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April 07, 2014 (3 min read)

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WCRI Posts 2014 Annual Report and Research Review.

Many Companies Offering Accident/Disability Insurance See Reduction in WC Claims.

PIA Praises Nat’l Governors Assoc. for Defending State-Based Insurance Regulation.

AL: HB 107 Burial Expense Increase Sent to Governor.

AK: HB 377 Would Restrict Physician Dispensing for Controlled Substances for Injured Workers.

CA: Santa Barbara-Based Select Staffing Files Pre-Packaged Chapter 11 Bankruptcy.

CA: Troubled Select Staffing Also Faces EEOC Lawsuit.

CA: DWC Posts Latest Adjustments to OMFS.

CA: Blogger Compares California and Canadian WC Systems.

CA: Labor Secretary Calls for Patience in Implementation of SB 863 Reforms.

CA: WCIRB Governing Committee Opts for No July 2014 Filing.

CA: WCIRB Report on Year-End 2013 Insurer Experience Released.

CO: Pinnacol Study Claims Wellness Programs Reduce Risks for CO Workers.

CO: Governor Signs SB 120 re Appropriations Procedures for State Employee Work Comp Account.

CO: Governor Signs SB 137 re Certification of Workers’ Comp Forms.

DE: House Passes Tax Hikes Despite Small Businesses Struggling With High WC Rates.

DE: Task Force in Heated Exchange Over Crafting Medical Fee Schedule.

IL: IWCC Now Posting Decisions Online.

IL: State Rep. Introduces Job Creation Package, Incl. Workers Comp Reform Bill.

IL: Social Policy Analyst Blasts US Chamber’s State Rankings Using Economic Regulation Index.

KY: HB 349 Would Require Partnerships, LLCs to File Specified Documents With DWC.

ME: Lawmakers Question Workers Comp Board Executive Director.

MA: DIA Announces New Walk-In Lump Sum Settlement Procedure.

MA: DIA Hosts Open Meeting re Medical Issues.

MA: Ways and Means Committee Considers H 3766 Burial Benefits Change.

MS: High Court Rejects Intentional Injury Defense by Employer in Power Line Case.

MO: HB 1734 Would Create Workers Comp Claims Database.

NJ: Medical Care Costs Per Claim Stabilized, But Still Higher Than Many States.

NJ: County Employee Struck by Car Near Employer-Designated Garage Denied Comp Benefits.

NJ: Lawyer Claims Governor Veto of Misclassification Bill Robbed NJ Truckers.

NY: Vehicle Owner Shielded From Contribution by Exclusive Remedy Defense.

NY: WCB Announces Centennial Celebration on 7/15/2014.

NY: WCB Posts Notice re Parity for Penalties From Final Conciliation Decisions.

NY: WCB Posts Reminder re Employee Status Under 2014 Transportation Industry Act.

OK: Workers’ Compensation Commission Publishes Emergency Rules.

OR: WCD Posts Revised Bulletin re Clinical Justification for Prescribing Drugs.

PA: Dept. of Ins. Announces 5.15 Percent Workers Comp Rate Cut.

PA: Lawyer Suspended for Failure to Take Action in WC and Other Cases.

RI: Freshman Lawmaker to Chair Labor Committee for Remainder of 2013-2014 Session.

TX: DWC Posts Reminder re Revised Health Care Provider Billing Procedures.

TX: DWC Posts Concept Draft re Return to Work Guidelines.

TX: DWC Approves 7 Companies to Self-Insure for Workers Comp.

TX: DWC Posts Reminder re Reimbursements of Treating Doctor, Designated Doctor Services.

TX: TDI Calls for 2014 First Quarter Experience, 2014 WC Deductible Plans.

UT: Governor Signs SB 44 Controlled Substances/Alcohol as Major Contributing Cause of Injury.

UT: Governor Signs SB 160 Workers Comp Settlements After 12 Year Limitations Period.

WI: Opposition From Medical Providers Helped Doom AB 711 Fee Schedule.

WI: Hospital Advocate Defends Against AB 711 Fee Schedule.

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