National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup Powered by Larson's (3/4/2013)

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup Powered by Larson's (3/4/2013)

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NATIONAL NEWS:

NCCI Posts Updated Report on Frequency, Severity of Claims Countrywide.

Crack Down on Drug Diversion With Prescription Database, Social Media.

OSHA Orders Norfolk So. RR Co. to Pay $1.1M for Terminating 3 Workers for Reporting Injuries.

Employers Holdings Posts 4th Quarter and 2012 Earnings.

STATE NEWS:

CA: AB 1309 Would Bar Specified Retired Pro Athletes From Seeking Calif WC Benefits.

CA: AB 1010 Would Publish WC Insurer Financial Statements Online.

CA: SB 626 Addresses SB 863 Provisions on IMR, Chiropractors, Psychiatric Disorders.

CA: AB 322 Would Require Licensing, Regulation of Home Health Care Providers.

CA: AB 638 Would Establish Priority Conferences for Employees of Uninsured Employers.

CA: SB 487 Would Establish Self-Insured Group Security Fund.

CA: AB 517 Would Deposit Civil Penalties Against Educational Institutions Into WC Revolving Fund.

CA: SB 527 Would Extend Leave of Absence Entitlement to Lifeguards in City of San Diego.

CA: DWC Audit Unit Warns Payors Must Negotiate in Good Faith With Potential Lien Claimants.

CA: DWC Posts Fee Schedule Adjustments for Hospital Outpatient Depts, Ambulatory Surgical Centers.

CA: DWC Posts Updated Time of Hire Pamphlet.

CA: WCIRB Classification & Rating Committee Posts March 5 Meeting Agenda.

CA: Former Pro Football Players Seek to Overturn Arbitration Decision re WC Benefits.

CA: CWCI Continues Case Law Series With 2013 Update.

CO: Columnist Warns HB 13-1025 Could Increase Workers Comp Premiums.

CT: Lawmakers Forge Ahead With Workers Comp Mental Trauma Bill.

FL: Court Strikes Down 1994 Workers Comp Reform re 104 Week TTD Indemnity Limit.

FL: HB 831 Would Change Enforcement Procedures for PDMPs.

GA: House Passes HB 178 to Restrict Licensing of Pain Management Clinics.

IL: Doctor Says Workers Comp System Not a Level Playing Field.

IL: Springfield Reports $1.4M Reduction in Workers’ Comp Costs.

IN: House Passes HB 1320 Hospital Fee Schedule Changes.

IA: HF 274 Would Modify Alternative Care Procedures for Medical Treatment.

KS: Senate Passes SB 187 re ALJ Nomination and Appointments Process.

LA: LWCC Issues Largest Dividend in History to Policyholders.

LA: OWC Publishes Electronic Medical Billing and Payment Companion Guide (p. 105 of PDF).

MO: New Plan in Works to Keep Paying Second Injury Fund Lawyers.

NH: LGC Faces Dilemma of How to Repay $17,1M to Cities, Towns.

NH: LGC Members Advised re No Collective Repayment of $17.1M Order.

NY: SWCB Announces Medical Treatment Guideline Program Improvements Go Live.

NY: SWCB Announces Availability of eClaims Trading Partner Registration, Revised Tables.

NC: SB 43, SB 44, SB 51 Claims Study, Data Disclosure & Collection Passed by Senate.

OH: BWC Introduces Rules to Accelerate Reforms of Self-Insured Dept.

OH: March 14 Hearing to Finalize Restitution Amounts Owed by BWC to Ohio Businesses.

OK: Senate Passes Workers Comp Reform.

OK: House Plans to Make Modifications to Workers Comp Reform Bill.

OK: House Committee Approves Bill to Privatize CompSource Oklahoma.

OK: Senate Passes SB 522 Restrictions on Compounding Pharmacies.

OK: Attorney General Urges Businesses to Report Workers Comp Fraud Big and Small.

OR: Feb 2013 Final Version of 2012 State Premium Rate Ranking Report Now Available.

SC: WCC Withdraws Proposed Rule Change Re Oral Argument Arrival Time.

TN: Governor’s Workers Comp Reform Plan Raises Concerns for Injured Workers.

TN: Top Dem Lawmaker Slams Governor for Hurting Workers With Proposed WC Reforms.

TX: Two Bills Filed to Privatize Texas Mutual Insurance.

TX: Governor Reappoints Rod Bordelon as Commissioner of Workers’ Compensation.

TX: DWC Posts Feb. 2013 Safety & Health Update.

VA: Lawmakers Table HB 1612 Fee Schedule Changes.

VA: Lawmakers Table HB 2206 Prompt Payments to Health Care Service Providers.

VA: House Nominates Election of Robert Ferrell Newman to WCC Commencing 3/1/2013.