Officer with hypertension denied cover for secondary diagnosis

A workers compensation claim filed by a law enforcement officer with a history of hypertension was denied compensability, a Florida appeals court ruled Wednesday.

As a teenager, Joshua Holcombe underwent a liver transplant that required he take anti-rejection medications for the next 15 years. Mr. Holcombe developed secondary hypertension as a side effect of the medications,

Comp pays more than group health on similar medical services

Workers compensation insurers pay more for medical services than that of group health to treat comparable injuries, according to a research report released Friday by the National Council on Compensation Insurance.

In examining the workers comp experiences from NCCI’s medical data call, which captures transaction‐level detail — service, charges, payments, procedure codes and diagnosis codes — on medical bills processed on or after July 1,

Vaccines a bright spot for some

Shining light on how the COVID-19 vaccine has brightened the outlook for the pandemic, a nurse in Boulder, Colorado, has created a 4-foot-tall chandelier made with hundreds of vaccine vials that she’s called the Light of Appreciation, NPR reports.

Laura Weiss and her colleagues have inoculated hundreds of thousands of people,

Average med-legal payment up 67% in Calif.

The California Workers’ Compensation Institute reported Wednesday that average payments for all comprehensive medical-legal evaluations climbed 67% under the new fee schedule that was approved earlier this year, more than double the increase the state Division of Workers’ Compensation predicted.

“Initial data on the utilization and cost of California workers’ compensation medical-legal services under the revised Medical-Legal Fee Schedule that took effect in April indicate that the increase in med-legal payments has exceeded the 25% increase that was anticipated by the Division of Workers’ Compensation,” CWCI reported in a bulletin.

‘Psychological safety’ the missing piece in workplace safety

Is it safe to speak up? That’s one question employers should focus on when trying to improve workplace safety, according to an expert on workplace culture.

A climate in which members of a team or organization feel safe enough to speak up about problems, raise questions, point out conditions, confront behaviors and even bring forth new ideas — known as “psychological safety” — can have a great impact on workplace safety,