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Fresh Health Wonk Review and a big roundup of recent work comp news

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

Andrew Sprung has the most recent compendium from the health wonks  at xpostfactoid:

Late Days of Empire Edition: Health Wonk Review. The wonks’ entries are reflecting the healthcare market chaos of the times – check it out! Also note that two weeks from today, we’ll be hosting the next edition here at Workers Comp Insider!

 

Other workers comp news of note along with general interest items that caught our attention:

Net neutrality & why you should care: If you are a blog afcianado – or if you just like a free an open internet, please make your voice heard about net neutraility. Don’t let the internet service providers do to the internet what cable companies did to TV – make your voice heard in favor of Net Neutrality which is at serious risk or being rescinded. See RIP net neutrality: FCC chair releases plan to deregulate ISPs. This requires immediate action: the vote is December 14. Make your voice heard.

Purdue Pharma: In this weeks’s HWR, Joe Paduda talks about how Purdue Pharma is trying to limit legal liability in the many state suits. Related, there was an excellent recent article in Esquire by Christopher Glazek that is well worth a read: The Secretive Family Making Billions From the Opioid Crisis.

Blankenship for Senate? Convicted coal baron Don Blankenship announced his intention to challenge Joe Manchin for a senate seat in West Virginia. We’re talking about Don Blankenship who was CEO of Massey Energy Co. at the time of a 2010 Upper Big Branch mine disaster that killed 29 miners. We have opinions on Blankenship that we’ve expressed over the years. Hint: thumbs down for the senate.

Grain Bin deaths: Over $1.8 Million in Proposed Fines Following Fatal Grain Dust Explosion – OSHA has proposed $1,837,861 in fines against Didion Milling Inc. following a May 2017 grain dust explosion that killed five workers and injured 12 others, including a 21-year-old employee who suffered a double leg amputation after being crushed by a railcar. We hope the fine will stick – see our prior post Walking down the grain – and the fines.

Gripping read: Atul Gawande’s twitter pointed us to a remarkable story in Emergency Physician’s Monthly: How One Las Vegas ED Saved Hundreds of Lives After the Worst Mass Shooting in U.S. History. Hats off to the incredible medical teams!

Nail salons: US nail salons: the challenge to protect workers from toxic chemicals – Critics mock an EPA scheme to create ‘healthy salons’, but Julia Carrie Wong hears how it is tackling an ‘epidemic’ of health problems from staff, many of whom are Vietnamese immigrants.

Jennifer Christian posts Avoid “one-size-fits-all” thinking in evidence-based medicine, which challenges a blind spot in current thinking – worth a read. From our vantage, Dr. C is always in the forefront of new occ med thinking.

Bionic safety? medGadget has news that Ford is trialing the Exoskeleton to help prevent worker injuries. The device is made by Ekso, a company that devlops full-body exoskeletons for paralyzed people, but the firm thins the technology can prevent injuries in workers who perform physically difficult repeat tasks, such as operating the overhead machinery.

More news – quick links

The American Health Care Paradox: A Lot Of Money For Poor Results

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

Here’s something all Americans can agree on: Health care costs way too much. But way too much in reference to what? Well, how about the rest of the developed world? How about wealthy countries, our peers, in the OECD, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development?

The OECD was formed in 1961. Headquartered in Paris with a membership of 35 nations, the OECD’s mission is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world. Annually, it performs comparative analyses of issues affecting its members. One such issue is health care.

Want to know about health care spending around the world, infant mortality, life expectancy, doctors and nurses per capita and a host of other health care topics? The OECD is the place to go.

Which brings us to American health care, which I suggest is a classic paradox. On the one hand, on a per capita basis, we spend 41% more on health care than our wealthy nation peers in the OECD and 81% more than the entire 35-nation OECD average.

OECD Health Care Funding – 2015

(Light blue – Private Funding; Dark blue – Public Funding)

As you can see, while our public funding (Medicare, Medicaid, etc) is comparable to many of the other 34 countries in the OECD, Germany, France and the UK for example, private funding in the US is more than 100% greater than Switzerland, our closest competitor, and 300% greater than the OECD average.

This might be fine if we got what we paid for, but that is not the case. As an example, consider something that should be important to us all: life expectancy. In the US, life expectancy at birth is 78.8 years (76.3 for men; 81.2 for women). In the UK, it’s 81 (79.2 for men; 82.8 for women). In Japan, life expectancy at birth is a whopping 83.9 (80.8 for men; 87.1 for women).

