National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (2/17/2014)

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Insurance Expert Warns ACA High Costs, Problems Could Push Workers Back to WC Realm.

Traveler’s Releases White Paper on Impact of ACA on P&C Industry, Workers’ Comp.

Pharmacy Benefit Managers Warn PBM Legislation Could Spill Over to Workers Comp.

AIG Net Income Soars to $1.98B in 2013 4Q.

Marsh Releases U.S. Insurance Market Report 2014.

AZ: HB 2221 Would Create Procedures for Opioid Treatment for Injured Workers.

AZ: HB 2361 Would Exempt Insurer From Liability for Certain WC Payments.

CA: New RAND Report: Permanently Disabled Workers w/Disproportionate Earnings Losses.

CA: OAL Approves IBR, IMR Final Rules.

CA: DWC Provides Update on Santa Barbara Satellite Office Conference Scheduling.

CA: DWC Posts Proposed Copy Service Fee Schedule Regs for Public Comment.

CA: CalOSHA Slammed for Lack of Workplace Safety Inspections.

CA: Federal Judge Throws Out WC Case of Deputy Sheriff Injured in Copter Crash.

CO: Senate Passes SB 120 Appropriations for State Employee Workers Comp Account.

CO: SB 92 Would Make Workers Comp Fraud a Felony Regardless of Amount.

DE: Lt. Gov. Decries Lack of Information on How WC Rate Increases Determined.

DE: Actuarial Expert Disputes DCRB’s Rate Filing, Finds Lack of Support for Procedures Used.

DE: OWC Posts Rule Changes on Hot/Cold Pack Eff. 2/11/14.

FL: DWC to Hold Rule Hearing re Reimbursement Manual for Hospitals on March 4.

FL: HB 785 Would Authorize Employers to Negotiate Retrospectively Rate Premium w/Insurers.

FL: DWC Proposes Adoption of Form for Reporting Quarterly Assessments.

GA: SBWC Monitoring Tree Services, Construction for WC Compliance.

HI: Injured Worker’s Attorney Says Court Decided “Vog” Case Correctly.

ID: Court Rules Tying Shoe Laces Caused Compensable Herniated Disc.

IN: ACLU Calls Mandatory Drug Testing for Chronic Pain Patients Unconstitutional.

LA: EMT’s Mileage Payment Doesn’t Bring Travel Within Exception to Going and Coming Rule.

ME: MEMIC Receives A (Excellent) Rating From A.M. Best.

MD: Physicians Propose Caps on Prescription Fees for Workers Comp.

MD: PCI Opposes SB 507 WCC Adoption of Repackaged Drugs Fee Schedule.

MD: PCI Supports SB 215 to Curb Physician Dispensing.

MD: HB411 Would Extend Heart Presumption/Hypertension Presumption to Correctional Officers.

MD: Top 200 Workers’ Comp Payouts for Past Fiscal Year Posted for Baltimore City.

MA: HCSB to Discuss Draft of Shoulder Medical Treatment Guidelines Feb. 22.

MO: Senate Passes SB 526 to Create Online Database re Workers’ Comp Claims.

NY: Court Rules No Reopening Allowed in Established Claim re Murdered Employee.

NY: WCB Announces Change in Reimbursement Rate to Claimants for Auto Travel.

NY: Court Denies PTSD for Police Officer in Deadly Shoot Out.

NY: Cornell Grad Students Push for Workers’ Comp Coverage for Campus Work.

NY: Employer Doesn’t Lose Exclusivity Defense When Injured Worker Is Undocumented Alien.

OH: BWC Posts State/Nat’l Data on Non-Fatal Workplace Injuries.

OK: Workers’ Comp Commission Names New Medical Director.

TX: Commissioner Bordelon Sets Lower Maintenance Tax Rate Since 2010.

WI: AB 711 Aims to Create Strict Price Ceilings for Maximum Costs for Hospital Procedures.

WI: AB 711 Fiscal Analysis Breaks Down Short/Long Terms Costs of WC Reforms.

WY: Senate Committee Approves SF 51 Elective Coverage Eligibility.

WY: Senate Committee Approves SF 17 Electronic Delivery of Insurance Documents.

WY: Senate Committee Approves SF 21 Insurance-Own Risk Solvency Measures.

WY: House Rejects HB 16 Clarifying Penalties for Employee Misclassification.

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