Travelers Insurance and Physicians Health Services jointly market workers' compensation program.HARTFORD and TRUMBULL, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 16, 1995-- Seeking to improve effectiveness in managing work-related injuries, Travelers Insurance and Physician Health Services health services Managed care The benefits covered under a health contract Inc., the state's largest managed care company, have formed an innovative HMO-insurance carrier partnership to jointly market workers' compensation workers' compensation, payment by employers for some part of the cost of injuries, or in some cases of occupational diseases, received by employees in the course of their work. products, the companies announced today. Beginning April 1, Travelers and PHS (Personal Handyphone System) A TDMA-based cellular phone system introduced in Japan in mid-1995. Operating in the 1880-1930 MHz band, PHS uses microcells that cover an area only 100 to 500 meters in diameter, resulting in lower equipment costs but requiring more base will offer Connecticut employers workers' compensation products that combine guarantee-cost ("fully insured") commercial insurance protection with the cost-saving benefits of managed care for medical treatment and services. The program will help employers reduce costs by fostering a better medical delivery system while helping injured in·jure
tr.v. in·jured, in·jur·ing, in·jures
1. To cause physical harm to; hurt.
2. To cause damage to; impair.
3. employees return to work more quickly.
Under the agreement, PHS, through its workers' compensation subsidiary Total Employee Care Inc. will be responsible for all aspects of medical treatment and management. Travelers will focus on underwriting, risk financing and management of claim activities relating to relating to relate prep → concernant
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n a contract benefit that is paid to the insured to meet the cost of dental services received. .
"The medical component of workers' compensation costs has been rising out of control in recent years," said Richard H. Eskow, president, Total Employee Care. "What's more, the knowledge and approach used by a medical provider in treating a workers' compensation claimant CLAIMANT. In the courts of admiralty, when the suit is in rem, the cause is entitled in the Dame of the libellant against the thing libelled, as A B v. Ten cases of calico and it preserves that title through the whole progress of the suit. also has a huge impact on indemnity costs.
"At PHS, we are using managed care techniques to provide cost-effective, high-quality medicine that helps people recover quickly. More importantly, we aid our insurance partners in helping injured workers get back to work. Our partnership with Travelers will make this team approach available to the state's small, midsize and large employers."
"By allowing each party to do what they do best, the PHS-Travelers partnership represents the latest thinking in the development of both workers' compensation insurance and managed care," said Richard W. Palczynski, senior vice president, Travelers Commercial Lines.
"In short," Palczynski said, "Travelers and PHS will provide Connecticut employers with an easy-to-use bundled package of insurance, medical care and return-to-work services at affordable rates."
Participating Connecticut employers who embrace proven workers' compensation cost reduction techniques such as safety management, early claim reporting, HMO network HMO network Managed care An HMO that contracts with local hospitals to provide in-patient medical services, and with 2 or more independent groups of physicians to provide health services; the group is paid a set amount per HMO enrollee per month; in some, staff utilization and return-to-work programs may qualify for dividends based on their loss experience.
"From launching the industry's first nationwide workers' compensation preferred provider network to treat worker injuries in 1990, through forming partnerships with PHS and Dallas-based OccuSystems occupational health care clinics, Travelers has consistently raised the bar in providing its customers with effective workers' compensation loss-reduction methods," Palczynski said. Travelers is exploring similar opportunities with HMOs in key markets across the country.
Travelers Insurance's Companies Lines division provides property and casualty insurance to business nationwide. Travelers Insurance is a subsidiary of Travelers Group, a diversified financial The diversified financial services segment includes a range of consumer and commercially-oriented companies offering a wide variety of products and services, including various lending products (such as home equity loans and credit cards), insurance, and securities and investment services company providing investment services, consumer finance, life and property casualty insurance, serving individuals, institutions and corporations.
Physicians Health Services, based in Trumbull, is Connecticut's largest managed care company with more than 170,000 members in Connecticut and New York's Hudson River Hudson River
River, New York, U.S. Originating in the Adirondack Mountains and flowing for about 315 mi (507 km) to New York City, it was named for Henry Hudson, who explored it in 1609. Dutch settlement of the Hudson valley began in 1629. Valley. Its workers' compensation subsidiary, Total Employee Care Inc., also provides a self-funded workers' compensation managed care program to Connecticut employers.
CONTACT: Travelers Insurance
Francis Onofrio, 203/277-8510
Total Employee Care Inc.
Richard H. Eskow, 203/380-5260