This Week in Comp, April 10, 2015

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

Lessons from the Field: Farmer swallowed by 450 pounds of grain
grain binsWhat can you buy for $350? A few nice outfits for the office? A weekend getaway on a budget? How about your life? This installment of “Lessons from the Field” explains how a $350 investment helped a farmer emerge relatively unscathed after spending five hours buried in a grain bin…MORE

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

Insurance industry cautiously dabbling in wearable technology
Recognizing wearable technology’s potential applications, particularly in claim handling and safety, the insurance industry is cautiously dabbling in the market. Insurers should remember that with progress comes risk, including privacy concerns and potential health complications…MORE 

OK governor signs bill aimed at reducing prescription drug abuse
Pills White BackgroundThe law requires doctors to check a prescription monitoring program database before writing prescriptions for potentially dangerous and addictive drugs like oxycodone. By checking the database, doctors can reduce the likelihood that patients are seeking the same prescription drugs from more than one physician at a time….MORE

FDA issues final guidance on the evaluation and labeling of abuse-deterrent opioids
The document explains the FDA’s current thinking about the studies that should be conducted to demonstrate that a given formulation has abuse-deterrent properties. It also makes recommendations about how those studies should be performed and evaluated, and discusses what labeling claims may be approved based on the results of those studies…MORE

TX DWC hosts 19th annual workplace safety and health conference May 19-21
Attendees will be eligible for 0.1 continuing education units per hour of attendance. Presentations will address such topics as motor vehicle accidents, workplace violence and hazard communication…MORE

Two years after West blast, Texas Legislature weighs new regulations
FireLegislators are considering four bills that would beef up ammonium nitrate regulations. One would require companies that store ammonium nitrate to carry liability insurance. Another would enhance technology for alerting residents to leaks, explosions and other environmental disasters…MORE

New North Carolina medical fees expected to save on work comp
The North Carolina Industrial Commission expects the new fees to save the state’s workers’ compensation system $27 million annually, as well as encourage increased access to medical care…MORE

SAIF hires Kerry Barnett as new president, CEO
Barnett has worked for Cambia Health Solutions, formerly The Regence Group, since 2004, most recently as executive vice president and chief legal officer. He previously held executive positions with ODS Health Plans and HealthFirst Medical Group…MORE

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