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California Workers’ Comp Report Looks at Spinal Fusion Claims

A study on the use of spinal fusion surgeries in California workers’ compensation shows that in 60 percent of spinal fusion claims the initial report of injury was for a sprain or strain, a majority of the fusions occurred within …

Report: California’s Central Coast Accounting for More of State’s Comp Claims

California’s Central Coast has been accounting for more of the state’s workers’ compensation claims recently, a new report issued today shows. The California Workers’ Compensation Institute has issued a new Regional Score Card, the sixth in its research series that …

Report on California Workers’ Comp Shows Sharp Increase in ALAE Costs

Allocated loss adjustment expense costs have increased sharply over the last several years despite implementation of many of the components of a workers’ compensation reform law intended to reduce total loss adjustment expense levels, a report out today from the …

Mississippi Supreme Court Weighing Injured Contract Workers’ Right to Sue

A worker is fighting one of Mississippi’s largest industries in a skirmish over who can be sued when employees suffer on-the-job injuries. The Mississippi Supreme Court Tuesday heard arguments in a suit by Quindon Thomas against Chevron USA. Thomas was …

California’s Workers’ Comp Division Posts Adjustments to Medical Fee Schedule

California’s Division of Workers’ Compensation has posted an order adjusting the Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies (DMEPOS) section of the official medical fee schedule to conform to the 2017 changes in the Medicare payment system as required by …

Another Worker Dies From October Pipeline Explosion in Alabama

Officials say a second worker injured in the Oct. 31 explosion of a major gasoline pipeline in Alabama has died. Al.com quotes the Occupational Health and Safety Administration as saying the employee died on Nov. 22 from injuries received during …

Washington Workers’ Comp Rates for 2017 to Increase Less Than 1%

The average premium for workers’ compensation coverage in Washington will go up less than 1 percent in 2017, according to the Department of Labor & Industries. LL&I announced today the rate will rise by an average of 0.7 percent next …

Report: California Workers’ Comp Reforms Saving $1.3B Annually

A look back at the performance of a law reforming California’s worker’s compensation system that took effect in 2013 shows more than $1 billion in savings has been created. The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau released a report on Senate …

DIR: California Independent Medical Review Shows Improvements

A California Department of Industrial Relations progress report shows continuing improvement of the state’s Independent Medical Review process. IMR is the medical dispute resolution process that uses medical expertise to obtain consistent, evidence-based decisions and component of the state’s workers’ …

U.S. Safety Board Investigating Alabama Colonial Pipeline Accident

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said on Friday it had opened an investigation into the Colonial Pipeline Co accident in Helena, Alabama, which killed one worker and seriously injured four others. Colonial’s gasoline pipeline ruptured on Monday during routine …