This Week in Comp, March 10-14

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 Epidemic

Killing Pain: Fewer Opioid Scripts
Opioid prescriptions dropped 5 percent between 2012 and 2013. Studies suggest, however, that patients may be experimenting with other dangerous drugs, such as heroin…MORE

Safety

Workplace Injuries Spike Following the Switch to Daylight Saving Time
Americans get an average of 40 minutes less sleep the night before Daylight Saving Time. Fatigue contributes to an increase in workplace accidents..MORE

Legislative Issues

Texas Workers’ Comp Reforms Working as Hoped
A WCRI analysis of Texas workers’ comp reforms showed that relative to 14 other states, medical cost per claim over a 15-year period declined from highest among the other states to a position in the bottom third. A big driver was a large decrease in utilization of non-facility care, which actually dropped by about 30% over the study period…MORE

Oklahoma Supreme Court Upholds Mutualization of CompSource
The Oklahoma Supreme Court has upheld a plan to convert the state workers’ compensation insurance agency into a mutual company. The legislation was challenged in a lawsuit alleging that CompSource is a state agency and its money and other assets, belong to the people of Oklahoma…MORE

Cost Savings in California Workers’ Comp Reform May Fall Short
California’s sweeping workers’ compensation reform is working for the most part. Some of the savings may not materialize, however, due to factors such as pharmacy costs and obesity among workers…MORE

Legal

Will Medical Marijuana Pose a Workplace Issue?
If a worker injures themself or someone else because they are under the influence or marijuana, yet they possess a legal card to do so, does this give them exemption…MORE

TRIA and Party Out of Bounds
David DePaolo explains that if Congress reauthorizes the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act, there is less incentive to commit terrorism because the net effect is minimal disruption…MORE

Return-to-Work

Mom’s Working and Happy
Injured workers are 45 percent more likely to be treated for depression, according to a study by the CDC. David DePaolo examines the connection between work, work injury and mental health…MORE

About the author
David Wylie is the editorial coordinator at Texas Mutual Insurance Company. He works closely with Texas Mutual’s safety professionals to teach employers and their employees how to prevent workplace accidents and their associated costs. David holds the OSHA 10-hour general safety certification and a degree in journalism from Southwest Texas State University.

Links to and from this blog do not reflect any affiliation between Texas Mutual Insurance Company and third parties, and are not an endorsement by Texas Mutual Insurance Company of the linked sites (or their owners or operators) or of any content located there. Texas Mutual Insurance Company does not vouch for the availability or accuracy of any information contained on linked sites.

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