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Study Examines California Worker’s Comp Prescription Drug Outcomes Under New Formulary
A new analysis offers a preliminary look at Utilization Review and Independent Medical Review outcomes involving pharmaceutical requests for California injured workers since the state implemented a workers’ compensation formulary in January. The analysis from the California Workers’ Compensation Institute …

POSTED JULY 20, 2018 8:47 PM
UK Government Officials Identify Security Risks with Huawei’s Telecom Equipment
Technical and supply-chain issues with equipment made by Chinese firm Huawei have exposed Britain’s telecom networks to new security risks, a government report said on Thursday. The assessment, made in a report signed off by Britain’s GCHQ spy agency, will …

POSTED JULY 20, 2018 4:22 PM
Blaze at Chicago-Area Condo Complex Displaces Hundreds
Fire has left homeless hundreds of residents of a suburban Chicago condominium complex. About 150 firefighters from 50 departments near Prospect Heights battled the fire, which Prospect Heights Fire Chief Drew Smith said began about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday and continued …

POSTED JULY 20, 2018 3:46 PM
Baker Appointed Assistant VP at RHSB in Texas
Texas-based independent insurance brokerage firm, RHSB, has added Mike Baker as assistant vice president. He will be a part of the growing Commercial Property & Casualty sales practice. Baker has over a decade of experience assisting commercial clients with their …

POSTED JULY 20, 2018 3:42 PM
Explosion, Fire at Oklahoma Disposal Well Injures 3
Central Oklahoma authorities say three people have been injured in an explosion and fire at a saltwater disposal well. Kingfisher County emergency management officials say the explosion occurred shortly after 3 p.m. Wednesday at a saltwater disposal well south of …

POSTED JULY 20, 2018 3:36 PM
Ohio Chemical Plant Explodes, Catches Fire, Prompts Evacuations
An Ohio chemical manufacturing plant has exploded and caught fire, prompting authorities to evacuate a large area around it. Emerald Performance Materials says it evacuated the plant in Akron and notified the fire department after the Wednesday afternoon explosion. It …

POSTED JULY 20, 2018 3:34 PM
Arkansas Approves Rules with Opioid Prescription Limits
An Arkansas panel has given final approval to regulations that will require doctors who prescribe high doses of opioid pain medication to follow guidelines meant to limit potential abuse, including exploring alternative treatments and limiting prescriptions. The Legislative Council’s Administrative …

POSTED JULY 20, 2018 3:29 PM
Alaska Cannabis Festival Under Investigation for Allowing Pot Consumption
Organizers of an Alaska cannabis festival who allowed adult participants to consume pot in public are facing an investigation and possible fine. The director of the Alaska Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office will recommend a penalty for Alaska Hempfest, a …

POSTED JULY 20, 2018 2:46 PM
$10M Award to Man Hit By Garbage Truck Reinstated by Oregon Court
The Oregon Court of Appeals has ruled that a trial judge shouldn’t have reduced a jury’s award to a man whose leg was severed by a garbage truck in downtown Portland. In reinstating the award, the Appeals Court said the …

POSTED JULY 20, 2018 2:44 PM
Montana Jury Awards $300K in Youth Center Sex Abuse Case
A Montana jury has awarded $300,000 to a mother who claimed a Billings youth treatment center failed to protect her son from being sexually abused by other residents. The Billings Gazette reports the jury awarded the damages Wednesday on claims …

POSTED JULY 20, 2018 2:42 PM

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Appalachian Underwriters, Inc. Welcomes Peter Stavrakos to Brokerage Division

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Sarasota, FL, July 21, 2018 –(PR.com)– Appalachian Underwriters, Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of Peter Stavrakos to the Brokerage office in Sarasota, Florida. He will be joining the Professional Liability Team where he will focus on solving the coverage needs of both smaller and larger Professional and Management Liability accounts. As a former Risk and Insurance Intern with a leading not-for-profit health care system, Peter has previous experience in claims, reporting, and data analysis. He graduated from Florida State University in May of this year with a Bachelor…

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POSTED JULY 21, 2018 7:00 AM
National Flood Insurance Program Expires in Under 2 Weeks

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The last day for the program will be July 31st unless Congress changes or renews it. The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), which covers five million homes against the risk of flooding, is about to expire. In fact, in under two weeks, on July 31, the program will come to an end unless Congress acts to extend it. Congress could renew it as-is or could attempt to agree to change it, but they’re running out of time. If the National Flood Insurance Program is not renewed, those with coverage will…

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POSTED JULY 20, 2018 8:00 AM
Earthquake insurance and preparedness low in Israel, despite risk