What about infant mortality, the number of deaths of children under one year of age, expressed per 1,000 live births? Our infant mortality rate of 6.1 is 45% higher than the UKs, at 4.2, and 265% higher than Japan’s 2.3 rate.

Curious about obesity? Our obesity and overweight rate is exceeded only by New Zealand’s.

And stop for a moment and consider cancer. Judging by the television ads, one would think the US has more cancer treatment centers than golf courses. Yet our death rate from cancer per 100,000 people is 188. Mexico’s is 115; Japan’s, 177.

In fact, just about the only metric in which we lead the world is smoking cessation. So, yes, it’s paradoxical. Sort of like a big-market baseball team spending gazillions more for players than any other team, only to finish out of the running.

And now, into the fray trots the Republican tax reform plan, which is looking more and more like it will actually become law. This plan would cause 13 million people to  find health insurance unaffordable, which means their new PCP will be their old PCP, the local emergency room where costs are stratospherically higher than anywhere else. In addition, $25 billion will be cut from Medicare, which, although it’s only 4% of the total Medicare budget of $588 billion, can’t be good as more and more baby boomers age into Medicare.

Fixing health care in America is going to take time and a lot more money, but we have to start somewhere, sometime. It’s hard to see where the Republican tax plan even approaches trying to do that.

Automation Designed To Keep People Safe Can Produce The Opposite Result Through No Fault Of Its Own

Monday, September 18th, 2017

A fascinating article in today’s Daily Alert from the Harvard Business Review describes how our dependence on automation can erode cognitive ability to respond to emergencies.

In “The Tragic Crash of Flight AF447 Shows the Unlikely but Catastrophic Consequences of Automation,” authors Nick Oliver, Thomas Calvard and Kristina Potocnik, professors and researchers at the University of Edinburgh Business School, report on their analysis of the horrific crash of Air France flight 447 in 2009. Their research, recently published in Organizational Science, describes in riveting detail the series of preventable cascading events that led to the deaths of all 228 passengers and crew.

Although the crash of AF447 is a transportation tragedy, it also can serve as a stark reminder that employees who depend on technology, especially technology that controls dangerous work, say self-driving 18-wheel trucks, for example, need a lot of training to take the right steps when technology reacts to emergencies. Without that training, the authors contend, the cognitive ability to take manual control and successfully deal with the emergency is problematic at best.

The authors provide an example:

Imagine having to do some moderately complex arithmetic. Most of us could do this in our heads if we had to, but because we typically rely on technology like calculators and spreadsheets to do this, it might take us a while to call up the relevant mental processes and do it on our own. What if you were asked, without warning, to do this under stressful and time-critical conditions? The risk of error would be considerable.

This was the challenge that the crew of AF447 faced. But they also had to deal with certain “automation surprises,” such as technology behaving in ways that they did not understand or expect.

The point here is the technology offering up the “automation surprises” was doing exactly what it was programmed to do. The technology did not fail; the pilots, all three of them, failed in their response to the “surprises.”

We are now at the beginning of a monumental shift in the way work (and play) is done. The natural gravitational movement of artificial intelligence assuming more and more control in our daily lives is unstoppable. Think of how it has brought tremendous improvements in air safety. To prove that, consider this astounding statistic: In 2016 the accident rate for major jets was just one major accident for every 2.56 million flights. But this bubble of safety can breed terrible complacency. How humanity deals with and prepares for the rude “automation surprises” that will surely come along on the way to the future should be a critical component in the thinking of organizational leaders and safety professionals.

 

News Roundup: Health Wonk Review and news from our bookmark file

Friday, September 15th, 2017

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Health Wonk Review kicks off the fall season with The Neverending Summer of Healthcare Legislation Edition posted by Louise Norris at Colorado Health Insurance Insider. It unfolds against the backdrop of the continuing ACA saga, with not one but two new bills introduced: Senator Sanders’ single-payer bill and Senators Lindsey Graham, Bill Cassidy, Dean Heller and Ron Johnson’s ACA repeal/replace bill. This issue covers single payer, opioid abuse, drug pricing, hurricane recovery workers, hospice care, medical innovations, the return of hookworm in the US, and more.

