National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup: Powered by Larson's (5/29/2012)

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup: Powered by Larson's (5/29/2012)

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NATIONAL NEWS:

STATE NEWS: 

AK: Governor Appoints Dianne Blumer Commissioner of Dept of Labor.

AZ: Court Rules Speculative Medical Opinion Insufficient to Deny Benefits.

CA: WCAB Files Lien Reg Changes With OAL.

CA: DWC Posts Annual Audit Unit Report.

CA: WCIRB: Employers Have New Workers Comp Ombudsman.

CA: Employers' Festa Names Chairman of Board of Governors for CIGA.

CA: WCRI: Medical Payments Per Claim Growing Rapidly After Steep Post-Reform Decreases.

CO: DWC Posts Maximum Benefit Rates for 2012.

FL: FWCJUA Posts Notice of Meeting/Workshop for 6/13/2012.

IL: Governor's Budget Proposes Raiding $21M From Workers Comp Fund for IDOT Purposes.

IL: IWCC Announces Search IWCC Case Database by Name.

IL: IWCC Revises Application and Settlement Forms.

IL: IWCC to Rule Soon on Controversial State Trooper's Appeals Denying Him Benefits.

IL: Repetitive Walking Claim by Menard Prison Guard Upheld by IWCC.

MD: Governor Signs SB 745 to Privatize IWIF.

MD: Governor Signs SB 1301 Budget Bill Raiding $50M From IWIF Surplus.

MD: Governor Signs HB 1101 Medical Presumptions Changes.

MD: Governor Signs SB 256, HB 876 Re P&C Notices of Premium Increases.

MD: Governor Signs SB 431, HB 1085 Altering Definitions re Emergency Responders.

MD: Governor Signs SB 811, HB 1094, SB 812, HB 1097 re Insurance Fraud Reporting, Fines.

MD: Governor Signs HB 421 re Calculation of Death Benefits.

MD: WCC Proposes Rule Changes Re Appealing Award of Attorney's Fee.

MD: WCC Proposes Rule Changes Re Independent Medical Examinations.

MI: WCA Posts 2011 Pay Lag Report by Industry Group and Individual Companies.

MI: WCA Posts 2011 Number of Initial Voluntary Payment Claims Disputed.

NV: WCS Spring Newsletter Warns of Employer Penalties for Delaying Treatment.

NC: IC Identifies 7 Employers Not in Compliance With WC Laws, or Owing Settlement Money.

NC: IC Grants Extensions to Employers to Comply With WC Laws.

NC: SB 852 Would Move IC's Fraud Unit to Dept of Insurance.

OH: Injured Worker Advocates Decry Workers Comp Changes Added to Budget Bill.

OH: BWC Extends $65M Private Employer Rate Cut; Administrative Assessments Decreasing.

OR: WCD Posts New Self-Insured Base Rates for Premium Assessment.

OR: Insurance Division Proposes Changes to Audit, Classification Rules.

OR: Medical Advisory Committee Revises Opioids Position Statement.

SD: NCCI Files -0.3 Rate Decrease.

TN: Advisory Council Recommends 5.1% Decrease in Workers Comp Rates.

TX: Texas Mutual Approves $150M Dividend Distribution.

VA: WCC Posts New Mediation Policies Effective 7/1/2012.