State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (9/3/2013)

State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (9/3/2013)

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NATIONAL AND STATE NEWS:

NCCI Posts 2013 Updates for Temporary Total Disability Indemnity Benefit Duration.

NCCI Increase in Split Point as Biggest Change in Last 32 Years for WC Insurance.

NFL Concussion Settlement Doesn’t Resolve Safety Issues.

Feds Won’t Interfere With Marijuana Recreational Use, Marijuana Still Illegal Though.

CA: DWC Issues 15-Day Notice re Changes to Electronic Filing, Lien Filing Rules.

CA: WCIRB Actuarial Committee to Meet Sept. 4.

CA: WCIRB Releases Report on 1Q 2013 Experience.

CA: AB 1309 Pro Athlete Bill Amended With More Restrictions, Earlier Effective Date.

CA: Senate Expected to Approve AB 1309 Pro Athlete Bill This Week.

CA: SB 375 re Medical Examination Interpreters; Enrolled, Sent to Governor.

CA: AB 584 Risk and Insolvency Assessment for Insurers; Enrolled, Sent to Governor.

CA: AB 607 New Requirements for Dependency, Death Benefits; Enrolled.

CA: AB 1045 Sterile Compounding, Nonresident Pharmacies; Enrolled, Sent to Governor.

CA: Amended SB 258 Specifies When Employers to Reimburse Lien Filing Fee/Activation Fee.

CA: Amended SB 258 Retains IW’s Claim re New & Further Disability; Removes VR Services.

FL: DOH Proposes Changes to PDMP for Privacy of Prescription Information.

FL: ACLU Blasts Proposed Changes to PDMP, Privacy Concerns Persist.

IL: IWCC Posts Reminder re Limits on Attorney Fees.

IN: Dept. of Labor Posts Latest Workplace Fatality Report.

IA: DWC Halts Walk-In Settlement Practice.

MT: Lawyer Blasts Legislature for Denying Injured Workers’ Right to Treating Doctor.

MS: WCC Posts 824-Page Proposed Medical Fee Schedule Changes.

NH: High Court Explains Use of Intoxication Defense in Workers Comp Cases.

NC: HB 74 re Statutory Employers,Taxi Drivers, Deputy Commissioners Signed by Governor.

NC: IC Updates Form to Reinstate Disability Benefits.

OH: BWC Honors Workers Who Have Died in Workplace Accidents.

OK: Governor Appoints Troy Wilson to Workers Compensation Commission.

TN: 2014 Reforms: Laws No Longer Liberally Construed in Favor of Worker.

TX: DWC Proposes Changes to Health Care Provider Billing Procedures.

TX: DWC Reminder re Pharmacy Closed Formulary Status, Legacy Claim Implementation.