Update: this bill is up for vote on Monday, February 5, 2018 by Karl Voigt The Pennsylvania Senate is promoting new legislation that poses as a solution to the opioid crisis, but in reality seeks to control and any all medications prescribed by doctors. Pennsylvania Senate Bill 936 proposes that workers' compensation medications be limited … Continue reading Workers’ Compensation Senate Bill 936: Trojan Horse Legislation
by Karl VoigtPennsylvania’s Secretary of Labor and Industry has announced the 2018 Statewide Average Weekly Wage. This figure serves as the basis for determining the maximum and minimum weekly Workers’ Compensation benefit rates in Pennsylvania. The figure has increased to $1025 from the 2017 average of $995. This increase affects the weekly rates paid to … Continue reading Pennsylvania Announces 2018 Average Weekly Wage
by Karl Voigt Patients who are taking the pain medication Opana are now facing its manufacturer's withdrawal of the medication from the market. Earler this year, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) concluded that Opana ER "exposes patients and other users to the risks of opioid addiction, abuse, and misuse, which can lead to … Continue reading FDA requests removal of Opana ER for risks related to abuse
by Karl Voigt The Pennsylvania legislature has exerted its first effort to resurrect Impairment Rating Evaluations (IREs). These evaluations for years served to limit worker’s compensation wage loss benefits to 604 weeks, potentially leaving disabled workers with no source of income. Earlier this year, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that IREs as enacted are unconstitutional. … Continue reading House Bill 1840 Seeks to Resurrect Workers’ Compensation IREs
by Karl Voigt Researcher led by scientists from The University of Texas have revealed the results of their extensive research into a new pain medication that may provide an alternative to addictive opioids. You may have read on this blog how researchers have focused on the sigma-1 nerve receptor protein in developing opioid pain alternatives. … Continue reading New Hope to Replace Opioid Painkillers with Safer Alternative
by Karl Voigt "Formulary." If House Bill 18 passes and you're a workers' compensation recipient, that's a word you're going to have to get used to. And likely another word: "NO". This new legislation is intended to reduce costs for insurance companies by limiting the types of drugs that doctors can prescribe for you. Which … Continue reading House Bill 18 Postponed
by Karl Voigt At 11:00 AM today, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court published its long-awaited opinion regarding the constitutionality of Pennsylvania worker's compensation Impairment Rating Evaluations (IREs). In the vast majority of cases, these examinations serve to limit worker's compensation wage loss benefits to 604 weeks, potentially leaving disabled workers with no source of income. In … Continue reading Breaking News: Supreme Court Nixes Workers’ Compensation Impairment Rating Evaluations
By Karl Voigt By now our readers may have heard of the Tesla factory's reputation for work injuries. Nonprofit Worksafe, a worker safety advocacy group, made headlines earlier this year when it reported that the injury rate at Tesla's Fremont, California, plant was 31% higher than the industry average in 2014 and 2015. Worksafe's report says … Continue reading Elon Musks’ Leadership in the Field of Workers’ Compensation: Are You Listening PA CEOs?
by Karl Voigt The Pennsylvania House of Representatives on Tuesday, June 20 will likely be voting on its House Bill 18, which seeks to further control medications taken by Workers' Compensation claimants. Some consider this a "foot in the door" piece of legislation that is designed to start the process of more severely limiting medications, … Continue reading Pennsylvania House Bill 18 Takes Aim at Workers’ Compensation Medications
How many of you have been asked by a doctor to describe your pain on a scale of one to 10? This article describes how science has advanced in gauging pain, but how much further doctors have to go.