Insurance Journal » workers’ compensation http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:48:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Existing Protocols for Ebola Questioned http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/10/17/343989.htm Fri, 17 Oct 2014 16:13:05 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=343989 As Thomas Eric Duncan’s health deteriorated, nurses Amber Joy Vinson and Nina Pham were at the Ebola patient’s side. They wore protective gear including face shields, hazardous materials suits and protective footwear as they inserted catheters, drew blood and dealt …

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Nurses’ Group: Ebola Care Practices at Dallas Hospital Were Inconsistent http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/10/16/343835.htm Thu, 16 Oct 2014 16:18:20 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=343835 A Liberian Ebola patient was left in an open area of a Dallas emergency room for hours, and nurses treating him worked without proper protective gear and faced constantly changing protocols, according to a statement released by the nation’s largest …

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Second Healthcare Worker Tests Positive for Ebola at Texas Hospital http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/10/15/343696.htm Wed, 15 Oct 2014 16:16:08 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=343696 A second healthcare worker in Texas tested positive for Ebola after caring for a patient with the deadly viral illness, adding to concern that infection controls at U.S. hospitals aren’t strong enough. The worker at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital reported …

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California’s Industrial Director Challenges Workers’ Comp Report http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/10/13/343391.htm Mon, 13 Oct 2014 22:47:43 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=343391 California’s Department of Industrial Relations Director it taking a bit of umbrage with a study released last week that showed the state was ranked as the costliest for workers’ compensation. Despite major workers’ comp reforms signed into law in 2012 …

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Report: Kansas Job Growth Lagging but There’s Hope for Next Year http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/10/10/343267.htm Fri, 10 Oct 2014 16:25:18 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=343267 A new report shows Kansas job growth is lagging well behind the nation but predicts the employment outlook will be better next year. Wichita State University’s Center for Economic Development and Business Research on Oct. 9 released its employment forecast …

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Is Ebola Compensable Under Workers’ Compensation? http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2014/10/10/343250.htm Fri, 10 Oct 2014 15:47:39 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=343250 Two tests must be satisfied before an illness or disease can be considered occupational and thus compensable under workers’ compensation. First, the illness or disease must be “occupational,” meaning that it arose out of the course and scope of employment. …

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How States Rank, High to Low, in Workers’ Compensation Premiums http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2014/10/09/343201.htm Thu, 09 Oct 2014 22:05:42 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=343201 A list of state rankings for workers’ compensation premiums shows a slight drop in premiums in the last two years, and that a number of states are close in terms of how much employers are paying. The list put out …

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California Costliest State for Workers’ Comp, Report Shows http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/10/09/343198.htm Thu, 09 Oct 2014 19:29:41 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=343198 A state-by-state ranking of workers’ compensation premiums, one that states reportedly use as a motivational call to improve their systems, seems to call for more reform of California’s recently reformed system. Despite major workers’ comp reforms signed into law in …

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Study: Formulary Could Save California Workers’ Comp $124M-$420M http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/10/07/342951.htm Tue, 07 Oct 2014 22:36:49 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=342951 Adopting a state-mandated workers’ compensation prescription drug formulary similar to systems in place in Texas and Washington could reduce California workers’ comp pharmacy payments by between $124 million and $420 million per year, a California Workers’ Compensation Institute study shows. …

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Marijuana and Workers’ Compensation on Industry’s Watch List http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2014/10/03/342650.htm Fri, 03 Oct 2014 16:41:09 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=342650 Editor’s Note: This is the third in a series of articles on the the marijuana insurance industry. Upcoming stories will include reports on potential changes to federal laws, and regional reports on how medical marijuana is impacting insurance in states …

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NCCI Proposes Workers’ Comp Loss Cost Decrease in Connecticut http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2014/10/03/342633.htm Fri, 03 Oct 2014 16:12:29 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=342633 The National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) recently proposed an overall average change in voluntary loss cost level of -0.6 percent in Connecticut. Key components for the proposed change include -0.4 percent for experience and trend, -0.2 percent for benefits, …

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N.H. Workers’ Comp Commission Holds Its 1st Meeting http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2014/09/29/341901.htm Mon, 29 Sep 2014 16:22:13 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341901 New Hampshire Insurance Commissioner Roger Sevigny last Friday chaired the first meeting of the Commission to Recommend Reforms to Reduce Workers’ Compensation Medical Costs. The commission was created by Gov. Maggie Hassan earlier this month in response to the insurance …

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Police: Fired Oklahoma Man Beheads Co-Worker, Attacks Another http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/09/28/341802.htm Mon, 29 Sep 2014 03:16:08 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341802 A man who was shot after authorities say he beheaded one woman and attacked another at an Oklahoma food processing plant from which he had just been fired has regained consciousness and was interviewed by detectives on Sept. 27. Alton …

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Ohio BWC Board Approves Additional $1B Rebate to Employers http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/09/26/341761.htm Fri, 26 Sep 2014 16:51:03 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341761 Ohio employers will receive another $1 billion rebate and workers will benefit from a major new investment in worker safety research and training, according to the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC). The BWC’s board has approved “Another Billion Back,” …

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Private Sector Employment Records Set in Louisiana in August http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/09/26/341734.htm Fri, 26 Sep 2014 16:01:56 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341734 Louisiana’s private sector employers continued adding jobs and setting state employment records in August, the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in seasonally adjusted data, the Louisiana Workforce Commission announced. Total nonfarm employment grew by 30,100 from a year ago …

