Don’t step in the FUD

Posted on: October 23rd, 2014 by Jeffrey Kaufman No Comments

How more part-time employees are losing health care benefits and the cost of workers’ compensation insurance. Business Insurance looks at whether uninsured part-time employees will cause a spike in workers’ compensation claims. This comes after Wal-Mart’s decision to stop providing group health benefits to employees who work less than 30 hours per week. Wal-Mart has attributed […]

Our 2 cents on workers’ compensation reform

Posted on: October 22nd, 2014 by Jeffrey Kaufman No Comments

How a 28% reduction in the pure premium rate for employers comes with a big cost for injured workers. We have written extensively about House Bill 5002 and the negative effects on our clients. While the administration brags about lower workers’ compensation premiums it is coming at the expense of injured workers. House Bill 5002 codified […]

Workers’ compensation rates decreasing again in 2015

Posted on: October 21st, 2014 by Jeffrey Kaufman No Comments

An open letter to Crain’s Detroit Business regarding workers’ compensation reform. Crain’s Detroit Business has reported the pure premium rate is dropping 6.5% starting January 1, 2015. Businesses have now seen a 27.7% reduction during the last four years. Agency Director Kevin Elsenheimer attributes these savings to House Bill 5002. This legislation was signed by […]

Redemption Order (Form WC-113)

Posted on: October 16th, 2014 by Jeffrey Kaufman No Comments

Why the redemption order is so important and a list of items that will be included as part of your Michigan workers comp settlement. A redemption hearing is the most important step in the settlement process. It is when a magistrate reviews medical records and hears reasons for settlement. The magistrate must be convinced that your […]

How doctors get paid under workers’ compensation

Posted on: October 15th, 2014 by Jeffrey Kaufman No Comments

What doctors need to know when accepting patients under workers’ compensation. Many doctors moan and groan when they see a new patient under workers’ compensation. They know getting medical treatment approved is going to be a challenge. Telephone calls to insurance adjusters often go ignored. The situation becomes even more difficult when medical bills are not […]

$8.4 million windfall coming to a community near you

Posted on: October 14th, 2014 by Jeffrey Kaufman No Comments

Michigan Municipal League announces 2015 member dividends from Workers’ Compensation Fund. The Michigan Municipal League has announced that communities throughout the state are expected to share $8.4 million in dividends as part of their July 1, 2015 renewal. “These dividend payments are a continuing example of the benefit of a member-owned program,” said Michael Forster, […]

Are workers comp patients treated differently?

Posted on: October 9th, 2014 by Jeffrey Kaufman No Comments

What orthopedic surgeons need to know about treating workers comp patients and why it really doesn’t matter. A fascinating journal article was re-posted on OrthoSpineNews last week. It was written by Dr. William J. Holt and gives his perspective on treating workers comp patients. The article also provides a nice overview of the different players […]

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