for about $1 billion to private equity firm Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe and Select Medical Holdings Corp.

(subscription required)Legal marijuana blurs workplace drug policies

Published March 15, 2015 CST

NEW YORK — Expansion of legalized marijuana use for medicinal and/or recreational purposes figures to compound an already complicated web of management and workers compensation liability issues for employers.

Illinois' 2011 workers comp reforms result in 'incremental savings'

Published March 11, 2015 CST

Illinois’ 2011 workers compensation reforms have led to “incremental savings” of medical costs, one employer said during a state House Labor and Commerce Committee hearing Wednesday.

Nurse allergic to floor wax qualifies for workers comp

Published March 26, 2015 CST

A Pennsylvania nurse should receive workers compensation benefits for exposure to a floor wax that caused her to have breathing problems, even though she has since moved on to a new part-time job and is no longer experiencing asthma symptoms.

Worker wins comp benefits despite underlying knee injury

Published March 17, 2015 CST

A Tennessee worker should receive workers compensation for a knee injury he suffered while at work, even though his injury was caused by an underlying knee condition that was unrelated to his job, a panel of the Tennessee Supreme Court has ruled.

Workers comp study shows cuts to California’s surgery center costs

Published March 12, 2015 CST

Recent California workers compensation reforms have lowered payments to ambulatory surgery centers for workers comp medical procedures by 29%, according to a study by the California Workers’ Compensation Information Rating Bureau and the California Workers’ Compensation Institute.

California workers comp claims administrators get high performance ratings

Published March 18, 2015 CST

California workers compensation claims administrators who conduct utilization reviews received a 97% performance rating for 2013, surpassing the 85% benchmark that state insurance regulators consider a passing grade for such reviews, the California Workers' Compensation Institute said.

McDonald's worker safety complaints challenge franchise protections

Published March 19, 2015 CST

Health and safety complaints lodged against McDonald's Corp.-owned and franchised restaurants are the latest challenges to the longstanding business model employed by restaurant chains, experts say.

Missouri House bill seeks prescription drug monitoring

Published February 27, 2015 CST

The Missouri House of Representatives has passed a bill to enact a statewide prescription drug monitoring program.

Goodwill worker, comp insurer dispute equal protection

Published March 16, 2015 CST

A workers compensation insurer did not violate a Colorado man’s right to equal protection under the law when it declined to comply with a request for evidence of any financial contributions between the insurer and Colorado workers comp administrators, an appeals court has ruled.

(subscription required)States consider workers compensation reform

Published March 01, 2015 CST

Illinois and Wisconsin are expected to lead the way in state legislation proposed in 2015 to reduce workers compensation system costs, though sweeping comp reforms are not expected in most states this year.

Tech program streamlines return to work

Published February 28, 2015 CST

In our latest In Focus video, we spotlight the automated return to work platform that earned Riskonnect Inc. a Business Insurance 2015 Innovation Award.