National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup Powered by Larson's (4/8/2013)

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NATIONAL NEWS:

Judges Rule AIG/Liberty Mutual Settlement Won’t Adversely Affect Pending Appeal.

AIG Reduced Workers Comp Portfolio in U.S. in 2012.

Amerisafe’s COO to Retire, New COO and CFO Named.

CMS to Hold WCMSA Town Hall April 11 re Workers’ Compensation Review Contractor.

CMS Provides Guidance on Reporting a WC Case and Conditional Payments.

CMS Redesigning Website for COB, MSPR Sections of Medicare Tab on CMS.gov.

WCRI Releases 2013 Annual Report.

STATE NEWS:

AZ: SB 1148 Pro Athlete Ban on Filing Claims Out of State Sent to Governor.

CA: Judge Approves City of Stockton’s Bankruptcy Application.

CA: WCIRB Says No July 2013 Filing as New Governing Committee Convenes.

CA: State Fund 2012 Annual Report Now Online.

CA: DWC Posts Adjustments to DMEPOS Section of OMFS.

CA: Three Arrested for Alleged Forged Counterfeit Workers Comp Insurance Certificates.

IN: SB 246 Would Create New Process for Attorney General’s Inspection of Pill Mills.

IN: Attorney General Supports SB 246 Pill Mill Inspections.

KS: Governor Signs HB 2019 re Appointment of Court of Appeal Judges.

LA: OWC Files Notice of Intent to Amend Medical Reimbursement Schedule (p. 248 of PDF).

LA: OWC Proposes to Amend Portions of Hearing Rules (p. 484 of PDF).

ME: MEMIC Announces Promotion of McLain, Payton.

ME: Senator Tuttle Files Two Bills to Protect Injured Workers.

ME: LD 637 Would Prohibit Consideration of Preexisting Conditions in Short Term Disability Ins.

ME: LD 1087 Would Help Injured Workers With Gradual or Cumulative Injuries.

MD: WCC Posts Reminder re Best Practices for Subpoenas.

MI: WCA Adopts Rules re Electronic Payments Via Debit Cards for Injured Workers (p. 17 of PDF).

MI: Ins. Dept. Reminds WC Insurers re Policy Language for MCL 418.621 Provisions.

MO: Judge Upholds Kansas City Chiefs’ Players Contract re Filing of WC Claims.

MT: DLI Proposes Rule Changes re Lump Sums, Attorney Fees, Change of TPA (p. 25).

MT: Hutterite Colony Petitions US Sup Ct re Workers Comp Insurance Decision.

NY: Wall Street Journal Reports Political Sleight of Hand in Fund Raid.

NY: WCB Suspends Two Authorized Providers.

NY: Lawmaker Lopez Objects to State Budget Raid of Workers Comp Fund.

ND: House Amendments Give WSI Power to Decide Use of Treating Doctor’s Opinion.

OK: House Introduces Amendments to Workers Comp Reform Plan.

OK: House Hearing on Workers Comp Reform Plan Scheduled for Tuesday.

OR: Audio for MAC’s March 15 Meeting Now Available.

OR: WCD Provides Guidance on Form 827 Worker’s, Physician’s Report for WC Claims.

PA: Audit by Philly City Controller Shows Taxpayers Pay for Excessive WC Claims.

TN: Senate Passes Workers’ Comp Reform Bill.

TN: DWC Adopts Extensive Rule Changes Effective June 23.

WV: Supreme Court Upholds Need for Drug Tests in Record for Intoxication Claim.

WY: ESPC Think Tank Favors Workers Comp for Legislators.