Louise has a sterling reputation as an informed commentator on the evolving ACA matters, contributing to a variety of blogs. If the ACA ison your radar, be sure to see her many entries at healthinsurance.org.

Meanwhile, in the midst of the ongoing debate, it is worth noting that 3 years after the Affordable Care Act’s coverage expansion took effect, the uninsured rate fell to a record low of 8.8%, in contrast to 17% in 2009. The number of people without healthcare insurance fell to 28 million, down from 50 million. The number of uninsured fell dramatically from 42 million in 2013 to 28 million today, when the ACA allowed states to expand Medicaid coverage to low-income people.

Other news of note from our bookmark file

Think you’re an informed health wonk? Test your knowledge in this Kaiser Health News Quiz: How Well Are You Paying Attention?

NCCI: Recovering From a Nightmare: Assaulted Employee Returns to Work in 10 Weeks

Joe Paduda: Costs & Benefits of Disasters and Big changes a-coming in workers’ comp.

Roberto Ceniceros at Risk & Insurance: Ergonomic Sense

Jordan Barab: OSHA Covers Up Workplace Fatalities

Jordan Barab: Undercover: Working and Dying as a Temporary Employee

Bob Wilson: God Vacations in Sarasota, or, What I Learned from Hurricane Irma

ESPN: “Who Does This To People?”

Kudos to our friends at Insurance Recovery Group in naming Paul James as new CEO and President. IRG specializes in subrogation, second injury fund, COLA recovery, and cost containment in work comp and other property/casualty disciplines.

Chikita Mann at WorkCompWire: Cultural Competency and the LGBTQ Injured Worker

Ken Ward: Trump nominates former coal exec to run MSHA and Democratic leader calls for scrutiny of Trump’s mine safety nominee

Cal/OSHA’s disappearing funds – where’s the money?

Workers compensation renewal rates remain negative

Gig Economy Workers May See Benefits Relief via Portable Benefits for Gig Economy Workers Act

WCRI Study: Fewer Injured Workers Prescribed Opioids After Kentucky Reforms

Overtime rule scrapped but there’s likely to be a new one

House approves bill to speed autonomous vehicle development

Scanning The Future, Radiologists See Their Jobs At Risk

Medical school debts run $180,000 on average per student

Check out this clip of the world’s first drone equipped with robotic arms

And in more technology developments, the chairless chair

Guide to election matters: Clinton & Trump on workplace issues

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

With about a month to go until the election, we’re offering  a guide to where the Presidential candidates stand on key workplace issues – in their words and in the view of various experts. If you haven’t yet registered to vote, voter registration deadlines (calendar) are upon us now!

Before delving into issues, we offer advice to employers from employment law experts  on managing politics in the workplace – good to review in this highly contentious year:

The candidates on healthcare

HR & workplace issues

On the issues – from the candidates:

Hillary Clinton on issues

Donald Trump on Issues

Report: Immigrant worker exploitation in the building trades

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

The issue of immigrant deportation is front and center in this year’s impending election. There’s a lot of anger and invective aimed at immigrant workers, today, both those who are legal and illegal. One side of the story that is not told frequently enough is that of the unscrupulous employers who exploit these workers. For more than a dozen years, we’ve been talking about the abuse of workers who do the most dangerous jobs under appalling conditions – a situation that is often characterized as modern day slavery by journalists who investigate the employment practices.

In 2005 we wrote:

It’s one of our nation’s dirty little secrets: immigrant workers are doing some of the nation’s most dangerous jobs, are being injured and dying disproportionately in those jobs, and denied benefits when injuries and deaths occur. In a political climate where the rhetoric and emotions are high and seemingly getting higher by the day, a “blame the victim” mentality is pervasive.

The latest case in point is illustrated in an investigative report in the Boston Globe by Beth Healy and Megan Woolhouse: In building boom, immigrant workers face exploitation.

“A Globe investigation found that these workers, eager for a paycheck, are often paid below the prevailing wage and illegally, in cash. They are also the most likely to be subjected to unsafe work conditions, without insurance to cover medical bills or lost pay if they get hurt. And the unscrupulous contractors who employ them are too seldom caught and penalized.
“This is not about catching a few bad actors that are dragging down the industry,’’ said Diego Low, director of the Metrowest Worker Center in Framingham, which helps workers fight for fair wages and safety. “We’ve evolved a system for providing subsidized labor to build our houses, and it’s based on the vulnerability of the workforce.”

