By Carl Hamilton
Loss Control and Risk Supervisor
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), one-third of all employee injury and illness cases are musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) that occur in the workplace. These injuries add up to the most frequently reported causes of lost or restricted work time.
MSDs commonly affect the muscles, nerves, ligaments, and tendons due to poor posture Continue reading
Last week Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed SB1283, designed to curb the over-prescription of opioids and benzodiazepines (commonly called tranquilizers) by healthcare providers. The new law requires providers to get patient utilization reports from the state’s prescription monitoring program database before writing a new script for treatment. It also requires provider to make a quarterly check to make sure prescriptions are appropriate for the patient’s use.
Arizona joins 10 other states, including Massachusetts, New York and Tennessee in requiring medical providers to use databases before prescribing narcotics.
However, state law grants healthcare providers a one-year waiver from adhering to the new requirement if the provider says meeting the mandate cannot be done because of technological limitations beyond their control or exceptional circumstances.
Workers comp professionals had pushed for the new law as a way to reduce overuse and patient addiction. The law covers prescriptions for Schedule II, III and IV controlled substances.
By Denise M. Blommel
Despite the best weather in the nation, many Arizonans are suffering from allergies, colds and influenza. Human Resource professionals are fielding calls from supervisors about the many employees who are calling in sick and complaining about being short-handed.
On the other hand, even more employees are coming to work hacking and sneezing in order to work more hours to make ends meet. And the government will be mandating seven paid days of sick leave for employees of federal contractors beginning in 2017.
What’s an employer to do? Here are some tips: Continue reading