National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup Powered by Larson's (1/14/2013)

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NATIONAL NEWS:

New Survey Posted on Prescription Drug Management in Workers’ Compensation.

PCI Praises President Obama for Signing SMART Act.

NAIC Releases Report on Profitability by Line, by State in 2011.

JOEM Publishes Study on Impact of Workplace Wellness Programs.

Labor, Insurance Leaders Question Whether Opt Outs, ERISA Protect Injured Workers.

STATE NEWS:

AK: WCD Posts New Reimbursement Rates for Traveling, Meals, Lodging.

CA: DIR Jump Starts Landmark Workers’ Comp Reform to Protect Workers, Cut Costs.

FL: DWC Report Shows Insurers Interfere With Doctor-Patient Relationship.

FL: Drug Repackaging Battle Resumes.

FL: Agenda, Reports Posted by Three-Member Panel of DWC.

IN: ICRB Posts Second Injury Fund Assessment & Policy Surcharge Factor.

MA: Governor Announces Bill to Strengthen Oversight of Compounding Pharmacy Industry.

MI: AIA Pushes for Improvements to Michigan’s Prescription Drug Repackaging Rules.

MO: State Auditor Confirms Insolvency of Second Injury Fund.

NV: WCS Posts Mileage Reimbursement Change.

NM: Business Leader Calls for New Mexico Workers Comp Reform.

NY: Governor Cuomo Calls for Workers’ Comp, Unemployment Insurance Reforms.

NY: PCI Applauds Governor’s Call for Workers’ Comp Reforms.

NY: NAMIC Backs Governor on Call for Workers’ Comp Reforms.

NY: Attorney Warns Against Reforms, “Clipping Social Safety Net” for Injured Workers.

NY: Court Awards Benefits to Woman Injured Trying to Open Stuck Door.

ND: WSI Continues to Grapple With Computer Problems.

OH: BWC Takes Action to Improve Medical Care for Injured Workers.

OK: OWCC Proposes New Treatment Guidelines for Spine.

OR: WCD Posts Revised Application for Oregon Worker Leasing License.

OR: WCD Posts Latest Mileage, Lodging, Meal Reimbursement Rate.

OR: WCD Revises Whole Person, Vision Loss PPD Calculators.

PA: DLI Posts Latest Maximum Workers’ Comp Benefit Rate.

TX: TDI Submits Legislative Recommendations Re Captives, Use of TDI/DWC Names.

VA: VA State Corporation Commission Approves Changes to Workers Comp Premium Levels.

WA: Workers’ Death Leads to Citation for Dept of Natural Resources.