This week in comp, October 28, 2016

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

Safety

Hazard communication: SDS and secondary label compliance following the GHS deadline

OSHA requires employers to train their employees on the revised hazard communication standard.

OSHA requires employers to train their employees on the revised hazard communication standard.

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

Claims

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

Opioid epidemic

SAMHSA releases app to help treat opioid abusers

There are not enough doctors providing medically assisted treatment for opioid abuse, according to SAMSHA.

In 2015, nearly 2.4 million Americans had an opioid abuse disorder, according to SAMHSA.

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

Fraud

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 security

Cyber-attacks a ‘wake-up call’ for insurers and public

Hackers used millions of Internet of Things devices to launch a major cyber-attack last week.

Hackers used millions of Internet of Things devices to launch a major cyber-attack last week.

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…

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