TSA workers’ comp program continues to concern auditors, despite improvements

The Transportation Security Administration has taken several key steps over the last eight years to better manage workers’ compensation claims, but a new audit finds a few more concerns, including duplicate case management systems and potential for higher agency chargeback costs. Fierce Homeland Security

Opioids, overdoses and court cases

As employers struggle to address the ongoing problem of alcoholism and illicit drug use among employees, another potentially deadly threat to worker well-being is on the rise: drug overdoses. Death rates because of an overdose have doubled in the past decade as more injured employees become addicted to pain pills such as oxycodone, methadone and […]

Riverside: DA receives $2.5 million in grants to fight fraud

On Aug. 6, District Attorney Mike Hestrin announced that the DA’s Office has received more than $2.5 million in state grants to combat various types of fraud. The three grants – totaling $2,516,921 – were awarded to the DA’s Office by the California Department of Insurance and will be used to investigate and prosecute workers’ […]

AHA releases ICD-10 preparation checklist

The American Hospital Association (AHA) has released a new checklist to help providers feel prepared for the switch to ICD-10, which looms on October 1st of this year. According to a Healthcare Finance report, the guidance is needed, as up to half of physicians report not being ready and a quarter say they are unsure […]

The treating physician: A misnomer in workers’ comp litigation

The concept of competing medical experts is commonplace in the realm of personal-injury litigation. No matter on which side of the fence the client resides, it can take a high-caliber “hired gun” to get the job done. In the world of workers’ compensation, a hackneyed dichotomy still worms its way into this battle of the […]