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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

Posted in: blog Workers Comp Workers Compensation

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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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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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

Posted in: blog Healthcare Home Health Care Workers Comp Workers Compensation

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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