Past Netletters

Procedure Cost Rises Slow After Two-Year Surge

Note: Workers’ Comp Advisor will take its annual summer break starting Monday, July 1, and resume daily publication on Monday, July 15. Happy Fourth of July to all of our valued subscribers!   Enlyte Report Shows Per Procedure Increases Declining After 2x Rise Doctors’ charges per procedure performed in workers compensation claims jumped by 11% […]

Gangs Run WC Scams Using NY Scaffolding Law

Note: Workers’ Comp Advisor will take its annual summer break starting Monday, July 1, and resume daily publication on Monday, July 15. Happy Fourth of July to all of our valued subscribers! Mobsters Using NY Scaffold Law in Worker Injury Scams Russian mobsters and MS-13 members operating in New York are using the state’s Scaffold […]

Roadie Death Suit Okay Despite WC Settlement

WC Settlement Doesn’t Block Wrongful Death Claim by Kiss Guitar Tech’s Heirs A previous workers’ compensation settlement in the October 2021 death of Kiss guitar tech Fran Stueber doesn’t prevent his family from pursuing a wrongful death claim, a Los Angeles judge ruled on June 21. Stueber died after contracting Covid during the glam band’s […]

Arizona Approves Ecstasy in Some WC Coverage

Arizona Okays MDMA Under WC Coverage for Firefighters, Cops Firefighters and law enforcement officers in Arizona could soon get treatment employing MDMA, also known as ecstasy or molly, under their workers’ compensation coverage. Gov. Katie Hobbs (D) last week signed a bill, SB1677, that permits treatment of PTSD with the now-Schedule I drugs when and […]

WC Rate Decline Slows in May

Workers’ Compensation Rates Slip in May, Albeit at Slower Pace Workers’ compensation premium renewal rates fell 0.2% in May, according to the Ivans Index. In a Friday report, Ivans Insurance Services said the WC premium renewal rate change averaged minus 0.88% in Q1 2024, down from Q4 2023 at  minus 0.64%.  February saw Q1’s highest […]

State Legislative Efforts on Coverage Planned

Alabama Pols to Try Again on Workers’ Comp for Teachers The sponsor of failed legislation that would give Alabama public school system employees workers’ compensation coverage will refile the bill in the next state Senate session. Education employees currently must cover the cost of injuries out of their own pocket before seeking a reimbursement from […]

Roofer Gets Probation for Moving Worker’s Body

Roofing Boss Gets 5 Years Probation in Death Cover-up The owner of a New York roofing contractor was sentenced last week to serve five years probation for trying to cover up the death of an employee on the job. He was also ordered to pay an unspecified fine. Jeremiah Wiedemann, the owner of Wiedemann Sons […]

NCAA Athlete Pay Plan Poses WC Challenges

Paying Athletes Could Expose Colleges to WC Coverage: Op-Ed  A recent move by the NCAA to adopt a plan to pay college athletes raises questions of workers’ compensation coverage for the players, according to Sports law specialist Michael McCann. In an op-ed on Sportico, McCann wrote that paying athletes is “a de facto wage to […]

Wider Care Options for Federal Workers Advances

Bill Advances to Allow PA, NP Treatment Via Federal WC The Improving Access to Workers’ Compensation for Injured Federal Workers Act (HR 618) has unanimously passed the House Committee on Education & the Workforce, with changes authorizing physician assistants to provide treatment and oversee care for federal workers injured on the job. Under current policy, […]

Inflation-based Fee Schedules Bloat Costs

Research Shows Inflation Impact on Workers’ Comp Prices A report Thursday from the Workers Compensation Research Institute showed that the cost of workers’ compensation surged in those states that update fee schedules based on general inflation rather than fluctuations in medical costs. Four states that adjust their WC medical fee schedules based on inflation measures […]