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Possible sunset of federal terrorism coverage backstop concerns insurers

By: Sheena Harrison

Published October 21, 2014 - 1:58pm 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 compensation exposures that could stem from a terrorism event if the backstop goes away, a panel of insurance industry experts said Tuesday.

No change in Colorado comp loss rates for 2015

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published October 20, 2014 - 2:39pm CST

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

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

By: Sheena Harrison

Published October 20, 2014 - 12:05pm 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, the National Council on Compensation Insurance Inc. said Monday in a report.

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

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published October 17, 2014 - 2:10pm 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.

Doctors prescribe more Schedule II painkillers for injuries in four states

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published October 16, 2014 - 2:42pm CST

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

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

By: Sheena Harrison

Published October 16, 2014 - 11:57am 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.

Workers' compensation rates drop again in Michigan

By: Chris Gautz, Crain's Detroit Business

Published October 15, 2014 - 10:22am 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.

Adding urine testing reduces opioid use and costs for comp patients

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published October 14, 2014 - 4:02pm 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.

Private equity firm acquires York Risk Services for $1.325B

By: Sheena Harrison

Published October 13, 2014 - 12:18pm 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.

Workers comp reform hasn't helped Illinois' construction industry

By: Meribah Knight, Crain's Chicago Business

Published October 13, 2014 - 10:11am 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.

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

By: Sheena Harrison

Published October 12, 2014 - 6:00am 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.

Business Insurance online event addresses workers compensation concerns

Published October 12, 2014 - 6:00am CST

Experts provided strategies to control workers compensation costs related to managing opioids and the aging workforce during Business Insurance's fifth annual Workers Comp & Safety Virtual Conference.

Workers compensation ruling highlights exposure to commuter risks

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published October 12, 2014 - 6:00am 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.

Texas comp claim costs close gap between in-, out-of-network care

By: Sheena Harrison

Published October 10, 2014 - 12:48pm CST

Medical costs for injured workers treated by Texas workers compensation health care networks have declined 7% over the last five years while costs for workers treated by non-network providers have increased 21% in that time, according to the Texas Department of Insurance.

Business Insurance comp event addresses opioids and aging workers

By: Stephanie Goldberg and Sheena Harrison

Published October 09, 2014 - 12:47pm CST

Workers compensation experts explained how to control workers comp costs related to opioid management and the aging workforce during Business Insurance's fifth annual Workers Comp & Safety Virtual Conference on Wednesday.

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