National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup Powered by Larson's (3/18/2013)

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup Powered by Larson's (3/18/2013)

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NATIONAL NEWS:

NCOIL Adopts Model Law to Rein in Repackaged Drug Pricing.

NCCI Releases Calendar-Year Underwriting Results by State.

NCCI Releases Policy Year Underwriting Results by State.

NCCI Posts Residual Market State Activity Reports.

Steven Brill Explains Why Medical Bills Are So Expensive. (subscription required with TIME)

NIOSH Releases Latest Study on Nanotech and Cancer.

STATE NEWS:

AZ: Industrial Commission to Hold Hearing April 17 on Fee Schedule Changes.

CA: Senate Committee Approves SB 146 re Pharmacy Bill Requirements.

CA: Lawmakers Urged to Reinvest in California Court System.

CA: Governor Appoints Robin Baker, Marvin Kropke to State Fund Board of Directors.

CO: DWC Adopts Permanent Rules re UR, Computation of Benefits.

CT: Legislature Confirms Nomination of Four as Workers Compensation Commissioners.

FL: HB 7033 Would Change Nomination Procedures for DWC Chief Judge, JCCs.

IL: House Committee Approves HB 2919 State Workers Comp Insurance Fund.

IL: Opinion Piece Warns Against Creation of State Workers Comp Insurance Fund.

IL: Dept of Insurance Publishes Final Rules for Preferred Provider Program Effective 3-4-2013.

IL: SB 1873 Would Amend Laws re Group Workers Compensation Pools.

KY: Businesses Warned of Possible Workers Comp Rate Hikes.

ME: Bureau of Insurance Approves 3.9 Percent Workers Comp Rate Hike.

ME: MEMIC Declines to Raise Workers Comp Rates.

MI: WCA Advises New Rule Allows Injured Workers to Receive Electronic Payments.

NV: SB 75 Would Allow Cause of Action for Prescription Drug Addition.

NY: WCB Posts Changes to List of Authorized Health Care Providers.

NY: Editorial Criticizes Governor’s Raid of State Insurance Fund.

OH: BWC Discount Plan Rewards Employers for Prevention and Care.

OH: High Court Reaffirms Narrow Exception in Successor Liability Case.

OK: Lawmaker Votes Against WC Reform, Seeks Cap on Doctor Fees.

OK: SB 1062 WC Reforms Sent to Judiciary Committee on 3/14/2013.

OR: WCD Releases 2011 Hearings Division Statistical Report.

OR: WCD Posts Updated Medical Fee, Payment Rules Eff. 4-1-2013.

OR: WCD Posts Updated Medical Services Rules Eff. 4-1-2013.

OR: WCD Posts Updated Managed Care Organizations Rules Eff. 4-1-2013.

OR: WCD Posts Updated Medical Fee Schedules.

OR: WCD Posts Summary of Testimony, Agency Responses re Rule Changes.

OR: WCD Proposes Rule Changes to Self-Insured Employer Groups, Common Claims Fund Balance.

OR: MLAC Endorses SB 533, SB 96.

PA: Treasurer McCord Reminds Workers’ Comp Recipients to Activate New Debit Card.

RI: NCCI Files 8 Percent Increase in Loss Costs.

TN: House, Senate Committees Approve Governor’s Workers Comp Reform Bill.

TX: DWC Provides Guidance on Appealing Medical Fee Dispute Decision.

TX: HB 1036 Regulation of Pharmacy Benefits Managers Sent to Insurance Committee.

TX: HB 1032 Single Pre-Authorization Form for Drugs Pending in Committee.

WY: Lawmakers to Study Need for Workers Comp Coverage for Legislators.