workers’ compensation News

Exoskeletons Should be Used With Caution During Heavy Lifting

You can wear an exoskeleton, but it won’t turn you into a superhero. That’s the finding of a study in which researchers tested a commercially available exoskeleton—a mechanical arm attached to a harness—that’s typically worn by workers to help them …

Robots Used in Japan to Beat Construction Labor Shortage

Robots that can weld, lift and bolt are being developed to help bridge labor shortages at Japanese construction sites, though their use will be limited to night shifts when no human workers will be nearby due to safety and regulatory …

Mitchell: Workers’ Comp Billing Errors Could Be Costing Payors

Inappropriate coding and unbundling were two of the most common billing issues Mitchell found during their medical billing audit. The analysis was presented in Mitchell’s Q1 2018 Industry Trends Report. The author of the first in a three part series …

Study: Medical Marijuana Users More Likely to Use and Misuse Prescription Drugs

Can medical marijuana help to fight the opioid epidemic? Many believe that it can. But a new study finds that people who use medical marijuana actually have higher rates of medical and non-medical prescription drug use—including pain relievers. The study …

New York Workers’ Comp Board Proposes Improvements in Care for Injured Workers

The New York State Workers’ Compensation Board has proposed improvements in medical care for injured workers. Its proposal includes an increase in medical reimbursement to providers who treat workers’ compensation claimants and the adoption of a universal claim form to …

Poll: Older Adults Wary of Medical Marijuana

Few older adults use medical marijuana, a new national poll finds, but the majority support its use if a doctor recommends it, and might talk to their own doctor about it if they developed a serious health condition. Four out …

Cigna’s Purchase of Express Scripts Unlikely to Affect Workers’ Comp

Cigna’s purchase of healthcare pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts last month was just the latest insurer/PBM acquisition in an effort to control rising medical treatment and drug costs. There’s been quite a few pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) acquisitions in healthcare …

Sanitation Worker Safety Group Pushes Penalty Bills

Kenny Lawson loved being a garbage collector. The Germantown, Ohio, resident enjoyed working outdoors alongside his family, throwing his “solid as a horse” frame into physical labor that made people’s lives better. One customer left a cooler near the curb …

Commentary: Workers’ Comp Can Benefit From Drug Formularies

With issues like the opioid crisis and inflating drug costs at the forefront of discussion in workers’ compensation, several states, including Indiana and Pennsylvania, are currently considering legislation to establish workers’ compensation drug formularies. Some debate has arisen as to …

Arkansas Legislators Advance Pharmacy Benefit Managers Regulation

An Arkansas House panel advanced a proposal Tuesday to regulate pharmacy benefit managers, as lawmakers began a special session focused primarily on addressing a cut in reimbursements rates pharmacists have seen. The House Insurance and Commerce Committee endorsed a proposal …