workers’ comp reform News

Report: Workers’ Comp Medical Payments Fell in California After Reforms

Medical payments per claim with more than seven days of lost time in California decreased after the implementation of workers’ comp reform for claims with experience through March 2017, according to a recent study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute. …

California Workers’ Comp Changes Helping System, Division Chief Says

California’s workers’ compensation system has undergone numerous changes since the implementation of the sweeping reforms that started in 2013 with Senate Bill 863. In the last few years medical provider fraud has been addressed by subsequent new laws, a plague …

California Workers’ Comp Pure Premium Could be Lowered 7th Straight Time

Hailing worker’s compensation reform in California as a “big hit,” the two top people at the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau explained why the WCIRB governing committee on Monday submitted a lower mid-year pure premium rate filing to the California …

Study: Comp Reform Led to Drop in Medical Payments Per Claim in California

California’s total costs per workers’ compensation claim with more than seven days of lost time have remained stable after the passage of workers’ comp reform, while most other states experienced an increase during this period, according to a study by …

Alaska Workers’ Comp Reform Has Labor, Businesses Disagreeing

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker is sponsoring workers’ compensation legislation aimed at making it easier to determine whether someone is an employee or an independent contractor. Walker’s bill creates a new definition for independent contractors to determine if employers have to …

Investigation Launched into Workers’ Comp Services Provider BBSI

A financial investigation is underway into Barrett Business Services Inc. (BBSI), a giant professional employer organization that deals with many workers’ compensation carriers. The independent investigation focuses on whether the Vancouver, Wash.-based company and its officers violated securities laws by …

Small Number Causing California Workers’ Comp Review Excess

A small number of physicians are responsible for a large portion of the independent medical review of workers’ compensation cases in California, a process that could be costing payers in excess of $100 million, a report shows. The IMR process …

California’s Industrial Director Challenges Workers’ Comp Report

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 …

California Costliest State for Workers’ Comp, Report Shows

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 …

California Workers’ Comp Officials Continue to Praise Reforms

Touting California’s still-young workers’ compensation reform law as a “pragmatic middle” compromise that seems to be working, two of the top officials responsible for the system talked up some of the reform’s finer points on Thursday. David Lanier, secretary of …