Check out the newest Health Wonk Review: Presidents’ Day edition, hosted by David Williams at the excellent Health Business Blog. This week’s issue has a plethora of posts about the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare – quelle surprise! The wonks offer diverse and informed opinions. Don’t miss David’s post on the Cadillac Tax – that one was news to us. There are other topics discussed, too. We always Like Roy Poses posts – he is always holding someone’s feet to the fire for conflicts of interest, and we like that about him!
Other noteworthy news
- Signs that OSHA Priorities are Shifting Under the Trump Administration? – Carla Gunnin, Jackson Lewis P.C., JDSupra Business Advisor looks at what’s happening with OSHA’s Electronic Recordkeeping Rule and the Volks Rule. Probably most people are familiar with the controversial Recordkeeping rule, but not quite so much with the Volk’s Rule. Gunnin explains: “The Volks Rule essentially reversed the decision held in AKM LLC dba Volks Constructors v. Secretary of Labor, 675 F.3d 752 (DC Cir. 2012) (the “Volks Decision”) that limited OSHA’s ability to cite recordkeeping violations to six months.”
- Trump’s new Labor pick Acosta likely to be more nuanced than Puzder – At BenefitsPro, Nick Thorton brings us a closer look at R. Alexander Acosta, noting that his first test could come in the economic and legal analysis of the fiduciary rule ordered in a recent presidential memorandum. For additional perspective, Jeff Hirsch at WorkplaceProf Blog gives Acosta thumbs up. At the Washington Post, Jonnelle Marte offers five things you should know about Alexander Acosta. At The Pump Handle, Celeste Monforton looks at the demise of Puzder and offers a range of positive perspectives on Acosta from labor leaders.
- Bob Wilson offers a thumbs up review of “Living Abled & Healthy, Your Guide to Injury and Illness Recovery,” by Dr. Christopher Brigham, someone we respect greatly. Here’s a snippet:
I can tell you from my own experience that injured workers entering our system are confused and befuddled, guided by complete misperceptions about who we are and what we do. The general lack of thorough communication in the form of understandable explanations and dialogue often creates a vortex of negative opinion with damaging results. Living Abled & Healthy is designed and intended to cure that particular ill. It provides explanations that will empower the willing injured, not in a confrontational mode, but rather one that can help them determine a better outcome for themselves
- At Managed Care Matters, Joe Paduda talks about who is likely to get the bill for the opioid crisis – see if you can guess
- We remind you that Peter Rousmaniere’s Working Immigrants blog is a good go-to source for keeping up with related events.
- Violation Tracker Database Catalogs Corporate Crime, Safety Violations – At EHS Today, Stefanie Valentic points us to Violation Tracker, which compiles company data from 39 different agencies including OSHA whistleblower allegations.