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Hydrocodone, oxycodone top opioids dispensed by Pennsylvania doctors

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published September 22, 2014 - 3:08pm CST

Hydrocodone-acetaminophen and oxycodone-acetaminophen are the two most commonly dispensed opioids by physicians in Pennsylvania, according to a Workers Compensation Research Institute study.

Marsh names exec to lead research for its workers compensation excellence center

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published September 19, 2014 - 11:44am CST

Tom Ryan has been named workers compensation market research leader for Marsh L.L.C.'s Workers' Compensation Center of Excellence, the insurance broker said Friday.

Ayurvedic treatment in India not eligible for workers comp in Pennsylvania: Court

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published September 18, 2014 - 3:00pm CST

The Ayurvedic treatment a Pennsylvania nurse received in India is not eligible for workers compensation benefits, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court has ruled.

Sedgwick expands with specialized insurance claims service acquisition

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published September 17, 2014 - 11:52am CST

Sedgwick Claims Management Services Inc. has signed an agreement to acquire T&H Global Holdings L.L.C. and its subsidiaries, the Memphis, Tennessee-based third-party administrator said Wednesday.

OSHA tightens reporting requirements for fatalities, injuries and illness

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published September 15, 2014 - 11:14am CST

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a new rule to tighten its fatality, injury and illness reporting requirements as of 2015.

Wearable devices can be used by employers to track worker health and safety

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published September 14, 2014 - 6:00am CST

Wearable devices could help employers improve the health and safety of their workers.

NCCI recommends lower workers compensation rates for 15 states

By: Sheena Harrison

Published September 14, 2014 - 6:00am CST

An improving workers compensation market is driving the National Council on Compensation Insurance Inc. to recommend more decreases in state workers comp rates for next year.

2013 California workers comp reforms will define market for years to come

By: Bill Kenealy

Published September 14, 2014 - 6:00am CST

DANA POINT, Calif. — Legislative actions at the state and federal level will continue to define the California workers compensation market for years to come, according to experts monitoring the effect of recent workers comp reforms in the state.

Workers comp industry needs strategies to combat opioid abuse: Panel

By: Bill Kenealy

Published September 11, 2014 - 2:56pm CST

DANA POINT, California — Workers compensation professionals need a comprehensive strategy to address the risk of opioid abuse among injured workers, speakers said at the 2014 California Workers' Compensation & Risk Conference.

California may see stable workers comp pricing despite rate hike: Panel

By: Bill Kenealy

Published September 11, 2014 - 7:45am CST

DANA POINT, California — The conditions that have caused the California Workers Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau to recommend an increase in workers comp rates will not necessarily affect pricing in the near term.

Missouri workers comp law bars negligence lawsuit against co-worker: Court

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published September 10, 2014 - 2:11pm CST

A construction worker can't file a negligence action against his supervisor despite the fact that the exclusive remedy provisions of Missouri's workers compensation law didn't cover co-workers at the time he was injured.

American Apparel settles unsafe workplace charges for $1M

By: Sheena Harrison

Published September 10, 2014 - 11:07am CST

Clothing company American Apparel L.L.C. will pay a $1 million settlement for failing to provide a safe workplace after an employee died at a company worksite in Garden Grove, California.

Illinois workers comp rates to drop 5.5% in 2015

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published September 09, 2014 - 1:51pm CST

Illinois businesses will see a 5.5% cut in workers compensation rates as of Jan. 1, 2015, a spokesman for the state said Tuesday.

California comp rating bureau reduces rate-hike request

By: Sheena Harrison

Published September 05, 2014 - 12:05pm CST

The California Workers Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau amended its workers comp rate filing Wednesday to request a smaller-than-anticipated increase.

OFF BEAT: Bieber backup singer faces bitter tune in $165K comp fraud

Published September 05, 2014 - 9:40am CST

A former backup singer for pop star Justin Bieber pleaded guilty this week to fraud and forgery in California court after he collected $165,000 in workers compensation checks intended for his aunt who died nearly a decade ago.

New Yorkers getting more lump sum disability payments since 2007 comp reforms

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published September 04, 2014 - 2:19pm CST

There has been a decrease in cases that only receive permanent partial disability payments and an increase in cases that only receive a lump-sum payment since New York's 2007 workers comp reforms went into effect.

Connecticut comp commission charged $450,000 in unauthorized assessments in 2013

By: Sheena Harrison

Published September 03, 2014 - 3:33pm CST

The Connecticut Workers' Compensation Commission charged insurers and self-insured employers $450,000 in unauthorized assessments in 2013 in order to recoup a payment made to the state general fund, according to a statement released Tuesday by the state Auditors of Public Accounts office.

Oklahoma comp rates to drop another 7.8% in 2015

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published September 03, 2014 - 12:26pm CST

Oklahoma businesses will see a 7.8% cut in workers compensation loss cost rates in 2015, the Oklahoma Insurance Department said Tuesday.

NCCI recommends 3.7% decrease in Missouri workers comp rates for 2015

By: Sheena Harrison

Published September 02, 2014 - 4:45pm CST

The National Council on Compensation Insurance Inc. has recommended a 3.7% decrease in Missouri workers compensation rates for 2015, the state insurance department said Tuesday.

Florida exclusive remedy ruling may upend workers compensation system

By: Sheena Harrison

Published August 31, 2014 - 6:00am CST

Injured workers in Florida might be able to receive both workers compensation benefits and civil liability damages should an appeal filed last week by the Florida attorney general's office.

Register for Business Insurance's Workers Comp & Safety Virtual Conference

Published August 31, 2014 - 6:00am CST

From opioid management to keeping an aging workforce safe and healthy, industry experts will advise attendees on strategies and solutions to control their workers compensation costs.

Reclassification of opioid painkillers may boost workers compensation costs

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published August 31, 2014 - 6:00am CST

Tighter controls on opioid prescription painkillers issued by the U.S. DEA last month may increase workers compensation costs in the short term.

Ohio high court lets 'new' arena football team shed past comp experience

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published August 29, 2014 - 1:17pm CST

Workers compensation rates for an arena football team’s new owner should not be based on the “entire” experience rating of the team under its former owner, the Ohio Supreme Court has ruled.

Company kickball-game injury qualifies for comp: S.C. Supreme Court

By: Sheena Harrison

Published August 28, 2014 - 3:22pm CST

A South Carolina worker who was injured in a kickball game he organized for his employer should receive workers compensation benefits because he was expected by his employer to attend the game, the South Carolina Supreme Court has ruled.

Growing earnings, workforce pushed comp costs up 6.9% in 2012: Report

By: Sheena Harrison

Published August 26, 2014 - 12:37pm CST

Workers compensation costs paid by employers rose 6.9% to $83.2 billion year-over-year in 2012, driven largely by an increase in worker numbers and earnings.

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