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National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup: Powered by Larson's (6/4/2012)

Sign up here for our free workers' compensation enewsletters (National or California Edition) to receive weekly news items. Be sure to select the enewsletter of your choice. NATIONAL NEWS: States With Low Workplace Nonfatal Injury Rates Have High Fatality Rates & Vice Versa . Workers...

Trends in Workers’ Compensation Narcotics Use: Avoiding Early Use is Key

By John Stahl, Esq. A May 2012 report from the National Council on Compensation Insurance Holdings, Inc. , (NCCI) addressed the conclusions of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) that “the overuse of opioid therapy to treat chronic pain conditions is becoming...

Experts, Officials, Media Offer Their Two Cents on U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision on Affordable Care Act

By John Stahl, Esq. The U.S. Supreme Court announcing its decision that the Affordable Care Act, also known as ACA and Obamacare, was constitutional was a “where were you” moment in American history. Key quotes from the majority and dissent opinions are provided below. The experts on...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup Powered by Larson's (7/2/2012)

Sign up here for our free workers' compensation enewsletters (National or California Edition) to receive weekly news items. Be sure to select the enewsletter of your choice. NATIONAL: IAIABC Drafts Model Legislation on Opioid Use . US DOL Posts Statement on OSHA Voluntary Protection Program...

The Impact of the Affordable Care Act on the Insurance Industry, Including Workers’ Compensation

In an interview with wrintv.com, Dr. Robert Hartwig of the Insurance Information Institute gave a rundown on the impact of the ACA on the insurance industry, now that the Act has been declared constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court: Health care insurers. Since the ACA is compulsory coverage,...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup: Powered by Larson's (7/9/2012)

Sign up here for our free workers' compensation enewsletters (National or California Edition) to receive weekly news items. Be sure to select the enewsletter of your choice. NATIONAL NEWS: Robert Hartwig, Insurance Information Institute, Discusses Impact of ACA on Insurance Industry . CMS...

Matthew Bender: Celebrating 125 Years of Trusted Analytical Content and Forward-Thinking Innovation

Matthew Bender ® : providing trusted analytical content for 125 years and looking toward the future While classic expert legal resources remain its heart and soul, Matthew Bender ® continues to reinvent itself to bring you innovative products. A distinguished history Matthew Bender ®...

Blueprint for HIPAA and ADA Compliant Wellness Programs: Encouraging Good Health Reduces Workers’ Compensation Expenses

By John Stahl, Esq. The article “Guidance for a Reasonably Designed, Employer-Sponsored Wellness Program Using Outcomes-Based Incentives” in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine demonstrates how employer-sponsored outcomes-based wellness programs (wellness programs) reduce...

The Case for Clear Guidelines for Nurse Case Managers

By Steven M. Birnbaum, Law Offices of Steven Birnbaum, San Rafael, California The cost of medical care has risen throughout our society and calls for cost control are no louder than in workers' compensation cases and Longshore cases are included in that. Thus, the insurance industry has tried a...

High Costs of Longer-Term Opioid Use: Workers’ Compensation Study Finds Heavy Use Compounds Medical Issues

Proof that “a higher use of opioids [among patients with occupational diseases] may … lead to addiction, increased disability or work loss, and even death” prompted the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute to conduct a study entitled “Longer-Term Use of Opioids.”...

LexisNexis Top 25 Blogs for Workers' Compensation and Workplace Issues - 2012 Honorees

The LexisNexis Workers' Compensation Law Community has selected its 2012 honorees for the Top 25 Blogs for Workers' Compensation and Workplace Issues . Congratulations to all the honorees! We thank our community members and Larson's National Workers' Compensation Advisory Board members...

LexisNexis Top 25 Blogs for Workers' Compensation and Workplace Issues - 2012 Honorees

The LexisNexis Workers' Compensation Law Community has selected its 2012 honorees for the Top 25 Blogs for Workers' Compensation and Workplace Issues . Congratulations to all the honorees! We thank our community members and Larson's National Workers' Compensation Advisory Board members...

Obamacare’s Impact on Workers’ Compensation Prescription Drug Costs: Experts Predict Greater Drug Utilization and Offer Solutions

By John Stahl, Esq. The near certainty that provisions in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a.k.a. Obamacare, will contribute to the increasing tendency to prescribe workers’ compensation claimants opioids prompted Risk & Insurance to conduct an October 23, 2012 webinar entitled “Affordable...

Depression: The Hidden Cost of Compensable Work Injuries

Collateral damage from a compensable incident often extends well beyond physical harm that stems from the initial injury. The psychological effects of even short-term disabilities, pursuing workers’ compensation benefits, and anxiety regarding an ability to return to work can be severe. Both...

Depression: The Hidden Cost of Compensable Work Injuries

Collateral damage from a compensable incident often extends well beyond physical harm that stems from the initial injury. The psychological effects of even short-term disabilities, pursuing workers’ compensation benefits, and anxiety regarding an ability to return to work can be severe. Both...