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National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (6/15/2015)

June 15, 2015 (2 min read)

US DOL Plans to Issue Independent Contractor Guidance.

Economic Policy Institute Releases White Paper on Misclassification of Workers.

Liberty Mutual Pulling Back From Workers’ Comp Insurance Market.

Liberty Mutual White Paper Supports Use of Nurse Case Managers.

Study Identifies the 50 U.S. Hospitals With Highest Charge-to-Cost Ratios.

JAMA’s June 9th Issue Features 7 Articles on Americans with Disabilities Act.

Study: Using Health Information Technology to Improve Adherence to Opioid Guidelines.

Study: Medicare Drug Plans Favor Generic Opioids, Not Opioids With Deterrent Qualities.

Medicare Paid $377M for Tranquilizer Prescriptions in 2013.

Yeast-Derived Opioids: Less Costly/Addictive, But Potential for Illegal Opioids Exists.

HHS Reports 259M Opioid Prescriptions Filled in 2012.

AR: NCCI Explains 2.1 Percent Decrease in Loss Cost Filing.

CA: Workers’ Comp Premium Rates “Soar” for Third Year in a Row.

CA: WCAB to Reorganize More WCAB Rules of Practice and Procedure.

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

CA: Leg. Counsel/DWC: $120M RTW Fund Need Not Be Aggregated Year to Year.

CA: Three Calif. Hospitals Among Most Expensive Hospitals in Nation.

CA: Ins. Commissioner Appoints New General Counsel.

FL: Florida Ranks #1 in Nation for Most Expensive Hospitals.

ID: ALEC Avoids Penalty by Amending Work Comp Policy to Cover Idaho Workers.

IL: AIA Testifies HB 1287 Would Adversely Affect IL Workers Comp System.

KY: DWC to Launch LMS Electronic Filing System in Fall 2015.

MD: Baltimore Rioting Results in 169 Workers Comp Claims by Officers, City Staffers.

MD: WCC Revises Authorization for Release of Medical Information Form.

MT: NCCI Explains 4.8 Percent Decrease in Loss Cost Filing.

MT: Montana State Fund Posts 2014 Annual Report.

NV: Ins. Commissioner Scott J. Kepper to Resign July 2.

NM: Governor Appoints Taylor Horst to Workers Comp Advisory Council.

NY: WCB Posts List of Newly Authorized Health Care Providers.

NY: WCB Posts Updated List of Authorized Health Care Providers.

ND: WSI Reports Cyber Attack on State Workers’ Comp Information.

OK: State Leaders’ Goof Enables Insurers to Reap $90M in Rebates for Comp Coverage.

OR: WCD Posts Latest Self-Insured Base Rates, Retrospective Rating Plan Options.

OR: WCD Proposes Rule Change for Medical Services.

SC: WCC Posts Agenda for June 15 Meeting.

TX: DWC Posts Informal Rule to Amend Temporary Income Benefit Rules.

TX: DWC Announces Recent Enforcement Actions.









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