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24 05, 2019

Research Finds No Improvement in Worker Outcomes When Medical Prices Increase

By | May 24th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Research Finds No Improvement in Worker Outcomes When Medical Prices Increase

When the price of physician services increases relative to group health rates, injured workers report fewer problems getting the care they want but no significant improvement in physical function or speedier return to work, according to a study released Thursday …

17 05, 2019

WCRI: States Without Work Comp Fee Schedules Paying the Price

By | May 17th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on WCRI: States Without Work Comp Fee Schedules Paying the Price

The dwindling number of states that have no fee schedule, or that set fees according to a percentage of billed charges, are paying far more for outpatient surgery than states that have adopted some version of Medicare’s payment system, according …

13 05, 2019

La. Supreme Court Upholds Forum Selection Clause in Insurance Contract

By | May 13th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on La. Supreme Court Upholds Forum Selection Clause in Insurance Contract

About the photo: The Juban Crossing shopping center occupies 1.2 million square feet in Denham Springs, off of Interstate 12 east of Baton Rouge. In a split decision, the Louisiana Supreme Court overturned a trial court and ruled that the …

26 04, 2019

Federal Judge Issues Rare Summary Judgment Finding Insurer Acted in Bad Faith

By | April 26th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Federal Judge Issues Rare Summary Judgment Finding Insurer Acted in Bad Faith

A federal judge in Pennsylvania decided to skip the jury and ruled based on the facts presented in briefings that GuideOne Insurance acted in bad faith by sitting on a church’s property damage claim for six months. U.S. District Judge …

24 04, 2019

CompScope Report Highlights Tenn. and Texas Reforms, Fla. Court Rulings

By | April 24th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on CompScope Report Highlights Tenn. and Texas Reforms, Fla. Court Rulings

Tennessee moved from the low end to the very low end of total workers’ compensation claim costs after passage of reform legislation in 2013 that trimmed permanent partial disability benefits and slashed the number of attorneys in the system. Costs …

23 04, 2019

Injury Rates Still Dropping Even as Older Workers Take Larger Share of Workforce

By | April 23rd, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Injury Rates Still Dropping Even as Older Workers Take Larger Share of Workforce

The number of workplace injury claims continues to decline year after year despite significant changes in workforce demographics that one might think should increase claims frequency, according to a report released Monday by the National Council of Compensation Insurance. The …

22 04, 2019

Statute of Limitations Bars Insurers’ Claim Against Adjuster

By | April 22nd, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Statute of Limitations Bars Insurers’ Claim Against Adjuster

A Connecticut independent adjusting firm dodged a $1 million bullet last week when the state Supreme Court ruled that a three-year statute of limitations applied to a negligence claim filed against it. In a preliminary decision released Tuesday, the Supreme …

17 04, 2019

Startup Hopes to Carve a Low-Tech Niche with Tools for Claims Adjusters

By | April 17th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Startup Hopes to Carve a Low-Tech Niche with Tools for Claims Adjusters

In any discussion about the latest tools used by claims professionals, terms such as artificial intelligence, telematics and machine learning may come to mind. But the owner of a Kansas City startup is betting what the industry really needs is …

11 04, 2019

NOAA Data Shows Weather Disasters Relatively Mild So Far this Year

By | April 11th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on NOAA Data Shows Weather Disasters Relatively Mild So Far this Year

It’s only April, and already the United States has experienced two climate disasters that each caused $1 billion in damages and together killed five people, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported this week. NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information …

8 04, 2019

Radar Data Analysis Pinpoints Precipitation Risk for Vehicle Fatalities

By | April 8th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Radar Data Analysis Pinpoints Precipitation Risk for Vehicle Fatalities

A stormy nation is expected to become even stormier, bringing rain and snow that is known to increase the number of vehicle accidents. The exact degree of increased risk has been the subject of numerous studies, but most of them …