Workers Compensation News

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 …

Pinnacol Issues $50M in Workers’ Comp Dividends to Colorado Employers

Colorado workers’ compensation insurer Pinnacol Assurance is distributing $50 million in dividend checks this month to its policyholders. More than 53,000 employers throughout the state — roughly 94.2 percent of the company’s policyholders — will receive a dividend in recognition …

CDI Issues Directive on New Workers’ Comp Law Pertaining to Excluded Employees

The California Department of Insurance has notified the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of its concern that some insurers may be in violation of Assembly Bill 2883. This law, which went into effect on Jan. 1, excludes an officer or …

Owner of Hotel Cleaning Firm in California Pleads Guilty to Workers’ Comp Fraud

Hyok Kwon, owner of Good Neighbor Services, a janitorial company that provided services to some of San Diego’s most exclusive hotels and resorts, has pleaded yesterday to seven felonies, including premium and employment tax fraud. Kwon was convicted of creating …

Report: High Volume, Low Costs For Comp Claims in Northernmost California

California’s northern most counties accounted for 1.1 percent of the state’s workforce but 3.3 percent of the job injury claims, according to a report from the California Workers’ Compensation Institute. CWCI’s regional score card provides data on claims filed by …

Worker’s Comp Lien Filing Rules Filed with California Secretary of State

The Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board has adopted its final rules of practice and procedure implementing Senate Bill 1160, which passed last year. The Office of Administrative Law has filed the WCAB’s new rules with the Secretary of State. The new …

Utah Senate, House Pass Bill to Let Workers’ Comp Fund Become A Mutual

Both the Utah Senate and House have passed a bill to repeal the statue creating the state’s Workers’ Compensation Fund. Following a court battle and several pieces of legislation, the fund has nearly separated from state control and oversight and …

California DIR Suspends 7 Workers’ Comp Medical Providers for Fraud

California’s Department of Industrial Relations and its Division of Workers’ Compensation has suspended seven medical providers from participating in the state’s workers’ comp system. The providers were convicted of workers’ comp fraud or have been suspended from the Medicare or …

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 …

Wisconsin, Minnesota AGs Combine Efforts in Painkiller Abuse Battle

Minnesota and Wisconsin are teaming up to tackle prescription painkiller abuse. The attorneys general from both states met at the Minnesota Capitol Monday to discuss their “Dose of Reality” campaign. Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson says prescription opioid deaths now …