Class Changes Planned

The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau’s Classification and Rating Committee is beginning work on its next regulatory filing.  Already in the works are plans to reassign employers covered by some of California’s workers’ comp classifications. Among them are mining classifications and biomedical research facilities. In the latter case, the Bureau is recommending the inclusion of … Read More »

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Bureau Combines Circuses and Theaters

The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau’s next regulatory filing will include a proposal to split the current class covering carnivals and circuses. The plan is to have the handful of risks operating circuses move to the state’s theater classification. The Bureau is a private organization with quasi-governmental responsibility. It is financially supported exclusively by insurance … Read More »

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COVID Surcharge, CT Claim Modifier Likely Out Of Rate Filing

The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau is deep into its analysis of California’s 2020 workers’ comp experience. It is working on the upcoming rate filing, which officials say will be one of its most challenging filings in years. However, two controversial provisions from the most recent filing are unlikely to return.  The Bureau is backing … Read More »

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Delayed Care Due To Pandemic Could Have Costly Repercussions

California’s workers’ comp claims data show a sharp drop off in medical treatments during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic as the state was under a shelter-in-place order. Industry researchers warn that these missed treatments could lead to worse outcomes for the injured workers with employers paying the ultimate bill. The Workers’ Compensation Insurance … Read More »

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Telemedicine Fraud Is A Growing Concern

Workers’ comp claim activity has decreased significantly during the COVID-19 pandemic as Californians sheltered in place and many businesses curtailed operations. Telemedicine quickly became an option for injured workers needing to continue their treatment, but investigators say that while the service is useful some unscrupulous providers and cheats may be preparing to use it to … Read More »

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Data Shows Fewer Opioids, Faster RTW With Early Physical Medicine Use

Medical costs are down –– way down –– in the wake of the Baker SB 863 workers’ comp reforms. One area that has resisted these trends is physical medicine, including physical therapy, chiropractic care, and acupuncture. New data and analysis indicate these ‘extra’ dollars could be helping to keep injured employees off opioids and could … Read More »

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