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  • Flash: BAKER RESPONDS TO AUDITOR’S REPORT

    In exclusive interviews and written communications with Workers’ Comp Executive former DIR Director Christine Baker responds directly to the State Auditor’s recent critical report. Baker, in her own inimitable fashion goes directly to the relevant points. This story can’t be found anywhere else – and we include links to the full text of the Auditors […]

  • Division’s Latest Amnesty Program Intended to Boost Reporting by Claims Adjusters

    The California Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) is rolling out its second amnesty program of 2017 intended to persuade claims adjusters to comply with state reporting requirements for workers’ comp data. The goal is to increase the amount of Subsequent Report of Injury (SROI) data that makes it into the Workers’ Compensation Information System (WCIS) […]

  • Company Officials Charged in Electrocution

    The Orange County District Attorney has filed criminal charges against the safety coordinator and two other principals of Five Star Plastering, based in Laguna Hills. Its employee was involved in a 2014 electrocution. The employer itself also faces charges. A two-man crew was erecting a banner at the Mission Viejo High School stadium to support […]

  • Insurance Department nabs trio for billing fraud

    The California Department of Insurance arrested three individuals including a registered qualified medical evaluator (QME) in a scheme to defraud health insurers by artificially inflating bills. The three face charges of conspiracy to submit at least $380,000 in fraudulent bills for laboratory services. Arrested were Dr. Edward Albert G. Balbas, chiropractor Jon Brunelle, and Alejandra […]

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    Flash: Compline to Provide 2020 X-Mods Daily – Plus Lower Rating Thresholds, Classification Changes & More

    What are the changes that could be affecting your workers’ comp policy next year? Oh yeah, and Compline has the 2020 X-Mods. Get the story here. Workers’ Comp Executive

     

    Flash: BaronHR Owner Indicted for Tax Evasion

    A major PEO and staffing company head is facing new federal charges for failing to remit payroll taxes to the IRS. Who is in the hot seat and how much is allegedly owed? Get the story here. Workers’ Comp Executive

     

    Illinois city may pay out large workers’ comp settlement for injured fireman

    Pending approval by the city council, Bloomington, Illinois may pay a retired firefighter almost $129,000 to resolve his workers’ compensation claim after he re-aggravated a lower back injury when he moved a patient weighing more than 350 pounds. WJBC

     

    Arizona fireman wins benefits

    A Glendale, Arizona fireman who is battling multiple myeloma both job-related cancer has learned a decision to deny his workers’ compensation claim has been reversed. According to the city’s mayor, the city’s attorneys previously believed an independent third-party administrator’s decision to deny claims couldn’t be overturned, but last week the Industrial Commission of Arizona told the city it could override claim decisions. KTAR

     

    New Hampshire gov vetoes workers’ comp changes for partially disabled employees

    New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu late last week vetoed a state senate bill on grounds that doing so would prevent upward pressure on workers’ compensation premiums. Business groups supported the veto, but bill supporters say the veto will prevent partially-disabled employees from being made whole. The state’s Business and Industry Association says the bill would have expanded benefits for partial disability to include workers who are able to work but not able to earn as much as they were before. New Hampshire Business Review