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National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup Powered by Larson's (2/11/2013)

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NATIONAL NEWS:

Study Finds High Correlation Between Mental Illness and Smoking.

US Dept of Labor Cracks Down on Late Reporting of Deaths by Iraq War Contractors.

NCCI Posts Presentations From 2013 Data Educational Program.

AIA Releases Statement on Bill to Reauthorize Terrorism Risk Insurance Act.

Loyola’s 2013 Annual Longshore Conference April 4-5 in New Orleans.

STATE NEWS:

AK: WCD Posts Death Benefit Increases.

CA: CHSWC Releases 2012 Annual Report.

CA: DWC Honors Wei, McNally With Carrie Nevans Community Service Awards.

CA: DWC Issues Notice of Hearings for Electronic Document Filing, Lien Filing Fee Rules.

CA: DWC Updates Fact Sheet, Address Questions on Benefits Notices, SB 863.

CA: DWC Posts Adjustments to OMFS to Conform to Medicare Changes.

CA: Construction Co. Settles DOT Workers’ Comp False Claims Suit.

CA: SB 146 Would Change Pharmacy Billing Procedures.

CA: Consumer Watchdog Wants Monitoring of Doctors Prescribing Dangerous Narcotics.

CT: Debate Over Whether Workers Comp Should Cover Mental Trauma.

FL: HB 605 Would Revise Reimbursement Amounts for Repackaged Drugs.

FL: DWC Adopts Revised Health Care Provider Certification Rule Effective Feb. 6.

GA: HB 154 Would Create Limitation Period for Medical Benefits.

IL: IWCC Posts Notice re Certifications for Injured Workers’ Benefit Fund Cases.

KY: HB 217 Would Change Diagnostic, Treatment Protocols for Controlled Substance Prescribing.

ME: Portland-based Workers Comp Insurer MEMIC to Expand to Florida in 2Q 2013.

ME: Indicted Former Official Received Workers Comp Payments of $50K Per Year.

MO: Senate Debates Bill to Revive Insolvent Second Injury Fund.

MO: SB 146 Would Create Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, Call for Referendum.

MO: SB 233 Would Create Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, Penalties.

MO: HB 347 Would Create Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, Penalties.

MT: House Committee Passes Bill to Enact High Standard of Proof for Intentional, Deliberate Acts.

MT: Senate Endorses SB 173 re Workers Comp Fund Debt, Despite Expected Rate Increase.

NH: LGC Announces Leadership Change.

NH: Stakeholders at Odds Over Whether WC System Needs Overhaul or Tweaking.

NM: House Committee Led by Dems Kills HB 139 Intoxication Bill, Cites Due Process Issues.

NY: SWCB Posts Amendments to Medical Treatment Guidelines (p. 14).

NY: NYCIRB Posts 2012 Annual Report.

NY: Reasons for and Unintended Consequences of the Raising of SIF Assessments.

NY: Eight Former Seneca Workers Falling Through Cracks on Workers’ Comp Coverage.

NC: Court Rules Wal-Mart Protected by Exclusive Remedy in Wrongful Death Case.

NC: Insurance Commissioner Distributes $2.9M to Former Members of Phoenix Fund.

NC: Six Commissioners’ Jobs at NC Industrial Commission on the Line.

OH: High Court Denies TTC Benefits for Woman Who Voluntarily Left Workforce.

OH: BWC Submits Biennial Budget.

OH: HB 34 Would Eliminate $15,000 Medical-Only Program.

OK: DHS, Dept. of Corrections Among Biggest Spenders re Cost of Workers Comp Court Settlements.

PA: Governor’s Proposed Budget to Reduce Funding for Workers’ Comp Fund.

PA: PCRB Details Loss Cost Revisions Effective April 1, 2013.

PA: Newspaper Reports on Attorney James Zurick’s Recent Appointment to WCAB.

RI: WCC Chief Judge Says Appeal of $1M Penalty for Night Club to Be Resolved by April 1.

SC: Senate Confirms Appointment of Commissioner Aisha Taylor.

TN: HB 549/SB 519 Would Exempt Amish Businesses From WC Insurance Requirements.

TX: Texas Mutual President and CEO Ron Wright to Retire.

TX: Texas Mutual Names Richard Gergasko as New CEO.

TX: DWC Adopts Rules re Medical Bill Reporting Standards, State Specific Requirements.

WA: Senate Passes Bills re Compromise and Release, Rehabilitation, Age Minimum for Settlements.

WA: Dem. Governor Criticizes Senate on Going “Backwards” With Workers Comp Changes.

WA: GOP Lawmaker Introduces Bill to Give Employers Option to Buy Private Insurance.

WY: House Passes HB 52 to Provide Safety Discount to Employers.