This Week in Comp, April 21 – 25
April 25, 2014 Leave a comment
This Week in Comp provides an overview of workers’ compensation news from across the country.
Molding teens into safe workers for life
Remember your first job? Were you nervous? Intimidated? Eager to make a good impression? Probably the last thing you wanted to do was ask your supervisor a “stupid” question. Unfortunately, millions of young workers may not always ask the questions they should about workplace safety.Texas Mutual’s Angela Gardner gives her tips for instilling good habits that will last teens a lifetime…MORE
Take advantage of free distracted driving resources
Before we close the books on Distracted Driving Awareness Month, take advantage of these free resources from the National Safety Council…MORE
As part of its Distracted Driving Awareness Month activities, the National Safety Council called on teens to produce videos that highlighted the dangers of dividing our attention behind the wheel. This 55-second video explains why we cannot safely talk on a cell phone and drive at the same time.
TRIA: A real need, and the time Is now!
The bombings at last year’s Boston Marathon highlight that the U.S. still faces a very real threat of terrorist attacks. Workers’ compensation coverage is statutory and cannot exclude terrorism as a cause, so carriers in this market are responding to TRIA’s pending expiration by declining coverage to employers in certain geographic areas beyond the end of 2014…MORE
TDI-DWC: Positive trends in TX workers’ comp system include lower costs for employers
A 27 percent decrease in workplace injuries since 2004, along with a 22 percent decrease in claims, is contributing to lower costs for employers, Commissioner of Workers’ Compensation Rod Bordelon said during recent invited testimony before the House Business & Industry Committee…MORE
OOOOOOOOklahoma, where reforms are causing so much pain
Oklahoma’s landmark bill SB1062 converts the state’s judicial comp system to an administrative one. But the Supreme Court has issued an opinion that the state must continue to operate the Workers’ Compensation Court until all open claims are settled. With more than 100,000 cases in the queue, that likely means operations will continue there for many years. Bob Wilson of WorkCompCentral.com speculates this is going to be a minor nightmare for people managing comp claims in Oklahoma…MORE
Workers’ comp reform bill passes first test
Colorado lawmakers are considering a bill that would expand from two to four the number of doctors that employers must let workers choose from for treatment of on-the-job injuries…MORE
How do you value a return-to-work program?
The return on investment of brining an injured worker back to the team, even at 50 percent, far outweighs the benefits of letting them sit at home…MORE
Reviewing California’s draft opioid guidelines
Joe Paduda of Managed Care Matters summarizes California’s new 320-page opioid guidelines. Joe notes that the guidelines discourage the use of opioids in minor injuries and encourage alternative therapy. He adds, however, that guidelines as to when to discontinue opioids are absolute in some places, but very flexible in others…MORE
Drugs, testing, and incentives
The California Workers’ Compensation Institute is preparing to release a report documenting that drug testing is one of the top cost drivers in the state’s workers’ compensation system. Treatment guidelines include drug testing as part and parcel of opioid prescription to monitor use. David DePaolo notes that the sad part of the story is that much of this testing is likely unnecessary if physicians followed guidelines…MORE
Long way down
David DePaolo highlights workers’ comp fraud cases from the week. One case involved a police officer who claimed a work-related injury when he was, in fact, injured while trying out for another police department…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.
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