Doctor’s Union Challenges Medical Management Companies, Outsourcing .
US DOL Reports US Mining Deaths Dropped to New Lows in 2015 .
AIG Invests in Wearable Devices to Promote Workplace Safety .
91 Percent of Patients Overdosing on Opioids Continued to Get Painkiller Prescriptions .
NCCI Establishes Baseline for Monitoring Impact of ACA on Workers Comp .
Recent Ruling Could Give OSHA Wider Authority for Issuing Enterprise Abatement Orders .
AZ: ICA Posts RFQ for Qualified Vendor List for Investment Management Consulting Services .
CA: DWC Ended Lien Activation Fee Collection...
Injured Worker Left Out in the Cold by ERISA Surviving on Social Security Disability .
Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index 2016 Reports $62B in U.S. Workers Comp Costs .
USDOL Issues Guidance on Joint Employment Under FLSA, MSPA .
News Investigation: Temp Agency Workers Reveal Discriminatory...
Lyft Settles Calif. Lawsuit for $12.5M, Drivers Still Not Classified as Employees .
Price Wars Between Insurers and Drug Companies Impact Patients’ Healthcare .
AMA Recommends Changes to CDC’s Proposed Opioid Prescription Policy .
AK: WCD Posts Filing Requirements for Annual Reports...
Experts Identify Top 10 Issues to Watch for Workers’ Comp in 2016 .
EEOC Seeks Comments on Proposed Enforcement Guidance on Workplace Retaliation .
Insurance Information Institute President Dr. Robert Hartwig to Step Down .
Obama Budget Would Invest $1.1B to Fight Opioid Abuse, Heroin...
Senator Wants CDC to Explore Use of Medical Marijuana to Combat Opioid Abuse .
NIOSH Explains Recommended Exposure Limit for Occupational Noise .
NIOSH Offers Employers Advice on Helping Workers Use Vehicle Safety Features .
AL: SB 122 Would Limit Employer’s Responsibility for PTD and...
American Medical Association Releases National Survey for Preventing Opioid Abuse .
American Medical Association Supports Telemedicine Bill .
CA: CWCI Study Examines 2015 Independent Medical Review Outcomes .
CA: High Court Won’t Hear Stevens IMR Constitutionality Case .
CA: Ellen Langille...
Sedgwick Institute Names Workers Comp Expert Richard Victor as Senior Fellow .
NIOSH Examines Latest Advances in Assessing Occupational Exposure Limits .
JPMorgan Chase Study Examines Impact of “Online Platform Economy” .
AK: DWC Emergency Regulations Made Permanent Eff. 3/11/2016...
OSHA Head Unveils Plans for 2016 .
Federal Court Upholds Wellness Program, Rejects Lawsuit Filed by EEOC .
NAIC Posts Latest Rankings for P&C Insurers Market Share .
Risks Inherent With Sharing Economy Posed to Increase 20 Fold+ During Next Decade .
ProPublica Workers Comp Investigation...
NCCI Posts 2015 State of the Line Reference Guide .
OSHA Considering Panel’s Recommendations for New Safety Guidelines .
Lockton Releases White Paper on Opioid Epidemic and Chronic Pain .
Senate Poised to Pass Bill to Reduce Opioid Abuse .
CA: DWC Posts Ethics Advisory Committee Annual...
CDC Posts Final Opioid Guidelines for 2016 .
ProPublica: Doctors Receiving Company Cash Tend to Prescribe More Brand-Name Drugs .
U.S. Prescription Drug Spending Rose 5 Percent in 2015 .
CA: DWC Announces Appointments to Ethics Advisory Committee .
CA: CHSWC Posts 2015 Annual Report .
OSHA Issues Final Rule on Silica Exposure .
NAMSAP Proposes Evidence-Based Limits on Opioids for WCMSAs .
OSHA Workplace Safety Violation Penalties to Increase 8/1/2016 .
Stanford Professor Claims Costs Drop 44 Percent for Companies That Opt Out .
