Workers Compensation News

Ambulatory Centers’ Surgery Costs Below Hospitals’, Workers’ Comp Research Finds

There is new evidence that ambulatory surgery centers are less expensive for certain surgeries than hospitals. Payments for similar knee and shoulder surgeries performed in ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) were lower compared with hospital outpatient departments in 14 of 18 …

Nevada-Based Employers Holdings Reports $47.6M in Earnings

Employers Holdings Inc. reported third-quarter earnings of $47.6 million. The Reno, Nevada-based company said it had profit of $1.43 per share. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring gains, came to 98 cents per share. The provider of workers-compensation insurance posted revenue of …

Why Hospitals Charge Auto Insurance, Workers’ Compensation Patients Much More Than Health Insurers

Insurer market power matters in hospital pricing. Patients with automobile, workers’ compensation, and other non-conventional commercial insurance plans paid much higher prices than patients with HMO/PPO health insurance coverage for hospital services in Florida, new research confirms. A new Johns …

California Governor Signs Bill to Provide Workers’ Comp to Peace Officers Injured out of State

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill into law peace officers can file a claim for workers’ compensation if injured or killed while in the line of duty while out of state. Brown signed Assembly Bill 1749 into law. …

Washington Employers May See Big Drop in 2019 Workers’ Comp Rates

The price of workers’ compensation insurance in Washington could drop significantly in 2019. The Washington Department of Labor & Industries this week proposed a 5 percent decrease in the average premium employers pay for the coverage. If approved, the rate …

Oregon SAIF Declares Dividends as Workers’ Comp Costs Decrease

The board of directors of the SAIF, the not-for-profit company providing workers’ comp insurance in Oregon, declared two dividends for customers: a $120 million primary dividend to be paid to SAIF’s policyholders, and a $40 million safety performance dividend to …

California Cites Garment Contractors $570K, Some Lacked Workers’ Comp

The California Labor Commissioner’s Office has cited six Los Angeles area garment contractors $573,704 for labor law violations after uncovering a scheme where the contractors illegally operated under one license to avoid compliance. Four of the contractors did not have …

Labor Secretary: Cost Savings in California Workers’ Comp $1.3B Annually

Cost savings in the California worker’s compensation system from reforms made five years ago are far more massive than projected, according to David Lanier, secretary of the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency. Lanier on Thursday said that $1.3 billion …

New Workers’ Comp Program for California’s Cannabis Industry

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones today announced a new workers’ compensation insurance program for California’s cannabis industry. The program was created by Atlas General Insurance Services to serve businesses and workers in the cannabis industry. This program is designed to …

Texas Workers’ Comp Fraudster Sentenced for Double Dipping

A Travis County, Texas district court has sentenced Gary Hunt of Austin on workers’ compensation fraud charges. Hunt reported a job-related injury while working as a sales coach for Radiant Plumbing Service Inc., and claimed he was unable to work …