The Bureau of Workers' Compensation proposed rules allowing the establishment of a coordinated services program that requires injured workers to obtain prescription medications reimbursed by the bureau from a single designated pharmacy or prescriber.
The annual cumulative dose and cost of opioids per workers' comp claim increased substantially from 1999 to 2011, according to a new study. The driving factor was the increased volume of longer-acting opioids to treat chronic pain.
"The Legislature finds that certain employers, by virtue of the number of employees employed by the employers or the nature and type of the work undertaken by their employees, are experiencing significant costs associated with occupational injuries subject to the Workers' Compensation Code." Thus begins an explanation for the development of a proposed alternative to workers' comp for Oklahoma employers.
Deteriorating workers' comp claims experience and increasing frequency are blamed for a proposed workers' comp rate hike in South Carolina. NCCI is seeking a 7.3 percent loss cost increase to take effect in July.
About 5 million workers in the U.S. are at risk of injury and illness due to exposure to poor air quality. Yet many are unaware of the dangers and consequently don't adhere to recommendations for respirator use.