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Workers' Compensation

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (12/15/2014)

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Hospital Outpatient Costs Higher Where Percent-of-Charge-Based Fee Regs, No Fee Schedules.

NCCI Develops Proof of WC Coverage App Covering 32 Jurisdictions.

EEOC Provides Guidance on Workers Comp ADA Obligations.

NIOSH Examines Latest Study on Prevention of Stress Among Healthcare Workers.

Workers’ Comp Customers Dissatisfied With Billing and Payment Practices.

AK: LWD Reports Big Drop in Lost Time Injuries.

CA: DWC Posts IMR Progress Report Based on 2013 Data.

CA: DWC Posts Chronic Pain Medical Treatment Guidelines for Public Comment.

CA: WCIRB Releases Third Quarter 2014 Experience Report.

CA: 1st DCA Grants Writ of Review in Stevens v. WCAB, IMR Constitutional Challenge.

CA: OSIP Posts Analysis of Actuarial Reports Mandated by SB 863.

CA: Marsh Provides Guidance on New Temp Worker Law.

CA: Maximus Exec to Speak of Impact of Health Care Reform on Workers Comp Systems.

CA: Drobot Sued by Two Patients for Injuries Related to Spinal Surgery Hardware.

FL: Court Reverses Award Requiring Employer to Pay for Kidney Removal.

FL: DWC Amends Rule to Adopt 2014 Edition of WC Reimbursement Manual for Hospitals.

IL: Employee’s Off-Duty Use of Marijuana Insufficient to Deny Unemployment Benefits.

IA: WDD Adopts New OSHA Injury Reporting Requirements.

LA: State Ranks Second-Best Nationally for Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses.

MD: WCC Posts Latest Maximum/Minimum Benefit Rates.

MD: WCC Posts Fiscal Year 2014 Annual Report.

ME: Court Upholds Suspension of Comp Benefits for Missing Home Depot Employee.

MI: Cost of Medical Care for Injured Workers Lower Than Most State, Slowly Rising.

MO: HB 177 Would Create Joint Committee on Missouri Division of Workers Compensation.

NE: Governor Considers Three Nominees for Workers’ Comp Court.

NJ: LWD Announces Counsel Fee Threshold to Increase to $45K in 2015.

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

OH: HB 412 First Responder PTSD Benefits Passed by Senate, Goes to House.

OH: Dependents of OH Worker Who Lived 4.5 Hours After Fall Awarded PPD Benefits.

OH: Attorneys Get $136M in Fees Over Lawsuit Against BWC.

TX: DWC Finalizes Medical Quality Review CY 2015 Annual Audit Plan.

TX: DWC Posts Annual Change to Medical Fee Guideline Conversion Factors.

TX: Ins. Commissioner Adopts NCCI Experience Rating Plan Manual.

VT: Dept. of Labor Seeks Input on VR Rules.

VA: WCC Provides Guidance for Pre-Hearing Motions Order.

WA: Trucking Industry Injury Rates, Costs Among the Highest.

WI: GOP, Dems, Unions Gear Up for Battle Over Right to Work Proposed Legislation.

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