May 2014

Workers Compensation and Hospitality Industries Are Very Similar

WC And Hospitality Industries Are Similar – Service and Employees The WC and Hospitality Industries are very similar in quite a few respects.  The idea for this article resulted from seeing the best in the hospitality industry and the worst.  We, as consultants, usually are contacted when there is a

New Mexico Shocker – Rocky Mountain High – Dangerous Barrier Broken

Rocky Mountain High – In New Mexico A New Mexico Court of Appeals has recently ruled that an injured employee’s Workers Compensation carrier must pay for his marijuana prescription.  The ruling even noted the federal laws for medical marijuana would prohibit the use. According to the Santa-Fe New Mexican, The New Mexico

SB 863 Actually Increased California Medical Costs?

California’s SB 863 – Unintended Consequences? Did California’s SB 863 increase the Workers Comp medical costs for the state? Workers Compensation Research Institute WCRI recently published a study that showed that California’s medical cost growth had slowed from 8% growth per year to 3% just before SB 863 was enacted.  When

Ohio Appeals Court Decision Start Privatization Conversation?

Ohio Appeals Court Decision  Could Change BWC A recent Ohio Appeals Court Decision against the Bureau of Workers Compensation (BWC) may possibly start the progression of the state’s monopolistic Workers Compensation system to a free market system.  The court decision is well worth a quick review.  (Pages 5 -7 and

Biltmore Corporation – Extensive RTW Program = Low E-Mod

Biltmore Corporation (Asheville) Return to Work  Program The Biltmore Corporation (Asheville, NC)  has an extensive return to work program. I am attending the North Carolina Safety Conference in Greensboro this week.  I attended one of the safety sessions that featured the Biltmore House/Biltmore’s Safety Manager Andy Spradley.   One of the main

WCRI Study – Louisiana New York Have Highest WC Opioid Use

WCRI Study Oklahoma recently enacted new rules for opioid use as 8% of the general population were long term users of painkillers.   WCRI recently performed a startling study on Workers Compensation opioid use which indicated that Louisiana and New York injured workers were ingesting massive amounts of opioids.  

Claim Costs Effect on WC Insurance Rates – Great Graph

Claim Costs Effect on Rates Direct and Delayed The claim costs effect has a direct but delayed relationship on insurance rates. California’s Workers Comp Action Network (WCAN) has produced a few great infographics over the last few weeks.  The infographic shows how claim costs affect insurance rates.   As posted

Four Popular WC Medications That Are Becoming Generic

Four Popular WC Medications > Generic There are presently four popular WC medications that are becoming generic in the next few months.  The NAMSAP (National Association Medicare Set Asides Professionals) conference in Las Vegas has provided me with a vast amount of new information on MSA’s.   Dr. Marcos Iglesias,

NAMSAP – Medicare Set Aside Professionals Conference May 8- 9

National Association of Medicare Set Aside Professionals (NAMSAP) Conference I am traveling to the National Association of Medicare Set Aside Professionals (NAMSAP)  Conference in Las Vegas.   I am working with two investment groups that see the Medicaid/Medicare set asides as a possible great place to invest in certain companies.

Will Wal-Mart Ever Sell Workers Compensation Insurance?

Does Wal-Mart Sell Workers Compensation Insurance – Not Yet Will  Wal-Mart Sell Workers Compensation coverage now that they are selling car insurance? One of the major subjects in the insurance buzz-wires over the last week was that Wal-Mart is now selling car insurance.  Actually, they are brokering other insurance companies

Workers Comp Fee Schedules – Follow Up To My Last Post

Workers Comp Fee Schedules As Cost Controllers Workers Comp fee schedules are one of the best ways for a state to help employers control WC costs. Yesterday, I posted an article on the new NCCI study on fee schedules.  After talking with a few prognosticators in the health insurance and

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