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How Assisted Living Facilities Can Reduce Workers’ Compensation Claims

Posted on: October 18, 2017 by Gerry Dumke

Ironically enough, healthcare industry workers are among the most likely to receive on-the-job injuries. Out of the over 16 million people employed in the healthcare sector, an average of 5.2 workers per every 100 will suffer a nonfatal injury each year, but the nursing home, assisted living, and residential care segment of the industry has […] Read More

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The IVANS Index Continues to Report Negative Workers’ Compensation Renewal Rates

Posted on: September 8, 2017 by Gerry Dumke

According to the IVANS Index’s recently released data on renewal rates for standard commercial lines insurance products for the month of August 2017, workers’ compensation renewal rates are continuing to be in the negative. The report for July 2017’s report was the first to report significant negative findings; according to the data, workers’ compensation renewal […] Read More

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Medical Marijuana and Workers’ Compensation

Posted on: August 22, 2017 by Gerry Dumke

With more and more states voting to legalize marijuana for medical and recreational uses, the need for discussion about the use of medical marijuana in workers’ compensation cases has grown. At this time, twenty-nine states – as well as Washington, D.C. – have broadly legalized marijuana for medicinal purposes, while eight states have legalized it […] Read More

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WCRI Report Finds Reduction in Opioid-Connected Workers’ Compensation Claims

Posted on: August 8, 2017 by Gerry Dumke

In recent years, the opioid epidemic has been making headlines for causing a high number of opiate-related overdoses and vastly increasing the numbers of people who are addicted to synthetic opiates. Many have pointed to workers’ compensation in particular as a root cause of the epidemic; medications such as Vicodin, Percocet, and OxyContin have been […] Read More

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Vermont First Responders Gain Workers’ Compensation for Mental Health Issues

Posted on: July 11, 2017 by Gerry Dumke

In an unprecedented decision, a recent piece of legislation from the state of Vermont has granted the state’s first responders with workers’ compensation coverage for mental health issues and illnesses incurred as a result of work. The law, which entered effect on July 1st, overturned an earlier Vermont Supreme Court ruling that previously prohibited first […] Read More

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New Study Sheds Light on Attorney Involvement in Workers’ Comp Cases

Posted on: May 25, 2017 by Gerry Dumke

The Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) in its recent study found a significant differential in the percentage of claims involving defense attorneys representing injured workers across 18 state Workers’ Compensation systems. The 18 states included in the study are Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, North Carolina, […] Read More

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New WCRI Study Examines Impact of Provider Choice Policies on Workers’ Comp Costs

Posted on: May 11, 2017 by Gerry Dumke

The Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI), a non-profit organization, examined the relationship between provider choices and Workers’ Compensation medical and indemnity costs. It looked at the cost for injuries occurring primarily between 2007 and 2010 across 25 states in which either employers or workers control the choice of provider. It excludes states where workers can […] Read More

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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

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