This Week in Comp, April 14 – 18

By David Wylie, Editorial Coordinator

By David Wylie, Editorial Coordinator

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

Safety

Trains and cars: A true underdog story
The average train weighs 12 million pounds. Even in Texas, where everything’s bigger, the weight ratio of train to car is about 4,000-to-1. When the two collide, the result is similar to a car running over a soda can. Texas Mutual’s John Calvert offers these tips for staying on the safe side of the tracks…MORE

DOT launches distracted driving campaign
The Department of Transportation has launched a campaign to educate drivers about the hazards of texting behind the wheel. Free resources are available at distraction.gov…MORE

Industry pushing back against fertilizer plant safety requirements
The state fire marshal wants 46 facilities that store ammonium nitrate in Texas to make safety improvements following the deadly West fertilizer plant explosion last year. Improvements include installing sprinklers or retrofitting buildings to mitigate the potential for explosions…MORE

Return-to-work

Resume-writing as a return-to-work tool?
Bob Wilson of WorkersCompensation.com was skeptical when an insurance professional recently suggested resume-writing as a return-to-work tool. Bob was wrong, and he explains why in this installment of “From Bob’s Cluttered Desk”…MORE

Opioid epidemic

Maine leads push to limit use of painkillers
Officials of MaineCare, the state’s version of Medicaid, credit new rules for a 17 percent drop in how many patients took opioid painkillers in 2013, compared with 2012…MORE

Industry news

25 key slides on workers’ comp’s future
Workers aged 65 and over miss up to three times more days from work due to injury or illness than their younger counterparts. This short presentation by Insurance Thought Leadership highlights 25 other workers’ comp trends…MORE

Medical costs

Cost increases drive higher drug trend for workers’ comp
Significant increases in cost per prescription drove drug trend for workers’ compensation payers higher in 2013, according to research recently released by Express Scripts. Compounded medications used for injured workers saw the most significant increase, with per-user-per-year costs rising 126 percent from 2012…MORE 

Fraud

New York cop on workers’ comp gets buffalo wings clipped
The claimant admitted that his tax-free benefits gave him an incentive to feign injury and sit at home. What he didn’t know was that he was speaking with two FBI agents…MORE

Legislative issues

Insurance industry welcomes terrorism bill but not co-pay hike
The Senate has introduced a bill that extends the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA) for seven years. Insurance industry lobbying groups expressed concern, however, that some provisions in the bill could boost insurer costs and shrink the market. If Congress does not pass a reauthorization bill by Dec. 31, 2014, TRIA will expire…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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