This Week in Comp, March 20, 2015

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

10 tips for integrating employee health and safety
Working together, employee health and safety programs can achieve far more than they can separately. Here are 10 tips for breaking down the silos between the two functions…MORE

Safety is music to our ears during SXSW
Guitar Gibson Les PaulIf you’re soaking up live music during Austin’s SXSW festival, follow these tips to protect yourself from the hazards associated with crowded venues, congested roads and loud music…MORE

The most fatally abused drug is in your medicine cabinet
Opioid prescription painkillers such as Vicodin, Oxycontin and Percocet account for 44 drug overdose deaths each day — more than heroin and cocaine combined…MORE

Feds: $17.5M Tennessee prescription pill ring unprecedented
The FBI says a 51-year-old grandmother managed a string of clinics that charged roughly $350 cash per visit, saw 100 patients a day and gave out 12 million prescriptions in four years. Seven of the clinics’ patients died from overdoses…MORE

Changes to Kansas workers’ comp system raise lawsuit fears
Starting Jan. 1, the state began rating injuries using an updated version of a medical guide that is less generous to workers. Constitutional law experts warn the switch to a new medical guide will slash, or in many cases eliminate, payments to injured workers. That, they say, could bring down the entire compensation system and throw workers’ cases into the courts, where damage awards could run into the millions, rather than the thousands they’re capped at now…MORE

Drunk driver ignition locks offer ‘significant’ benefits, savings: Study
Putting technology that prevents drunk drivers from starting a vehicle into every car and truck in the U.S. could save 59,000 lives and $343 million over 15 years, according to a University of Michigan study…MORE

TDI newsletter highlights Work Zone Safety Week
The March edition of TDI’s newsletter offers safety tips for motorists during Work Zone Safety Week, March 23-27…MORE

It’s not luck that drives RTW
Employers who invest in a return-to-work (RTW) process can reduce their claims costs and improve their productivity. To cash in on the ROI of RTW, employers must overcome four primary hurdles…MORE

Early case management speeds RTW, report says
Delaying case management for a year can decrease the likelihood of the injured worker returning to work by nearly 20 percent. Conversely, claims that use case management in the first nine months are two times more likely to result in successful RTW as those referred three years after the incident, according to a new report…MORE

Texas ramps up fraud-fighting effort
Handcuff FraudTexas, Kentucky and Minnesota are ramping up their efforts to combat insurance fraud, which trickles down to all consumers in the form of higher premiums…MORE

Regulatory roundup
Texas Mutual’s weekly compilation of health and safety news…MORE

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