HHS Release National Pain Strategy .
Labor Secretary Says Workers Comp Opt Outs Push Injured Workers to Poverty .
OSHA Reports on Year One of OSHA Severe Injury Reporting Program .
OSHA Publishes Final Rule to Update Standards for Eye and Face Protection .
First Robot-Run Insurance Company Launched, Opens for Business .
Shining the Real Light on So-Called Texas Opt Outs
By Thomas A. Robinson, co-author Larson’s Workers’ Compensation Law
As Lex Larson and I point out in the opening article in Workers’ Compensation Emerging Issues Analysis , 2015 Edition, 2016 will shape up to be an important one...
A widow’s civil action to recover damages from the Houston Police Department related to an incident in which her husband, a police sergeant, was killed in the line of duty by a man who was present in this country illegally, and who was subsequently convicted of the police sergeant’s murder...
Express Scripts Releases New Drug Trend Report .
Leahy Bill in U.S. Senate Could Kill Key Provision in TX Nonsubscriber ERISA Plans .
AZ: RBRVS Fiscal Impact Study Released .
AZ: ICA Requests Oct. 1 Effective Date for UR Rules for Opioid Use .
CA: Ninth Circuit to Hear Challenge to Class...
CDC Posts Annual Workers Memorial Day 2016 Message .
CDC Examines Impact of Hearing Loss on Quality of Life .
CDC Examines Convenience Store Compliance to Reduce Workplace Violence .
AZ: ICA Discusses Implementation of RBRVS-based Fee Schedule .
CA: Lawsuit Claims Insurance Companies Illegally...
A temporary employee of a staffing agency who was assigned to a tractor supply company was an “employee” of the latter and accordingly could not sue the supply company in tort following a work-related accident. The record showed that at the time of his injury, the employee was working on...
NCCI Posts Hartwig Presentation of Future of P&C Market and American Workplace .
NCCI Posts Presentation of Insurance in an Exponential World .
NCCI Posts Presentation for Affordable Care Act and Workers Comp .
NCCI Posts Presentation on Prescription Drug 2016 Update .
NCCI Posts Presentation...
WCRI Study Compares Outcomes of Injured Workers Across 15 States .
US DOL Continues Investigation of Opt Outs to Workers Comp .
AZ: Governor Signs HB 2240 Workers Comp Changes .
AR: Court Finds WCC Lacks Exclusive Jurisdiction in Employee’s Personal Injury Lawsuit .
CA: US Sup Ct Denies...
Texas Saw Reductions in Both “Non-Preferred” Drug Prescriptions and Overall Prescription Costs
In recent years, a host of workers’ compensation (WC) experts have touted the specialized drug formularies utilized in several states operate as two-edged swords, capable of reducing both...
Comp Insurance Profitable, At Least For the Moment .
CA: DWC Posts Interim Report on Evidence-Based Comp Drug Formulary .
CA: WCIRB Submits 1/1/2017 Regulatory Filing .
CA: WCIRB Releases Report on 2015 Losses and Expenses .
CA: Settlement May Net Lyft Drivers $27 Million .
FL: NCCI Recommends...
DOL Announces Adjustment of Civil Penalty Fines .
CA: DWC Accepting Applications for QME Examination on Oct. 29 .
CA: WCIRB President’s Message About 2016 Achievements, Plans Ahead .
CA: Class Action Says WC System Has Bias Against Women .
HI: State Sees Significant Increases in WC...
By Joe Anderson, Albert Betts, Jr. and Stuart Colburn
The following provides a brief overview of some of the events and decisions impacting the Texas workers’ compensation system.
Unlike many other states, Texas’ legislature meets biennially and 2017 is a session...
This article surveys recent legal trends in the states of Maryland, New Mexico, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin as explained by our workers’ compensation experts below.
Four of the hottest topics in Maryland are as follows:
1. Opioid use and abuse. Like the rest of the world,...