This Week in Comp, June 23-27


By David Wylie, Senior Technical Writer

By David Wylie, Senior Technical Writer

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

TRIA reauthorization

Divided House committee advances controversial 5-year TRIA extension
A divided House Financial Services Committee advanced to the House floor legislation that sets a path to phase out, after five years, the federal backup for terrorism risk insurance for attacks except for nuclear, biological, radiological, and/or chemical (NBCR) events…MORE


Safety is paramount for Texas Mutual CEO Gergasko
When the Insurance Journal asked Richard Gergasko what is most interesting to him about workers’ comp, his response was short and definitive: “For me, it comes down to workplace safety above anything else”…MORE

Workplace violence prevention program for teens gets OSHA grant
OSHA announced it has provided a safety training grant for Teens Lead @ Work, a national network of peer education programs founded by four state occupational safety coalitions and the University of California, Berkeley. The program trains teens to educate their peers and co-workers on how to recognize and prevent workplace violence…MORE

Women and PPE: Finding the right fit
PPE cannot do its job if it doesn’t fit properly. Unfortunately, PPE designed for men may not fit women properly due to differences in body size, height and composition…MORE

Safety words to know – 2014 edition
A somewhat tongue-in-cheek review of safety buzz terms you should know, and others that have outlived their relevance…MORE

Claim management

Introducing your all-star disability management team
World Cup fever has Texas Mutual’s Bob Cogburn thinking about all-star lineups in workers’ comp. In this post, Bob explains how a solid disability management team can help employers improve productivity and reduce claims costs…MORE


Opioid epidemic

Better prescribing through technology
A growing number of physicians are turning to pharmacogenetics to evaluate how workers’ comp claimants will respond to prescription drugs based on a patient’s genetic makeup. Advocates say pharmacogenetics could shorten injury and disability durations among workers’ comp claimants by eliminating common trial-and-error doctor attempts to find which prescriptions will benefit patients most…MORE

Prescribed drugs increasing in fatal crashes involving drugged drivers
A study released in Public Health Reports shows that more drivers are now testing positive for prescription drugs, cannabis, and multiple drugs, and they are more likely to be older than 50…MORE

Texas-like drug formulary has potential to reduce costs in other states
The study suggests that if physicians in the 23 other study states changed their prescribing patterns like physicians in Texas, they could reduce their total prescription costs by an estimated 14–29 percent…MORE


Report card on OK
The Oklahoma non-subscription option is alive and moving forward. The state’s Department of Insurance recently approved four employers to provide benefits for injured workers outside the traditional workers’ compensation system…MORE


15 medical workers indicted in $25 million scheme
Southern California doctors were bribed to prescribe a pain-relief concoction as part of a $25 million workers’ compensation scam that inadvertently caused a baby’s death, according to indictments…MORE

About the author
David Wylie is the senior technical writer 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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