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National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (3/30/2015)

March 30, 2015 (2 min read)

ProPublica Examines Benefit Cuts, Medical Review, Preexisting Conditions, Choice of Doctor.

ProPublica/NPR Answer Questions About Their Research on Workers Comp Articles.

Risk Expert Says High Costs of Workers Comp Due Mainly to Management Problem.

Walmart, Lowes, Safeway, Nordstroms & More Bankroll Opt Out Legislation Nationwide.

Pew Study Shows Increase in Undocumented Workers Holding White Collar Jobs.

Marsh Study Targets Prescription Drugs to Decrease Workers Comp Costs.

App-based Home Cleaning Co. Could Face Two Lawsuits for Worker Misclassification.

Rate of Insurance Fraud Rising Faster Than Violent Crimes.

Towers Watson Releases Survey on P&C Industry’s Use of Predictive Modeling.

Expert Discusses Link Between Chronic Pain and Opioid Addiction, Alternative Treatments.

FDA to Publish Abuse Deterrent Opioid Guidance by End of June.

NIOSH Examines Workplace Violence for Hospital Workers.

AZ: HB 2439 Would Enable Industrial Commission to Hear Bad-Faith Claim Cases.

CA: Senate Hearing on SB 863: Presentations, Reports, Hearing Video Posted.

CA: WCIRB Posts Actuarial Committee Agenda for March 30 Meeting.

CA: WCIRB Posts Government Committee Agenda for April 1 Meeting.

CA: Governor Reappoints Bouma, McNally to CHSWC.

CA: State Fund Posts 2014 Annual Report.

CA: Audit Shows 35 Percent Increase in WC Costs for Firefighters, Police.

CA: LAPD, LAFD Blasted for “Culture of Workers’ Comp Abuse”.

CA: Cal/OSHA Posts Guidance on New Heat Illness Prevention Requirements.

CA: US Sup Ct Denies Cert in Mata v. WCAB (Challenging Settlement Agreement).

FL: Aon Reports Florida Has Highest Rate of Severity of Claims in Country.

HI: Firefighters Seek Workers Comp Law for Cancer Presumption.

IA: Senate Questions Cortese, Governor’s Nominee for Workers’ Comp Commissioner.

ME: NCCI Explains 2.6% Increase in Loss Cost Filing.

MI: Workers Comp Costs for Employers Decreased 28 Percent Since 2011.

NH: Senate Delays Action on Workers Comp Reform Bill.

NC: IC Creates FTP Site for Uploading Medical Practice Guidelines, Peer Reviewer Profiles.

OH: BWC Proposes Flexible Payment Options for Ohio Businesses.

OH: Surveillance Video Sinks Claimant’s Odd Lot Claim.

OH: Businesses Still Waiting for Settlement Money in Lawsuit Over Work Comp Premiums.

PA: Workers Comp Rate Cut of 5.99% Effective April 1.

TN: Time Running Short for Committees to Approve Amended Opt Out Bill.

TN: Advisory Council on Workers Comp Votes Down Opt Out Bill.

TX: Commissioner of Insurance Adopts Revised Workers Comp Classification Relativities.

TX: High Court Holds Oral Argument in Traveling Employee Lawsuit.

TX: DWC Posts Latest Discount Rate, Interest Rate.

UT: One Out of Three Farm Workers in Utah Are Undocumented.









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