October 28, 2016 Leave a comment
This week in comp is a weekly roundup of workers’ compensation news from across the country.
Hazard communication: SDS and secondary label compliance following the GHS deadline
Manufacturers and distributors are working to distribute GHS-compliant safety data sheets (SDS). In the meantime, employers should keep detailed documentation of their efforts to get SDS’ for their products…MORE
Age is more than a number
With more Americans putting off retirement, employers can take steps to help older workers remain healthy and productive…MORE
Why are work comp medical costs decreasing?
About 90 percent of the employed population has health insurance, a 10 percent increase over 2010. That means workers’ comp doesn’t have to pick up the tab for comorbidities and other non-work related conditions, which has led to a decrease in work comp medical costs…MORE
Claims has to up its game to attract new hires
With 25 percent of the claims workforce set to retire in the next few years, insurers are looking for new talent. In-house training and college partnerships are key strategies in filling the gap…MORE
SAMHSA releases app to help treat opioid abusers
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has released a smartphone app that provides essential resources and information to doctors interested in using medication-assisted treatment therapies to treat patients with a prescription opioid abuse disorder…MORE
DWC fraud unit extends its reach
The new in-house fraud unit at the Division of Workers’ Compensation has opened more than 40 investigations and hired additional investigators to extend its reach. The unit exclusively focuses on investigating workers’ comp fraud in Texas…MORE
Racketeering charges detail scam to defraud workers’ comp fund
Prosecutors say between 2008 and 2014, a chain of medical clinics defrauded Ohio’s Bureau of Workers’ Compensation by billing for procedures that were never done and inflating the percentage of disability for injured workers, making them eligible for higher payments from the state…MORE
Deputy nabbed in alleged workers’ comp fraud: Heavy weights, squats, burpees?
A California deputy tripped over a fire hose and claimed he injured his back, left shoulder and left side of his neck during a boat rescue. Despite claiming he was unable to lift heavy objects, do squats or run, the deputy was seen doing box jumps, burpees, squats and other exercises, prosecutors allege…MORE
Cyber-attacks a ‘wake-up call’ for insurers and public
Last week, hackers attacked a company that facilitates the loading of web pages, shutting down Twitter, Amazon and other popular sites. A cyber security expert predicts that as individuals and businesses become more comfortable with internet-based and cloud-based storage, we make ourselves more vulnerable to future attacks…MORE
The best of the rest
Industry needs to address gaps in workers’ compensation, AMCOMP panelists say
Legal disparity from state-to-state and the lack of a common compliance standard has led to an increase in litigation and a lack of clarity around which workers’ compensation laws are considered constitutional, according to a panel discussion during the American Society of Workers’ Compensation Professionals fall meeting…