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Surveillance footage can be used in Iowa comp claim proceedings

By: Sheena Harrison

Published October 31, 2014 - 12:35pm CST

Companies that collect surveillance footage of injured workers must be prepared to release such footage during discovery in workers compensation litigation, the Iowa Court of Appeals has ruled.

Revised rules for Florida workers comp adjudications take effect in November

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published October 31, 2014 - 12:31pm CST

A revised set of Florida rules for workers compensation claim adjudications will take effect next month, according to the state’s Office of the Judges of Compensation Claims.

Look beyond patients' medical needs: 'Magic' Johnson

By: Sheena Harrison

Published October 29, 2014 - 4:34pm CST

Former Los Angeles Lakers point guard Earvin “Magic” Johnson said health care professionals can help patients just by showing an interest in their lives.

Arkansas appeals court says man failed to prove work accident caused injury

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published October 29, 2014 - 1:14pm CST

A “morbidly obese” worker in Arkansas failed to prove that his umbilical hernia resulted from a work-related injury and not pre-existing conditions, the Arkansas Court of Appeals has ruled.

Idaho workers comp rates mostly stable for 2015

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published October 29, 2014 - 11:25am CST

Idaho employers will see a “slight” reduction in workers compensation rates as of Jan. 1, 2015, the state Department of Insurance said Monday.

Pennsylvania boosts drug monitoring, limits physician repackaging

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published October 28, 2014 - 12:12pm CST

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett on Monday signed bills into law that expand the state’s prescription drug monitoring program and limit physician dispensing and drug repackaging.

Ohio comp rates to decrease 9.1% in 2015 for local government workers

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published October 27, 2014 - 12:31pm CST

Government entities in Ohio will see workers compensation rates decrease at an average of 9.1% as of 2015, the board of directors of the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation announced.

CDC tightens safety rules at U.S. hospitals treating patients with Ebola

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published October 26, 2014 - 6:00am CST

The U.S. CDC tightened safety rules nationwide for all hospitals that treat patients with Ebola after two nurses contracted the disease when treating a Dallas hospital patient who died earlier this month from the virus.

California leads U.S. states in workers compensation costs

By: Sheena Harrison

Published October 26, 2014 - 6:00am CST

A biennial ranking showing that workers compensation rates have risen more in California, New York and New Jersey than other states could help drive workers comp reforms nationwide.

Pennsylvania curbs physician presecription drug dispensing and repackaging

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published October 26, 2014 - 6:00am CST

Pennsylvania is the latest state taking action to limit physician dispensing and drug repackaging to control workers compensation costs and ensure better claimant outcomes.

OFF BEAT: Soccer league red cards ref over comp fraud charge

Published October 24, 2014 - 2:18pm CST

A Major League Soccer referee has been kicked to the sidelines by his employer for allegedly committing alleged workers compensation fraud.

Oregon workers comp assessment rate steady at 6.2% for 2015

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published October 24, 2014 - 12:24pm CST

The Oregon Workers' Compensation Division said Wednesday that insurers will see no change to the current workers compensation assessment rate of 6.2% in 2015.

California workers comp reform moderates office visit costs despite rising fees

By: Sheena Harrison

Published October 23, 2014 - 11:58am 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.

Humana looks to sell urgent care subsidiary Concentra: Sources

Published October 22, 2014 - 1:56pm 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.

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 comp exposures if the backstop goes away.

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