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Specialty Drugs: An Approaching Tsunami in Workers’ Compensation Costs?

Earlier this year, myMatrixx, a company specializing in pharmacy and ancillary services for workers’ compensation programs, forecast in a Webinar broadcast that drug treatment costs in these programs are poised to rise exponentially. Their projected acceleration of costs is attributed to acceleration...

Kids' Chance: Over $8M in Scholarships Awarded to Date

In 2013, there were 4,405 workplace fatalities in the United States. In 2011, there were more than 190,000 workers sustaining injuries that required more than thirty days of lost work time. In addition to the affected workers, the families are also impacted by these losses. Children in particular are...

Predictive Analytics and Big Data in the Workplace and Beyond: The Science Behind the Crystal Ball

Karen C. Yotis, Esq., a Feature Resident Columnist for the LexisNexis Workers’ Compensation eNewsletter , provides insights into workplace issues and the nuts and bolts of the workers’ comp world. An awful lot of ink has been devoted lately to Predictive Analytics and Big Data—two...

Missouri: Dependent Awarded Life-time Comp Benefits After His Father’s Cocaine-related Death

Agnew sustained catastrophic injuries when he was 22 years old after he fell from a roof in 1999. He sustained T9 paraplegia and required multiple spinal surgeries and psychiatric admissions. He received multiple treatment involving more than $2.2 million in care. In 2008 he was found dead in a Wal-mart...

Temp Nation: Standing Up for the Walking Dead

Karen C. Yotis, Esq., a Feature Resident Columnist for the LexisNexis Workers’ Compensation eNewsletter , provides insights into workplace issues and the nuts and bolts of the workers’ comp world. Temporary workers are having a decidedly permanent impact on the nation’s workforce...

Understanding Geographic Variation in the Use of Treatment Guidelines for Occupational Injuries

Greater medical consensus could reduce geographic variability A recent study published by the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine suggests that there is geographic variation in the use of medical treatment guidelines that reaches beyond differences in population characteristics,...

Workers’ Compensation and Its Secondary Payers: Medicare and Medicaid

Last November I had the pleasure of participating in a panel with two more eminently qualified folks—Jennifer C. Jordan of MEDVAL, LLC and Tim Nay at Nay & Friedenberg —about Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) compliance at the 23rd Annual National Workers’ Compensation and Disability...

Surviving the Great Recession: Getting By With a Little Help From Our Meds

By Karen C. Yotis, Esq. and Robin E. Kobayashi, J.D. It’s a no brainer that when the economy takes a deep dive, our collective psychological well-being also ends up under water. Just reading about mass layoffs, homeless families, and bankruptcies—much less taking a drive past the dead...

“Out Front Ideas with Kimberly and Mark” Series Promises Cutting-Edge Workers' Compensation-Related Content

ST. LOUIS (February 26, 2015) – Kimberly George and Mark Walls announced today that they will join forces to host a regular, complimentary webinar series and interactive forum called "Out Front Ideas with Kimberly and Mark." The series – sponsored by Sedgwick and Safety National...

Strong Correlation Between Nonopoid Substance Abuse Disorders and Therapeutic Opioid Addiction

Patients with such disorders 28 times more likely to become addicted to opioids Thomas A. Robinson, J.D., the Feature National Columnist for the LexisNexis Workers’ Compensation eNewsletter , is a leading commentator and expert on the law of workers’ compensation. It has been known...

Tackling the Elephant in the Room: Exclusive Remedy

How I spent my time at the National Workers’ Compensation & Disability Conference discussing the exclusive remedy doctrine By Deborah G. Kohl, Esq. As all workers’ compensation practitioners know exclusive remedy is the linchpin of the “great social bargain” underlying...

Truth and Consequences of the Affordable Care Act: Shifting of Patient Treatment From General Healthcare to Workers’ Compensation

By Ryan Benharris, Esq. The Impact of the Affordable Care Act on National Workers’ Compensation was the leadoff session at the 2015 Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) Annual Convention. “Resilience or Renovation,” was the overall theme of this year’s event, which...

