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West Virginia workers comp rates to decrease 9.1% on Nov. 1

By: Sheena Harrison

Published July 28, 2014 - 11:31am CST

West Virginia workers compensation rates are set to decrease 9.1% this fall, which the state says will result in $32 million in premium savings for employers.

Ohio workers comp bureau agrees to pay as much as $420M in settlement

By: Jay Miller, Crain’s Cleveland Business

Published July 24, 2014 - 10:16am CST

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation has settled its long-standing legal dispute with a group of small business owners.

All Risks offers specialty workers comp class for home healthcare risks

By: Kate Shepherd

Published July 23, 2014 - 1:23pm CST

All Risks Ltd.’s workers compensation specialty division has announced a specialty class workers compensation for home healthcare risks.

Pleading the Fifth on immigration status no bar to workers comp benefits in Pa.

By: Sheena Harrison

Published July 23, 2014 - 1:00pm CST

A Pennsylvania employer should not have stopped payment of workers compensation benefits to an employee who declined to testify about his immigration status during a hearing, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled.

Most employers don't measure cost of worker absences: Survey

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published July 23, 2014 - 12:24pm CST

The majority of employers don't measure the impact of absence on their bottom line, despite the fact that it costs about 8% of payroll on average, according to an Aon Hewitt survey released Wednesday.

Florida packing plant's workers accused of workers comp fraud

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published July 22, 2014 - 2:51pm CST

The vast majority of workers at a Naples, Florida, produce packing plant are accused in a scheme to commit workers compensation fraud, the Florida Department of Financial Services said Tuesday.

Rules changes give Texas workers comp commissioner greater authority

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published July 22, 2014 - 1:31pm CST

The Texas Division of Workers Compensation has adopted rules that will give its commissioner increased authority next month over cases heard by the state Office of Administrative Hearings, which handles disputes over workers comp medical care and provider reimbursement.

Reform bill shows progress keeping check on Calif. comp rates: Report

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published July 18, 2014 - 11:57am CST

Workers compensation rate increases would have been 3% higher for California employers in 2013 if reforms had not been enacted, according to a report released Thursday by the state’s Department of Industrial Relations and its Division of Workers’ Compensation.

Pa. employers needn't notify comp claimants of utilization review: Court

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published July 18, 2014 - 9:28am CST

Pennsylvania employers aren’t obligated to notify claimants when seeking utilization reviews of their treatment, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania has ruled.

Liberty Mutual enters multibillion-dollar reinsurance deal with National Indemnity

By: Mark A. Hofmann

Published July 17, 2014 - 2:02pm CST

Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. has entered into a multibillion-dollar retroactive reinsurance transaction with Berkshire Hathaway Inc.'s National Indemnity Co. to cover asbestos-related and other long-term liabilities.

Workers comp PBMs Progressive Medical and PMSI to rebrand as Helios

By: Sheena Harrison

Published July 15, 2014 - 2:51pm CST

Progressive Medical Inc. and PMSI Inc., two workers compensation pharmacy benefit managers that merged in October, will begin operating under the name Helios in August, according to a statement issued Tuesday.

BROKER BEAT: Bankers Insurance L.L.C.

Published July 15, 2014 - 6:00am CST

Business Insurance Senior Editor Rodd Zolkos speaks with Mike Hedden, senior vice president and director of operations for Bankers Insurance L.L.C., about issues currently affecting the bank-owned agency and brokerage firm.

Travelers sues NFL, insurers over former players' prescription drug lawsuit

By: Sheena Harrison

Published July 14, 2014 - 12:11pm CST

Travelers Cos. Inc. is suing the National Football League and more than two dozen other insurers in New York state court, saying it has no obligation to defend the NFL in a prescription drug-related lawsuit filed by more than 500 former players.

Detroit teacher who broke up fight with broom files workers comp claim

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published July 11, 2014 - 11:55am CST

A Detroit teacher who made headlines after breaking up a classroom fight with a broom has filed a workers compensation claim and is seeking additional financial compensation from her employer.

WTC cleanup workers may renew health claims: U.S. appeals court

Published July 10, 2014 - 3:29pm CST

(Reuters) — A federal appeals court in New York has revived claims by 211 cleanup workers who sought compensation for their alleged exposure to toxic contaminants in buildings near the World Trade Center site after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

California offers $7.54B in funding for self-insurance workers comp plans

By: Sheena Harrison

Published July 10, 2014 - 2:49pm CST

The California Department of Industrial Relations has approved a $7.54 billion capital program to help businesses in the state self-insure for workers compensation for the coming year, the department said.

Man crushed by truck entitled to accessible van, pay for care by wife: Court

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published July 10, 2014 - 2:15pm CST

A worker who received workers compensation benefits when he was crushed by a tractor-trailer is also entitled to a wheelchair-accessible van and compensation for his wife, who provides his in-home care, the Nebraska Supreme Court has ruled.

U.S. judge blocks Massachusetts ban on opioid painkiller Zohydro ER

By: Sheena Harrison

Published July 09, 2014 - 12:29pm CST

A federal judge has blocked a Massachusetts regulation meant to restrict sales of Zohydro ER, a powerful opioid painkiller, after Gov. Deval Patrick sought to ban the drug's availability in the state.

IN FOCUS Video: Property/Casualty Insurance Lobbyists

Published July 08, 2014 - 3:56pm CST

In our latest video report, we speak with several top lobbyists for the property/casualty insurance industry and find out what key issues are currently their top priorities on Capitol Hill.

Extreme obesity cuts lifespan more than smoking: Study

Published July 08, 2014 - 2:40pm CST

(Reuters) — That obesity can cut life short by causing strokes and other illnesses comes as no surprise, but a study reported on Tuesday quantifies the toll: The most extreme cases cut a person's lifespan more than cigarettes.

Employee targeted for murder by co-worker's husband due comp benefits for PTSD

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published July 08, 2014 - 11:24am CST

A supermarket employee is entitled to workers compensation benefits for post-traumatic stress disorder that was exacerbated as a result of being targeted for murder by a co-worker's husband.

NFL concussion settlement given preliminary approval

By: Sheena Harrison

Published July 07, 2014 - 5:27pm CST

A federal judge has given preliminary approval to a multimillion-dollar settlement that will compensate retired football players suffering from concussion-related injuries and illnesses.

High-profile deaths due to compounded medications prompt calls for regulation

By: Sheena Harrison

Published July 06, 2014 - 6:00am CST

High-profile cases involving deaths due to compounded medications have prompted calls for consistent regulation of such medications, workers compensation experts say.

Rising use and cost of compounded medications in workers comp sparks concern

By: Sheena Harrison

Published July 06, 2014 - 6:00am CST

The use and price of compounded medications in workers compensation has climbed sharply, prompting concerns about controlling prescription costs for comp claims and managing safety for injured workers.

Telemedicine gains ground in treatment of injured workers

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published July 06, 2014 - 6:00am CST

Telemedicine is gaining ground in treating injured workers, especially in rural areas, to speed their evaluation and possibly reduce the costs paid by employers.

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