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  • 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 […]

  • Applicant attorney suspended, awaits sentencing

    State officials suspended a Southern California applicant attorney from practicing law in California, and the attorney is awaiting sentencing for tax fraud. The fraudulent activity stemmed from reputed charitable donations that were actually payments for client referrals. The California State Bar suspended attorney Ronald Mix’s license indefinitely effective September 26. The move follows Mix’s conviction […]

Curated Content Articles of Interest from Around the Web

  • Red Flags All Over California

    With the start of summer brings a big heat wave. Here’s what to do to protect your outdoor employees. Workers’ Comp Executive

  • California: Man posing as contractor arrested for fraud

    A man posing as a licensed contractor has been arrested for burglary and theft, the Kern County District Attorney’s Office announced Monday. Prosecutors say he requested excessive down payments up front for materials and then either did not finish the work or did not show up at all. 23ABC News (Bakersfield, Calif.)

  • Kentucky reviewing state contract after bribery trial

    Cannon Cochran Management Services Inc.’s contract to manage the state of Kentucky’s workers’ compensation claims could be in trouble after an executive of the Illinois-based company testified that it paid a Kentucky lobbyist on a “success basis” during a federal bribery trial. State law bans lobbyists from being paid in this way. Belleville News-Democrat

  • Pennsylvania House votes to reinstate exams for severely injured workers

    In response to a surprise Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision last summer, Pennsylvania’s Republican-controlled Pennsylvania House passed legislation on Friday that requires the most severely injured people receiving workers’ compensation to undergo a follow-up medical exam that could result in a reduction of benefits. The court’s ruling roiled insurance markets, resulting in an unusual mid-year increase […]

  • New York: Albany sees spike in workers’ comp costs

    Workers’ compensation costs for the city of Albany spiked by $912,000 in 2017, but city officials say it could have been worse. The city replaced its workers’ compensation administrator in 2016 after an outside review, and had expected to save the city $250,000 in administrative fees. Albany Times Union