This Week in Comp, June 26, 2015

Regulatory roundup
Texas Mutual’s weekly roundup of EHS news…MORE

What can the Dow Jones teach us about the value of integrating health and safety?

healthy livingA new model based on the methodology used in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index is helping researchers calculate the business value of integrating employee health and safety…MORE

Coventry covers new ground with fully transparent drug trend analysis
Coventry’s 2014 First Script Drug Trends Analysis includes nontraditional pharmacy channels such as billers for physician-dispensed medications, occupational-medicine clinics, third-party billers, external mail houses and compounding prescription sources…MORE

Going from 0 to 60 safely
Speeding is a common cause of motor vehicle accidents. In this short video, Texas Mutual’s Woody Hill shares tips for keeping your foot off the accelerator…MORE

Hiker goes to extremes while on workers’ comp
Handcuff FraudThe employee claimed he suffered an on-the-job foot injury. He failed to disclose, however, that he engaged in a 50-mile hike over rugged terrain just three weeks after he reported being injured at work…MORE

Jail time for Spokane-area man who used Seahawks’ names to get drugs
A Spokane Valley man has been sentenced to six months in jail for faking on-the-job injuries and using Seattle Seahawks players’ names to get narcotics and other prescription drugs…MORE

Why can’t we be tough on workers’ comp fraud?
From higher premiums for honest employers to unfair scrutiny of legitimately injured workers, everyone pays the price of fraud. Unfortunately, the system treats fraud as a victimless crime. We need to be tough on workers’ compensation fraud if want to see less of it, according to Bob Wilson, author of the widely read “From Bob’s Cluttered Desk” blog…MORE

Insurance law podcast discusses impact of social media on WC claims

Click the image above to listen to the podcast.

Click the image above to listen to the podcast.

The podcast explains how social media can be used to investigate and/or defend a workers’ compensation claim. The speaker recommends that an investigation begin early, but cautions that privacy issues and state law should be carefully considered.

 

Researcher has innovative idea to measure worker fatigue
Fatigue is about four times more likely to contribute to workplace impairment than drugs or alcohol, according to studies cited by the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE). A university researcher will use $300,000 in ASSE grant money to study a fatigue measurement system that combines FitBit technology with data analytics to identify the moment fatigue sets in…MORE

NIOSH awards two cooperative agreements for workers’ compensation surveillance
Under the agreements, NIOSH will issue $400,000 grants to help California and Massachusetts compile, analyze, and disseminate workers’ compensation data to promote the prevention of occupational injuries, illnesses, fatalities and exposure to hazards..MORE

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