This Week in Comp, March 24 – 28

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.

Safety

Workplace Safety Risks Primary Concern for Small Business
Slips, trips and falls account for nearly 25 percent of nonfatal workplace injuries. But only 21 percent of small-business owners feel prepared for them, according to a survey by EMPLOYERS, a specialty provider of workers’ compensation insurance and services…MORE

Legislative/Legal

Injured Worker Cost Per Claim Rises in Texas
Payments per claim for the medical care of injured workers in Texas grew nearly 8 percent in 2011, largely the effect of price increases from earlier reforms, according to a 16-state study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI)…MORE

Texas Medical Up 8%? Yawn…

David DePaolo explains that while injured worker cost per claim in Texas grew 8 percent in 2011, the average medical cost per claim on a 12-month average was fourth-lowest and 18 percent lower than the median of the 16-state study. DePaolo attributes Texas’ success largely to its culture…MORE

Fraud

N.Y. Grand Jury Report Recommends Changes to Prevent Workers’ Comp Fraud
A New York State Supreme Court grand jury report estimates that workers’ compensation fraud in the state’s construction industry alone cost approximately $500 million in 2011. The report recommends four ways to reduce fraud…MORE 

Workers’ Compensation Fraud and the Insurance Producer
Insurance companies and employers are not the only losers when it comes workers’ comp fraud. Agents have a lot on the line, too, according to a former cop who has put more people in jail working for an insurance company than he ever did in law enforcement…MORE

Return-to-Work

Return-to-More-Than-Work Programs Mean Always Having to Say, “I’m Sorry”
The phrase, “Return-to-Work” is scary. It too easily comes off as being an employer-centric program focused on cutting the employer’s exposures instead of focusing on the employee’s needs. Your return-to-work program needs to focus on the employee. not the employment. Design the program and the sales pitch around Return-to-Function, or Return-to-Meaningful-Life, not just return to a paycheck…MORE

Why Hold Weekly Meetings With Injured Employees?
Communication between employers and injured employees keeps employees engaged in the workplace and facilitates their return to the team…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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