This week in comp, August 26, 2016

This week in comp is a weekly digest of workers’ compensation news from around the country.

Safety

Beware of OSHA phishing scam email
PhishingIf you receive an email that appears to be from OSHA and advises you to download a guidance document titled “Safety & Health at U.S.: Protecting Workers and Employers” to avoid being fined, do not click on any of the links in the email. OSHA advises you to delete the email immediately and run a virus scan…MORE

DOL announces start date for federal contractor disclosure requirements
Beginning in late October, employers bidding for a federal contract worth at least $500,000 must disclose any of 14 workplace protection violations, including safety and health, cited during the previous three years…MORE

Product recalls
RecallHoneywell Safety Products has issued a voluntary recall of approximately 9,700 bottles of Eyesaline emergency eyewash solution. In other recall news, Carhartt voluntarily recalled nine styles of flame-resistant sweatshirts manufactured from 2014 to 2016.

 

Fraud

Former corrections officer charged with felony in $100,000 workers’ comp scam
A former corrections officer stands accused of holding three security jobs while claiming his on-the-job injury was so serious he couldn’t work…MORE

Scheme results in $1.8 million in unpaid claims
Handcuff FraudA California man misappropriated $7.3 million from his insurance business into his personal accounts. The scheme left approximately 117 injured workers with $1.8 million in unpaid claims…MORE

Opioid epidemic

Could this new drug ease America’s opioid crisis?
Researchers have developed a pain-relieving opioid alternative. Unlike opioids, the compound does not interfere with the user’s breathing or fuel dopamine-driven addiction…MORE

Claims

Drug formularies reduce costs, improve care
Drug formularies built on evidence-based medicine can help control medical costs and improve care for injured workers, according to an American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) position paper. The ACOEM recommends states establish pharmacy and therapeutics committees to oversee the content of workers’ compensation formularies prior to implementation…MORE

Copies of designated doctor request now provided with division order
On Sept. 1, 2016, the Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation will begin sending all parties a copy of the Request For Designated Doctor (DWC Form-032) along with the commissioner’s order for a designated doctor exam…MORE

The best of the rest

66% of insurers plan increased hiring over next year: Study
hiring
More than 66 percent of insurance companies intend to increase staff during the next 12 months, according to a midyear labor study. That’s the highest percentage since the survey was launched in 2009. The study attributes the increase to demand for technology, claims and underwriter roles…MORE

State of the workers’ comp market: Takeaways for agents
Rate changes, the Affordable Care Act and the upcoming election are just a few issues facing the workers’ compensation system. The 2016 WCI keynote session featured a detailed look at the state of the market and what it means to agents…MORE

 

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