Monthly Archives: September 2014

In bonus news:

A new organization called The Association of Responsible Alternatives to Workers’ Compensation (ARAWC) is gaining attention as a promotional employer-based society to spread the “opt-out” option in Texas to other states.

In CMS news:

CMS issued an alert confirming new enhancements to the WCMSA portal for prescription drugs, available October 6th.

In claims news:

Risk & Insurance editor Robert Ceniceros takes on the growth of claims volume with economic recovery and how TPAs are planning for the uptick.

In fraud news:

A new study from the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud found increased use of technology in fraud detection.

The Cost Drivers: Emergent Medical Issues Facing Workers’ Comp in Louisiana, featuring John Kocke of AMC Resources, Inc.

To get a hard-hitting report on the emergent medical issues that are affecting workers’ compensation here at home, Louisiana Comp Blog spoke with John Kocke, RN, BS, CCM, CLCP, founder of AMC Resources, Inc. AMC Resources Inc. is a medical case management company that assists insurers and their adjusters with cost control in several areas including: utilization management, vocational rehabilitation, medical bill review, litigation assistance and Medicare set-asides. What follows are the top three factors Kocke identified in response to our key question: What’s Driving Costs Today?

In legal news:

The Alabama Court of Appeals is reconsidering a July decision in which they determined that a claimant’s attorney could not collect a fee for both the settlement of a workers’ comp claim and a third party civil action arising from the same injury.

In legislative news:

New Jersey could become the sixth state in the nation to require physicians to check a drug monitoring database before prescribing opioids.