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WWE seeks dismissal of brain injury case

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published July 02, 2015 - 2:04pm CST

World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. has filed a complaint to dismiss a group of lawsuits by former professional wrestlers alleging traumatic brain injuries.

Medical care inflation could increase workers comp costs

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published July 02, 2015 - 10:58am CST

With medical care inflation expected to rise, workers compensation payers should take steps to control higher medical costs per claim, sources said.

Medical professional liability insurer acquires health care consultant

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published July 01, 2015 - 12:36pm CST

Coverys’ has invested in Archway Health Advisors and now holds an ownership position in the company, the Boston-based medical professional liability insurer said Wednesday.

Workers comp managed care services provider acquires case management firm

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published July 01, 2015 - 12:15pm CST

Genex Services L.L.C. has acquired Integrated Care Management, a workers compensation and disability case management firm, the Wayne, Pennsylvania-based provider of managed care services said Tuesday.

Marijuana ruled 'reasonable and necessary' for injured worker's pain relief

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published June 30, 2015 - 12:09pm CST

The New Mexico Court of Appeals has again ruled that medical marijuana should be classified as “reasonable and necessary medical care” for an injured worker.

Construction bears more opioid-related costs than other industries

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published June 29, 2015 - 2:43pm CST

The cost of opioid use is greater for injured construction workers than for injured workers in other industries, according to a new analysis by insurer CNA Financial Corp.

Patient advocacy program aims to demystify workers comp treatments

By: Joyce Famakinwa

Published June 29, 2015 - 1:59pm CST

Specialty managed care services provider MedRisk Inc. has launched a patient advocacy program that aims to make workers compensation less confusing to injured workers inexperienced with the system.

California workers comp changes proposed

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published June 29, 2015 - 12:24pm CST

The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California proposes a new experience rating formula and other changes in its 2016 regulatory filing to the state’s insurance department.

Workers comp exemption for farm workers struck down

By: Bill Kenealy

Published June 26, 2015 - 1:21pm CST

The New Mexico Court of Appeals this week struck down a longstanding provision of the state’s workers compensation law that exempts certain workers on ranches and farms from coverage.

Reimbursements, proximity of surgeons affect likelihood of back surgery

By: Bill Kenealy

Published June 26, 2015 - 10:32am CST

A study released on Thursday found that a variety of factors including reimbursement rates for doctors and local practice norms account for the wide variance in back surgery rates for injured workers according to location.

Employer snooping cuts comp claim costs

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published June 25, 2015 - 11:25am CST

Surveillance and social media investigations can help workers compensation payers close exaggerated claims, sources say.

Workers comp constitutionality challenge dismissed

By: Bill Kenealy

Published June 25, 2015 - 9:28am CST

A Florida appeals court on Wednesday overturned a controversial decision by a state circuit court judge that questioned the constitutionality of the state’s workers compensation system.

Comp benefits still on the table despite worker’s pre-existing condition

By: Bill Kenealy

Published June 24, 2015 - 11:25am CST

A worker’s pre-existing neck injuries should not bar him from getting full workers compensation benefits for a back injury, a New York appeals court ruled last week.

Prescription cost per workers comp claim rose 7.3% in 2014

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published June 23, 2015 - 2:15pm CST

While the average cost per workers compensation claim increased in 2014, the number of prescriptions per injured worker and the average morphine equivalent dose per script declined, Coventry Workers' Comp Services said Tuesday.

Poultry processor fined over workers' repetitive injuries

By: Bill Kenealy

Published June 23, 2015 - 11:39am CST

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration said on Monday that the operators of a Delaware poultry plant face $38,000 in fines for musculoskeletal injuries suffered by its employees.

Lifetime benefits expanding for spouses of first responders killed in Texas

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published June 22, 2015 - 2:09pm CST

Surviving spouses of first responders killed on the job in Texas will soon be entitled to lifetime death benefits even if they remarry.

Employer liable for snack break slip and fall

By: Bill Kenealy

Published June 22, 2015 - 11:40am CST

An Arkansas woman injured while walking to a snack vending machine is entitled to workers compensation benefits, an appeals court ruled last week.

Medical marijuana ruling a victory for employers

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published June 21, 2015 - 6:00am CST

A Colorado Supreme Court ruling upholding Dish Network's firing of a worker for smoking marijuana outside of work is a victory for employers, particularly in reinforcing the principle of a drug-free workplace.

South Dakota workers compensation rate to drop

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published June 19, 2015 - 1:29pm CST

South Dakota employers will see an 8.9% decrease in its voluntary market loss cost workers compensation rate as of July 1, according to the National Council on Compensation Insurance Inc.

Distracted walking injuries threaten worker safety

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published June 19, 2015 - 12:55pm CST

Distracted walking injuries are on the rise and pose a threat to workplaces, National Safety Council President and CEO Deborah A.P. Hersman said.

Insurance agency liable for fraudulent comp premium payments

By: Bill Kenealy

Published June 19, 2015 - 11:41am CST

A New York appellate court has found an insurance agency liable for $220,000 in fraudulent workers compensation premium payments a company paid at the instruction of one of its former agents.

North Dakota's workers comp claims rise less than expected

Published June 18, 2015 - 2:20pm CST

(Reuters) — The number of workers compensation filings in North Dakota’s oil patch rose less than forecast from January through March, leading state officials to curb projections for total fiscal year filings, data released on Wednesday showed.

Injured worker can't sue co-worker who drove golf cart in crash

By: Bill Kenealy

Published June 18, 2015 - 1:14pm CST

A worker injured in a golf cart crash at an offsite company event cannot sue the co-worker behind the wheel at the time, an Ohio appeals court has ruled.

Drug overdose death puts onus on workers comp payers

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published June 18, 2015 - 6:00am CST

Workers compensation payers should monitor the drugs injured workers take as a result of a California Supreme Court ruling that an injury needs only to be a contributing cause in a compensable death.

Recognizing overuse of physical therapy can aid return to work

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published June 17, 2015 - 2:52pm CST

Overuse of traditional physical therapy can add to injured employees' time off work and increase medical costs, but recognizing pitfalls can help employers reduce both, according to third-party administrator and managed care services provider CorVel Corp.

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