By Stuart D. Colburn, Esq., and Albert Betts, Jr., Esq., Co-Authors, Texas Workers’ Compensation Law
This year marks an anniversary that will not be celebrated with a parade or even a mention on the local news. But it is significant to those who are a part of the Texas workers’ compensation...
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...