A federal government website on product safety has gone live:http://saferproducts.gov/Default.aspx The site, sponsored by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, may be useful to many workers. Concerned about the safety of that tool you are using at work? Dependent on that device that a co-worker is using? Suspicious that the product being used may have

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Note: this post includes a correction to an earlier version of this post;;; I’m not surprised that I received some response to my recent post, “The Outliers”, which focused on a recently released study of opioid prescribing practices in California workers’ comp. That study, by the insurance industry’s California Workers” Compensation Institute, has been picked

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The video we’ve been seeing coming out of Japan’s earthquake ravaged region is some of the most spectacularly disturbing ever seen. The Hollywood spectacles like Independence Day and Deep Impact were really on to something, as we see humankind and its constructions tossed around like crumbs. From the blog’s mailbag comes a question: what about

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Governor Brown and CASE, the union representing California Administrative Law judges and many state attorneys, have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract. The contract, which will affect workers’ comp judges and state attorneys, would end furloughs but require one day of unpaid leave per month. Approval by CASE members will be required for

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A few doctors doing an outsized share? Where have we heard this before? In 2010 CHSWC taught us that 3.9% of QMEs, often with sham “offices” in dozens of zip codes, were conducting 40% of evaluations :http://www.dir.ca.gov/chswc/Reports/2010/QMEstudy.pdf That’s a supersized share. Now, courtesy of a CWCI study, we learn that the top 10% of doctors

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