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Catamaran acquiring rival pharmacy benefit manager

Published February 26, 2015 CST

Pharmacy benefit manager Catamaran Corp. on Thursday said it has agreed to acquire competitor Healthcare Solutions Inc. for $405 million in cash.

Paralyzed truck driver awarded $25 million from bad faith suit

Published February 19, 2015 CST

A former truck driver who was paralyzed on the job has been awarded $25 million in punitive damages and $284,000 in compensatory damages by a Pottawattamie County, Iowa, jury.

Budget woes threaten Pennsylvania prescription drug monitoring expansion

Published February 23, 2015 CST

Pennsylvania may no longer be able to expand its prescription drug monitoring program by June due to a lack of funds.

Crawford profit down 66% in fourth quarter

Published February 23, 2015 CST

Profit at Crawford & Co. fell considerably in the fourth quarter of 2014 despite the fact that its third-party administration business saw growing revenues during the year, the claims management services provider said Monday.

Crackdown on unfair workers comp denials proposed

Published February 20, 2015 CST

Arizona lawmakers are considering a bill that would introduce penalties for workers compensation insurers, self-insured employers and claims handlers that process comp claims in bad faith.

Murdered prison guard’s family backs exclusive remedy reforms

Published February 25, 2015 CST

The family of a Nebraska detention center guard who was killed by an inmate is speaking out in support of a bill that would waive exclusive remedy in the case of “willful negligence” by an employer.

State ups some, cuts other workers comp medical fees

Published February 24, 2015 CST

North Carolina will lower payments to hospitals but increase payments to physicians treating workers compensation patients under medical fee schedule revisions.

Illinois workers comp reforms on the horizon

Published February 05, 2015 CST

The Illinois Workers' Compensation Act could soon see reforms that would address the “shortcomings” of the 2011 amendments to the act.

Broadspire a bright spot in Crawford & Co. financial results

Published February 26, 2015 CST

Crawford & Co. President and CEO Jeffrey T. Bowman expects Broadspire Services Inc. to grow its revenue and profitability this year as the third-party administrator works to gain ground among competitors.

Comp insurers could avoid medical marijuana claims under Arizona bill

Published February 06, 2015 CST

An Arizona bill would allow workers compensation insurers and employers self-insured for workers comp to deny payment for medical marijuana.

Tennessee opt-out workers comp efforts advance despite Oklahoma suit

Published February 19, 2015 CST

Constitutional challenges to the opt-out provision in Oklahoma's workers compensation reform law likely won't dissuade Tennessee lawmakers from pursuing similar legislation.

Oil refineries face strike over union safety concerns

Published February 20, 2015 CST

(Reuters) — Union negotiators on Thursday rejected the latest contract offer from oil companies and said the largest U.S. refinery strike since 1980 may spread to more plants beyond the 11 where walkouts are underway.

OSHA slams state's worker safety standard

Published February 10, 2015 CST

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration last week rejected Arizona's residential fall protection standards, which cover workers in residential construction, saying the standards fall short of equivalent federal standards.

Injured worker not entitled to mileage reimbursement for treatment

Published February 26, 2015 CST

An Arizona worker who failed to prove he had “no choice but to travel” to receive medical treatment is not entitled to a mileage reimbursement, an Arizona appellate court ruled Tuesday.

Injured undocumented worker entitled to comp

Published February 19, 2015 CST

An undocumented worker from Mexico who provided false identification when he was hired by his employer should receive workers compensation benefits for injuries he suffered on that job, the Wyoming Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.

Iron worker hurt before clocking in eligible for comp

Published February 09, 2015 CST

An Arkansas iron worker who slipped and fell on ice before clocking in for the day is entitled to workers compensation benefits because he had already donned his personal protective equipment, the state Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday.

Worker keeps big negligence award in Texas comp case

Published January 27, 2015 CST

A Texas appellate court has affirmed a $5.3 million liability judgment against a Texas workers compensation nonsubscriber that was deemed negligent in the case of an injured employee.

Most wanted transportation safety improvements

Published February 26, 2015 CST

The National Transportation Safety Board released in January its list of "most wanted" safety improvements in 2015. Find out what ranked on its wish list in this photo gallery.

Oklahoma work comp law unconstitutional?

Published February 17, 2015 CST

A group of workers compensation attorneys representing two injured workers has asked the Oklahoma Supreme Court to declare the Oklahoma Employee Injury Benefit Act unconstitutional.

GM called out in retiree workers comp case

Published February 18, 2015 CST

The Michigan Court of Appeals last week upheld a magistrate’s 2011 ruling which found that General Motors Co. had improperly reduced workers compensation benefits to some retired workers.

Injured worker’s caretaker wife not eligible for mental health therapy

Published February 17, 2015 CST

An Iowa employer should not pay for therapy for an injured worker’s wife who has been the primary caretaker for her husband since his work accident, an Iowa 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.

Workers comp opt-out bill introduced in Tennessee

Published February 12, 2015 CST

Tennessee legislators introduced a bill Thursday that would create an alternative benefit system for injured workers outside of the state-mandated workers compensation insurance program.

Workers comp only for distressed nurse after accidental HIV needle stick

Published February 12, 2015 CST

Workers compensation is the exclusive remedy for a health care worker who said her employer subjected her to emotional distress by inquiring about work absences after she was injured on the job, a federal judge has ruled.

Workers comp insurer expands in Midwest, South

Published February 17, 2015 CST

Sagamore Insurance Co., a unit of Baldwin & Lyons Inc., has expanded its workers compensation program to Tennessee, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Kansas and Arkansas.