How Medical Marijuana is Impacting Workers' Compensation

Posted by Danielle Jaffee on Apr 27, 2017 10:27:15 AM

As of 2017, most states in the country allow for the medical use of marijuana – 29 states to be exact.  Each state has its own system for handling medical marijuana. Some states limit the potency of the available marijuana, while other states restrict when it can be used, limiting it to only a specified list of illnesses.  However, no matter how many states have laws in the book allowing it, the federal government still prohibits it- which makes for a tricky situation, especially when an employer is being asked to pay for it to treat an injured worker.  Needless to say, the issue is complicated.

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Topics: Legislative, Workers' Compensation

The Evolution of Mental Health Claims in Workers Comp

Posted by Danielle Jaffee on Apr 13, 2017 8:30:00 AM

Mental health claims in workers comp has been a growing topic over the last few years.  As society develops a better understanding of mental illness and its treatment, states have begun considering where and when a mental illness, especially Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), should be incorporated into workers’ comp statutes.  While it seems to be a topic in almost every state house the last few years, that hasn’t always been the case.

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Topics: Legislative, Workers' Compensation

What is a Home Delivery Pharmacy?

Posted by Kellie Collier on Apr 4, 2017 10:50:08 AM

Retail pharmacies, like CVS and Walgreens, seem to occupy every street corner from coast to coast. With nearly 70 percent of Americans taking at least one prescription medication, it’s not uncommon for people to feel comfortable and become familiar with their local retail pharmacy and pharmacy staff.

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Topics: Pharmacy Care Management, Workers' Compensation

What the Illinois Grand Bargain Bills Mean for Injured Workers

Posted by Danielle Jaffee on Mar 23, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Illinois is in the middle of one of the longest budget battles in history.  With two years down, the state still has not been able to adopt a budget.  So, why such a big crisis?  Simple, the Republican Governor and the Democratic House leader do not see eye-to-eye. 

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Topics: Legislative, Workers' Compensation

Stopping the Stigma Against Mental Health Claims in Workers Comp

Posted by Kellie Collier on Mar 2, 2017 12:22:32 PM

Yesterday, IWP had the pleasure of attending the Mental Health and Workplace Well-being conference in Boston, Massachusetts. This event, which was sponsored by The Alliance of Women in Workers' Compensation, brought together industry stakeholders from various backgrounds with one common goal – creating awareness for mental health issues within the workers' compensation.

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Topics: Workers' Compensation, Workplace Wellness

Fighting for First Responder Coverage

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

First responders have taken center stage, from expanded coverage for certain cancers in firefighters to the inclusion of mental ailments for first responders, a clear trend is emerging in 2017.  Five states have bills introduced that would allow workers’ comp to provide coverage for emotional and mental distress, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in first responders. 

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Topics: Legislative, Workers' Compensation

Getting Medications You Need When Your State has a Drug Formulary

Posted by Kellie Collier on Feb 21, 2017 8:30:00 AM

Depending on what state your injury occurred in, the state’s workers’ compensation system may have some say on what medications are right for your injury. Treatment guidelines, or drug formularies, have been popping up each year in various states as a measure to rein in workers’ comp costs and curb prescription drug abuse.

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Topics: Workers' Compensation

Uber and the Battle Over Workers' Comp

Posted by Danielle Jaffee on Feb 16, 2017 8:00:00 AM

What exactly is the gig economy?  Well, it’s a little different for everyone, but the Bureau of Labor Statistics summarized it as “a single project or task for which a worker is hired, often through a digital marketplace, to work on demand.”  To get a clearer picture of what that means, just think of an Uber or Lyft driver - who are hired to provide services through an app and decide when and where they will work and what jobs they will take. 

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Topics: Workers' Compensation

Do Injured Athletes Get Workers' Compensation?

Posted by Danielle Jaffee on Jan 17, 2017 4:43:52 PM

Professional athletes dominate the headlines across the country, sometimes because they’re good, and other times because they’re bad.  Whatever the reason, professional athletes receive a lot of attention in this country and recently that attention is coming in an unlikely place - workers’ compensation. 

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Topics: Workers' Compensation

2016 Recap and 2017 Outlook

Posted by Danielle Jaffee on Jan 10, 2017 10:47:35 AM

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.

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Topics: Insider, Workers' Compensation

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