High Levels of Worker Stress Erode Workplace Safety
As the nature of work changes at break-neck speed, job stress poses a threat to workers and their employers, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health reports. “It is widely believed that job stress increases the risk for development of back and upper extremity musculoskeletal disorders.” And although additional research is necessary, NIOSH says there is growing concern that stressful work conditions interfere with safety practices and set the stage for accidents.
Meanwhile, the infographic above compiled by the American Psychological Assn. earlier this year shows that, on average, Americans’ stress levels are far higher than they believe is healthy.
Winning the War on Opioids
States can play a major role in the over-prescribing of opioid painkillers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Among other measures, states can tighten control over pain clinics prescribing the drugs and bolster prescription drug monitoring programs that track painkiller prescriptions. The graphic above shows how those actions across three states reduced overdose deaths and the percentage of patients “doctor shopping” for multiple prescriptions.
Workers’ Comp Medical Professional Price Inflation
The Medical Price Index for Workers’ Compensation (MPI-WC) measures price inflation for medical professional services commonly delivered to injured workers and billed by physicians, physical therapists, and chiropractors. Produced by the Workers Compensation Research Institute, the MPI-WC is developed similarly to the way the U.S. Department of Labor develops the Consumer Price Index for medical care (CPI-M), which tracks the price inflation of all medical services provided to the U.S. population, but has little relevance for tracking the price of care for injured workers.