- Medicare set-asides for liability claims create uncertainty
Uncertainty surrounds a Medicare set-aside process for liability claims that will be introduced this fall as defense attorneys try to determine how much money should be placed in those accounts.
- Technology revolutionizes underwriting, claims
Technological developments are leading to rapid changes in commercial underwriting and claims management as insurers access massive amounts of data.
- Iowa governor signs workers comp reform bill into law
Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad signed a workers compensation reform bill into law Thursday, minus controversial language that would have limited benefits for older workers.
- New York fails non-English speaking workers in comp hearings: Study
Legal experts observed close to 500 New York State Workers Compensation Board hearings in New York City for eight months in 2016, finding that 18% of injured workers needed a language interpreter and that 42% of that number were not provided interpreters.
- Psychosocial issues No. 1 barrier to successful comp claims outcomes
Issues such as emotional distress and fear were highlighted as the top barrier to closing workers compensation claims, according to a study released Thursday.
- OSHA fines spike on penalty overhaul
Average fines assessed by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration for serious workplace safety violations rose significantly in 2016 after the agency revamped its penalty structure.
- Court rules cashier’s back pain not compensable
A cashier who requested medical treatment for back pain almost two years after her initial workplace injury is not entitled to additional workers compensation payments because it is unclear whether her symptoms arose from the injury or an automobile accident.
- Data science to play growing role in claims handling, executives say
- Bill seeks regulatory OK on return-to-work, safety programs
An Illinois bill urges employers and insurers to file return-to-work and safety programs with the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission for approval.