Monthly Archives: March 2016

In safety news:

Inside Energy, in collaboration with NPR, produced a story about oil field workers in federal lands dying from the inhalation of fumes.

In national news:

A Kentucky appellate court has ruled that injured workers can choose which pharmacy they fill their prescriptions at, deeming such pharmacies “medical providers.”

In safety news:

OSHA issued $117,000 in fines to a garden center in Houston for 13 serious violations, two repeat violations and one other-than-serious violation.

In national news:

The Center for Public Integrity added another piece to its “Unequal Risk” series about asbestos compensation programs.

In tech news:

A new insurance platform for the on-demand economy, called Slice Labs, has raised $3.9 million in seed funding from Horizon Ventures and XL Innovate.

In editorial news:

In the latest “Closing Quotes” column in Insurance Journal, Michael Vitulli explains why opt-out likely isn’t going anywhere, and how the rise of opt-out is an “indicator that we have not solved the problem of rising medical costs.”

In neighboring news:

The Texas Division of Workers’ Compensation is seeking input on the development of a new “Compound Medications Plan-Based Audit” for physicians that prescribe compound drugs.

In national news:

Independent claims adjusters are seeking to be treated the same way as insurance agents and brokers when it comes to the issue of nonresident state licensing.

In medical news:

The New York Times investigated the force behind a large number of heroin overdose deaths across the country – fentanyl.