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Paduda: Are You the Frog in The Pot? 03/14/2017
By: Joe Paduda
State: NA | Segment: Top | 740 | 0
At some point the frog figures out the water is getting too hot, but by then the heat has sapped so much of its strength that it can’t escape. It’s morbidly funny — except if you’re the frog. ...Read More

Paduda: Opioid Use in Work Comp has Dropped — and Cannabis Does Reduce Chronic Pain 03/07/2017
By: Joe Paduda
State: NA | Segment: Top | 1416 | 0
Several states have seen precipitous decreases in the amount of opioids dispensed per claim. Kentucky, New York, Maryland and Michigan all saw reductions in excess of 35%. ...Read More

Paduda: Who's Going to Pay for the Opioid Crisis? 02/24/2017
By: Joe Paduda
State: NA | Segment: Top | 1104 | 0
Insurers are loosening policy language to allow more treatment for opioid addiction. Treatment centers and providers are opening, expanding and increasing services to meet growing demand.  ...Read More

Paduda: ACA Deathwatch: The Impact on Workers' Comp 01/19/2017
By: Joe Paduda
State: NA | Segment: Top | 1339 | 0
With Republicans getting closer to repealing Affordable Care Act, it’s time to consider how this would impact workers’ compensation. ...Read More

Paduda: Whither Workers' Comp in 2017 — Part II 12/30/2016
Source: Joe Paduda
State: NA | Segment: Top | 1460 | 0
Thursday's post prognosticated about macro-drivers of workers comp; employment, investment returns, medical costs. Today’s focus is on what those macro-drivers mean for discrete parts of the work comp world – so here are the next five predictions. 6. Winner...Read More

Paduda: Whither Workers' Comp in 2017 — Part I 12/29/2016
By: Joe Paduda
State: NA | Segment: Top | 1331 | 0
It’s time to polish up the Health Strategy Associates crystal ball and prognosticate on what the next year will bring for workers’ comp. ...Read More

Paduda: Trump and Workers' Comp 11/21/2016
State: NA | Segment: Top | 1932 | 0
There’s no question the Republican sweep will hugely affect workers’ comp. ...Read More

Paduda: What's Really Happening in Workers' Comp 11/07/2016
State: NA | Segment: Top | 1151 | 0
Injury rates are plummeting, insurance premium rates are flat or dropping, and medical costs are down as well. ...Read More

Paduda: Why Are Work Comp Medical Costs Decreasing? 10/25/2016
State: NA | Segment: Top | 715 | 0 | Popular with Other
Medical costs were up a mere 3% in 2014, and actually dropped by a point in 2015 (in National Council on Compensation Insurance states). ...Read More

Paduda: Takeaways From DOL's State Workers' Compensation Report 10/07/2016
State: NA | Segment: Top | 666 | 0
After discussing Wednesday's meeting at the Department of Labor with several colleagues and reviewing notes, here are my key takeaways. ...Read More
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