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Speedway clerk gets only medical costs for back bruised in attack

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published March 31, 2015 - 1:00pm CST

A Speedway L.L.C. sales clerk who suffered a compensable back bruise when she was assaulted on the job is not entitled to vocational rehabilitation services or a functional capacity evaluation, West Virginia’s Supreme Court of Appeals has ruled.

NFL players sue over health issues

Published March 30, 2015 - 4:47pm CST

Chris Borland, a 24-year-old linebacker for the San Francisco 49ers, retired from the NFL in March to protect his health, an issue over which several current and former players have sued the league.

NCCI files for 2.6% Maine workers comp loss cost rate increase

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published March 30, 2015 - 2:14pm CST

The National Council on Compensation Insurance Inc. has filed to increase Maine workers compensation loss cost rates by 2.6% beginning April 1.

Pennsylvania workers comp rates to go down nearly 6%

By: Sheena Harrison

Published March 30, 2015 - 11:38am CST

Workers compensation advisory rates will decrease 5.99% for Pennsylvania employers on Wednesday, according to Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf.

States strive to fill loopholes in rules on prescription drug repackaging

By: Sheena Harrison

Published March 29, 2015 - 6:00am CST

State efforts to restrict prices for physician-dispensed prescriptions have helped lower drug spending for workers compensation claims, but experts say future reforms likely will need to limit or ban physician dispensing in order to prevent prices from rising again.

Closer ties with physicians could keep workers comp costs in check

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published March 29, 2015 - 6:00am CST

Building relationships with physicians can help workers compensation payers improve the outcomes of claims and combat rising medical costs.

Urine testing a frontline defense against comp-based opioid abuse

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published March 27, 2015 - 1:41pm CST

Urine drug testing is one of the few tools that allow payers and physicians to monitor compliance and aberrant behavior among injured workers on opioids, speakers said during a webinar by pharmacy benefit manager myMatrixx, the marketing name of Matrix Healthcare Services Inc.

Nurse allergic to floor wax qualifies for workers comp

By: Sheena Harrison

Published March 26, 2015 - 2:48pm 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.

Humana shifts away from occupational injury care with Concentra sale

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published March 26, 2015 - 8:56am CST

Humana Inc.'s $1 billion sale of occupational health and physical therapy unit Concentra Inc. apparently marks the health care insurer's exit from the workers compensation field.

Tennessee opt-out route for workers compensation hits roadblock

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published March 25, 2015 - 2:34pm CST

The Tennessee Advisory Council on Workers' Compensation has unanimously decided not to recommend a bill that would allow employers to opt out of the state's workers compensation system.

Settled workers comp claim doesn't bar survivor death benefits

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published March 25, 2015 - 11:13am CST

A Kentucky man's settlement of his workers compensation claim prior to his death doesn't bar his wife from seeking death benefits, the state Court of Appeals has ruled.

Worker who fell asleep at the wheel due comp for lost leg

By: Bill Kenealy

Published March 24, 2015 - 12:13pm CST

The Supreme Court of New Hampshire last week overruled a decision by the state’s Compensation Appeals Board to deny benefits to a driver who was injured after he fell asleep behind the wheel of a company truck and struck a utility pole.

Employers should lead scrutiny on compounded drugs, physician dispensing

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published March 23, 2015 - 12:36pm CST

Employers should work with brokers, claims administrators and pharmacy benefit managers to control workers compensation medical costs related to compounded drugs and physician dispensing.

Humana to sell Concentra medical center unit for $1 billion

Published March 23, 2015 - 9:40am CST

(Reuters) — Health insurer Humana Inc. said on Monday that it would sell its Concentra urgent care and physical therapy services unit for about $1 billion to private equity firm Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe and Select Medical Holdings Corp.

Higher doctor fees may get injured workers back to work faster

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published March 22, 2015 - 6:00am CST

Some state workers compensation systems and payers are increasing provider payments to ensure that injured workers are treated quickly and effectively.