At the end of 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a new report on the opioid epidemic showing that a shocking 33,091 people died from a drug overdose involving at least one opioid in 2015. That’s over 4,000 more deaths than in 2014 and deaths involving synthetic opioids, like fentanyl, rose by 75% in one year. For the first time in our history heroin related deaths are more common that gun homicides.
2016 brought several changes to the workers' compensation community. Legislative efforts on hot topics like drug formularies and opioid fill-limits made its way state-to-state and the effects were seen nationwide.
The holiday season has once again snuck up on us. Right after you carve the turkey it’s time to string the Christmas lights, followed closely by New Year’s Eve celebrations. During the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it’s easy to put your health and wellness on the backburner.
Starting today, IWP will join members of the national worker’s compensation industry for The National Workers Compensation and Disability Conference held in New Orleans. To kick off this event the Alliance of Women in Workers' Compensation will hold their third leadership forum today.
Workers' compensation, or “the grand bargain”, has been an insurance staple in the United States for over one hundred years. Through this agreement, employees receive wage replacement and medical benefits for their work injury and release the right to sue their employer for damages.
Chronic pain affects about 1 out of every 4 people in the U.S. at a cost of about $600 billion per year. Pain has become a widespread problem that we at IWP care about improving.
Compounds is a term being thrown around a lot when it comes to workers' compensation and medical treatment in general. But why is it getting so much attention?
The last few years the term “opt-out” has been thrown around a lot when discussing state workers’ compensation systems, but what exactly does “opt-out” mean?
Every state has a workers’ compensation insurance program which requires employers to provide certain benefits to their employees to cover lost wages and medical expenses for on-the-job injury. If a state creates an opt-out program they are allowing certain employers to “opt-out” of the state regulated policies and provide their own benefit plan for injured workers.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has announced Saturday, October 22, 2016 as the next National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. The semiannual event aims to provide a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposing prescription drugs, while also educating people nationwide about the potential for abuse of medications.
When faced with an injury, our instincts tell us to surround ourselves with loved ones for comfort and support. But how often do we consider the importance of building a strong treatment team?