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States consider workers compensation reform

By: Sheena Harrison

Published March 01, 2015 - 6:00am CST

Illinois and Wisconsin are expected to lead the way in state legislation proposed in 2015 to reduce workers compensation system costs, though sweeping comp reforms are not expected in most states this year.

Tennessee considering workers comp opt-out

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published March 01, 2015 - 6:00am CST

Backers hope Tennessee becomes the third state to allow employers to opt out of the state's workers compensation system, but experts expect most employers would stay in the system to realize savings from recent reforms.

Tennessee Employee Injury Benefit Alternative raises safety concerns

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published March 01, 2015 - 6:00am CST

The Tennessee Employee Injury Benefit Alternative triggers questions about how it would affect workplace safety.

2015 Innovation Awards: Riskonnect Inc. and IASIS Healthcare L.L.C.

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published March 01, 2015 - 6:00am CST

www.iasishealthcare.com

2015 Innovation Awards: Liberty Mutual Insurance Co.

By: Sheena Harrison

Published March 01, 2015 - 6:00am CST

www.libertymutualgroup.com

Innovative technology platform streamlines return to work process

Published February 28, 2015 - 6:00am CST

In our latest In Focus video, we spotlight the automated return to work platform that earned Riskonnect Inc. a Business Insurance 2015 Innovation Award.

Missouri House bill seeks prescription drug monitoring

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published February 27, 2015 - 1:26pm CST

The Missouri House of Representatives has passed a bill to enact a statewide prescription drug monitoring program.

Catamaran acquiring rival pharmacy benefit manager

By: Sheena Harrison

Published February 26, 2015 - 1:09pm CST

Pharmacy benefit manager Catamaran Corp. on Thursday said it has agreed to acquire competitor Healthcare Solutions Inc. for $405 million in cash.

Injured worker not entitled to mileage reimbursement for treatment

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published February 26, 2015 - 1:02pm CST

An Arizona worker who failed to prove he had “no choice but to travel” to receive medical treatment is not entitled to a mileage reimbursement, an Arizona appellate court ruled Tuesday.

Broadspire a bright spot in Crawford & Co. financial results

By: Sheena Harrison

Published February 26, 2015 - 9:01am CST

Crawford & Co. President and CEO Jeffrey T. Bowman expects Broadspire Services Inc. to grow its revenue and profitability this year as the third-party administrator works to gain ground among competitors.

Murdered prison guard’s family backs exclusive remedy reforms

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published February 25, 2015 - 2:25pm CST

The family of a Nebraska detention center guard who was killed by an inmate is speaking out in support of a bill that would waive exclusive remedy in the case of “willful negligence” by an employer.

Crackdown on unfair workers comp denials proposed

By: Sheena Harrison

Published February 20, 2015 - 2:26pm CST

Arizona lawmakers are considering a bill that would introduce penalties for workers compensation insurers, self-insured employers and claims handlers that process comp claims in bad faith.

Paralyzed truck driver awarded $25 million from bad faith suit

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published February 19, 2015 - 3:16pm CST

A former truck driver who was paralyzed on the job has been awarded $25 million in punitive damages and $284,000 in compensatory damages by a Pottawattamie County, Iowa, jury.

Injured undocumented worker entitled to comp

By: Sheena Harrison

Published February 19, 2015 - 12:34pm CST

An undocumented worker from Mexico who provided false identification when he was hired by his employer should receive workers compensation benefits for injuries he suffered on that job, the Wyoming Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.

Tennessee opt-out workers comp efforts advance despite Oklahoma suit

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published February 19, 2015 - 10:09am CST

Constitutional challenges to the opt-out provision in Oklahoma's workers compensation reform law likely won't dissuade Tennessee lawmakers from pursuing similar legislation.

GM called out in retiree workers comp case

By: Bill Kenealy

Published February 18, 2015 - 1:11pm CST

The Michigan Court of Appeals last week upheld a magistrate’s 2011 ruling which found that General Motors Co. had improperly reduced workers compensation benefits to some retired workers.

Oklahoma work comp law unconstitutional?

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published February 17, 2015 - 3:17pm CST

A group of workers compensation attorneys representing two injured workers has asked the Oklahoma Supreme Court to declare the Oklahoma Employee Injury Benefit Act unconstitutional.

Workers comp insurer expands in Midwest, South

By: Shelby Livingston

Published February 17, 2015 - 2:25pm CST

Sagamore Insurance Co., a unit of Baldwin & Lyons Inc., has expanded its workers compensation program to Tennessee, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Kansas and Arkansas.

Injured worker’s caretaker wife not eligible for mental health therapy

By: Sheena Harrison

Published February 17, 2015 - 1:11pm CST

An Iowa employer should not pay for therapy for an injured worker’s wife who has been the primary caretaker for her husband since his work accident, an Iowa appeals court has ruled.

Uber, Lyft could be forced to provide drivers with workers comp benefits

By: Sheena Harrison

Published February 15, 2015 - 6:00am CST

Drivers for ride-sharing services Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc., who argue they are employees and not independent contractors, could put the tech upstarts on the hook for workers compensation costs if court challenges succeed.

Worker's claim of blindness from fracking chemicals rejected

By: Bill Kenealy

Published February 13, 2015 - 1:53pm CST

An appeals court in Pennsylvania has denied the appeal of a man denied workers compensations benefits after he claimed to be blinded from exposure to chemicals used on a hydraulic fracturing site.

Workers comp only for distressed nurse after accidental HIV needle stick

By: Sheena Harrison

Published February 12, 2015 - 12:01pm CST

Workers compensation is the exclusive remedy for a health care worker who said her employer subjected her to emotional distress by inquiring about work absences after she was injured on the job, a federal judge has ruled.

City criticizes, CorVel defends nurse case manager

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published February 12, 2015 - 11:16am CST

A dispute between Fort Worth, Texas, city officials and CorVel Corp. over alleged “inflammatory questions” asked of a wounded police officer could lead nurse case managers to be more cautious when dealing with such cases.

Worker's latest insurer must cover neck injury comp, disability

By: Sheena Harrison

Published February 11, 2015 - 2:32pm CST

Gallagher Bassett Services Inc. is responsible to pay for a health care worker's surgery for a degenerative cervical disc condition that worsened after a 2011 injury, even though she suffered previous neck injuries that had been covered under a workers compensation policy issued by Liberty Mutual Insurance Co., a Connecticut appeals court has ruled.

OSHA slams state's worker safety standard

By: Bill Kenealy

Published February 10, 2015 - 11:43am CST

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration last week rejected Arizona's residential fall protection standards, which cover workers in residential construction, saying the standards fall short of equivalent federal standards.

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