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3 Steps to Head Off Opioid Addiction Before It Begins

July 11th, 2019|Comments Off on 3 Steps to Head Off Opioid Addiction Before It Begins

As the opioid crisis continues to grip our country—even escalating so far as to be declared a public health emergency—more precautions are being taken to stop the [...]

It’s High Time to Consider How Medical Marijuana Could Affect Workers’ Comp Key Questions YOU Need to Consider

June 14th, 2019|Comments Off on It’s High Time to Consider How Medical Marijuana Could Affect Workers’ Comp Key Questions YOU Need to Consider

Although a recently proposed piece of legislation regarding medical marijuana stalled in the Alabama House (it passed with a surprising majority in the Senate), it remains [...]

THE FUND and ABC Announce New Program, ConstructaComp

May 31st, 2019|Comments Off on THE FUND and ABC Announce New Program, ConstructaComp

Birmingham, AL – May 31, 2019 Alabama Self-Insured Worker’s Compensation Fund (THE FUND) is pleased to announce the launch of a new program with the Alabama chapter [...]

NEW SHERIFF IN TOWN: How THE FUND Tamed One Company’s Workers’ Comp Issues

May 21st, 2019|Comments Off on NEW SHERIFF IN TOWN: How THE FUND Tamed One Company’s Workers’ Comp Issues

SITUATION When new owners took over Fravert Services in 1988, they inherited host of workers’ comp problems, including an almost non-existent safety culture that had previously resulted [...]

4 Steps to Create a Positive Relationship with Your Provider

April 3rd, 2019|Comments Off on 4 Steps to Create a Positive Relationship with Your Provider

Sometimes in the workers’ compensation arena, doctors are left in the dark about the actual working conditions of employees they treat for work-related injuries. From inviting physicians [...]

From Out Of Options to Optimized Outcomes

February 11th, 2019|Comments Off on From Out Of Options to Optimized Outcomes

How THE FUND Turned One Company’s Workers’ Comp Situation Around  At THE FUND, our focus has always been on our members—their workers’ comp coverage, their safety and [...]

The Fund Celebrates its 40th Anniversary

March 27th, 2018|Comments Off on The Fund Celebrates its 40th Anniversary

Successful businesses don’t just happen and they certainly don’t happen in a vacuum. On March 8 at The Club in Birmingham, Ala., the Alabama Self-Insured Worker’s Compensation [...]

One of the oldest self-insured group funds in the country provides financial stability for Alabamians in uncertain times

January 15th, 2018|Comments Off on One of the oldest self-insured group funds in the country provides financial stability for Alabamians in uncertain times

The Alabama Self-Insured Workers’ Compensation Fund (ASIWCF) provides a critical service to Alabama employers by offering coverage to workers and helping employers control costs associated with workplace [...]

Judge stays previous order striking down Alabama’s Workers’ Comp law

May 23rd, 2017|Comments Off on Judge stays previous order striking down Alabama’s Workers’ Comp law

A week after a Jefferson County circuit judge struck down Alabama's Workers' Compensation Act, the same judge issued a further order today staying it indefinitely until the [...]

Member Alert: Judge Rules Alabama’s Worker’s Compensation Act Unconstitutional

May 12th, 2017|Comments Off on Member Alert: Judge Rules Alabama’s Worker’s Compensation Act Unconstitutional

A court order has been issued in Jefferson County that challenges the constitutionality of two statutes of the Alabama workers' compensation law.  The Order specifically cites the [...]

Like a Broken (Drug Death) Record

February 17th, 2017|Comments Off on Like a Broken (Drug Death) Record

Much has been written about opioids and overdose. If you are involved anywhere in workers' compensation, health care, or insurance you have heard of the American opioid [...]

Making Workers’ Compensation Great Again: How will Trump’s Presidency Affect the Industry?

February 17th, 2017|Comments Off on Making Workers’ Compensation Great Again: How will Trump’s Presidency Affect the Industry?