The report notes that in Massachusetts over the last three years, federal officials logged 910 “willful or repeat violations” involving hospitalizations or deaths, but that the real number of injured workers is likely much higher. This is a population that often doesn’t have command of the language and is generally unaware of labor laws. Those who are undocumeted feel powerless to bring complaints or are fearful about seeking help from hospitals or authorities.

The article cites numerous cases of primarily young, male workers, many who speak limited or no English, who are characterized as independent contractors. It paints a portrait of a disposable population that is abandoned after injuries and left to fend for themselves to find medical care. It’s a deplorable tale, one that has been playing out across the country for years. A common theme is the layer after layer of contractors and subcontractors, making it difficult to assign responsibility. For a number of years now, state authorities have tried to enact measures to restrict abuse of the “independent contractor” designation, but it’s a pervasive problem still.

This underground economy is not just exploiting workers, it’s also grossly unfair competition to legitimate employers who operate honestly, pay insurance, pay taxes, and pay fair prevailing wages.

Related by Tom Lynch: Undocumented Immigrants In The Workers Comp Bullseye?

Dave DePaolo: on the passing of a work comp giant and a fine human being

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

It is with great shock and deep sadness that we learned of the untimely passing of Dave DePaolo. We send our most sincere condolences to his family and his colleagues.

Dave has been one of the most important voices in our industry and an online workers comp pioneer. He was founder and president of workcompcentral, one of the early online specialty media communities dedicated to news, education and data content to the workers’ compensation industry. He also maintained his own blog, DePaolo’s World, a regular stop for us here at Workers Comp Insider. We’ve relied on and linked to his keen insight here many times.

As an attorney, he had a sharp mind and a deep expertise in the many nuances of the workers compensation system. He was an educator to us all; passionate about the rights and wrongs of the system, and giving voice to the injured worker at the heart of the system. A remarkable man, his influence and voice will be missed. You can learn more about him at his workcompcentral biography. His posted obituary notice is here: DePaolo, WorkCompCentralCentral Founder, Dead at 56. In less than one day, it has amassing 4,500+ views and dozens of comments, well worth reading to get a sense of the impact he had on our community.

Here are two tributes from bloggers that we found moving because both go beyond the basic facts of his life and give a window into the man.

Life is short. Live it like David did. This blog post by Joe Paduda focuses on the way Dave lived his life to the fullest, including some personal details of his life that many of his regular readers may have been unaware.

Godspeed David DePaolo; You Were What Was Right in Workers’ Comp, and Your Voice Will Be Missed
This a warm and heartfelt tribute by Bob Wilson at his blog. Here’s an excerpt:

Exemplifying David’s passion towards our industry, one needs look no further than the CompLaude Awards. CompLaude is an annual effort created by DePaolo to recognize top achievers in our industry. It recognizes people from all sectors of comp, including injured workers; people who have achieved beyond the expected results normally seen in the realm of workplace injuries. David felt strongly that the workers’ compensation industry needs to highlight the good things we accomplish, and fight the persistent negative image cast upon us by external forces and bad players within the industry. He was right to insist on that – and David DePaolo was one of the good things workers’ comp needs to celebrate.

David was unique among industry bloggers because he wrote with a special human interest; he invited us into his home and shared his family with us, all while gearing the overall message to one applicable in workers’ comp. We became acquainted with his parents, following the lives of both his father and mother, through the aging process and related ailments to their ultimate passing. We celebrated their love and suffered his loss, all because David willingly invited us in and made us feel at home.

We’ve just seen the passing of WCRIBMA’s Paul Meagher here in Massachusetts, recently, too. Very sad time for our industry.  Take Joe Paduda’s advice as modeled by Dave: Live your life fully.

On The Passing of Paul Meagher

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

Last week workers’ compensation lost a true professional and I lost a dear friend.

I first met Paul Meagher 32 years ago when he was Senior Counsel for Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM) and I was a young guy who thought he had a big idea. The idea was that if employers were educated about workers’ compensation they would approach it differently and losses and Experience Modifications would fall.