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The region typically experiences large quakes every 80 to 100 years and is now coming due. In Israel, preparedness and earthquake insurance to protect against a major quake remains too low. The State Comptroller, Yosef Shapira has now issued a warning to the country that preparedness is entirely inadequate. This is a serious problem as the country is now considered to be due for a major earthquake. Earthquake insurance coverage is only one of many steps residents and businesses could take to protect themselves. Over the last week or so,…

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POSTED JULY 19, 2018 8:00 AM
Iran insurance processing may soon be blocked on Lloyd’s IT platform

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Sanctions from the United States will likely get in the way of using the platform for this purpose. New U.S. sanctions will likely make it impossible to purchase any form of Iran insurance using a Lloyd’s of London platform. This will only worsen struggles for European insurers that have been providing Iranian coverage. The sanctions are being re-applied by the United states after it backed out of the nuclear deal. President Trump walked out on the Iran nuclear deal in May. The remainder of the world powers that originally joined…

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POSTED JULY 18, 2018 8:00 AM
Louisiana workers compensation sees few claims but high costs

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Employees in the state are less likely to be injured than in any other place across the country. The Louisiana workers compensation program functions in a curious way. Despite the fact that employees in the state are less likely to be injured than those in any other state, the coverage still comes with high costs. The costs of workers compensation insurance in the state have been steadily falling for years. Comparing the cost of Louisiana workers compensation clearly shows that the actual costs are dropping. In fact, this has been…

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POSTED JULY 17, 2018 8:00 AM
Charges laid in massive health insurance scam worth $1M in fraud

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A Florida man has been charged with impersonating a New Jersey doctor to make falsified claims. A Florida man is now facing charges in a massive health insurance scam. To swindle his insurance company out of about a million dollars, he allegedly assumed the identity of a doctor in New Jersey. The man proceeded to file a number of fraudulent claims against his medical plan. By using the New Jersey doctor’s identity, the man allegedly submitted over $1 million in fake insurance claims. The health insurance scam involved services that…

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POSTED JULY 16, 2018 8:00 AM
5 Life Insurance Policies You Should Consider (That Aren’t Term)

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Looking for life insurance? Purchasing a life insurance plan is one of the best ways to secure your family’s well being, providing you with peace of mind along the way. There’s no shortage of plans promising low premiums and strong benefits, but knowing what all options are out there and which to choose can be challenging. Read on as I unpack 5 life insurance policies that aren’t term, and see if one of them might be suitable for you. #1 Whole Life Policy Here’s the gist of a whole life…

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POSTED JULY 15, 2018 10:29 PM
Thousands in Arkansas fear lost health insurance benefits under new rules

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Medicaid changes in Republican led states are often aligning with Trump’s efforts to dismantle Obamacare. One state at a time, health insurance benefits are changing for those reliant on Medicaid and whose governors are Republican. As the GOP works to take Obamacare apart, many states now have stricter Medicaid regulations. Arkansas has become the first state to push the new health insurance benefits rule. It will require state residents to have to provide proof of their employment or volunteer status in order to keep their Medicaid coverage. As the law…

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POSTED JULY 13, 2018 8:00 AM
Manteca Insurance & Financial Services Becomes Member of SIAA’s Growing Master Agency in Northern California

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Manteca, CA, July 13, 2018 –(PR.com)– Manteca Insurance and Financial Services recently joined Strategic Independent Insurance Agency Solutions (SIIAS), an SIAA regional network of independent agencies spanning 28 counties in Northern California. Manteca Insurance is a full-service insurance agency based in San Joaquin County, CA that specializes in commercial, personal and life insurance. The agency is owned by Jeffrey Zellner and is located at 1463 Moffat Blvd in Manteca, CA. Manteca is centrally located, and less than 100 miles from the San Francisco Bay area, Sacramento & Fresno. “The alliance…

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POSTED JULY 13, 2018 7:00 AM
CQRC Applauds Competitive Bidding Reform in DMEPOS Proposed Rule

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Washington, DC, July 12, 2018 –(PR.com)– The Council for Quality Respiratory Care (CQRC) – a coalition of the nation’s leading home oxygen therapy provider and manufacturing companies – welcomed the release of the “End-Stage Renal Disease Prospective Payment System, Payment for Renal Dialysis Services Furnished to Individuals with Acute Kidney Injury, End-Stage Renal Disease Quality Incentive Program, Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies (DMEPOS) Competitive Bidding Program (CBP) and Fee Schedule Amounts, and Technical Amendments to Correct Existing Regulations Related to the CBP for Certain DMEPOS” Proposed Rule by…

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POSTED JULY 12, 2018 4:48 PM

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