Chris Fleming has posted A March Madness Health Wonk Review at Health Affairs Blog. As might be expected, Obamacare is a big focus in the submissions, as well as some stellar entries on the healthcare scene in Massachusetts. There’s also a grab bag of assorted topics. Health Affairs Blog and the parent publication Health Affairs is one of the nation’s leading journals of health policy thought and research. If healthcare is a topic on your radar — and if you are an employer, it should be — it’s worth dropping by to keep up to date.
Other notable news:
- Joe Paduda tells us that another bomb has dropped on physician dispensers – good to see some push back on key players enabling repackaging.
- In the no free lunch department, Dave DePaolo looks at what a world without workers comp looks like.
- A recent National Safety Council Injury Fact report reveals, among other things, that poisonings, including those from unintentional opioid prescription painkiller overdoses, were the leading cause of death in 18 states and Washington, D.C. Also, cell phone use is now estimated to be involved in 26 percent of all motor vehicle crashes – up from the previous year. While these statistics are not work-specific, they call attention to issues employers need to address.
- Jon Gelman posts on OSHA’s alliance with beauty professionals to address chemical hazard exposure.
- James Moore posts about WCRI’s report on Medical Benchmarks for Texas which found that a ban on informal networks drove an increase in prices for medical services, fueling the recent growth in medical payments. Read more: Did Banning Informal WC Networks Cost Texas Employers – WCRI says Yes
- IndustryWeek offers their pick of The Most Ethical Manufacturers in the World.
- In Nate Silver’s new FiveThirtyEight news portal, Ben Casselman looks at why Americans are leaving the labor force at an unprecedented rate and how many of them will come back in his article, Missing: Up To 4 Million Workers.
- Big pharma’s relationship with your doctor needs some U.S.-style sunshine
- Connecticut’s Hourly $10.10 Minimum Wage a 1st
- CT Legislative committee approves PTSD proposal
- CVS Sued Over Controversial Wellness Program
- Workers’ Severance Pay Can Be Taxed, U.S. Supreme Court Rules
- Why Great Managers Are So Rare
- New rules on hiring disabled workers, vets go into effect for federal contractors
A bit of humor
You had one job: Funny on-the-job flubs
Bronze Age Orientation Day
The Electronic Morale Booster – How things have changed since 1951
…if you missed the video of the dramatic rescue of a construction worker by the Dallas Fire Department, we’ve posted it below.