National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup Powered by Larson's (4/1/2013)

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup Powered by Larson's (4/1/2013)

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NATIONAL NEWS:

7th Circuit Rejects Liberty Mutual’s Challenge to AIG Class Action Settlement Order.

NAIC Ranks Top 25 Property & Casualty Insurance Companies for 2012.

Casualty Actuaries Examine Impact of Healthcare Reform on P&C Insurance Industry.

Rising Medical Costs, Terrorism Fears Fuel Rise in WC Insurance Costs for Corporations.

Coventry Advises on Maximizing Out of Network Medical Savings.

US Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Generic Drug Brand Drug Patent Lawsuit.

FDA Seeks to Regulate Pharmacy Compounding.

GEN Updates Top 20 Best-Selling Drugs for 2012.

WCRI to Present Research on Prescription Drug Use in State Workers’ Comp Systems.

Cumulative Effect of Noise as Main Cause of Hearing Loss.

OSHA Unable to Stem Increased Use of N-Propyl Bromide in Manufacturing Plants.

CMS Posts NGHP Alert re Reporting Requirements for Batch Files, DDE Submissions.

CMS Posts New Workers Comp Medicare Set-Aside Arrangement Reference Guide.

STATE NEWS:

AK: WCB Proposes Changes to Medical Billing Procedures.

AZ: IC Develops Survey re Evidence Based Medicine Treatment Guidelines.

AR: SB 515 Would Limit TTD Benefits When Employee Terminated for Cause.

CA: DWC Posts Updated Fact Sheets for Injured Workers.

CA: DWC Updates Ambulance Fee Schedule.

CA: DWC Updates Lien Filing Fee Payment System for JET File.

CA: CWCI Elects Board of Directors for 2013.

CA: US Dist Ct Consolidates Three NFL Player Lawsuits re Calif. Workers’ Comp.

CA: WCIRB Actuarial Committee to Meet April 1.

CA: Paduda Warns of Opioid Use in Workers Comp at CWCI Annual Meeting.

CA: Zenith Files Lawsuit, Alleges Lapse in Workers Comp Coverage by Marysville Business.

CO: DWC Proposes 1.14 Percent Premium Surcharge, Hearing Scheduled May 9.

CT: Dept of Labor Issues Stop Work Orders to 27 Companies, Investigates Misclassification.

FL: Insurance Groups Request Rehearing in Controversial Westphal TTD Cap Case.

HI: SB 510 re PEO Registration Approved by House Committee.

KY: DWC Increases Mileage Rate From 45 Cents to 47 Cents Per Mile.

MI: WCRI Reports Low Medical Care Costs for Injured Workers.

NV: NCCI Reports Eight Workers Comp Related Bills, Increase in Premium Volume.

NH: Dept of Labor Orders LGC to Increase Bank Guaranty by Nearly $2M.

NH: DHHS Releases Immigrant Worker Survey Report February 2013.

NM: SB 233 Workers Comp Attorney Fee Cap Increase Sent to Governor.

NM: SB 275 Workers Comp Clean Up Bill Sent to Governor.

NC: IC Updates Hospital and Ambulatory Surgery Fee Schedules.

ND: Insurance Commissioner Suspends Ullico’s Certificate of Authority.

ND: WSI’s Use of Independent Medical Examiners Questioned.

ND: HB 1163 Would Define Pain as Symptom, Not Worsening of Injury.

OH: Inspector General Reports Ohio BWC Employee Wrongfully Accessed Records.

OH: BWC Lists 11 Approved Rule Changes Effective 4-1-2013.

OK: House Committee Files Amendments to Workers Comp Reform Bill.

PA: High Court Clarifies Workers Comp Rule on Retirement.

PA: Ins. Dept. Says Workers Comp Rates to Decline for Some Employers in April.

RI: Workers Comp Court Upholds $1M Penalty for Lack of WC Insurance Coverage.

TN: Attorney Rejects Governor’s WC Reform Proposals for Lack of Conservative Ideals.

TN: Labor Commissioner Karla Davis, Two Others Resign.

TX: SeaBright Executive Rejoins Texas Mutual as SVP of Strategic Planning.

TX: DWC Reports Decrease in Non-Fatal, Work-Related Injuries for 2011.

TX: DWC to Hold Hearing re Certification of MMI, Evaluation of Permanent Impairment.

TX: DWC Posts Reminder re Federal Preemption of Medical Fee Dispute Resolution.

WV: Court Sides With Injured Worker on Timeliness of Carpal Tunnel Claim.

WV: Field Auditor, 4 Co-Defendants Plead Guilty to Bilk BrickStreet Mutual.

WY: Editorial Slams Workers Comp Coverage for Legislators.