Business Insurance - The California Workers Compensation Appeals Board has reversed its positions concerning when employers, third-party administrators and insurers must apply a newer permanent disability rating schedule. The issue has been controversial in California, with employers and insurers favoring broader application of a 2005 ratings schedule.
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Florida Department of Financial Services - Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink announced today the arrest of a man who allegedly filed fraudulent workers’ compensation claims for 10 years after being injured on a job that he got by using his deceased uncle’s social security card. The Department of Financial Services, Division of Insurance Fraud (DIF), began investigating a tip that the man was working while collecting disability benefits.
Thursday, April 05, 2007
Insurance Journal - Part of South Carolina’s workers’ compensation system should be phased out because it fails to lower businesses’ insurance costs, according to a state audit. The Legislative Audit Council report found that a program, known as the Second Injury Fund, does not protect employers from higher insurance costs if they hire the disabled and those with previous workplace injuries.
Monday, April 02, 2007
Bureau of Justice Statistics - The majority of medical malpractice claims in a study of seven states were closed without any compensation paid to those claiming a medical injury, the Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) announced today. BJS conducted a study of medical malpractice insurance claims that were closed from 2000 through 2004 in Florida, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nevada and Texas.
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Insurance Journal - The New Jersey Supreme Court this week ruled that when police and firefighters get hurt handling an emergency, they can sue and win compensation if negligence contributed to the injury. The unanimous decision by New Jersey’s highest court found that a 1993 state law effectively abolished the so-called "firefighters’ rule,’’ which barred emergency personnel from winning damages from an irresponsible property owner.
Friday, March 16, 2007
Business Insurance - New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer on Tuesday signed the workers compensation reform package passed by legislators last week. Among other things, the law calls for increasing weekly benefits for injured workers and capping the length of time they are eligible to receive permanent partial disability benefits.
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
UCLA Center for Health Policy Research - The vast majority of injured workers in California have access to quality medical care, according to a new study conducted by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research for the California Division of Workers’ Compensation. Released Friday, the report is the first comprehensive evaluation of injured workers’ access to care since legislation went into effect in 2004 to reform the state’s workers’ compensation system. The study also showed that the majority of injured workers are satisfied with their care, and levels of satisfaction appear unchanged from a similar study done in 1998.
Monday, March 12, 2007
Business Insurance - Most California workers injured on the job receive quality medical attention, concludes the state’s first comprehensive study of workers compensation health care since reforms took effect in 2004. The workers comp reforms required the introduction of evidence-based medicine and treatment guidelines, but those measures have not reduced the quality of available care.
Monday, February 26, 2007
American Insurance Association - A Florida intermediate appellate court has found that retroactive application of Florida’s asbestos and silica medical criteria law is constitutional. AIA had joined with other trade associations in filing an amicus brief supporting the law.
Monday, February 12, 2007
Insurance Journal - Workers’ compensation reform legislation has helped to reduce physical therapy and chiropracting manipulation in California, according to the California Workers’ Compensation Institute. CWCI recently completed a study analyzing changes in medical utilization and payments for outpatient services in California workers’ compensation following the adoption of Medical Fee Schedule revisions that occurred in 2002-2004.
Friday, February 02, 2007