Workers Compensation News

Study: California Medical Payments Per Comp Claim Decreased After SB 863

California Senate Bill 863 may have contributed to decreases in medical payments per workers’ compensation claim in 2013 and 2014, according to a study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute. The WCRI study s hows medical payments per claim in …

Hearing Set in California for Proposed Amendments to Lien Filing Rules

California’s Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board issued a notice of public hearing next month regarding a proposed addition and amendments to its lien filing rules. The primary purpose of this rulemaking is to implement legislative changes to the filing requirements for …

Cirque du Soleil Worker Dies in San Francisco

An employee with the Cirque du Soleil “Luzia” show died after being injured this week in what was termed an “industrial accident,” San Francisco police said. Officer Carlos Manfredi confirmed the death, and Cirque du Soleil said in a later statement …

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 …

Pinnacol in Colorado to Drop Workers’ Comp Rates in 2017

Pinnacol Assurance’s board of directors has approved a 2017 decrease in workers’ compensation rates that will average 3.2 percent for the insurer’s Colorado policyholders. The decrease surpasses the Colorado Division of Insurance’s recommendation of a 2.4 percent change, and will …

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’ …

Will Legal Weed in California Increase Demand for It from Injured Workers?

Just how legalized weed in California will impact workers’ compensation is still uncertain, but what is certain is that the insurance industry can soon expect to be grappling with issues around paying for marijuana for injured workers. The California Workers’ …

Study Highlights Workers’ Comp Claim Differences in California’s Central Valley

Workers in California’s Central Valley have a distinctly different workers’ compensation claims experience than those in other regions in terms of notification and treatment lag times, mix of injuries, types of care, types of drugs used, levels of attorney involvement, …

California Commissioner Wants Workers’ Comp Insurers to Reduce Rates

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones issued a formal finding today that costs to insurers in the workers’ compensation system are declining and he’s asking workers’ comp insurers to pass those cost savings on to employers in the form of lower …