This Week in Comp, February 13, 2015

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

Major medical chain pleads guilty, repays Texas Mutual $6.5 million
Handcuff FraudAccording to court documents, Texas Mutual’s investigation revealed that Nova Healthcare Management overbilled Texas Mutual for physical therapy by billing services as more expensive one-on-one physical therapy when what it provided was group therapy…MORE

Program prepares students for oil and gas jobs
The industry-driven program introduces students to new technology that is driving oil and gas processes, as well as basic safety procedures…MORE

Workers’ comp industry considers telemedicine as a treatment option
The Texas Department of Insurance Workers’ Compensation Research Division found two areas of the Texas workers’ compensation system that could benefit from telemedicine: the designated doctor process and the spinal surgery second opinion process. Better access to care in rural areas and faster non-emergency care are among the potential benefits of telemedicine, according to Kim Haugaard, vice president of network and medical operations at Texas Mutual…MORE

Industry stakeholders speak volumes in 140 characters during inaugural Twitter chat
How much can you really say in 140 characters? Quite a bit if you’re a workers’ comp stakeholder who’s passionate about the issues facing your industry. This week, a panel of leading writers and bloggers hosted the first workers’ comp Twitter chat…MORE

Drunk driving declines, drug use behind the wheel increases
drunk drivingThe number of drivers with alcohol in their systems dropped 30 percent between 2007 and 2014, according to an NHTSA study. Meanwhile, drivers with marijuana in their systems grew 50 percent over the same period…MORE

Tomorrow’s talent challenge
Half of insurance professionals will retire in 15 years, leaving the industry with more than 400,000 positions to fill by 2020…MORE

Regulatory roundup
Texas Mutual’s weekly compilation of workers’ comp regulatory news…MORE

Still killing trees: Plenty of room for progress remains in the safety world
In the nearly half century since President Nixon signed the Occupational Safety and Health Act, two distinct cultures have evolved in the safety world. One is sophisticated, wired and well-funded. The other is the silent majority, made up of small enterprises with no EHS budget and no dedicated safety professional. Despite their differences, the two cultures have one thing in common: They need access to quality health and safety information…MORE

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