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National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (1/4/2016)

January 04, 2016 (4 min read)







ProPublica Examines Power, Wealth of Middlemen at Workers Comp Conferences.

CDC Reports Increase in Drug, Opioid Overdose Deaths in U.S. 2000-2014.

CDC Opens Comment Period for Proposed 2016 Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain.

NIOSH Examines Troubling Statistics on Opioid Overdose Epidemic.

NPR Reports on ‘Third Wave’ of Asbestos Disease in the U.S.

Expert Details How Affordable Care Act Is Expanding Into Workers’ Compensation.

AZ: ICA Solicits RFQ for Qualified Vendor List for Medical Peer Review Services.

AZ: ICA Adds Medical Resource Office to Website.

CA: DWC Posts Mileage Rate Effective 1-1-2016.

CA: Federal Judge Bars Uber From Imposing New Contract on Drivers Involved in Class Action Suit.

CA: WCIRB Releases Report on Q3 Insurer Experience.

CA: Angie Wei Elected 2016 Chair of CHSWC.

CA: DWC Adds New Form to Expand Electronic JET File Options.

CA: DWC Posts Adjustments to OMFS (DMEPOS).

CA: DWC Makes More Changes to OMFS (Physician/Non-Physician Practitioner Services).

CA: DWC Posts Changes to OMFS (Pathology and Clinical Laboratory Section).

CA: DWC Posts Updated Spanish Version of Benefit Notices.

CA: Bill Would Allow Gig Workers to Collectively Bargain With Company.

CA: 9 Arrested in $24M Scheme to Allegedly Defaud 230 Work Comp Insurers for Interpreter Services.

CA: DIR Publishes 2015 Legislative Report.

CA: DWC, Sedgwick Reach Settlement on Recent Audit of Medical Treatment Requests.

CO: Pinnacol Assurance Seeks to Expand Colorado Borders.

CO: Governor Announces Appointments to Special Funds Board for WC Self Insurers.

DE: Workers Comp Oversight Panel Votes for 7% Fee Schedule Reduction.

DE: Head Case: Some Funky Permanencies and a Disfigurement Admonishment in the First State.

DE: Referral of Medical Treatment for UR Concedes Causation in Delaware.

DE: Delaware IAB Addresses Claims of Narcotic-related Tooth Decay.

DE: The Intoxication Defense Is Upheld in Delaware.

FL: DWC to Amend Process to Resolve Disputes Between Carriers and Health Care Providers.

FL: Florida Supreme Court Delivers Coup de Gras to Padgett.

IN: WCB Posts 2016 Second Injury Fund Recommendation Report and Certificates.

IA: High Court Says Discovery Rule Applies to Single Trauma Injuries.

KY: Governor Appoints Lawmaker Pullin to Administrative Law Judge Position.

ME: Insurance Bureau Updates Rules for Accepting Reinsurance of WC Self-Insurance.

MA: WCRIBMA Submits Filing for Workers Comp Rate Hike.

MI: WCA Posts 2016 Maximum Weekly Benefit Rate.

MN: Governor Reappoints Gary M. Hall to Workers Compensation Court of Appeals.

MT: Actress Laura Dern Plays Attorney Dealing With Violence by Angry Injured Worker.

NE: Injured Employee Failed to Establish Spinal Cord Stimulator Was Reasonable and Necessary.

NV: NCCI Analyzes Proposed Changes to Nevada Medical Fee Schedule.

NV: DIR Proposes Revised Rules for Industrial Insurance, Claim Files, Voc Rehab, Etc.

NJ: Assault by Coeemployee at Work Not Compensable But Rooted in Pyramid Investment Scheme.

NJ: Cancer Presumption Bill Passes Both Houses.

NJ: Court Finds No Discrimination Against Injured Worker Fired for Lack of Available Work.

NJ: Court Finds Popping Incident in Low Back While Walking Not Work Related.

NM: Businesses Plan to Push Legislation Against Injured Workers Intoxicated on the Job.

NY: Governor’s Task Force to Investigate 450 Cases of Worker Exploitation.

NY: WCB Posts Newly Authorized Health Care Providers.

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

NC: Legislature Approves 10 Rules Adopted by IC.

OH: BWC Says Ohio Employers Share Over $7.8M in Safety Rebates.

OR: WCD Issues Final Rule on Employer/Insurer Coverage Responsibility.

OR: WCD Corrects Hospital Fee Schedule Adjusted Cost-to-Charge Ratios.

OR: WCD Posts New Mileage Rate, Lodging and Meal Rates.

OR: WCD Provides Guidance on HB 2797 Timely First Payment of Time Loss.

SC: WCC Posts Latest Maximum Weekly Compensation Rate.

SC: WCC Approves 22 Applications to Self-Insure for Workers Comp.

SD: Bullene Appointed to Workers’ Cop Advisory Council, Replaces Haase.

TN: BWC Posts Final Draft of Drug Formulary, Medical Treatment Guidelines.

TX: DWC Revises Request for Travel Reimbursement Form.

TX: Texas Mutual, Travis County DA Reach New Agreement on Fraud Funding.

VA: SCC Approves WC Rate Increase Eff. 4-1-2016.

WA: Seattle Votes to Allow Uber and Lyft Drivers to Unionize.

WV: Supreme Court Reports Continuing Decline in Workers Comp Case Load in 2014.

WI: Lawmakers File Bill to Limit Workers Comp Benefits, Shorten Limitations Period.









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