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January 06, 2014 (4 min read)

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NCOIL Work Comp Insurance Comm. Chair Defends Recommendations re Opioid Abuse.

Pro Publica Reports on High Injury Rates for Temp Workers.

CMS Proposes Rule re Civil Penalties for MSP Non-Compliance.

CMS Restructuring COB Effective 2-1-2014.

AZ: IC Releases Special Fund Insolvent Carrier Report.

AZ: Federal Judge Says RICO Case Against York Risk Services Group Can Move Forward.

CA: OAL Approves Electronic Document Filing, Lien Filing Fee Rules.

CA: DWC Files Certificate of Compliance for IMR, IBR Rules With OAL.

CA: DWC Issues 15-Day Notice re MPN Proposed Rule Changes.

CA: AD Announces 2014 Profile Audit Review, Full Compliance Audit Performance Standards.

CA: DWC Posts RBRVS-Based Physician Fee Schedule, 2014 Updates.

CA: CHSWC Releases 2013 WOSHTEP Advisory Board Annual Report.

CA: CHSWC Announces Injury, Illness Prevention Program for Agriculture.

CA: WCIRB Posts Report on Q3 2013 Insurer Experience.

CA: WCAB Lacks Jurisdiction When Pro Athlete Played Single Game in California.

CO: Business Leaders Question Need for Workers Comp Reforms.

CO: Labor Outlines Concerns for Workers Comp Reforms.

DE: PCI Supports Actions by Governor, Workers Comp Task Force.

FL: DWC Posts Maximum Workers Comp Rate Eff. 1-1-2014.

FL: FLOIR Posts 2013 Annual Report.

IL: IWCC Posts 2014 Fee Schedule.

IL: Divided High Court Finds Injured Worker Not a Traveling Employee.

IN: WCB Posts  2014 Second Injury Fund Recommendation Report, Certificates.

IA: Two Deputy Commissioners Announce Their Retirement.

LA: Ins. Commissioner Announces 5.1% Workers Comp Rate Decrease.

LA: OWC Hearing on Medical Treatment Guidelines Scheduled for 1-27-14.

ME: WCB Posts Medical Fee Schedule Annual Update.

MD: WCC Posts 2013 Annual Report.

MD: Doctors in WC System Charge Four Times the Standard Cost of Drugs.

MA: WCIRB Recommends 7.7% Rate Hike.

MO: Dept of Insurance Recommends 10.1% Workers Comp Rate Increase.

NE: High Court Dismisses Appeal in Worker’s Traumatic Brain Injury Case.

NE: WCC Posts Revised Rules of Procedure.

NM: Governor Appoints LeFevre to Advisory Council on WC and Occupational Disease.

NY: Governor Announces $370M in Bonds to Resolve Workers Comp Claims.

NY: Governor Vetoes Bills A400, A4099 Related to Volunteer First Responders.

NY: Actions to Resolve Group Trust Default Problems Now Working.

NY: WCB Announces Changes for UEF Claims.

NY: WCB Announces New Reimbursement Rates for Inpatient Hospital Care.

NY: WCB Posts Latest List of Approved Health Care Providers.

OH: BWC Administrator/CEO Outlines Successes of 2013.

OH: BWC Awards More Than $9.4M in Safety Rebates.

OK: Workers Comp Court Administrator Leaves Jan. 3 for WCRI Position.

OK: High Court Upholds Workers Comp Reforms

OK: High Court Leaves Door Open for Future Constitutional Challenges to WC Reforms.

OR: WCD Posts Revised Bulletin re Adjustments to Hospital Fee Schedule.

OR: WCD Posts Updates re Reimbursement for IW Travel, Food, Lodging Costs.

OR: WCD Posts Proposed Changes re EDI for Reporting Medical Bill Data.

OR: WCD Posts Revised Bulletin re Claims Processing Administrative Cost Factor.

OR: MAC to Consider Endorsing New Opioid Prescription Guidelines at Jan. 10 Meeting.

PA: DLI Announces New Maximum/Minimum Benefit Rate Changes.

SC: WCC Posts 2014 Maximum Weekly Compensation Rate.

SC: WCC Posts Advisory Notice re Withdrawal of Counsel Fee.

SC: High Court Rules Nurse Anesthetist Was Employee, Not Independent Contractor.

TX: DWC Announces Performance Based Oversight Results.

TX: DWC Finalizes Medical Quality Review CY2014 Annual Audit Plan.

TX: DWC Issues Guidance re Injured Worker Analysis Sent to Designated Doctors.

TX: DWC Proposes Increase in Attorney’s Fees.

TX: Ins. Carrier Pharmacy Closed Formulary Data Call Results on Legacy N-Drug Claims.

TX: DWC Posts Discount, Interest Rate for 1/1/2014 Through 3/31/2014.

UT: Labor Commission Posts 2012 Occupational Injuries, Illnesses Rate.

WI: DWD Posts 2014 Maximum Wage and Rate Chart.

WI: Federal Judge Rules Exclusivity Not Applicable When Plaintiff on Administrative Leave.



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