Washington, DC (WorkersCompensation.com) - Like the rest of the nation, workers’ compensation experts are wondering how President Trump's campaign promise to make America great again will affect [...]

20 Workers’ Compensation Issues to Watch in 2017

February 17th, 2017|Comments Off on 20 Workers’ Compensation Issues to Watch in 2017

The first Out Front Ideas with Kimberly and Mark webinar of 2017 provided our thoughts on the 20 Workers’ Compensation Issues to Watch in 2017. What follows [...]

OSHA Again Delays Enforcement Date for New Workplace Injury and Illness Reporting Rule

October 24th, 2016|Comments Off on OSHA Again Delays Enforcement Date for New Workplace Injury and Illness Reporting Rule

OSHA announced today that it has again delayed the effective date for enforcement of the anti-retaliation provisions of its new rule to Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries [...]

8 Myths and Facts About Workers’ Compensation (August 2016)

August 26th, 2016|Comments Off on 8 Myths and Facts About Workers’ Compensation (August 2016)

The LexisNexis Legal Newsroom Workers’ Compensation Law has interviewed leading experts from different segments of the workers’ compensation industry to tell us some common myths and facts [...]

New OSHA rule and Post Injury Drug Testing

August 19th, 2016|Comments Off on New OSHA rule and Post Injury Drug Testing

OSHA issued a rule Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses (Rule), 81 Fed. Reg. 29624 (May 12, 2016) that revises its record keeping regulation (1904) to [...]

Court Rulings Prompt NCCI to Seek 19.6% Comp Rate Hike in Florida

August 19th, 2016|Comments Off on Court Rulings Prompt NCCI to Seek 19.6% Comp Rate Hike in Florida

The National Council on Compensation Insurance Inc. has proposed a nearly 20% workers compensation rate increase in Florida to cover the projected impact of recent state Supreme [...]

Safety 2.0: Wearables and Worker Safety

August 19th, 2016|Comments Off on Safety 2.0: Wearables and Worker Safety

The next generation of connected safety wearables could mark a new era in workplace safety and insurance – but only if the data they produce is harnessed [...]

Workers Comp Cycle Poised to Tighten for Insurers, Buyers

August 19th, 2016|Comments Off on Workers Comp Cycle Poised to Tighten for Insurers, Buyers

Workers compensation buyers have benefited from increased competition in recent years, but some companies could find it difficult to secure coverage as early as 2017 if underwriting [...]

OSHA: Final Rule Issued to Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses

August 19th, 2016|Comments Off on OSHA: Final Rule Issued to Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses

Provisions call for employers to electronically submit injury and illness data that they already record Why is OSHA issuing this rule? This simple change in OSHA’s rulemaking [...]

How Changing One Habit Helped Quintuple Alcoa’s Income

June 14th, 2016|Comments Off on How Changing One Habit Helped Quintuple Alcoa’s Income

Back in October 1987, Paul O'Neill gave his first speech as CEO of Alcoa, the aluminum manufacturing giant.  Investors were nervous, since Alcoa had faltered with failed [...]

CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain

June 14th, 2016|Comments Off on CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain

Improving the way opioids are prescribed through clinical practice guidelines can ensure patients have access to safer, more effective chronic pain treatment while reducing the number of [...]

Fraud as a Ticket Out

June 14th, 2016|Comments Off on Fraud as a Ticket Out

News stories and press releases from insurance departments nationwide regularly disclose the prosecution of prison guards for workers’ compensation fraud.  I often wondered why guards, obviously familiar [...]

When Should an Employer Order a Fitness-For-Duty or Functional Capacity Exam?

June 14th, 2016|Comments Off on When Should an Employer Order a Fitness-For-Duty or Functional Capacity Exam?

A fitness-for-duty examination must be job-related and consistent with business necessity according to the relevant EEOC Guidance. When an FCE is ordered by a physician as part [...]

Could the Federal Government Meddle in Comp?