Paul believed in the idea. Workers’ compensation was entering a ten-year crisis, and AIM, at the time the largest such organization in America, needed a solution for its members. So Paul convinced the AIM hierarchy to launch a series of seminars around Massachusetts with my big idea as the centerpiece. And it worked. When employers saw there was a common sense, management 101 solution they took to it like water finding a crack in the floor. It culminated five years later with the creation of the Massachusetts Qualified Loss Management Program, which, along with sensible legislative changes, ended the crisis. A $2 billion dollar problem turned into a $1.3 billion dollar win for the state and its employers.  And it never would have happened without Paul’s steady, shoulder-to-the-wheel work.

Paul went on to become the President of the Massachusetts Workers’ Compensation Rating & Inspection Bureau. He captained the Massachusetts workers’ compensation ship for 16 years until early Saturday morning, July 2nd, when he suddenly, but peacefully, died in his sleep in Maine on the first day of a much deserved vacation. He was only 64 years old.

If you met Paul you would have instantly underestimated him. He had not one gram of outsized ego in his body. His leadership style was calm, even quiet. He was perfectly happy to surround himself with people he judged smarter than himself. He played the steady, unassuming jockey sitting atop the speeding thoroughbred, nudging it along without the horse even knowing he was there. In a world of masses on the make, he just did his job, and the continued exceptional success of Massachusetts workers’ compensation is all the proof you need.

But worker’s compensation, while an important part of his legacy, pales beside the deeper, broader person who adored Addy, his wife of nearly 40 years, and Madeline and Michelle, his two accomplished daughters. When we talked about our families at our regular lunches he would ooze pride in those two young women. About a day and a half before he died we spent an hour on the phone, 40 minutes of which was devoted to his two daughters and my two daughters. He and I were entirely different people, but we were cut from the same cloth when it came to our pride in our children.

Paul made me understand why humility is such an important virtue. He was a successful person who could have flaunted his success, but never did, not for a minute; it just wasn’t in his nature.

The workers’ compensation industry will find a replacement for Paul Meagher. I won’t.

One Last Look At “The Demolition Of Workers’ Comp”

Monday, March 16th, 2015

This year’s WCRI conference is now a week in the past. It was an informative event with session presenters waxing eloquent with their charts and graphs and the general nitty gritty of workers’ compensation. There was a touching tribute to departing Executive Director Rick Victor and an equally touching and humble valedictory by him. An uplifting moment, that.

But in the week since then nobody’s talking about the charts and graphs and uplifting moments. No, what has filled the workers’ comp blogosphere is a continuing discussion about the ProPublica/NPR series, The Demolition of Workers’ Comp, the result of a year-long investigation by ProPublica’s Michael Grabell and NPR’s Howard Berkes.

On the date of publication, we wrote about the Grabell/Berkes piece, as well as another investigative report coincidentally released on the same day, this one by OSHA, entitled Adding Inequality to Injury: The Costs Of Failing To Protect Workers On The Job.

Both reports were highly critical, arguing that over the last decade more than 30 states have reduced benefits to injured workers. The ProPublica/ NPR series illustrated its thesis by focusing on individual workers who had suffered horrific injuries with poverty-inducing benefits. During the WCRI conference, as well as in the intervening week, the series has been roundly damned by workers comp professionals as biased in the extreme.

While explicitly saying he was not judging The Demolition of Workers’ Comp, Dr. Victor said, “It is hard to write a balanced report based on anecdotes.” Others in the business have not been so kind.
Most of our colleagues who have commented on the series have focused on what they perceived to be wrong with it. Lost in the weeds has been what is right with it. So, let me suggest what I think are two of the serious messages we should take from The Demolition of Workers’ Comp.

First, it is indisputable that there is wide variance and, in many cases, profound inequality with respect to workers’ comp benefits provided by the states. Grabell and Berkes pound this point home with the heaviest sledgehammer they can find. Workers’ comp pros may not like that, but it doesn’t make the point any less valid. Sure, they illustrate the issue with the most glaring examples, but so what? The inequality of scheduled benefits is absolutely true. It is true as Grabell and Berkes write that “The maximum compensation for the loss of an eye is $27,280 in Alabama, but $261,525 in Pennsylvania.” It is true that “The loss of an arm…is worth up to $48,840 in Alabama, $193,950 in Ohio and $439,858 in Illinois.

