National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup Powered by Larson's (4/15/2013)

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup Powered by Larson's (4/15/2013)

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NATIONAL NEWS:

Group Calls for State-Run SSI System With Parallel Features of State WC System.

NCCI’s 2013 WC Rating Formula Results in Slight Decrease for Most Employers.

Experts Favor Data-Driven Algorithm to Combat Prescription Drug Abuse (registration required).

Study Shows Trend in Less Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance Not a Result of Obamacare.

President Obama’s 2014 Budget Would Replace Defense Base Act (p. 772).

CMS Issues Guidance re Inclusion of Benzodiazepines, Barbiturates Pricing in WCMSAs.

STATE NEWS:

AK: WCB to Hold Hearing May 3 re Medical Treatment Billing and Fees.

AZ: Governor Signs SB 1148 Workers Comp Reciprocity.

CA: WCIRB Releases Year End December 2012 Insurer Experience.

CA: CalChamber Targets SB 626 (SB 863 Do Over), AB 1138 (Penalties) as Job Killers.

CA: Willis Group Says Some Calif. Employers Should Brace for 20 Percent Rate Hike.

DE: Task Force Considers Total Disability for Workers Performing Light Duty.

FL: NCCI Estimates Westphal Decision Could Raise WC Costs by $65M.

FL: Fla. Appeals Court Agrees to Rehear Westphal Case.

KS: DWC Proposes Revocation of Claim Data Collection Rule.

LA: OWC Clarifies Injured Worker’s Choice of Physician Without Prior Approval.

ME: Portland Chamber Opposes LD 443, Claims Bill Rolls Back 1992 Reforms.

MD: WCC Reviewing and Evaluating Changes to UEF Claims, Open Meetings.

MN: Workers’ Comp Advisory Council Posts Business/Labor Agreement re Legislative Proposals.

NV: SB 75 Cause of Action for Drug Addiction Fails to Meet April 12 Deadline for 77th Session.

NJ: Assemblyman Seeks Support for Proposed Bill re First Responder Workers Comp.

NM: Governor Signs SB 233 Attorney Fees, Bad Faith Acts.

NM: Governor Signs SB 275 Workers Comp Cleanup.

NM: Legal Debate Rages Over Non-Coverage of Certain Farm Laborers.

NM: High Court Breathes Back Life Into Widow’s Claim for Death Benefits.

NY: Governor Claims WC/Unemployment Insurance Changes to Save Employers $1.2M.

NY: WCB Judge Rules Tribal Law, Not WC, Applies When Non-Indian WC Insurance Dropped.

OK: Many IMEs Have Ownership Interest in Facilities Treating Injured Workers.

OK: Insurance Group Lobbies Against Opt Out Provisions in WC Reform Bill.

OK: Senate Judiciary Committee Approves WC Reforms, Bill Heads to House Floor.

OK: House Version of WC Reforms Called Unworkable by WC Advisory Board.

OK: House Version of WC Reforms Called “Trojan Horse”, “Lipstick on a Pig”.

OR: WCD Posts Latest List of Registered Vocational Rehabilitation Providers.

PA: Oral Arguments Begin in NFL Concussion Litigation for 4,000 Former Players.

SC: WCC to Discuss Surgical Implant Fees, Lump Sum Commuted Values, Self-Insurance.

TN: House Passes WC Reform Bill; Minor Changes Now Require Senate Approval.

TX: DWC Corrects Forms for Accident Prevention Services Worksheet, Annual Report.

TX: SB 11 Would Require Drug Testing to Receive TANF Benefits.

TX: SB 21 Would Set Up Drug Testing to Receive Unemployment Insurance Benefits.

WV: High Court Affirms Board’s Findings on Range of Motion Under AMA Guides Fourth.