- Rise in comorbidities contributes to increasing medical costs: Study
The share of workers compensation claimants suffering from comorbidities is on the upswing, nearly tripling in recent years and driving up medical costs, according to a study released Wednesday.
- California Department of Industrial Relations provides information on workers compensation reform
To help employers understand the wide-ranging changes created by California’s new workers compensation reform laws, the California Department of Industrial Relations has posted a new information Web page on its site.
- Wal-Mart, claims manager settle workers comp class action in Colorado
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Concentra Claims Management Inc. will pay $8 million and retrain claims adjusters and other employees to settle a class action lawsuit tied to their handling of workers compensation claims in Colorado.
- Workers compensation rates in Colorado to rise 5.2% in 2013
Increasing workers compensation claim frequency and rising comp costs have led to a 5.2% increase in Colorado workers comp rates for 2013, according to the Colorado Division of Insurance.
- OFF BEAT: San Diego County billboards warn would-be workers comp fraudsters
“Commit workers compensation fraud, get a new outfit” warns a new San Diego County District Attorney billboard campaign, with the new outfit being a prison jumpsuit.
- Workers compensation line of business sees 10% growth in premium volume
The workers compensation line of business stabilized, along with U.S. employment and payrolls, during 2011, showing 10% growth in premium volume during the year, Oldwick, N.J.-based A.M. Best Co. reported Monday.
- Employee cannot receive disability benefits for injury in off-duty boxing match
A New York porter who moonlighted as a featherweight boxer cannot receive workers compensation disability benefits for an arm injury that apparently happened during a boxing match, a New York appellate court ruled.
- Aetna says DOJ asked for more information on Coventry buy
(Reuters) — Aetna Inc., which in August agreed to buy smaller Coventry Health Care Inc. for $5.6 billion, on Friday said antitrust regulators have asked the companies for more information related to their review of the deal.
- Court rules employer cannot change injured worker’s doctors
A Florida appeals court on Wednesday sided with a narcotics officer who was injured in a flash-grenade accident and then suffered a second injury three months later during a 1993 shooting.