This Week in Comp, May 22

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

Texas Senate confirms Brannan as commissioner of the Division of Workers’ Compensation
Ryan BrannanBrannan previously served as an advisor in the Governor’s Office Division of Budget, Planning and Policy, focusing on issues relating to the insurance industry, including property and casualty insurance, workers’ compensation, healthcare, public health and health and life insurance…MORE

Texas workers’ comp claims see slow growth: WCRI
The total average cost per claim for injured workers in Texas was among the lowest in a 17-state study conducted by the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). In 20015, the Texas Legislature authorized major system reforms designed to reduce medical costs. The WCRI speculates that this year’s study reflects the effects of those reforms…MORE

Revamped pharmacy program protecting health and safety of Ohio’s injured workers
Ohio injured workers were prescribed 15.7 million fewer opiate doses in 2014 than in 2010, representing a 37 percent decrease, thanks largely to the state’s first outpatient medication formulary…MORE

Washington teens twice as likely as adults to be hurt on the job
teen workerFalls were the leading cause of injuries for youth in the food and retail industries during 2014, according to a study released by the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries…MORE

DEA raids ‘pill mills’ in four Southern states
An average of 44 people die every day from opioids, including Vicodin, OxyContin and Percocet. In the last 15 months, the DEA has arrested 140 as part of “Operation Pilluted,” the largest pharmaceutical operation in DEA history. The agency hopes to arrest as many as 170 others in the ongoing battle against prescription drug abuse…MORE

West Virginia Supreme Court rules addicts can sue pharmacies, doctors
The ruling involved 29 patients who sought treatment for job-related injuries or injuries stemming from car accidents. They alleged they were prescribed controlled substances and became addicted because of criminal abuse of prescriptions…MORE

NSC estimates crashes involving cell phone use increased for third consecutive year
cell_phone_blogCell phone use is a factor in 27 percent of car crashes, according to an annual National Safety Council study. The Council estimates texting-related crashes jumped from 5 percent to 6 percent in this year’s study, while crashes involving drivers talking on cell phones remained at 21 percent…MORE

Make wellness part of the “daily grind”
Employee health and safety are inseparable. National Fitness and Sports Month is the perfect time to make wellness part of your daily grind…MORE


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