Straight from the IWCC presses:
Insurance agent convicted on wc fraud
Reuben Collier, Jr., of Collier Insurance Agency in Waukegan, has pled guilty to three felony charges of theft, forgery, and workers’ compensation fraud. He collected money from 22 north suburban businesses for workers’ compensation insurance, issued false certificates of insurance, never secured coverage, and pocketed the $400,000. For more information, go to http://www.iwcc.il.gov/collier.pdf
To date, the Illinois Department of Insurance Fraud Unit has referred cases that led to seven convictions of claimants, and now one conviction against an insurance agent. New indictments continue to come in. Congratulations to the IDOI.
To report a possible case of fraud, contact Francis "Buzz" Walsh in the Workers’ Compensation Investigative Unit at the Illinois Department of Insurance (email@example.com; toll-free 877/923-8648; 320 W. Washington, Springfield, IL 62786).
New MS-DRG hospital inpatient fee schedule is coming soon
Soon the Commission will post a new hospital inpatient fee schedule that uses the new MS-DRG codes. Medicare changed its inpatient coding from the DRG (Diagnosis Related Group) to the MS-DRG (Medical Severity-Diagnosis Related Group) system, and the Commission is adapting to the change. As provided for in our rules, the Commission shall convert the inpatient schedule no later than June 30, 2009.
To allow some transition time, the Workers’ Compensation Medical Fee Advisory Board and the Commission ask providers and payers to cooperate and follow a July 31, 2009 effective date.
Commission closed July 3
The Commission will be closed on Friday, July 3, in honor of Independence Day.
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