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Possible sunset of federal terrorism coverage backstop concerns insurers

Published October 21, 2014 CST

CHICAGO — The federal terrorism insurance backstop set to expire at the end of this year likely will be replaced or extended, but insurers are worried about workers comp exposures if the backstop goes away.

Humana looks to sell urgent care subsidiary Concentra: Sources

Published October 22, 2014 CST

(Reuters) — Health insurer Humana Inc. is exploring a sale of its urgent care subsidiary Concentra in a deal that could value it at around $1 billion, according to three people familiar with the matter.

Late-term medical costs lower for older workers comp claimants: NCCI

Published October 20, 2014 CST

Workers compensation claimants younger than 60 have higher medical claim costs for medical payments made 20 and 30 years after their initial injury compared with claimants who are age 60 or older..

Employee delivery drivers can’t be reclassified as contractors, court rules

Published October 17, 2014 CST

Delivery drivers who went from being classified as employees to independent contractors can rely on the California Industrial Welfare Commission's definition of “employee” for claims that fall within the scope of its wage orders, California's 2nd District Court of Appeal ruled.

No change in Colorado comp loss rates for 2015

Published October 20, 2014 CST

Colorado employers will see no change to workers compensation loss cost rates for next year, the state Department of Regulatory Agencies said Thursday.

Workers comp reform hasn't helped Illinois' construction industry

Published October 13, 2014 CST

It's been three years since sweeping reforms to Illinois workers compensation laws reduced the costs for treating injured employees. But those in the construction industry say they have yet to see meaningful reductions in premium costs.

Workers' compensation rates drop again in Michigan

Published October 15, 2014 CST

Businesses in Michigan are continuing to see savings in their workers compensation rates and have saved more than $277 million since 2011, a fact the state now touts to companies interested in coming to Michigan.

OSHA fines Dollar Tree $262,500 for safety violations at Texas store

Published October 16, 2014 CST

Chesapeake, Virginia-based Dollar Tree Inc. is facing $262,500 in fines from the U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration because of alleged safety violations at a Texas Dollar Tree store.

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.

Injured Florida worker granted $2,000 advance on comp benefits

Published October 08, 2014 CST

A Florida injured worker was due an advance payment of workers compensation benefits because she proved that she faced financial hardship from her workplace injury, Florida's 1st District Court of Appeal ruled Tuesday.

Medical services utilization review invalid only if untimely: California WCAB

Published October 07, 2014 CST

A medical services utilization review decision is invalid only if it's untimely, and all other disputes regarding utilization review decisions should be resolved by California's independent medical review process, the California Workers' Compensation Appeals Board said in an en banc ruling.

California workers comp reform moderates office visit costs despite rising fees

Published October 23, 2014 CST

California medical office visit fees have increased significantly after the state passed a workers comp reform bill in 2012, but changes in how medical providers are reimbursed for some billings may help moderate increases in total payments, according to the Workers Compensation Research Institute.

National Council proposes workers comp rate hike for Hawaii in 2015

Published October 01, 2014 CST

The National Council on Compensation Insurance Inc. has proposed a 3.2% rate increase in Hawaii workers compensation advisory rates for 2015.

Doctors prescribe more Schedule II painkillers for injuries in four states

Published October 16, 2014 CST

Physicians in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Massachusetts and New Jersey prescribed Schedule II narcotics to injured workers more frequently than physicians in other states.

Tenn. high court denies comp to secretary who claimed PTSD after confrontation

Published September 23, 2014 CST

A Tennessee secretary whose former supervisor allegedly threatened to “shave her dog, sugar her gas tank and burn her house down” isn't entitled to workers comp benefits despite her PTSD.

Mississippi worker driving without headlights, seat belt entitled to comp

Published October 03, 2014 CST

A Mississippi worker who was in an auto accident while driving a company-owned vehicle with the headlights off and no seat belt on should receive workers compensation benefits, a divided Mississippi Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday.

Adding urine testing reduces opioid use and costs for comp patients

Published October 14, 2014 CST

In coordination with clinical monitoring and oversight, urine drug testing reduces the use of and amount paid for high-risk medications, including opioids, among injured workers, according to new studies by Helios.

Workers compensation ruling highlights exposure to commuter risks

Published October 12, 2014 CST

Workers in all states who are injured while commuting to or from their jobs typically are not entitled to workers compensation under the “going and coming” rule, but employers would be wise to defend themselves against exceptions.

Injured Illinois worker later fired for stealing still eligible for comp

Published October 06, 2014 CST

An injured Illinois worker whose employment was terminated for stealing before he reached maximum medical improvement is entitled to temporary total disability benefits, an Illinois appeals has ruled.

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.

Trend of cutting benefits for part-time workers may add to workers comp costs

Published October 12, 2014 CST

With employers reducing their costs by cutting health insurance for part-time workers, workers compensation and safety experts worry that uninsured part-time workers may drive a spike in the frequency of comp claims.

Private equity firm acquires York Risk Services for $1.325B

Published October 13, 2014 CST

Toronto-based private equity firm Onex Corp. has closed on a deal to acquire third-party administrator York Risk Services Group Inc. for $1.325 billion, York said in a statement.

Illinois workers not required to give notice before seeking treatment: Court

Published September 29, 2014 CST

Courts rule that Illinois employers can't require workers to provide notice prior to seeking medical treatment for workplace injuries.

NCCI recommends Kansas workers comp rate cut of 10.4% in 2015

Published September 25, 2014 CST

The National Council on Compensation Insurance Inc. has proposed a 10.4% decrease in Kansas workers compensation advisory rates for 2015.

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.