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State Workers’ Comp Bureaus Taking Measures to Battle Opioid Addiction

Posted on: April 18, 2017 by Caitlin Morgan

Last year, in one of our articles, we turned our attention to the opioid epidemic and the impact it’s having in the workplace. We’re taking a fresh look at the problem and what Workers’ Comp boards are doing across the country to help tackle the issue. According to a survey conducted by CompPharma, an industry […] Read More

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Preparing for A Workers’ Compensation Audit

Posted on: April 13, 2017 by Gerry Dumke

When a Workers’ Compensation policy is initially underwritten, the policy premium is based on the firm’s estimated exposure for the upcoming period. At the end of the policy period, an annual Workers’ Comp premium audit determines what the accurate cost for that period should have been. There may be differences between the estimated premium established […] Read More

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Managing Long-Tail Workers’ Compensation Claims

Posted on: March 14, 2017 by Gerry Dumke

Among the issues to watch for in Workers’ Compensation for 2017 is the impact of the U.S. election on OSHA regulations and ADA accommodations for workplace injuries, state legislative bills, and marijuana in the workplace as more states in 2016 have passed laws making recreational use legal. Also among the Workers’ Comp issues to keep […] Read More

Posted in: blog Workers Comp Workers Compensation

The Impact of Risk Management on Home Health Care

Posted on: February 24, 2017 by Caitlin Morgan

Home health care workers face many various hazards on the job, including travel, care administration injuries, back injuries, latex allergy, violence, and stress. Effective risk management can help prevent or minimize home health care worker exposure to these hazards, even more critical today as workers in this sector are experiencing increasing numbers of occupational injuries […] Read More

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Reporting Workers Comp Injuries Immediately Helps Drive Down Costs

Posted on: February 13, 2017 by Gerry Dumke

There are several cost drivers behind Workers’ Compensation premiums including rising medical costs, escalating prescription prices, a high frequency of claims, workers taking more time off work, and high dollar amounts for the claims being filed. Also contributing to the cost of Workers’ Compensation is lag time in claim reporting. According to insurance industry statistics, […] Read More

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The Benefits of Telemedicine in Workers’ Compensation

Posted on: January 26, 2017 by Gerry Dumke

Telemedicine and telehealth services are making headway in providing benefits in Workers’ Compensation with innovative new programs that help employees obtain quick, convenient care, and the ability to potentially prevent more serious problems down the road. Telemedicine is the use of electronic communication technologies to improve the patient’s health status by connecting him or her […] Read More

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Non-Fatal Workplace Injuries at Nearly $60B Annually in Direct Workers’ Comp Costs

Posted on: January 19, 2017 by Gerry Dumke

The 2017 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index was recently released, indicating that serious, nonfatal workplace injuries now amount to nearly $60 billion in direct U.S. Workers’ Compensation costs per year. This means that more than $1 billion dollars a week are being spent by businesses on these injuries, which include everything from overexertion to slips […] Read More

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What to Watch for in Health Care Workers’ Compensation 2017

Posted on: December 22, 2016 by Caitlin Morgan

Workers’ Compensation insurance continues to be a major concern for companies across all industries, including health care, which according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is the fastest-growing sector of the U.S. economy, employing over 18 million workers. Health care workers face […] Read More

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RTW Programs, Medical Recovery the Focus for the Future of Workers’ Compensation

Posted on: November 29, 2016 by Gerry Dumke

More than 140 industry leaders gathered at the IAIABC’s third National Conversation on the Future of Workers’ Compensation. The IAIABC (International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions) is a not-for-profit association representing most of the government agencies charged with the administration of Workers’ Compensation systems. The majority attending the gathering unanimously (90%) agreed that […] Read More

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Workers’ Compensation Rx Spend Down, Survey Shows

Posted on: November 16, 2016 by Gerry Dumke

A new survey by CompPharma that looks at prescription drug management shows an 8.7% reduction in Workers’ Compensation payers’ pharmacy spend. The 13th annual survey analyzed 2015 pharmacy cost data of 30 Workers’ Compensation insurance carriers, third-party administrators, self-insured employers, and state funds. Interviews were conducted in the summer of 2016, with data on pharmacy […] Read More

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