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Maryland Officer Charged in Workers’ Comp Fraud Case http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2014/09/25/341618.htm Thu, 25 Sep 2014 16:37:00 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341618 A Montgomery County, Maryland, police officer has been charged with perjury and workers’ compensation fraud. Gilbert Payne was charged Tuesday in Baltimore City Circuit Court. The 40-year-old Payne didn’t respond to a message seeking comment at his home Tuesday. Maryland’s …

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Slight Decline in Work-Related Deaths in Louisiana in 2013 http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/09/22/341189.htm Mon, 22 Sep 2014 05:49:54 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341189 The number of work-related fatalities in 2013 in Louisiana declined to 114, according to a preliminary count by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in its Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) reported. The figure was …

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Oklahoma Plating Company Fined $341.5K for Workplace Safety Violations http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/09/19/341174.htm Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:42:25 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341174 Pride Plating Inc. in Grove, Okla., was cited on Sept. 4 by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for exposing workers to cancer-causing health hazards from hexavalent chromium. The company received 38 violations with proposed penalties …

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Workers’ Comp Fraud Charges Filed on Utah Man http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/09/19/341159.htm Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:50:01 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341159 A Utah man who suffered a knee injury while working at the Montana State Prison is charged with defrauding the state worker’s compensation fund by collecting total disability benefits while running a construction company. The Independent Record reported the attorney …

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After Worker Dies Chevron Drains Natural Gas Pipeline Off Louisiana Coast http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/09/18/341039.htm Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:56:55 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341039 Authorities said that a Chevron Corp. subsidiary was still releasing natural gas on Sept. 14 from a pipeline off the Louisiana coast where an incident killed a maintenance worker. Col. Mike Edmonson, the superintendent of the Louisiana State Police, said his …

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Workplace Deaths Increase in Indiana in 2013 http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/09/17/340789.htm Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:08:36 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=340789 State officials say the number of workplace deaths in Indiana was up in 2013, but it was still the third-lowest number of fatalities recorded in the past 22 years. The Indiana Department of Labor reports the state had 123 worker …

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EMPLOYERS Launches Work-Related Injury Hotline for Florida Small Business Clients http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/09/16/340532.htm Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:00:39 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=340532 Small business insurer EMPLOYERS has launched Coventry/NT24, a 24-hour hotline staffed by registered nurses who provide medical guidance over the phone for work-related injuries or illnesses. The service is available to EMPLOYERS workers’ compensation policyholders in Florida. Coventry/NT24 is staffed …

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California Workers’ Comp Kaleidoscope Through Conference-goers Eyes http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/09/12/340398.htm Fri, 12 Sep 2014 19:46:45 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=340398 Rick Hudson was sitting at his booth at the California Workers’ Compensation & Risk Conference on Thursday scanning emails on his smartphone during a slow period when he was asked what the most significant change to his job has been …

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Texas Sees Decrease in Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2013 http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/09/11/340294.htm Thu, 11 Sep 2014 23:20:27 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=340294 In 2013, there were 493 fatal occupational injuries in Texas, an 8 percent decrease from 536 in 2012, the Texas Department of Insurance reported. The figures are based on preliminary data released release by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau …

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S. Dakota Director: Don’t Charge Work Comp Premiums for Independent Contractors http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/09/09/339790.htm Tue, 09 Sep 2014 05:40:13 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=339790 Merle Scheiber, director of South Dakota’s Insurance Division, has issued a reminder to workers’ compensation insurers that bona fide independent contractors are not required to carry workers’ comp insurance under state statute. Scheiber said the division has found that some …

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Industrial Boom Driving Louisiana’s Ascension Parish http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/09/08/339954.htm Tue, 09 Sep 2014 02:50:05 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=339954 More than 2,000 construction workers are building a $2.1 billion expansion of CF Industries’ nitrogen complex in Louisiana’s Ascension Parish. The 100-acre addition to the nation’s largest nitrogen plant is expected to be completed in 2016. More than 17,000 pilings …

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California Chiropractor Charged In Insurance Fraud Scheme http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/09/08/339902.htm Mon, 08 Sep 2014 16:17:41 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=339902 A Riverside County, Calif. chiropractor is accused of masterminding an elaborate fraud scheme that bilked insurance companies out of millions of dollars. The Press-Enterprise reports Peyman Heidary is charged with heading a criminal organization that established medical clinics and a …

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9/11 Responders Urged to Register for N.Y. Workers’ Comp Benefits http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2014/09/08/339889.htm Mon, 08 Sep 2014 16:08:58 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=339889 Elected officials and union activists in New York are urging Sept. 11 responders to sign up for New York worker compensation benefits. They say that those who worked around the World Trade Center site should enroll with the state Workers …

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Kentucky Employers’ Mutual Insurance to File for 5% Rate Reduction http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/09/05/339748.htm Fri, 05 Sep 2014 16:08:07 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=339748 Kentucky Employers’ Mutual Insurance (KEMI), the largest workers’ compensation insurer in Kentucky, announced that it plans to file for an overall rate reduction of 5 percent effective Jan. 1, 2015. KEMI said Thursday the plan was approved by its board …

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Conn. Auditors: WCC Charged $450K Assessment Without Legislative Authority http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2014/09/04/339697.htm Thu, 04 Sep 2014 22:29:28 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=339697 A new report from Connecticut state auditors said the state’s Workers’ Compensation Commission (WCC) improperly charged $450,000 to workers’ comp insurers and self-insured employers last fiscal year to recoup the money transferred to the state’s general fund. The report was …

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