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Fresh Health Wonk Review; plus, a RIMS wrap-up

Thursday, April 19th, 2018

It’s Health Wonk Review week for April.

Louis Norris has posted the Spring Is Here! Health Wonk Review edition at Colorado Health Insurance Insider. Not sure how the weather is in Colorado, but Spring has decidedly not yet sprung in Massachusetts, where snow is falling outside the window at this very moment. But wherever you are, don’t let the weather interfere with your perusal of this month’s edition, which has some great posts. Please do not overlook Louise’s submission, which she tucks in at the tail end of her post. She’s compiled a post that is well worth a bookmark for future reference: a guide to Medicaid in each state, including a summary of states to watch this year in terms of Medicaid expansion, work requirements, and other changes.

In other news…recapping RIMS

We weren’t at the 2018 RIMS in San Antonio this past week and sorely missed meeting the San Antonio therapy animals, which were apparently a big hit.

We’ve been following along with some great reports. Here are a few things that caught our eye:

Right from the source, you can follow the day-by-day action from the RIMS Daily:
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday

Safety National’s Conference Chronicles also has many helpful session and event write-ups – there are about 20 entries, so you can get a sampling of some of the latest issues.

RIMS Bestows Top Industry Honors and Awards

Risk Manager of the Year: Q&A with Rebecca Cady

A.M. BestTV at RIMS: Data and Analytics Leaders Reveal Their Biggest Challenge: Show Me the ROI

Technology Is Outpacing Risk Management: Marsh-RIMS Report

5 Trends to Watch in Construction Technology

Crucial Cyber Peril Defense and Coverage Considerations

Ideas of March Health Wonk Review

Friday, March 16th, 2018

The March edition of Health Wonk Review is out, and it’s a good one — David Williams has posted the Ideas of March edition of Health Wonk Review.

Health Wonk Review: Ideas of March Edition

We encourage policy wonk fans to take the time to watch the #CareTalk podcast co-hosted by this week’s David Williams (Health Business Group) and John Driscoll (CareCentrix) – among the topics, what the partnership between Amazon, JPMorgan Chase and Berkshire Hathaway will mean for healthcare.

Going for the gold: An Olympic edition of Health Wonk Review

Friday, February 16th, 2018

Steve Anderson has posted the Health Wonk Review for February 15, 2018: Going for the Gold Edition at HealthInsurance.org blog. It’s an entertaining and wide-ranging smorgasbord of health policy topics of the day.

Here are a few of the topics d’jour:

  • Amazon/Bershire Hathaway/PMorgan’s foray into healthcare
  • Unexpected ER bills
  • CMS attack on freedom of the press
  • Predictions about Alex Azar, newly appointed HHS Secretary
  • The ACA
  • Peruvian healthcare
  • A different kind of hospital coverage
  • A recap of Health Action 2018, Families USA’s annual meet for healthcare activists.

If you aren’t familiar with healthinsurance.org, you should be. Check out the impressive roster of contributing authors and the excellent state health guides.

And just a heads up: In 2018, Health Wonks are on a once-per month schedule so catch this issue – you won’t have a chance for more wonkery until March.

Check out 2018’s first Health Wonk Review at Paduda’s place

Friday, January 19th, 2018

The wonks are back with posts on the ACA, prescription drug costs, workers comp – all the topics and themes you missed over the holiday. Click on over to Joe Paduda’s Managed Care Matters to catch up at his post Ring in the New year with the latest and greatest …

Stop by for the health wonkery and stay for the informed commentary and analysis on Joe’s other blog posts. If you are extraterrestrial and therefore unfamiliar with Joe’s blog, remedy that today!

A look back, a look ahead

Friday, January 12th, 2018

2017 work comp recap, 2018 ook ahead

We thought we’d get a drone’s eye view of the work comp landscape and related matters with a retrospective of the 2017 goings on and a look ahead at predictions and trends for 2018.

Work Comp Wire: Leaders Speak: 2017 Year in Review, Part One and Part Two

Business Insurance: Most read workers comp stories in 2017

Business Insurance: Court rulings challenge workers comp sector in 2017

Risk Management: Year in Risk 2017

Insurance Information Institute: Global insured catastrophe losses could reach record in 2017

Insurance Journal: Top Insurance Journal National Stories of 2017

Insurance Insights: 2017 Recap – A Look Back at the Insurance Market

Joe Paduda: How’d I do on my 2017 workers’ comp predictions?

