Business Insurance - _Workers Comp http://businessinsurance.com/section/news08 http://www.businessinsurance.com en-us Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:07:50 EST 10 California workers comp reform moderates office visit costs despite rising fees http://businessinsurance.com/article/20141023/NEWS08/141029887 20141023/NEWS08/141029887 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... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:58:43 EST No change in Colorado comp loss rates for 2015 http://businessinsurance.com/article/20141020/NEWS08/141029977 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 http://businessinsurance.com/article/20141020/NEWS08/141029982 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.. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:05:46 EST Doctors prescribe more Schedule II painkillers for injuries in four states http://businessinsurance.com/article/20141016/NEWS08/141019892 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 http://businessinsurance.com/article/20141016/NEWS08/141019894 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 http://businessinsurance.com/article/20141015/NEWS08/141019919 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 http://businessinsurance.com/article/20141014/NEWS08/141019933 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 http://businessinsurance.com/article/20141013/NEWS08/141019964 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 http://businessinsurance.com/article/20141013/NEWS08/141019969 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 http://businessinsurance.com/article/20141012/NEWS08/310129944 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