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Opioid Crisis Spills Into Workplaces

At Philip Tulkoff’s food-processing plant in Baltimore, machines grind tough horseradish roots into puree. “If you put your arm in the wrong place,” the owner says, “and you’re not paying attention, it’s going to pull you in.” It’s not a …

NCCI Examines Employee, Legislator and Regulator Concerns About Marijuana

Two more articles released by the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) examine the many questions employees, legislators and regulators have regarding marijuana use in the workplace. “The Marijuana Conversation: Questions Employees Are Asking” article is the third in a …

4 Ways Machine Learning Can Help Workers’ Comp Claims Teams

You may have heard some buzz about machine learning (ML), but what exactly is it? And, more importantly, how does it relate to you? ML essentially refers to the phenomenon of computers and other devices that appear to be intelligent …

Insurer Says it Shouldn’t Have to Pay for Medical Marijuana in Maine Case

The Maine supreme court on Wednesday began considering whether a paper millworker left suicidal by narcotic painkillers should receive workers’ compensation for medical marijuana. It’s the first time the court has considered the question of insurance reimbursement for medical marijuana. …

OSHA Fines Related to Nevada Workplace Deaths Reduced 50% of the Time

Companies that contested Nevada workplace safety citations after an employee died on the job received reduced fines about half the time. An analysis of state and federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration fatality records by the Las Vegas Review-Journal showed …

Ridesharing Technology Eases Transportation, Continuity of Care Burden in Workers’ Comp

Digital devices and mobile applications are breathing new life into traditional workers’ compensation services—this was a key takeaway from the session, “Ridesharing Technology: Transforming Transportation in Workers’ Compensation,” presented at the 2017 California Workers’ Compensation & Risk Conference in Dana …

EMPLOYERS Survey: Recruiting Edge for Employers With Good Workplace Safety

Small business owners may be underselling an important factor that could give them an edge when recruiting new talent, according to a new survey of small business employees by EMPLOYERS, a national small business workers’ compensation insurer. The survey found …

Not All Equipment is Alike: The Need for Expertise in DME

Part II: Counting the Cost; Containing the Cost – The Importance of Transparency in DME In part one of this series, we addressed the importance of having a certified Assistive Technology Professional who has special experience and knowledge in the …

NCCI: Employers Have Many Questions When it Comes to Pot

An article emphasizing the many questions employers have relating to marijuana use has been published by the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI). The article, “The Marijuana Conversation: Questions Employers Are Asking” is the second in a five-part series examining …

Not All Equipment is Alike: The Need for Expertise in DME

Part One: Knowledge is Key in DME – The role of the ATP Assistive Technology Professional There is a growing trend in the workers’ compensation industry for carriers and excess carriers to contract with network services providers, under the belief …