June 14th, 2016|Comments Off on Could the Federal Government Meddle in Comp?

This is a frequent question.  It seems that the modern interpretation of the Interstate Commerce Clause concludes that the federal government may meddle in whatever it wishes, [...]

As Big Data Dilutes Experience Mods, Agents Must Educate Themselves, and Clients on the Impact

June 14th, 2016|Comments Off on As Big Data Dilutes Experience Mods, Agents Must Educate Themselves, and Clients on the Impact

The insurance industry has a reputation for being slow to change, but “big data” is coming to force big changes in workers’ compensation. The emerging use by [...]

The Notes from the Workers’ Comp Summit – Now It Is Your Turn to Join the National Conversation

June 14th, 2016|Comments Off on The Notes from the Workers’ Comp Summit – Now It Is Your Turn to Join the National Conversation

The final notes from the 2016 Workers’ Compensation Summit held in Dallas last week were released to the participants today. We promised that all of the notes [...]

ABC’s of Experience Rating

June 14th, 2016|Comments Off on ABC’s of Experience Rating

This document is designed to further your understanding of experience rating and how it affects your workers compensation costs. Download PDF: ABC's of Experience Rating

Member Spotlight – Available Plastics

June 14th, 2016|Comments Off on Member Spotlight – Available Plastics

Employer’s Claim Management, Inc. is pleased to spotlight the safety efforts of Alabama Self-Insured Worker’s Compensation Fund member Available Plastics, Inc. Available Plastics Company, Inc. was founded [...]

Travelers Develops Predictive Model for Chronic Pain

June 13th, 2016|Comments Off on Travelers Develops Predictive Model for Chronic Pain

The Travelers Companies, Inc. today announced that it has developed the first predictive model designed to reverse a sharp rise in chronic pain caused by workplace injuries. The [...]

The Alabama Self-Insured Worker’s Compensation Fund announces 2016 Retro Return of $5,611,075.

November 1st, 2015|Comments Off on The Alabama Self-Insured Worker’s Compensation Fund announces 2016 Retro Return of $5,611,075.

On behalf of the Board of Trustees of the Alabama Self-Insured Worker’s Compensation Fund, it is with great pleasure we announce the Fund’s 2016 Retrospective Rating Return [...]

Alabama Self-Insured Worker’s Compensation Fund Partners with Valen Analytics to More Accurately Price and Select Risk

January 6th, 2015|Comments Off on Alabama Self-Insured Worker’s Compensation Fund Partners with Valen Analytics to More Accurately Price and Select Risk

December 10, 2014 The Fund is pleased to announce a new partnership with Valen Analytics, a provider of proprietary data, analytics and predictive modeling to help insurers [...]

The Alabama Self-Insured Worker’s Compensation Fund announces 2015 Retro Return of $5,540,798.

October 17th, 2014|Comments Off on The Alabama Self-Insured Worker’s Compensation Fund announces 2015 Retro Return of $5,540,798.

On behalf of the Board of Trustees of the Alabama Self-Insured Worker’s Compensation Fund, it is with great pleasure we announce the Fund’s 2015 Retrospective Rating Return [...]

Tropics Software Selected by Alabama Self-Insured Workers’ Compensation Fund and Employers Claim Management

August 1st, 2013|Comments Off on Tropics Software Selected by Alabama Self-Insured Workers’ Compensation Fund and Employers Claim Management

Sarasota, FL (PRWEB) June 03, 2011 Alabama Self-Insured Workers Compensation Fund (The Fund), Employers Claim Management (ECM) and Tropics Software Technologies (TST), a national software company specializing [...]

Important information regarding Medicare Secondary Payer Mandatory Reporting

August 1st, 2013|Comments Off on Important information regarding Medicare Secondary Payer Mandatory Reporting

Notice to Members, Insurance Brokers and other interested parties Re: Medicare Secondary Payer Mandatory Reporting Section 111 of the Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP Extension Act of 2007 (MMSEA) [...]