National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (4/21/2014)

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (4/21/2014)

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U.S. Senate Bill Would Cut FECA Benefits.

OWCP Updates Film-Radiograph, Digital Standards for Black Lung Benefits.

OSHA Penalizes Three Employers for Lack of Worker Safety for Temporary Workers.

Expert Provides Solutions for Direct Cost of Mental Illness in the Workplace.

AK: House OKs HB 306 Workers Comp Medical Costs Bill.

CA: Injured Worker Petitions Court of Appeal re Constitutionality of IMR Process.

CA: DIR Opens Bids for New IBR Contractor.

CA: Speaker of Assembly Appoints Dan Bagan to CHSWC.

CA: DWC Posts Adjustments to OMFS (Phys. Services, Non-Phys. Practitioner Services).

CA: DWC Posts Adjustments to OMFS (Pathology, Clinical Laboratory Section).

CA: City of L.A. Mayor Focuses on Cutting Workers Comp Costs.

CO: HB 1383 Workers Comp Reform Bill Introduced.

FL: DWC Announces Workshop re Proposed Change to Notice of Election to Be Exempt.

IL: WSJ Takes a Hard Look at Illinois’ Economic Woes.

LA: A.M. Best Revises Outlook for LWCC to Stable From Negative.

MD: Governor Signs SB 130 Electronic Access to Employer Reports.

MD: Governor Signs SB 119 Billing Address Notification to Subsequent Injury Fund.

MD: Governor Signs HB 219 WCC Issuance of Subpoenas.

MD: Governor Signs SB 16 Authorizes Chesapeake to Issue Polices Under Federal Comp Law.

MA: HB 4026 Would Establish Council to Battle Misclassification of Workers.

MI: Court Sides With Injured Worker on Location of Hearings in Genesee County.

MO: DWC Explains Amendment to Proposed Changes re Medical Fee Disputes (pp. 876-877).

NE: LB 961 Turns Into “Christmas Tree” Bill.

NY: SWCB Posts New Reimbursement Rates for Inpatient Hospital Care.

NY: SWCB Announces New Scanning Vendor.

NY: SWCB Announces Cut Off Date for Acceptance of Paper Forms.

NY: SWCB Posts New Maximum Weekly Benefit Rate.

ND: WSI Files Suit Against Software Vendor for Failure to Deliver on Software Project.

OH: BWC Director Applauds Safe Disposal of Opiates.

OH: State Inspector General Finds BWC Worker Improperly Accessed Son’s Case File.

OH: HB 493 Workers Comp Omnibus Bill Passed by House.

OK: High Court Rules WC Cases Under Old System Must Continue Using Old Law.

OR: WCD to Form Advisory Committee re Employer/Insurer Coverage Rules.

OR: WCD Proposes to Repeal Requirement to Use ICD-10.

SC: Background Provided on New Chairman of WCC.

TX: Dept. of Insurance Issues Licenses to Three Captive Insurance Companies.

TX: DWC Posts April 2014 Safety & Health Update.

TX: TDI Accepts NCCI Rate Filing for Misc. Values, Including LERs for Deductible Options.

WV: US Attorney Continues Investigation of Bank, Employee Leasing Firm.

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