New Name, New Editor, New Style for the Daily Digest

Workers’ Comp Executive is pleased to announce that veteran journalist Todd Karpovich is now spearheading the curation and production of the rebranded and redesigned national daily digest, now renamed Workers’ Comp Advisor. Adding to Providence Publications’ professional staff, Todd brings a wealth of experience to Workers’ Comp Advisor as a reporter, editor, and published book … Read More »

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CDI Focuses On Frequency in Workers’ Comp Rate Filing

The California Department of Insurance continues to review the insurance industry’s request for a 2.7% workers’ comp rate hike. Documents obtained by Workers’ Comp Executive indicate that an important area of focus is the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau’s indemnity claim frequency projection. The difference between the Bureau’s projection and one developed by an independent … Read More »

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Will 10,000 Employers Be Added To Experience Rating?

The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau says its experience rating model can effectively rate employers with expected annual losses as low as $500 but is considering a go-slow approach that would lower the rating threshold in stages. The WCIRB is looking at adding 10,000 of the 300,000 employers that it believes can be effectively rated … Read More »

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2020’s Biggest Workers’ Comp Stories – A Year In Review

Workers’ Comp Executive launches each new year with the publication of a list of the “Top Stories” from the prior 12 months. Some years are more newsworthy than others, but we certainly had some doozies during what was our 30th year covering the California workers’ comp industry. Beset by the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Newsom followed … Read More »

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State Fund Offers Free IIPP Tools

The State Compensation Insurance Fund developed and launched an online tool to help its smaller policyholders – especially those with high X-Mods – to create an effective injury and illness prevention plan (IIPP). State Fund is making the program available to any California employer for free even if they are not a State Fund policyholder. … Read More »

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Medical Billing Company Alleges Systemic Abuses By Zurich

A medical billing company is taking public its complaints about what it says are unjust, systemic denials of providers’ bills by the claims department at Zurich Insurance. It alleges, and recordings of its conversations with Zurich officials appear to support its claims, that the carrier’s policy is to automatically reject bills filed more than 30 … Read More »

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Industry One-On-One: Vern Steiner, State Compensation Insurance Fund – Part 2

Workers’ Comp Executive sat down recently with State Compensation Insurance Fund President Vern Steiner (see photo) for a one-on-one meeting to discuss the quasi-governmental carrier’s current condition and its on-going role in the California workers’ comp market. Last issue we discussed State Fund’s return to paying dividends, its half-billion-dollar reserve release, and the workers’ comp … Read More »

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