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National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (8/10/2015)

August 10, 2015 (2 min read)

GAO Blasts SSA for Inability to Detect Concurrent FECA Payments.

Private Investigators Say Drones Useful in Uncovering Workers Comp Fraud.

Federal Judge to Rule in Coming Weeks on Uber Class Action Certification.

Opioid Use Linked to Poor Outcomes in WC Patients Having Discogenic Fusion.

Senator Kaine Introduces Bill to Combat Prescription Drug Abuse, Doctor Shopping.

Study: Companies That Value Employee Safety, Wellbeing Yield Greatest Rewards.

OSHA Releases Guide on Training Requirements for Five Major Industries.

ProPublica, Yelp Analyze Customer Reviews of Health Care Providers.

CA: WCIRB Report Shows Double-Digit Rate Growth for Premiums.

CA: Side Agreements in WC Policies Often Not Detected by “Regulatory Radar.”

CA: WCIRB Governing Committee Posts Aug. 12 Meeting Agenda.

CA: Governor Appoints Work Comp Expert to Fraud Assessment Commission.

CA: DWC Medical Unit Accepting Applications for Oct. 17 QME Examination.

CA: Governor Appoints Six to Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board.

CA: Legislative Request for Studies on DIR, DOSH Safety Inspections (p.27).

CA: Insurance Dept. Awards $34.9M in Grants to Fight Workers Comp Fraud.

FL: DWC Proposes Repeal of Old Benefit Rules Deemed No Longer Necessary.

ID: IC Advisory Committee Posts Agenda for Aug. 12 Meeting.

IL: Illinois Chamber of Commerce Finds Weaknesses in HB 1287 Proposed Reforms.

IL: AIA Submits Testimony on “Adverse Effects” of HB 1287 Proposed Reforms.

LA: LWC to Appeal Preliminary Injunction of OWC Treatment Guideline Process.

MD: NCCI Proposes a 5.3% Reduction in WC Loss Cost Filing.

MD: Chesapeake Appoints Dankemeyer as Chairman of the Board.

MA: State’s Opioid Death Rate Shows No Signs of Slowing Down in 2015.

MI: State Supreme Court Blasts Inconsistencies of Michigan Medical Marijuana Act.

MO: DWC Proposes Reasonable Standard Means Test.

NV: Self-Employed Injured Worker Wins Case at Nevada Supreme Court.

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

NY: WCB Posts Revised List of Health Care Providers.

NY: NYCIRB Posts Explanation of Oct. 1, 2015 Loss Cost Revision.

NY: WCB Posts BPR Project Update April Through June 2015.

NC: IC Announces Appointment of 7 Deputy Commissioners.

NC: Court Denies Workers Comp to Estates of the Wrongfully Convicted.

NC: State Using Data Analytics to Crack Down on Businesses Without WC Coverage.

OK: Supreme Court to Hear a Constitutional Challenge to Opt Out Law.

OR: State Reaches $1.1M Settlement With Opioid Company on Marketing Tactics.

TN: LWD Proposes Treatment Guidelines, Drug Formulary Rules.

VT: Dept. of Labor Posts New Workers Comp Rules Eff. 8-1-2015.

VT: Vermont Celebrates Centennial of Workers Compensation Act.

WA: Audit Praises Timely L&I Decisions, Urges More Focus on Return to Work.

WI: DWD Secretary Appoints New Workers’ Comp Division Administrator.









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