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Lag Times Cost Money, Report Shows

San Francisco, CA (WorkersCompensation.com) - Employers/payers spend an extra $50.47 on medical-only claims for each day an injury is not reported to the employer. That finding is one of many from the Integrated Benefit Institute’s recent ...

Preventing 'Secondary Trauma' Protects Caregivers from Succumbing to Undue Stress

Sarasota, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) - When tragedy strikes, we rely on first responders, leaders and other supportive professionals to help employees cope and recover. Early intervention can ...

CO: Cannabis Industry Bad For The Eyes

Denver, CO (WorkersCompensation.com) – The cannabis industry is the fastest growing industry in the country, according to CNBC. Cannabis manufacturers and distributors created 64,389 new jobs in 2018. Nationwide there are more than 211,000 ...

Wyoming Employer Penalized By OSHA After Work-Related Accident Kills 2

Jacksonville, WY- (WorkersCompensation.com) - Wyoming’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has penalized the owner of a Jackson Hole developer for five violations that were deemed ...

PA Woman Dies in Meat Grinder

Muncy Township, PA (WorkersCompensation.com) – A female worker at a meat processing plant has died after falling into a commercial meat grinder, officials in Pennsylvania report. According to the Lycoming County coroner’s office, details about ...

Motion Practice Again

There is some evidence that attorneys may not be following the rules very thoroughly or faithfully. It is also bought to my attention that periodically attorneys can become so embroiled in their efforts at zealous representation that they lose focus on the ...

The Under-Appreciated World Of Premium Audits

Most of us give no thought to workers’ compensation premium audits. Who would have thought they are so important and the hand maiden of controversy? Premium audits check the insured company’s records to confirm the ...

Not All Who Wander Are Lost

Spring Break has come and gone, but for those of us on the conference circuit there has not been much of a break. In fact, right now happens to be one of the busiest times of the year in our industry. Recently I was invited to speak on a panel at Philly ...

At the Intersection of a Longshore Act Claim and a Medicare Secondary Payer Act Claim: Which Side Wins?

An interesting case arose out of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit yesterday.  The case is Grimm v. Vortex Marine Constr., No. 18-15104, 2019 ...

Making Treatment Guidelines Matter

Our industry puts a lot of trust in guidelines that present best evidence of good medical care.  Does medical practice endorsed by these guidelines ensure better outcomes? Or are they window dressing? A third-party administrator says that ...

ODG by MCG Announces John Nelson as Director of Sales

Austin, TX (WorkersCompensation.com) - ODG, an MCG Health company, announces John Nelson, a founding member of Peers Health and the previous Director of Sales at Reed Group, has joined ODG as Director of Sales. ...

Modified Duty Off-Site Placements, Seeking a Win-Win!

Minneapolis, MN (WorkersCompensation.com) - What do you do when your injured employee has a workers’ compensation claim and you’re unable to accommodate their restrictions? Typically, you make temporary ...

CA: Construction Company Operators Plead to Fraud, Labor Theft

Los Angeles, CA (WorkersCompensation.com) - A brother and sister who run a construction company in Paramount have admitted to their roles in a $6 million workers’ compensation fraud and labor theft ...

Early Indicators of High-Risk Opioid Use Study Released

Oakland, CA (WorkersCompensation.com) - Since 2012, the use of opioids has significantly and continuously declined in the California workers’ compensation system. The downward trend of opioid prescriptions ...

100 Years of OSH: ILO Spotlights Past, Present and Future Ahead of Annual World Day for Safety and Health at Work

Geneva — Technology, the environment, changes in how work is done and shifting demographics present both challenges and opportunities for the future ...

In Healthcare, Technology Matters, but People Make the Difference

The buzz in healthcare these days is all about technology. Telehealth, artificial intelligence, micro-devices, 3D printing, innovative implants and more all dominate the conversation around healthcare. But no matter ...

Freed from the Bondage of My HOA Board

It was a glorious day. After nine years on the board of directors of my homeowner’s association, five of them as president, I was free. My long neighborhood nightmare was over. I was tempted to call this post, “Free at Last, Free at ...

Diving Right In - A Non-Rescue Rescue Could Test the Boundaries of Compensability

We have to give her an A for effort. This past week a 19-year-old waitress was working on the rooftop bar of a restaurant located on a Daytona Beach, FL pier when she saw a young boy ...

An Update: Flatulent Bully Passes Muster in Court

Several weeks ago we reported on a case where a man was suing his former employer for harassment because he repeatedly passed gas down under. We would should remind you this case was in Australia, and the workplace was ...

Call It What It Is - Raid of SAIF Funds Will Be Theft, Pure and Simple

It is a weak link; a chink in the armor if you will, in the concept of state-owned insurance solutions. The money they collect in reserves can be greedily eyed by less than competent politicians as a solution to ...

Don't wait! Take action this weekend on National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day – Saturday, April 27, 2019 – is just days away. Participating is a great way to ensure public health and clean out your medicine cabinet. Or in my ...

Pot, Pills, and People

At the 2019 Executives in Workers Compensation Conference, a panel discussed pain management challenges and solutions. The speakers were: Mark Pew - SVP Preferred Medical Kathleen Collins - Senior Clinical Pharmacist, Craig Hospital Jamie Goff - Director of ...

2019 California Legislative Update

At the 2019 Executives in Workers’ Compensation conference, Jeff Rush from California JPIA discussed pending legislation impacting workers’ compensation and liability claims in California.  California has single party rule, with a Democratic ...

Medical Technology and Workers’ Compensation

At the 2019 Executives in Workers’ Compensation conference, a session talked about how advances in medical technology are impacting workers’ compensation. the speakers were: Constantine Gean, MD - Regional Medical Director, Liberty ...

The 411 on Functional Capacity Evaluations

A functional capacity evaluation (FCE) is a comprehensive series of test administered by an occupational therapist or a physical therapist who has had specialized training in performing a FCE.  The tests are specifically designed to ...

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CO: Cannabis Industry Bad For The Eyes

Denver, CO (WorkersCompensation.com) – The cannabis industry is the fastest growing industry in the country, according to CNBC. Cannabis manufacturers and distributors created 64,389 new jobs in 2018. Nationwide there are more than ...

Growing the skilled workforce in Texas

Austin is expected to have more than 60,000 skilled trade job openings over the next five years. Businesses across the state, which are critical to the Texas economy, are in need of skilled workers and are up against misconceptions ...

CA: Construction Company Operators Plead to Fraud, Labor Theft

Los Angeles, CA (WorkersCompensation.com) - A brother and sister who run a construction company in Paramount have admitted to their roles in a $6 million workers’ compensation fraud and labor theft ...

The 411 on Functional Capacity Evaluations

A functional capacity evaluation (FCE) is a comprehensive series of test administered by an occupational therapist or a physical therapist who has had specialized training in performing a FCE.  The tests are specifically designed ...

Modified Duty Off-Site Placements, Seeking a Win-Win!

Minneapolis, MN (WorkersCompensation.com) - What do you do when your injured employee has a workers’ compensation claim and you’re unable to accommodate their restrictions? Typically, you make temporary ...

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