National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup Powered by Larson's (2/25/2013)

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup Powered by Larson's (2/25/2013)

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NATIONAL NEWS:

IAIABC Responds to Inappropriate Opioid Use Critical to Workers Compensation.

CMS Clarifies Re-Evaluation Process of Approved WCMSA Amounts.

GAO Analyzes How States Prevent Diversion of Pseudoephedrine From Decongestant Products.

50 State Analysis of Nonmedical Use of Prescription Pain Relievers.

Experts Explain Benefits of Using Catastrophe Bonds for Workers Compensation.

Casualty Group Captives Claim Success in Reducing WC Premiums and Costs.

STATE NEWS:

CA: Legislation to Restrict Comp for Out of State Pro Athletes to Be Unveiled Soon.

CA: DWC Issues Notice of Hearing on Independent Bill Review Regulations.

CA: WCIRB Offers Tour of Newly Launched Redesigned Website.

CA: SCIF Creates New Private Investigation Vendor Program.

CA: Governor Names David Thomas Chair of Cal/OSHA Standards Board.

IL: Arbitrator Neva Neal Has Passed Away.

IN: WCB No Longer Processing 1043 Agreements or Waivers for 0% PPI Ratings, Exceptions.

IA: Editorial Slams Governor’s Treatment of Former Commissioner Chris Godfrey.

KS: SB 73 Would Require Use of AMA Guides Sixth for Injuries On or After 1/1/2015.

LA: LWCC Files Suit to Recover Funds Paid to Workers Injured in Boat Accident.

MD: Legislative Panel Examines Bills re Retaliation, Expert Fees.

MO: Senate Gives First Round Approval for Online Database of Employees Filing WC Claims.

NM: Dems Kill Intoxication Bill, Cites Punitive Nature of Bill to Workers, Workers’ Families.

NC: Audit Reveals Nearly 30,000 Employers Skirt Law for Workers’ Comp Insurance Coverage.

NC: Governor Appoints Staci Meyer Chairwoman of Industrial Commission.

OK: Workers Comp Reform HB 1062 Unveiled by Senate, Would Establish Administrative System.

OK: HB 1062 Unveiled With Controversy, Battle Lines Drawn Between Business and Labor.

OK: Senate Judiciary Committee Approves HB 1062, Bill Now Ready for Floor Vote in Senate.

OK: Governor Announces Support for HB 1062 Workers Comp Reform.

OK: HB 2100 Would Require Licensing of Pharmacy Benefits Management Entities.

OR: MLAC to Discuss HB 2634 Alternative Security Fund for Self-Insureds.

OR: SB 533 Would Extend Period for Nurse Practitioners to Provide Service to Injured Workers.

TN: Governor Explains Plan for Workers’ Comp Reforms.

TN: High Court Clarifies Workers Comp Settlement Procedures.

TX: HB 1468 Would Make Communications Between Employer and Insurer Confidential, Privileged.

TX: DWC Announces Recent Enforcement Actions.

TX: DWC Posts Latest Rulebook Supplement.

VA: WCC Posts Results of Commissioner’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Project.

WA: Injured Worker Urges Lawmakers Not to Gut Workers Comp Reforms.

WV: High Court Affirms Denial of PTD Benefits to Worker With Numerous, Separate Work Injuries.

WY: HB 52 Workplace Safety Discount for WC Premiums Sent to Governor.