This Week in Comp

Compiled by David Wylie, Editorial Coordinator

Compiled by David Wylie, Editorial Coordinator

This Week in Comp provides an overview of workers’ compensation news from across the country.

Opioid Abuse
Opioid Therapy: Five Red Flags That Require Intervention
Source: Work Comp Wire
Early warning signs of potential opioid abuse or misuse frequently go unnoticed because some characteristics seem insignificant in isolation. Together, however, they are red flags for that warrant investigation…MORE

Opioid Guidelines About to Get a Whole Lot Better
Source: Managed Care Matters
There is no link between opioids and improved patient function. Studies that show there is a link almost always use self-reported data, according to research released by the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM). Joe Paduda reports other encouraging results from the ACOEM research…MORE

Florida ‘Pill Mill’ Doctor Gets 350-Year Sentence
Source: Insurance Journal
A Broward County jury found 54-year-old Dr. Thomas Rodenberg guilty of 14 charges, including racketeering, trafficking in the painkiller oxycodone, conspiracy and illegal delivery of controlled substances…MORE

OSHA News
Post OSHA 300 between 2/1/14 and 4/30/14
Source: OSHA
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires employers to post OSHA Form 300-A, Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses, between Feb. 1 and April 30, 2014. Employers must post the form in a common area where employee notices are typically posted. Certain industries are exempt…MORE

Cost Containment
What Health Care Can Learn from Workers’ Comp
Source: Work Comp Wire
Americans pay much more for healthcare, with no broad-based, dollar-for-dollar benefits over our global peers. If the industry is serious about reigning in costs, it should focus on the value of those dollars in terms of patient outcomes…MORE

Safety and return-to-work
Businesses Can Save on Workers’ Comp Costs by Using “Stay at Work” Program
Source: Work Comp Wire
A Washington program that encourages employers to provide injured workers with light-duty jobs has paid off with $19.4 million for the business community…MORE

The Danger Lurking at Your Desk
Source: WC Insights
Eighty-six percent of Americans sit at a desk for up to 40 hours a week. What does that do to their bodies?…MORE

Program Highlights Dangers of Distracted Driving Among Teens
Source: Project Yellow Light
Project Yellow Light is a new program that challenges teens to create videos that encourage their friends to avoid distracted driving. Winners could earn a college scholarship. More importantly, they could save a life…MORE

Revisiting a Potentially Fatal Safety Issue
Source: Texas Mutual blog
Transportation incidents are consistently the leading causes of workplace accidents. Woody Hill, vice president of safety services at Texas Mutual, provides tips on reversing the trend…MORE

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