It is also true that maximum total temporary disability benefits differ among the states, sometimes markedly so. For example, if a worker living in West Stockbridge, Massachusetts, is injured on the job, maximum TTD weekly benefits are equal to the Massachusetts state average weekly wage, which is currently $1,214.99. However, if another worker, living 3 miles to the west – in New York – suffers the same injury, his or her maximum weekly benefit is $808.65. Is that fair? Why the difference?

The answer is that, although the average weekly wages in both states are roughly equal ($2.01 separate them) and although Massachusetts’ maximum benefit is equal to the state average weekly wage ($1,214.99), in New York the maximum benefit, at $808.65, is only two-thirds of the the Empire State’s average weekly wage. So, the Massachusetts maximum benefit is 50% higher. Both workers may shop at the same Big Y supermarket, but I can guarantee the Big Y doesn’t have one price for the New Yorker and another for the Bay Stater.

To me, this glaring disparity in state benefits, especially scheduled benefits due to the loss of bodily function, cries out for profound reform. Trouble is, I don’t see any Galahad coming over the crest of the hill to right this wrong. Do you?

The second message concerns employers and it is this: Regardless of what you may think of benefits paid to injured workers, and despite the perceived high medical loss costs and physician dispensing issues we spent nearly two days last week discussing in Boston, it is true that, nationwide, workers’ comp premium rates are at a level not seen since the very early 1980s, and, in some states, the 1970s. It is true that, in terms of workers’ comp premiums, today’s employers have never had it so good.

That’s great, and I plead guilty to having worked very hard over the last 30 years helping employers make that happen. But perhaps it’s time to take some of those premium savings and invest them in better scheduled benefits in the states that lag far behind in the fairness race. Perhaps it’s time for all states to take another look at the 1972 National Commission’s recommendations and consider re-examining how they stand with respect to recommendation adoption. Finally, perhaps it’s time we workers’ comp professionals unload the gatling gun and stop shooting the messengers.

LexisNexis: Furthering the Workers Comp Community

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

I am not a lawyer, thank you very much, but I am married to one. So, you may imagine that I am familiar with more than a few members of the breed. I’ve heard every lawyer joke there is (but if you want to send me a couple of your favorites, that would be OK).

In the mid-1980s, the early days of Lynch Ryan, I often heard my attorney friends saying they had to search “Lexis” for one thing or another. Since they were occasionally charging me for doing that, I wanted to know a bit about “that Lexis thing.” Over lunch one day I was educated about this remarkable innovation for the legal community, an innovation that was actually saving me money.

The whole thing began as a searchable database experiment of the Ohio State Bar in 1967. In 1970, the Mead Corporation’s Mead Data Central took it over and named it Lexis. In 1973, Mead made Lexis’s full text search available for all cases in Ohio and New York. In 1980, after a 7-year key punch effort (you read that right), Lexis went nationwide for all federal and state cases. That same year, Mead launched the Lexis sister, Nexis, which allowed journalists to search news stories related to law.

In 1994, Mead sold LexisNexis to Reed Elsevier for $1.5 billion. Not a bad return on investment from those Ohio State Bar days.

Starting in 2000, LexisNexis began to get into the risk solution business, primarily by acquisition: Riskwise in 2000 and ChoicePoint, a data aggregator, in 2008. By the time of the ChoicePoint buy, LexisNexis had become profoundly involved in risk, especially workers compensation. It became a leading publisher of workers compensation material, including Larson’s Workers Compensation Law.
The LexisNexis Senior Editor for all things workers compensation is Robin Kobayashi, a ridiculously smart and talented person (Phi Beta Kappa from UCLA — by contrast, the closest I ever got to Phi Beta Kappa was admiring Gary Anderberg’s pin).

Robin is the visionary who decided to recognize workers compensation bloggers, beginning in 2009. That year there was only one winner, and I’m proud to say we were it. However, beginning in 2010, Robin expanded the award to the top 25 blogs, realizing that there was a wealth of insightful Web commentary that cried out for recognition.

Recently, LexisNexis announced the top 25 workers compensation blogs for 2014, a most distinguished list, and we congratulate everyone on it. However, during this time of recognition, I thought it might be a good idea to shine the Workers Comp Insider arc light on the far-sighted professional who made this award possible, thus deepening and expanding the workers compensation community in a meaningful and long-lasting manner.

For her vision and dedication, we salute Robin Kobayashi.