Should the COVID-19 Presumption Be Permanent?

The Senate Labor, Public Employment and Retirement Committee passed on a 4-1 vote a bill to extend several rebuttable presumptions to frontline workers in acute care hospitals, including a permanent presumption for COVID-19 infections. The bill, SB 213 by committee chair Sen. Dave Cortese (D-San Jose), covers a range of infectious diseases, cancers, musculoskeletal injuries, … Read More »

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State Fund Renegotiates, Extends President’s Contract

The State Compensation Insurance Fund is extending President Vern Steiner’s contract an additional three years, and the deal will now run through June 30, 2021. The updated contract carries an annual salary of $475,000 along with the potential for significant annual performance bonuses and additional monthly retention payments. An industry veteran with lengthy stints at … Read More »

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Landmark & Doctors Indicted In Alleged Compound Drug Kickback Scheme

An Orange County Grand Jury has handed down indictments alleging a $25 million kickback scheme between key executives at Landmark Medical Management – a major player in the state’s robust workers’ comp compound drug industry – as well as numerous physicians, chiropractors and pharmacists. The indictments allege that Landmark was paying kickbacks disguised as purchases … Read More »

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CNA Sees Mixed Results in Workers’ Comp

Calling workers’ comp a “problem line,” the chief financial officer for CNA Financial Corp. (NYSE: CNA) says the carrier has made a concerted effort to reduce its exposure in the line. But he notes that it sees different results across different market segments as it rewrites its book of business. “We have been acting over … Read More »

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CWCI Elects New Board Plus Two (2)

The California Workers’ Compensation Institute at its 48th annual meeting votes in a new slate of board members for 2012-2013. In addition to electing 15 insurer members, CWCI for the first time ever has elected two self-insureds—one private and one public—to serve as board members. CWCI President Michael Nolan says the idea originated with CWCI’s … Read More »

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CWCI Elects New Board Members

The California Workers’ Compensation Institute at its 48th annual meeting votes in a new slate of board members for 2012-2013. In addition to electing 15 insurer members, CWCI for the first time ever has elected two self-insureds—one private and one public—to serve as board members. CWCI President Michael Nolan says the idea originated with CWCI’s … Read More »

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CWCI Elects New Board Plus Two

The California Workers’ Compensation Institute at its 48th annual meeting votes in a new slate of board members for 2012-2013. In addition to electing 15 insurer members, CWCI for the first time ever has elected two self-insureds—one private and one public—to serve as board members. CWCI President Michael Nolan says the idea originated with CWCI’s … Read More »

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Various State Funds Roll With the Market

State workers’ comp funds are a growing part of the market and can expect the same gloomy outlook for the remainder of 2010 as their private counterparts, workers’ comp analysts and state fund experts say. Even as their premiums shrink and better risks look for greener pastures, cash-strapped state legislatures look hungrily at these carriers … Read More »

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