Evil HR Lady: The 2017 Employment Law Year in Review

Fistful of Talent: Events From 2017 That Will Make a Lasting Impact in the Workplace

MedRisk: 2017 Industry Trends Report

Business Insurance: Most read Off Beat stories in 2017

Insurance Thought Leadership: Insurtech: The Year in Review

Insurance Journal: 2017 ‘One of Worst’ for U.S. Weather with 15 Events Costing $1 Billion or More

PropertyCasualty360: 6 ways cybersecurity changed in 2017

Gizmodo: The Great Data Breach Disasters of 2017

Gallup News: The Best Workplace Articles of 2017

Fortune: 34 Business Books You Won’t Be Able to Put Down

USA Today: Year in review: The 50 stories from 50 states that moved us in 2017

The Atlantic: 2017 in Photos: How the First Months Unfolded, Part 2 and Part 3

Google: Year in Search – 2017

A look ahead at what’s in the cards for 2018

Joe Paduda: Predictions for work comp 2018 part 1 and 2018 part 2

Willis Towers Watson: Marketplace Realities 2018: Workers compensation

Marsh: Webcast: Workers’ Compensation: Looking Ahead to 2018

Sedgwick identifies risk and benefits industry trends to watch in 2018 (PDF)

Sedgwick: Navigating 2018 (PDF)

Think Advisor: 5 Big Questions About Health Insurance for 2018

Bloomberg: Health Insurance Marketplaces for 2018

Claims Journal: Tips on Setting Claims Goals for 2018

Gallup News: Are You Ready to Respond to 2018’s Biggest Healthcare Trends?

Littler: Ready or Not, Here It Comes! 2018 Brings New Labor & Employment Laws, Primarily at the State Level

Forbes: 10 Workplace Trends You’ll See In 2018

CNN: Here’s where the minimum wage is going up in 2018

HR Daily Advisor: 2018 Trends to Watch: 6 Trends That Will Impact Employers

Forbes: 3 pitfalls to enterprise risk management in 2018

Insurance Though Leadership: 2018 Predictions on Cybersecurity

Health Wonk Review and a tribute to our veterans

Friday, November 10th, 2017

At Healthcare Economist, Jason Shafrin has posted the latest compendium of posts from the health policy bloggers: Health Wonk Review: Quote-of-the-day Edition. He frames each submission with a pithy quote. While the overall shape and politics of the healthcare debate are still a primary theme of posts, there are other entries, including two videos. Grab a coffee and catch up on the latest thinking from the wonks.

This weekend, we pay tribute to our veterans and thank them for their service and sacrifice. We end with this advice: How to honor veterans: Hire one!

Fresh Health Wonk Review, Disaster Edition

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

Check out the latest Health Wonk Review: Disaster edition freshly posted by David Williams at Health Business Blog. David is a long-time HWR host and his business blog is a strong and authoritative voice in the health business sector – if he isn’t on your regular reading list, you should change that!

Just a few other quick updates:

A quick shout-out to esteemed colleague Joe Paduda of Managed Care Matters who is running for office in his home area of Onondoga County, New York. November 7 is pretty quick upon us. You can find out more at Paduda for Progress – if you are on Facebook, you can show him some love there ;-)

Because we’ve written about him quite a bit in the past, we didn’t want to miss this update on Don Blankenship of the Massey Coal Mining disaster infamy:  Supreme Court lets criminal conviction stand against coal executive Blankenship

Another issue we’ve posted about previously is the death of cell tower workers. We were interested to see that Washington state recently adopted tower safety worker rules – the third state in the nation to do so.

“North Carolina and Michigan also have telecommunication safety rules, but federal OSHA does not have comparable, specific regulations relating to communication tower work, according to L&I. “We hope our rules can serve as a model for other states to quickly stop these fully preventable worker fatalities,” Soiza said.”

 

News Roundup: Health Wonk Review and noteworthy news from around the web

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

A fresh Health Wonk Review is hot off the press and the word for the day is “fatigue.” The 3rd congressional attempt at Affordable Care Act repeal ground to a halt last week after it became apparent that there weren’t enough votes in the the Senate to get it over the finish line. Brad Wright hosts this week’s Health Wonk Review: Repeal Fatigue Edition at Wright on Health, with wonks weighing in. But if you don’t want to read about ACA, never fear – the wonks weigh in on other health policy issues, too.

Here’s some other recent news that caught our eye:

NCCI: The Marijuana Conversation: What’s Next – Medical marijuana is currently legal in 29 states, as well as Washington, DC. It’s also legal for recreational use in eight states and Washington, DC. However, marijuana is still illegal at the federal level and is classified as a Schedule I drug under the federal Controlled Substances Act. NCCI’s “Marijuana Conversations” series explores questions from workers compensation insurers, employers, employees, regulators, and legislators. Each face unique challenges, complexities, and implications.

