Business Insurance - _Workers Comp en-us Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:44:54 EST 10 No 2015 change in Colorado comp loss cost rates for employers 20141020/NEWS08/141029977 Colorado employers will see no change to workers compensation loss cost rates for next year, the state Department of Regulatory Agencies said Thursday. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:39:20 EST Late-term medical costs lower for older workers comp claimants: NCCI 20141020/NEWS08/141029982 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. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:05:46 EST Doctors prescribe more Schedule II painkillers for injuries in four states 20141016/NEWS08/141019892 Physicians in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Massachusetts and New Jersey prescribed Schedule II narcotics to injured workers more frequently than physicians in other states. Thu, 16 Oct 2014 14:42:19 EST OSHA fines Dollar Tree $262,500 for safety violations at Texas store 20141016/NEWS08/141019894 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. Thu, 16 Oct 2014 11:57:49 EST Workers' compensation rates drop again in Michigan 20141015/NEWS08/141019919 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. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 10:22:31 EST Adding urine testing reduces opioid use and costs for comp patients 20141014/NEWS08/141019933 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. Tue, 14 Oct 2014 16:02:07 EST Private equity firm acquires York Risk Services for $1.325B 20141013/NEWS08/141019964 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. Mon, 13 Oct 2014 12:18:24 EST Workers comp reform hasn't helped Illinois' construction industry 20141013/NEWS08/141019969 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. Mon, 13 Oct 2014 10:11:01 EST Trend of cutting benefits for part-time workers may add to workers comp costs 20141012/NEWS08/310129944 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. Sun, 12 Oct 2014 06:00:00 EST Business Insurance online event addresses workers compensation concerns 20141012/NEWS08/310129945 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. Sun, 12 Oct 2014 06:00:00 EST