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Workers' Compensation

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup Powered by Larson's (1/21/2013)

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NCCI Posts Report on Medical Services for Claims 20 or More Years Old.

Insurance Information Institute Posts Top Workers’ Comp Developments.

U.S. Supreme Court Rules Floating Home Is Not a Vessel.

RAND Study: Less-Experienced Physicians Spend Significantly More Money Treating Patients.


AR: Governor Reappoints Hood to Workers’ Comp Commission.

CA: DWC Invites Public Comment on Payment Ground Rules Topics for Physician Fee Schedule.

CA: DWC Announces Medical Provider Network Public Meeting.

CA: OSIP Posts FAQs on New SB 863 Requirements for Self-Insurers.

CA: Superior Court Denies Transfer of Rights to Payments Under a Workers’ Comp Settlement.

CO: Pinnacol CEO Ken Ross Resigns.

CO: HB 13-1025 Would Increase Authorized Deductible for WC Insurance Policies.

CT: HB 5170 Would Provide Retroactive Payments for Social Security Offsets.

FL: DWC Adopts Rules Re Loss Control Services Notices Requirements for Self Insureds.

FL: DWC Corrects Error in Rules Re Need for Certificate From Claimant’s Counsel.

FL: Florida Chamber to Fight to Close Loophole for Exorbitant Drug Repackaging Costs.

IN: HB 1320 Would Create Medicare-Based Hosp. Fee Schedule, Increase Max. Weekly Benefit.

MA: DIA Increases Partial Medical Examination Fee Effective Jan. 17.

MI: WCA Announces 2013 Rate Calculation Program Now Available.

MT: Lawmakers Hear Public Comment on HB 82 to Help Out of State Construction Employers.

NY: A946 Would Carve Out Exception to Exclusive Remedy re Sexual Assaults by Co-Worker.

NY: S1585 Would Establish Monthly Allowance or Treatment Frequency re Chronic Care.

NY: A786 Would Lower Assessments for Special Disability Fund.

NY: WCB Posts Reminder re 3/1 Effective Date for Medical Treatment Guideline Changes.

NY: WCB Posts Changes to List of Health Care Providers Authorized to Treat Injured Workers.

NC: NCRB Issues Circular Re Assigned Risk Take-Out Credit Program CY 2012.

OH: BWC to Hold Public Hearing on Outpatient Medication Formulary.

OK: HB 1362 Would Create Administrative-Based System for Workers’ Comp.

OK: Lt. Governor Backs Bill for Administrative-Based System for Workers’ Comp.

OK: Lawmakers File 40 Workers’ Comp Bills, Including Opt Out Bill.

OK: HB 1752 Would Create Opt Out From Workers’ Comp System.

OK: HB 1982 Would Create Opt Out From Workers’ Comp System.

OK: HB 2201 Would Privatize CompSource Oklahoma.

OK: SB 1026 Would Privatize CompSource Oklahoma.

OK: Proactive Businesses Can Cut WC Costs Without Waiting for Reform.

OK: L. Brad Taylor to Serve as Presiding Judge of Workers’ Compensation Court.

OK: Presiding Judge Taylor Selects Michael J. Harkey to Serve as Vice-Presiding Judge at WCC.

OR: WCD Posts Proposed Rule Changes Re Medical Fee Payments, Medical Services, MCOs.

OR: MAC Posts Meeting Testimony Re Spinal Cord Stimulator Use in Injured Workers.

OR: HB 2068 Would Extend Exclusive Remedy Protection to Partners of LLCs.

OR: HB 2069 Would Extend TD for Injured Workers Engaged in Vocational Assistance Training.

OR: SB 190 Would Enable WCD to Enact Rules Re Electronic Submission of Documents.

TN: High Court Upholds Law on Subrogation Liens, Cost of Future Medical Benefits.

TN: Jeb Bush Sounds Off on Tennessee Workers’ Comp Reform.

TX: DWC Says Fewer TX Claims Include Opioids, Not-Recommended Prescriptions.

TX: DWC Provides Details Re State of the Texas Workers’ Comp System (p. 1).

TX: DWC Adopts Revised Form for Request for Designated Doctor Examination (p. 2).

TX: DWC Posts Reminders Re Pharmacy Closed Formulary Status, Legacy Claim Implementation.

TX: DWC Posts Reminder Re Change in Nonsubscriber Employer Reporting Requirements (p. 11).

TX: DWC Approves 14 Renewals for Companies to Self Insure.

UT: Labor Commission Proposes Workers Comp Rule Changes, New Rules (p. 34 et seq.).

WA: Governor-Elect Names Joel Sacks as Director of Dept. of Labor and Industries.

WA: Dem, GOP Lawmakers Call for Workers Comp Changes.

WY: HB0052 Would Give Discount in WC Premiums for Workplace Safety Participation.

WY: HB 0101 Re Workers’ Comp Appeals, Voted Down by House.