State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (8/26/2013)

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NATIONAL AND STATE NEWS:

Insurance Executive Sees Negative Impact of Affordable Care Act on Workers Comp.

CDC Posts Estimates of Americans Diagnosed With Lyme Disease Each Year.

Labor Secretary Issues Statement re Reduction in Fatal Occupational Injuries 2012.

CA: Governor Signs SB 146 re Workers’ Comp Pharmacy Billing.

CA: Legislature Enrolls AB 1045 Sterile Compounding, Nonresident Pharmacies.

CA: WCIRB to Submit Filing in Early September.

CA: DWC Posts Proposes Changes to MTUS Rules.

CA: DWC Issues Fourth 15-Day Notice for Changes to Proposed SJDB Rules.

CA: DWC Proposes Changes re Predesignation of Personal Physicians, Reporting Duties.

CA: OSIP Final Actuarial-Based Collateral Deposit Rules Now in Effect.

CA: Purdue Pharma Suspects 1,800 Doctors of Recklessly Prescribing Oxycontin.

GA: Workers Comp Payments to Injured Employees Decreased in 2011.

HI: HEMIC Directors Declare $2M Dividend.

IL: NCCI Files for 4.5 Percent Decrease in Workers Comp Rates.

IL: Illinois Has Second Worse Unemployment Rate in Nation Despite WC Reforms.

IL: Governor Open to Further Workers Comp Reform.

IL: SB 2306 Social Media Employee Privacy Signed by Governor.

KY: NCCI Files for 7.9 Percent Decrease in Loss Costs.

LA: LWC Posts New Average Weekly Rate Eff. 9-1-2013.

LA: LWC Adds Online Tool to Help Employers, Workers Avoid Misclassification.

LA: LWC Posts July 2013 Employment, Unemployment Statistics.

MD: WCC to Accept WC Form Filings via SERFF Eff. 9-1-2013.

MD: MIA Explains Electronic Submissions for Filing Annual Fraud Data Reports Eff. 1-1-2014.

NH: High Court Rules on Intoxication Defense.

NH: Lost Time Payments Dropped 21.7 Percent in 2011.

NJ: Senate Unable to Override Governor’s Veto of First Responder Bill.

NJ: LWD Posts Changes to Employee Leasing Law.

NM: Padilla Appointed Workers’ Compensation Judge Eff. 8-31-2013.

NM: Court Awards Benefits to Widow of Off-Duty Officer Killed in Rescue Effort.

NM: Court Ruling on Unconstitutionality of Farm, Ranch Workers Statute in Effect During Appeal.

NY: WCB Posts Revised List of Authorized Health Care Providers.

NY: State Ranks 16th for Growth in Covered Workers From 2010 to 2011.

OK: GOP Lawmaker Involved With Opt Out Bill Received Most Gifts From Lobbyists in 2013.

OK: OWCC Posts Maximum Compensation Benefit Rate Changes.

PA: BWC Prepares to Implement WC Automation and Integration System 9-9-2013.

RI: DWC Posts Maximum Benefit Rate Increase.

TN: High Court Upholds Law re Priority of Opinion of Independent Medical Examiner.

TX: Statistics Show Low Number of Wins for Claimants Helped by Ombudsmen.

TX: Travelers Study Finds August Most Dangerous Month for Job Injuries.

WA: L&I Cuts Paperwork Time and Costs for Customers.

WV: Supreme Court Filings Down Due to Privatization of Workers’ Comp.