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Low-Hanging Fruit Has Been Picked

Source: Orange County Register

According to many in the industry, rate reductions in CA are done, and prices may begin to creep back up. With the reforms in place, the low-hanging fruit has been picked and if employers want to see additional

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ACOEM Releases New Low Back Guidelines

CHICAGO, IL, December 4, 2007 The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) has released an extensive update to its evidence-based practice guidelines. The chapter on low back disorders is the latest revision...

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NY INS DEPT ISSUES DRAFT WORK COMP MEDICAL TREATMENT GUIDELINES

Source: New York State Insurance Department

Proposed medical treatment guidelines for treating workers injured on the job will benefit those workers while helping to hold down the cost of workers compensation insurance for all New Yorkers, New

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CA DWC Seeking Comments on Revised Guidelines

Source: CA DWC

The Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) has revised its proposed postsurgical treatment guidelines and posted them to a second online forum where members of the public may review and comment on the proposal. The purpose of t

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CA DWC Looking for Feedback on Post-Surgical Treatment Guidelines

Source: CA DWC

The Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) has posted its proposed postsurgical treatment guidelines, along with its new functional improvement report form, to an online forum where members of the public may review and comment

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EDITORIAL - "Reckless Remedy"

From The Riverside Press-Enterprise:

While there have certainly been reductions in Work Comp benefits from previously bloated levels it does not necessarily mean that new benefit levels are too low.

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California Division of Workers' Comp Suspends 5 Medical Providers for Fraud - Insurance Journal Tue, 15 Aug 2017 19:12:18 GMT

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California Division of Workers' Comp Suspends 5 Medical Providers for Fraud
Insurance Journal
... $25 million in improper claims for medical services and devices billed to California workers' compensation insurance companies. Robert Gogatz, a chiropractor in Murrieta who in May pled guilty in Riverside Superior Court to 16 counts of insurance ...

Report: Written Premiums for California Comp Insurers to be Flat ... - Insurance Journal Thu, 17 Aug 2017 19:49:26 GMT

Insurance Journal

Report: Written Premiums for California Comp Insurers to be Flat ...
Insurance Journal
Written premiums from workers' compensation insurers in California for the year are expected to be flat at $18.1 billion compared with 2016 thanks largely.
California comp premiums expected to remain flatBusiness Insurance

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Judge Sends Suit for California Man's Helicopter Crash Death to Workers' Comp - Insurance Journal Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:10:00 GMT

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Judge Sends Suit for California Man's Helicopter Crash Death to Workers' Comp
Insurance Journal
A wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of a man who died in an ambulance helicopter crash has been thrown out by a judge who said the case must go through California's workers' compensation death benefits program. The Fresno Bee reported that ...

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DAN WALTERS: California workers' compensation system plagued by high costs and fraud - The Bakersfield Californian Sun, 23 Jul 2017 22:20:25 GMT

DAN WALTERS: California workers' compensation system plagued by high costs and fraud
The Bakersfield Californian
Obviously, working in California is not inherently more dangerous than in other states, and cash benefits to disabled California workers are not out of line, so the enormous cost differential must be rooted in the system itself, which explains why its ...

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Increase in California Workers' Comp Pure Premium Sent to Department of Insurance - Insurance Journal Fri, 18 Aug 2017 19:06:31 GMT

Increase in California Workers' Comp Pure Premium Sent to Department of Insurance
Insurance Journal
The Workers' Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau has submitted its Jan. 1, 2018 pure premium rate filing to the California Department of Insurance proposing advisory pure premium rates that average $2.01 per $100 of payroll. That WCIRB'S proposed ...

Drug-price ballot failure in California could mean bad prognosis in Ohio - Toledo Blade Sun, 20 Aug 2017 04:13:50 GMT

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Drug-price ballot failure in California could mean bad prognosis in Ohio
Toledo Blade
COLUMBUS — Even as California voters last fall were rejecting a proposed law to limit what taxpayers pay for prescription drugs, the measure's backers already had secured their second bite at the apple — in Ohio. “In California .... Veterans Affairs ...

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California Workers' Comp Drug Formulary Would Reduce Costs, Study Shows - Insurance Journal Tue, 01 Aug 2017 23:05:50 GMT

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California Workers' Comp Drug Formulary Would Reduce Costs, Study Shows
Insurance Journal
Roughly one-in-three prescription drugs currently dispensed to injured workers in California will be no longer require authorization prior to dispensing under the state's proposed workers' compensation prescription drug formulary, according to a new study.

California Department of Workers' Comp Dismissing 292K-Plus Unresolved Liens - Insurance Journal Mon, 14 Aug 2017 17:19:12 GMT

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California Department of Workers' Comp Dismissing 292K-Plus Unresolved Liens
Insurance Journal
The liens belong to claimants who did not properly file the required supplemental lien form and 4903.05(c) declaration form. Senate Bill 1160, which became effective Jan. 1, required all lien claimants who filed a lien between Jan. 1, 2013 and Dec. 31 ...

Medical providers suspended for fraud - Business Insurance Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:17:35 GMT

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Medical providers suspended for fraud
Business Insurance
California's crackdown on workers compensation medical providers found guilty of fraud and other offenses continues with the suspension of five providers this week, bringing the total to 32 this year, the state's Division of Workers' Compensation ...

California Workers' Comp Committee Votes for Higher Pure Premium Filing - Insurance Journal Wed, 09 Aug 2017 22:28:55 GMT

California Workers' Comp Committee Votes for Higher Pure Premium Filing
Insurance Journal
The governing committee of the Workers' Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau today voted to authorize the WCIRB to submit a Jan. 1, 2018 Advisory Pure Premium Rate Filing to the California Insurance Commissioner with rates that average $2.01 per ...