National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (3/3/2014)

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (3/3/2014)

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ACOEM Targets 5 Things Doctors, Patients Should Question.

US DOL Program to Help Some Miners Increase Chances of Black Lung Benefits.

7th Circuit Rules No WC Retaliation for Discharge After Refusal to Take Drug Test.

AR: High Court Reverses Denial of WC Benefits for Workers Who Tested Positive for Marijuana.

CA: OAL Approves Rules for Predesignation of Personal Physicians, PTP Reporting Duties.

CA: DWC Issues Reminder re Required Documents for IMR, IBR Applications.

CA: DWC Announces Appointments to Workers’ Comp Ethics Advisory Committee.

CA: AB 2604 Would Increase Penalty for Unreasonable Delay of Payment.

CA: AB 2052 Would Expand Presumptions for Additional Peace Officers.

FL: DWC Meeting re ASC Reimbursement Manual Scheduled for April 1.

FL: SB 1214 Addresses PTD Awards, Preexisting Conditions, Drug Testing.

IA: High Court to Hear Oral Arguments in WC Commissioner’s Defamation Suit.

LA: Court Rules Against Penalty Clause in Settlement Agreement.

MD: WCC Security Changes for Public Claim Data Inquiries Eff. 2-26-2014.

MD: Insurance Expert Says Questionable WC Claims Account for 5-10 Percent of Total Claims.

NH: HB 1489 Would Create Firefighters With Heart, Lung, Cancer Disease Fund.

NY: SWCB Adopts Rule Changes re Independent Medical Examinations.

OH: Comatose IW’s Additional Claim for Loss of Vision, Hearing Fails.

OK: WCC Clarifies Forms to File for Injuries/Death Occuring On or After 2/1/2014.

OK: SB 1821 Would Require Doctors to Check State Prescription Drug Monitoring Program.

PA: WCAB Proposes Changes to Rules of Practice and Procedure.

SC: WCC Posts Feb. 21 Business Meeting Report.

SC: Class Action Alleges Legal Malpractice for Inability to Pursue WC Claims.

SD: Governor Signs HB 1053 Revisions for Regulating Insurance Rating Organizations.

TX: DWC Commissioner Approves Revised Legacy Claims Plan-Based Audit.

WV: Volunteer Fire Depts. Receive Another $4M to Subsidize WC Premiums.

WV: Dem. Senator Files Bills in Attempt to Resurrect Old WC Provisions.

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