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National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (7/13/2015)

July 13, 2015 (2 min read)

John F. Burton, Jr. Examines Impact of Race to the Bottom for Workers Comp Costs (p. 6).

Prof. Spieler Attacks AMA Guides for Absence of Evidence-Based Medicine.

A.M. Best: U.S .State Workers Comp Funds’ Net Premiums Increased 11.5% in 2014.

Insurance Companies Cautiously Providing Coverage to Marijuana Businesses.

7th Circuit Rules FedEx Drivers Are Employees.

On-Demand Cleaning Company Sued by Worker for Alleged Misclassification.

Uber Opposes Class Certification in Misclassification Class Action Lawsuit.

CMS, AMA Announce Measures to Ease Physician Transition to ICD-10.

Obama Nominates Andy Slavitt as New CMS Chief.

Report Blasts Obama Administration for Poor Workplace Safety Record.

NCCI Releases Quarterly Economics Briefing Newsletter.

CDC: People Using Opioids 40 Times More Likely to Abuse or Be Dependent on Heroin.

Bipartisan Bill Would Legalize Banking for Recreational Marijuana Companies.

Robot Kills Worker at Volkswagen Plant, Lawsuit Expected.

OSHA’s New Rule on Confined Space in Construction Takes Effect Aug. 3, 2015.

CA: Governor Signs AB 915 Out-of-State Travel for School Workers on Industrial Injury Leave.

CA: WCIRB Report Examines Medical Payment Development to 30 Years Post-Injury.

CA: WCIRB Reports on 2014 Calif. Workers Comp Losses and Expenses.

CA: Judge Upholds Labor Commissioner’s Ruling of Misclassification of Truck Driver.

CA: DWC Proposes Changes to WCIS Rules, EDI Guides to Rulemaking Forum.

CA: DWC Posts Ethics Advisory Committee 2014 Annual Report.

CA: Bill to Regulate e-Cigarettes in Public Areas Fails in Committee.

DC: DC Council Mandates Safe Staffing Nurse-Patient Ratios.

HI: Governor Signs HB 1268 Public Employees Return to Work Requirement.

IL: Former Director of Insurance Says Marketplace Should Determine Work Comp Rates.

IL: Prof. Spieler Cites Problems With Proposed “Major Contributing Cause” Standard.

MD: WCC Posts Reminder That Insurance Information Report IC-1 Due 8/30/2015.

MN: DLI Adopts Rules for Opioid Treatment, Approves Use of Medical Marijuana.

NE: High Court on Social Activity: Substantial “Direct” Benefit to Employer Required.

NY: WCB Adopts Changes Re: IMEs and Duplicate Filing of Board File Information.

NY: WCB Updates Reimbursement Rates for Inpatient Hospital Care.

OH: BWC Drops Appeal of Class Action Suit on Overcharged Premiums.

PA: Governor Signs Budget Appropriations for Administration of Workers’ Compensation.

RI: WCD Posts Notice of Proposed Assessment Rate.

TN: LWD Proposes Rule Re: Medical Director Authority to Specify Treatment for Approved URs.

TN: 2015 Insurance Legislation Contains Several Enacted Bills Related to Workers Comp.

VA: WCC Stakeholder Work Group for HB 1820 Medical Fee Schedule to Meet Aug. 19.









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