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NFL concussion class action settlement approved

Published April 23, 2015 CST

A federal judge in Philadelphia on Wednesday granted final approval to a settlement in a class action lawsuit brought by more than 4,500 former players against the National Football League for concussion-related injuries.

Workers comp prescription drug costs up in 2014

Published April 21, 2015 CST

Workers compensation prescription drug spending per worker increased 1.9% last year, but a 5.4% decrease in drug utilization helped offset a 7% increase in overall prescription costs, according to pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts Inc.

California workers comp insurer premiums up 11%

Published April 21, 2015 CST

Written premium for California workers compensation insurers reached $16.5 billion last year, up 11% from 2013, the California Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau says.

Construction firms caught misclassifying workers must pay up

Published April 24, 2015 CST

The U.S. Department of Labor says a federal investigation has led 16 Utah and Arizona businesses to pay $700,000 in back wages, damages, penalties and other fees for misclassifying construction workers as company owners rather than employees.

Controls limit workers comp drug price rise to 1.9%: Express Scripts

Published April 23, 2015 CST

Utilization controls for workers compensation pharmaceutical claims have limited opioid painkiller and compounded drug usage and helped contain escalating costs for those drug categories, pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts Inc. said.

Air ambulance payer rules codified in North Dakota

Published April 22, 2015 CST

North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple has signed a bill into law that defines the situations in which workers compensation and other payers should cover air ambulance services.

Workers comp drug formulary bill moves in California

Published April 23, 2015 CST

A California bill that would establish a closed formulary for medications prescribed in the workers compensation system has unanimously passed the Assembly Insurance Committee.

More workers died on the job in 2013 than originally reported

Published April 22, 2015 CST

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on Wednesday released revised worker fatality data showing that 4,585 workers died on the job in 2013, up from the preliminary count of 4,405 reported in September 2014.

(subscription required)Minimum wage increases could hike workers compensation costs

Published April 26, 2015 CST

The issue of higher minimum wages is being watched by workers comp experts in the wake of Fight for $15 protests seeking a $15 minimum wage across the U.S., and McDonald's USA L.L.C.'s April announcement that it would raise employee pay to $1 above the locally mandated minimum wage for its corporate stores as of July 1.

School district liable for injured teacher's unauthorized medical costs

Published April 15, 2015 CST

A Tennessee teacher who fell in her classroom is entitled to an 8% impairment rating, and her employer is obligated to cover her unauthorized medical expenses under a workers compensation claim, the state’s Supreme Court ruled.

(subscription required)Workers comp sector improves on higher pricing and improved underwriting

Published April 12, 2015 CST

Higher pricing and improved underwriting are credited for workers compensation insurers' better financial performance in 2014, after years of struggle.

Louisiana weighs closed drug formulary to combat opioid abuse

Published April 08, 2015 CST

A Louisiana bill would implement a closed drug formulary to help combat overutilization of opioids and compounded drugs in the state.

California looking at 10.2% reduction in workers comp rates

Published April 02, 2015 CST

The California Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau is set to request a 10.2% mid-year reduction in advisory workers compensation rates based on lower-than-expected medical losses and claim severity in the state.

Will Catamaran plus OptumRx lead to IPO?

Published April 02, 2015 CST

UnitedHealth Group Inc.'s acquisition of Catamaran Corp. will alter the dynamics of pharmacy benefits management market and ultimately result in cost savings on prescription drugs for employers, experts say.

BMX biker pleads guilty to workers comp fraud

Published April 20, 2015 CST

A worker in Washington state pleaded guilty to stealing more than $14,000 in disability benefits after he was caught racing BMX bikes, the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries said.

(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.

Uber, Lyft drivers could become ineligible for workers comp in Alaska

Published April 06, 2015 CST

Alaska is considering a pair of bills that would exempt ride-sharing services such as Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. from providing workers compensation coverage to drivers in their networks.

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.

Tennessee comp insurer of last resort to get new administrator

Published April 17, 2015 CST

The National Council on Compensation Insurance Inc. will serve as the plan administrator for Tennessee’s residual workers compensation market as of July 1, according to the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance.

Designer jeans subcontracting firms dressed in multimillion comp scheme accusation

Published April 16, 2015 CST

The CEOs of two subcontracting firms have been arrested after being accused of an $11 million workers compensation fraud scheme, the California Department of Insurance said Thursday.

Revised settlement offer filed in NCAA concussion lawsuit

Published April 16, 2015 CST

Lawyers representing the NCAA and a group of former football players who are suing the association for head injuries in U.S. District Court in Chicago have presented a new settlement offer to a federal judge.

Patient transport helps build bridge back to work

Published April 16, 2015 CST

Providing injured workers with nonemergency transportation services can improve outcomes and return-to-work times.

Drywall contracting firm hit with $1 million comp repay

Published April 15, 2015 CST

The owner of a former Washington state drywall contracting firm has been ordered to pay $1 million in delinquent workers compensation premiums and penalties after a state insurance board found that he misclassified his employees as co-owners to avoid paying premiums, according to the state Department of Labor and Industries.

Injured worker who tested positive for marijuana eligible for comp

Published April 01, 2015 CST

A worker who tested positive for marijuana following a workplace accident is still entitled to workers compensation benefits, an Ohio appeals court has ruled.

(subscription required)Uber, Lyft could be forced to provide drivers with workers comp benefits

Published February 15, 2015 CST

Drivers for ride-sharing services Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc., who argue they are employees and not independent contractors, could put the tech upstarts on the hook for workers compensation costs if court challenges succeed.