Ethnic Disparities in Occupational Injury Hospitalization Rates

A study of five states shows Latinos are significantly more likely to have a work-related traumatic injury hospitalization Roger Rabb, J.D., Special Correspondent for the LexisNexis Workers’ Compensation eNewsletter In establishing its Healthy People 2020 initiative four years ago, the U...

Workers’ Compensation, Return to Work, and the Americans with Disabilities Act

Best practices for complying with the spirit and law of the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended in 2009 Roger Rabb, J.D., Special Correspondent for the LexisNexis Workers’ Compensation eNewsletter Employers dealing with injured workers are often preoccupied in the early stages of the...

Seasonal Patterns in Occupational Risk

Exploring the impact of reporting error on year-end injury declines Karen C. Yotis, Esq., a Feature Resident Columnist for the LexisNexis Workers’ Compensation eNewsletter , provides insights into workplace issues and the nuts and bolts of the workers’ comp world. Workers who struggle...

What’s Really Behind the Decline in Workers’ Comp Claim Rates?

New study suggests improved safety is only partially the answer given the considerable shift of care from workers’ comp to private insurance coverage Thomas A. Robinson, J.D., the Feature National Columnist for the LexisNexis Workers’ Compensation eNewsletter , is the co-author of Larson’s...

Medical Expert Says U.S. Health Industry Often Guilty of “Overkill”

Significant percentage of medical care procedures is unnecessary Much has been written about the explosion of health care costs in the workers’ compensation system. Indeed, most experts agree that medical care expenses now represent more than 60 cents out of every benefit dollar provided to...

Affordable Care Act: How It Can Reduce Workers’ Compensation Costs and Provide Better Outcomes for Injured Workers

By Ryan Benharris, Esq. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the unpredictability on its future effect on workers’ compensation systems across the country continue to be a hot topic among workers’ compensation scholars. Last month, the William Mitchell Law Review...

Thomas A. Robinson on Prescription Drugs and Workers’ Compensation

Last week LexisNexis published an Emerging Issues Analysis article on prescription drugs and workers’ compensation written by Thomas A. Robinson, the co-author of Larson’s Workers’ Compensation Law . The article examines opioid use, medical marijuana, physician dispensing, generic drugs...

Workers’ Compensation Benefits for Injured Workers Continue to Decline While Employer Costs Rise

Study Finds Benefits as a Share of Payroll Approach Lowest in Three Decades WASHINGTON, D.C – Workers’ compensation benefits as a share of payroll for injured workers continue to decline even as employment grows and overall employer costs increase, according to a new report from the National...

P347 Larsons desk edition

An Alarming Mortality and Morbidity Trend Among Middle-Aged White Non-Hispanic Americans Suggests Implications for Ability to Work

Despite strides in medical care, mortality/morbidity is rising among this important demographic due to drugs, alcohol, suicide, liver disease and cirrhosis According to a study recently released by two Princeton University economists, the broadly observed long-term decline in mortality rates among...

The Top 10 Bizarre Workers’ Compensation Cases for 2015

Last November, I had the pleasure of speaking at the 24th Annual National Workers’ Compensation and Disability Conference in Las Vegas. My session was a spin-off of what has become one of my most popular annual blog offerings—a presentation of truly bizarre workers’ compensation cases...

Opt Outs to Workers’ Compensation: The Real Disconnect in What Is Being Said and What Is Being Implemented

By Jennifer C. Jordan, Esq., General Counsel, MEDVAL, LLC The National Workers’ Compensation and Disability Conference generally serves as a pretty good barometer of what the industry focus will be in the upcoming year and it is evident that 2016 will be all about opt-out. Given that it was...

Opt Outs Panels at WCRI Conference Sidestep Unresolved Issues of How States Can Relinquish Control of Workers’ Compensation

Opt-out cannot become a viable alternative to problematic state systems until a reasonable balance is attained between the interests of injured workers and employers alike By Jennifer C. Jordan, Esq., General Counsel, MEDVAL LLC As opt-out discussions continue despite the recent Oklahoma agency...