Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features some legislative and regulatory news, as it was announced that the Oklahoma Senate has passed HB 2155, which will allow Oklahoma employers to offer alternative workers’ compensation insurance to their employees, as long as the benefits are similar to the state’s plan. Oklahoma State Chamber President Fred Morgan praised the move, calling the current system “often adversarial, needlessly pitting employer vs. employee”. The Oklahoma Injury Benefit Coalition also weighed-in, saying the measure was touted as a bold and proven approach to the chronic problems associated with the current system.
Also in the news today is the Texas Department of Insurance Division of Workers’ Compensation, who have released a request for input and suggestions regarding the development of a new Plan-Based Audit for health care providers prescribing opioids. TDI-DWC also acknowledged that prescription opioid abuse and misuse is a major problem in all health systems, and among the purposes for the audit stated that they hope to ensure that providers adhere to the Official Disability Guides and medically accepted standards of care for prescribing pain management services including opioids.
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