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Attacks on hospital nurses trigger state laws to protect them

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published November 23, 2014 - 6:00am CST

Recent acts of violence against health care employees are leading more states to take action to protect medical workers' safety.

Workers compensation insurer rate cuts may follow profitable 2014

By: Sheena Harrison

Published November 23, 2014 - 6:00am CST

Workers compensation insurers could see their first year of underwriting profitability in nearly a decade due to rate increases, an improving economy, and a focus on data analytics that has helped improve underwriting and workplace safety.

Q&A: Michele Adams, Medicare Advocacy Recovery Coalition

Published November 23, 2014 - 6:00am CST

Michele Adams is chairwoman of the Washington-based Medicare Advocacy Recovery Coalition and director of claims management, business strategies and risk management services at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. She recently spoke with Business Insurance Associate Editor Sheena Harrison about how the Strengthening Medicare and Repaying Taxpayers Act, known as the SMART Act, is...

Listing preauthorized medical procedures ruled within N.Y. comp board's powers

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published November 21, 2014 - 2:50pm CST

The New York State Workers’ Compensation Board was within its regulatory powers when it created a list of preauthorized medical procedures, and it properly places the burden of proving medical necessity on an injured worker’s treating physician, New York’s highest court ruled.

Widow of exec who died after Brazil trip eligible for comp: Appeals court

By: Sheena Harrison

Published November 18, 2014 - 1:54pm CST

The widow of a company executive who died from meningitis after returning from a business trip to Brazil can receive workers compensation death benefits, an Illinois appeals court has ruled.

Obese workers' absenteeism costs U.S. employers $8.65B a year

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published November 18, 2014 - 11:58am CST

Absenteeism among obese workers in the United States costs employers about $8.65 billion each year, according to a study published in the latest issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

York Risk Services acquires New York third-party administrator

By: Sheena Harrison

Published November 17, 2014 - 10:46am CST

Third-party administrator York Risk Services Group Inc. has acquired Mineola, New York-based TPA Risk Management Planning Group.

Philadelphia denied cut of lawsuit settlement from cop hit by drunk driver

By: Sheena Harrison

Published November 14, 2014 - 1:19pm CST

The city of Philadelphia did not have a right to subrogate a third-party liability award that was paid to a city police officer, even though the city was paying him benefits, an appellate court has ruled.

Physician dispensing of prescription drugs down slightly in Connecticut: WCRI

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published November 13, 2014 - 11:45am CST

Physician dispensing of repackaged prescription drugs has “decreased slightly” in Connecticut since workers compensation reforms took effect in July 2012, the Workers Compensation Research Institute said Thursday.

Workers comp claimants face some negative opinions in U.S.: Survey

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published November 12, 2014 - 2:15pm CST

Most workers compensation claims are filed by “people who don’t want to work,” said 37% of people who responded to a new survey about Americans’ general opinions of workers comp that was released Wednesday by Summit Pharmacy Inc.

Employee injured on ride in company van due workers comp benefits

By: Sheena Harrison

Published November 12, 2014 - 1:09pm CST

An employee injured while being given a ride on the floor of a company van during a snowstorm should receive workers compensation benefits, a New York appellate court has ruled.

Cook bitten by co-worker's dog while on smoke break qualifies for comp

By: Sheena Harrison

Published November 11, 2014 - 3:19pm CST

A Pennsylvania court has ruled that a part-time restaurant cook who was bitten by his co-worker's dog should receive workers compensation benefits for the attack.

Lack of 'wet floor' sign entitles New Mexico nurse to higher disability benefits

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published November 10, 2014 - 1:11pm CST

A New Mexico nurse who was injured when she fell on the job is entitled to an increase in disability benefits because her employer failed post a “wet floor” sign, the state Supreme Court ruled.

Workers compensation insurers to see profit in 2014: NCCI

By: Sheena Harrison

Published November 10, 2014 - 11:28am CST

Workers compensation premiums are projected to grow 7% this year over 2013 to $39.3 billion as workers comp insurers see the first signs of profitability in eight years, the NCCI said Monday.

Injuries to workers with pre-existing conditions complicate disability claims

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published November 09, 2014 - 6:00am CST

A pending Connecticut case will help determine how the state approaches apportionment of permanent disability benefits when workers with pre-existing or chronic conditions suffer debilitating injuries on the job.

Ebola is one of many risk management issues concerning health care executives

By: Judy Greenwald and Sheena Harrison

Published November 09, 2014 - 6:00am CST

ANAHEIM, California — Coping with the threat posed by the Ebola virus is one of many risk management issues on the minds of health care executives.

Florida insurance commissioner rejects 3.3% comp rate cut for 5.2% decrease

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published November 07, 2014 - 12:54pm CST

The Florida insurance commissioner on Wednesday rejected a 3.3% overall decrease in state workers compensation rates and ordered the National Council on Compensation Insurance Inc. to re-file an overall rate cut of 5.2%.

Crawford reports third-quarter earnings flat over 2013

By: Matt Dunning

Published November 06, 2014 - 2:24pm CST

Claims management provider Crawford & Co.'s total revenues in the third quarter of 2014 were essentially flat compared with third-quarter revenues from a year ago, the Atlanta-based company announced on Thursday.

Slippery winter weather caused spike in Midwestern workers comp claims: Study

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published November 06, 2014 - 12:06pm CST

Nearly one-third of all Midwest workers comp claims that resulted in time away from work last winter were caused by slips and falls on ice and snow, nearly double the normal average.

Managed care services provider Genex buys M Hayes

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published November 05, 2014 - 10:50am CST

Managed care services provider Genex Services L.L.C. has acquired Hunt Valley, Maryland-based managed care company M Hayes.

BROKER BEAT Video: MJ Insurance

Published November 04, 2014 - 5:00pm CST

Business Insurance Associate Editor Sheena Harrison, speaks with Jon Loftin, president and chief operating officer of MJ Insurance, about risk management issues and how health care reform is impacting employee benefits.

Refusing to take drug test no bar to receiving TTD benefits: Court

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published November 04, 2014 - 3:06pm CST

A carpenter's refusal to take a drug test after getting injured on the job does not preclude him from temporary total disability benefits, a Louisiana Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday.

New York workers comp assessment rate dropping in 2015

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published November 03, 2014 - 11:28am CST

New York's workers compensation assessment rate will drop to 13.2% as of 2015, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

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.

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