What’s happening this week in workers’ compensation?

What’s happening this week in workers’ compensation? IWP’s weekly legislative wrap-up, State of the States, keeps you up to date on important matters within the workers compensation and pharmacy arena.

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What’s happening this week in workers’ compensation? IWP’s weekly legislative wrap-up, State of the States, keeps you up to date on important matters within the workers compensation and pharmacy arena.

This week’s legislative wrap-up contains updates including:

  • Pennsylvania Senate voted to pass a bill to create a workers’ comp drug formulary
  • California submitted final regulations for the adoption of a drug formulary
  • New York’s new law would allow volunteer firefighters to collect benefits

You’ll also find information on the President’s declaration on the nation’s opiod epidemic.

 

Construction Leads U.S. Industries in Struck-By Accidents, Deaths

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Construction Leads U.S. Industries in Struck-By Accidents, Deaths

The headlines say it all: “Worker killed by steamroller,” “Worker hit and killed on Highway 9,” “Worker hit, killed in construction zone.”

Highway maintenance workers have some of the most dangerous jobs in the construction field, as do power-line installers and excavators.

So says a new study that examines the role of “struck-by” hazards in the cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries in construction.

The study, by the Center for Construction Research and Training, found that from 2011 to 2015, 804 construction workers died from struck-by injuries, more than any other major industry including agriculture and transportation.

Construction also had the highest rate of nonfatal struck-by injuries among all industries.

About half (52.2%) of the struck-by fatalities were caused by an object or equipment, the study found.

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Why Can’t I Choose My Pharmacy Under Workers’ Comp?

Why Can’t I Choose My Pharmacy Under Workers’ Comp?

Posted by Danielle Jaffee on Sep 28, 2017 8:00:00 AM

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Workers’ compensation is not like traditional health care, and your coverage isn’t like your normal health insurance coverage.  The reason? Because under workers’ compensation your employer is paying for your treatment. For the most part, you aren’t expected to put out any money when receiving workers’ comp benefits.

Because of this, the rules of treatment get a little tricky.  The biggest thing most injured workers notice after they’ve been injured on the job is that the employer has more control over medical treatment than they would have had the injury not occurred at work.  This varies by state, but under some laws the employer has the right to select your treating physician and/or the pharmacy you go to for your prescription medications.  This practice is called direction of care.

 

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