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WHY? 01/20/2016
By: Julius Young
State: NA | Segment: Top | 203 | 0
On Jan. 7, 2016 the WCIRB unveiled a report analyzing changes in indemnity claim frequency (see link below). The report will continue to stoke the fires of those who are concerned about cumulative trauma claims in California. Of course, the classic cumulative trauma claim would be that of...Read More
Workers' Comp Foreign Worker Agenda 01/18/2016
State: NA | Segment: Top | 515 | 0
When was the last time immigration was as controversial as it is now? Politicians with serious presidential aspirations have come to wink at xenophobia. It’s not just anger over the 11 million undocumented people, of which eight million are workers. A lot of people in this La...Read More
When Opioids Almost Kill You, Chances Are You'll Get More Opioids 01/08/2016
By: Michael Gavin
State: NA | Segment: Top | 241 | 0
I really wanted the first post of 2016 to be positive, uplifting, inspiring ... but a study I read over the break was so unnerving, I had to go and ruin "return to work" day, already a day that lives in infamy, with even more depressing news. Researchers at Boston Medical Center...Read More

What Will the Next 30 Years Teach Us? 01/07/2016
By: David Langham
State: NA | Segment: Top | 636 | 0
The Center for Disease Control appears to be quietly working on guidelines for physicians prescribing opioids. There are a few truths that influence the debate and likely there are some misconceptions and misperception also. One truth is that bodily injury can result in pain. Anyone that has ever...Read More
Workers' Comp Fraud: The Drobot Case Grinds On 12/03/2015
By: Tom Lynch
State: NA | Segment: Top | 520 | 0 | Popular with Legal
In late February, 2014, we wrote about the sordid tale of corruption perpetrated in southern California by Michael Drobot and his gang of thieves. Honor Sold, Trust Betrayed: U...Read More
What Happens When Clinicians Don't Trust Regulators? 12/02/2015
By: Dr. Robert Weinmann
State: NA | Segment: Top | 292 | 0
USA Today published a piece on whether or not physicians should be forced to check a prescription database before writing opioid prescriptions. In Massachusetts, Gov. Charlie Baker proposed measures to obstruct physicians from prescribing these medications. Among the irresponsible provisions reco...Read More
Why Aren't We Linking PDMPs and EHRs? 11/19/2015
By: Michael Gavin
State: NA | Segment: Top | 182 | 0
The development of prescription drug monitoring programs nationwide is a necessary, albeit insufficient by itself, step in our fight against prescription drug misuse and abuse.  I've long advocated not just for mandatory reporting to PDMPs (which requires doctors and pharmacies to contri...Read More
Who Is Really the Ultimate Decision Maker? 11/16/2015
By: David Langham
State: NA | Segment: Top | 498 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Many years ago, in 1980, Rush sang "Freewill." One of the lyrics of that tune is "if you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice." That is a line that parties might want to remember when they head to mediation.  So many times, I have heard the medi...Read More
What Happens When Regulators Don't Trust Clinicians? 10/23/2015
By: Michael Gavin
State: NA | Segment: Top | 370 | 0
USA Today published an interesting point/counterpoint this week on the question of whether doctors should be forced to check a prescription drug-monito...Read More
Why Vehicle Safety is so Exciting 10/26/2015
State: NA | Segment: Top | 314 | 0
Tracy Morgan’s crash on the New Jersey Turnpike in June 2014 has led to a paradigmatic milestone in vehicle safety. A Walmart trailer truck driver who rear-ended the comedian’s limo had been driving for 29 of the past 33 hours.  Had an “electronic logging ...Read More
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