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Wisconsin Legislators To Vote Tomorrow On Scott Walker’s Re-Do Of Wisconsin's Workers’ Compensation System
By Lonce LaMon - May 26, 2015

The Wisconsin Legislature’s budget committee will vote tomorrow on Governor Scott Walker’s proposed restructuring of Wisconsin’s workers’ compensation system.   One coalition is calling on lawmakers to slow it down. 

These attorneys who represent workers, employers, and insurers state that the state of Wisconsin is already a national model for workers’ compensation.  They assert that the overall costs in Wisconsin’s more than $1 billion system are lower than those of its peer states.  They say injured workers’ in Wisconsin spend less time away from their jobs and that the premiums in the state are only about 4% higher than the national average.

California DIR, DWC Post Draft Regulations Regarding Transition of DWC Regulations and Forms to ICD-10
By News Release - CA Department of Industrial Relations - May 22, 2015

The California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) and its Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) today posted draft regulations regarding transitioning the California workers’ compensation system from the ICD-9 system of diagnosis to the ICD-10 system of diagnosis, effective October 1, 2015.

Inaction Could Leave Ohio Employers Ineligible for $1.2 Billion Workers' Comp Credit
By News Release - May 21, 2015

The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer today reminded Ohio employers they must take action now to ensure they receive their portion of the $1.2 billion premium credit BWC will issue this summer as it updates its billing system.

Private employers in an active status are eligible to receive a credit for eight months of workers' compensation coverage as part of BWC's switch to prospective billing. Since active status includes being up-to-date on payments, Buehrer also announced that BWC would establish payment plans for companies wishing to come into compliance and be eligible for the credit.

For Laureen Pedroza, Success In Fighting Insurance Fraud Comes With Working Together
By Lonce LaMon - May 20, 2015

23 years ago, Laureen Pedroza was a young detective in the Los Angeles office for the California Department of Insurance.  She was on a medical mill fraud case that was progressing through a grand jury. 

As she told the audience in the conference room on Thursday, May 14th, at The Big 2015 Fraud Fighting Conference at the Pala Resort in Riverside County, half way through those grand jury proceedings, Deputy District Attorney Ed Miller came onto the case.  She remembered that he was pushy and demanding.

She remembered thinking, “We’re going to have to find a way to make this happen.”  Then she reflected, “He survived.  And that’s how we met all those years ago.” 

So, at the big fraud conference, she partnered once again with Ed Miller over two decades later from that first meeting, to address an audience of prosecutors, investigators, vendors, and claims professionals.  “First I would like to say thank you to Laura Clifford for inviting me to be here,” she expressed.  “When she told me I was going to be on this panel with this great group, I was excited, and I was even more excited when Jennifer said she invited Ed Miller to be here.”

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May 18, 2015 - DWC Issues Notice of Public Hearing on June 17 to Revise the Hospital Outpatient Departments and Ambulatory Surgical Centers Fee Schedule

May 18, 2015 - Don Marshall Tells Audience At Pala Resort And Casino That It's About Perception And Creating The Sentinel Effect

May 16, 2015 - The Big 2015 Fraud Fighting Conference Hits Big At Pala Casino

May 11, 2015 - Christine Oliver Appointed by Capital Insurance Group as Agency Development Manager for Northern California

May 8, 2015 - Dave Jones Issues Mid-Year Advisory Pure Premium Rate Reduction Of 5 Percent For Workers’ Compensation Insurance In California

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