New Health Wonk Review, a Yuuuuuuuge Edition and other news of note

July 22nd, 2016 by Julie Ferguson

The Health Wonkers have been on an abbreviated summer schedule, but Steve Anderson at blog has posted a July edition that is not to be missed: Health Wonk Review for July 21, 2016, the Yuuuuuuuge Edition. It’s got a little bit of everything from Obamacare to opioids — including a look ahead at health expenditure projections and hospitals of the next decade. Catch up on your health policy wonkery!

As long as we’re posting, here are a few other noteworthy news items that caught our eye recently:

Not to be missed: Here’s an essential post to bookmark: Workers’ comp fast facts from Joe Paduda. Great info.

Please respond & share: Yonatan Ben-Shalom is Senior Researcher at Mathematica Policy Research and Project Director of the Stay At Work / Return To Work (SAW/RTW) Collaborative. He puts our a call for ideas: How can states help workers keep their jobs after injury, illness, or disability? This is part of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy’s Stay-at-Work/Return-to-Work Policy Collaborative. Offer your thoughts on 1) Which state agencies are in the best position to help workers keep their jobs after an injury, illness, or disability? and 2) What specific types of strategies can these agencies consider?

Pharmaceuticals report: WCRI has new studies on the Impact of Reforms on Physician Dispensing in various states. Get the scoop at WorkCompWire.

Food for thought: Dr. Jennifer Christian has a thoughtful post on Why we need a 1:1 ratio of healers to lawyers when designing reforms for “comp”

State of the industry: The U.S. property/casualty (P/C) industry’s workers’ compensation line generated a significant profit in 2015, according to a new report from Fitch Ratings.

2016 DMEC Annual Conference: Roberto Ceniceros talks about benefits integration and effective wellness strategies in Reaping the Rewards of Benefits Integration.

Prevention Opportunity: 16 percent of nonfatal workplace injuries or illnesses occurred from midnight to 8 a.m. in 2014.

Crisis on the job: Reflections by a Dallas police officer

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