Telemedicine Gains Importance During Pandemic

Denise Gillin Health Benefits, News

Shared from ZyWave, Inc. by Matt Pfeiffenberger, Vice President, Health Benefits Solutions As the number of confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases rises daily, hospitals and medical care providers are overwhelmed with phone calls and in-person visits. Telemedicine and telehealth services are emerging as viable solutions to help lessen the burden on health care facilities and staff, while still providing individuals with the care they need. What is telemedicine? Telemedicine is a form of technology-based communication that allows you to connect and communicate with a doctor without being in the same physical space. How can telemedicine be beneficial in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic? The symptoms of COVID-19 are close to the symptoms of the seasonal flu, cold, and allergies. As …

September 14 – 18 is National Safety Stand-Down Week

Denise Gillin News, Risk Management

By Eugene V. Schmitt, CSP, ARM, CHST, CFPS, Risk Control Specialist According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction employees. Those deaths are preventable.  It is critical that fall hazards such as holes and leading edges are recognized and employees are protected by guardrails or Personal Fall Arrest Systems. If an employee is working from a ladder above guardrails, fall protection is required. Also, anytime an employee has to wear a fall harness, a rescue plan is needed. Make sure your foreman know how to best protect employees from fall hazards. Use this information for a Toolbox Talk with your crew. For more information …

Protect Wildlife When Trapping Spotted Lanternflies

Denise Gillin Agribusiness, News

We are starting to see the more and more Spotted Lanternflies everywhere around us. They are invasive and a threat to plants, people, and because of popular trapping methods – wildlife. The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture outlines the serious damage the Spotted Lanternfly causes in trees and quality of life, including: Oozing sap Wilting Leaf curling Tree dieback Growth of black sooty mold due to excretion of a sugary substance called honeydew Swarming in the air Honeydew coating decks and play equipment Additionally, the Spotted Lanternfly is a threat to Pennsylvania’s agricultural industry. They threaten billions in economic impact and hundreds of thousands of jobs for those in the grapes, apple, hops, and hardwood industries. The pervasiveness of the Spotted …

September 8 – 11 is Respiratory Protection Week

Denise Gillin News, Risk Management

September 8 – 11 is Respiratory Protection Week. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is dedicated to applying the best scientific approach to determine proper respiratory protection practices, innovative respirator designs, and maximizing the availability of respiratory protection (Find more information at Respiratory-Protection-Week-2020). Click here for a toolbox talk you can use to bring awareness to the importance of using respirators properly. Contact your Murray Risk Control Consultant at 717.397.9600 for additional assistance on resources and tools for prevention, including materials contained in the Succeed / KPA risk management platform.    

Preventing Opioid Misuse and Abuse Among an Aging Population

Denise Gillin Human Resources, News, Risk Management

By Josh Mountz, M.Ed, Prevention Specialist, Compass Mark August 31 is International Overdose Awareness Day. Compass Mark and Murray are partnering to relay information about the opioid crisis. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drug overdose remains a leading cause of injury-related death in the United States. Overdoses involving prescription and illicit opioids take the lives of 128 people every day. The population of the United States is graying as more and more baby boomers enter their senior years, a demographic shift often referred to by the US Census Bureau as a “gray tsunami.” One issue facing the senior population is the misuse and abuse of prescription drugs, especially opioids. This can occur for a variety of …

Malicious Cyber Actor Spoofing COVID-19 Loan Relief Webpage via Phishing Emails

Denise Gillin News, Risk Management

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is currently tracking an unknown malicious cyber actor who is spoofing the Small Business Administration (SBA) COVID-19 loan relief webpage via phishing emails. These emails include a malicious link to the spoofed SBA website that the cyber actor is using for malicious re-directs and credential stealing. To get the technical details and the mitigations, go to the CISA website:

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Opioid Addiction During a Pandemic: Help Stop the Trends

Denise Gillin News, Risk Management, Third Party Claim Administration

By Laurie Deitrich, CSP, ARM, HEM, Risk Control Specialist According to National Institute of Mental Health, there is a connection between opioid overdose deaths and mental health. “While we don’t know exactly how many opioid overdose deaths are actually suicides, some experts estimate that up to 30% of opioid overdoses may fit this description. The connection between opioid overdose and suicide has appeared to increase over time, with one 2017 analysis of National Vital Statistics data showing significant increases in suicides involving opioids among all age groups except teens and young adults between 1999 and 2014; in those aged 55-64, the rate quadrupled. A 2017 study using national survey data showed that people who misused prescription opioids were 40-60% more likely to have thoughts …

Workers’ Compensation and Mental Health Claims: What You Should Know

Denise Gillin News, Risk Management, Third Party Claim Administration

By Jill Root, Assistant Vice President and Third-Party Administration Claims Manager Headlines in business and insurance magazines across the Commonwealth raise similar red flags for human resource and workers’ compensation professionals – prepare for a surge in mental health claims related to COVID. Stress of the coronavirus pandemic may lead to an increase in mental health-related workers’ compensation claims, especially among first responders and healthcare workers. Are there other equally important stressors that deserve our attention? How is the workers’ compensation system prepared to respond, and what can we do to help? As a Third-Party Administrator working closely with retirement communities and municipalities in Central Pennsylvania, we see the pressure placed upon our clients every day to take care of …

OSHA Safe + Sound Week, August 10-16, 2020

Denise Gillin News, Risk Management

The US Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sponsors Safe + Sound, a year-round campaign to encourage every workplace to have a safety and health program. This year August 10-16 has been designated as Safe + Sound Week to emphasize this nationwide event that recognizes the successes of workplace health and safety programs and offers information and ideas on how to keep America’s workers safe. Click to get more information and to register. Contact a member of the Murray Risk Control team at 717.397.9600 for information on setting up a safety and health program for your organization.

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Agriculture Department Warns Consumers to Report Unsolicited, Mislabeled Seeds Received by Mail

Denise Gillin Agribusiness, News

Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today warned consumers to properly discard and report unordered and mislabeled seeds shipped from overseas. Consumers nationwide have received seeds in packages labeled as jewelry. These seeds may contain plant diseases, weeds or invasive plants that could harm Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry and ecosystem. “Seeds sold in Pennsylvania are rigorously tested to ensure that they are genetically pure and regulated to ensure that what’s on the label is what’s in the package,” Secretary Redding said. “Planting seeds without knowing what they are can wreak havoc with our environment, destroy agricultural crops and incur costly control efforts for years to come.” Seeds labelled as jewelry are likely a scam known as “brushing.” Companies boost online sales by purchasing …