MSHA – David Zatezalo, Trump’s nominee for assistant labor secretary in charge of the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration, is a former coal exec whose mines logged a “pattern of violations.” It raises more than a few uneasy hen-guarding-the-chicken-coop questions about his appointment. His latest critic? Manchin will oppose Trump mine safety nominee, as per Ken Ward Jr. at the Charleston Gazette-Mail.

Dairy Workers: Suffocating in Manure – Jordon Barab of Confined Space talks about a recent Washington Post story on a truly horrific agricultural hazard, and just one of many. “There were 6,700 injuries on dairy farms with more than 11 employees in 2015 — a rate more than double the average for private industries. On those farms, 43 laborers died.” Barab notes that the article fails to mention that, “due to a 40 year old Congressional budget rider, OSHA is not allowed to set foot on farms that have ten or fewer employees. No inspections, even as a result of a worker complaint, and no investigation or citations, even if one or more workers is killed.”

Joe Paduda reports on a recent study by Princeton University’s Alan Krueger in his post at Managed Care Matters: Opioids responsible for a fifth of the decline in male workforce

Amid Opioid Crisis, Insurers Restrict Pricey, Less Addictive PainkillersNew York Time/Pro Publica

At a time when the United States is in the grip of an opioid epidemic, many insurers are limiting access to pain medications that carry a lower risk of addiction or dependence, even as they provide comparatively easy access to generic opioid medications.

The reason, experts say: Opioid drugs are generally cheap while safer alternatives are often more expensive.

Drugmakers, pharmaceutical distributors, pharmacies and doctors have come under intense scrutiny in recent years, but the role that insurers — and the pharmacy benefit managers that run their drug plans — have played in the opioid crisis has received less attention. That may be changing, however. The New York State attorney general’s office sent letters last week to the three largest pharmacy benefit managers — CVS Caremark, Express Scripts and OptumRx — asking how they were addressing the crisis.

Defending Against Cumulative Trauma – Roberto Ceniceros says that “Repetitive motion, or cumulative trauma injuries, stubbornly persist as generators of workers’ compensation claims and productivity losses year after year.” But remedies do exist – and he explores these in his article in Risk & Insurance.

Job loss due to medical care calendar vs. FMLA calendar – Dr. Jennifer Christian reminds physicians that they need to keep an eye in the calendar during worker recover, particularly in light of a recent court case.

Gig Economy Workers May See Benefits Relief – The Portable Benefits for Gig Economy Workers Act addresses a real need at a time when many people work in the gig economy and don’t have employer-provided benefits.

Quick takes

Fresh Health Wonk Review & a summer news roundup

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

Fresh Health Wonk Review! Looking for some beach reading? The wonks have you covered. Peggy Salvatore posts The Summer Lull Edition of Health Wonk Review at Health System Ed blog – catch up on what’s been happening in the last few weeks, from autopsies of the ACA repeal to where we go from here and assorted other health topics, the wonks have you covered – check it out.

man reading laptop on a beach

 

More summer reading:

Healthcare reform implications for work comp – Not included in this week’s HWR but a must-read nonetheless, in a two-part series at Managed Care Matters, Joe Paduda breaks down the likely implications for workers comp, Medicaid Expansion and more. Part one is linked above, and here is part 2.

They Got Hurt At Work — Then They Got Deported – Most workers comp laws have upheld workers comp for workers regardless of status: if the employer had the benefit of the labor and the worker is injured, generally comp will pay for those injuries. NPR looks at how that is changing and how some state laws are targeting undocumented workers.

Opt Out is Going to Return, and Why We Should Pay Attention – Think opt out was killed with the OK Supreme Court decision? At Bob’s Cluttered Desk, Bob Wilson talks about why that’s not likely and where the debate is going from here.

WCI 2017 – Miss the recent conference? Here are a few folks who have you covered: WCI has a good conference roundup and Conference Chronicles features good recaps of sessions.

Mourning writer Lizzie Grossman: The Pump Handle readers will miss her – We were sad to learn of Lizzie’s passing, a journalist and blogger who covered important environmental health issues. Her voice will be missed.

Quick Takes

 

In closing, Apparently, robots aren’t quite ready to take our jobs

Health Wonk Review on AHCA and other health policy matters

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

The secret Senate Republican gang of 12 finally came out from behind closed doors and Joe Paduda is on the case to help analyze the legislation that will have a profound impact on one-sixth of the nation’s economy. Joe’s posted a Double Edition of Health Wonk Review at Managed Care Matters, which includes a great roundup of health policy issues from our usual wonks, as well as a selection of posts and articles related to yesterday’s repeal & replace for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. If you’re trying to make sense out of the AHCA and its potential impact, this post will help. If Republican leaders stick to their aggressive schedule of passing things before the July Fourth holiday, there’s not a lot of time to get up to speed!