National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup Powered by Larson's (4/29/2013)

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup Powered by Larson's (4/29/2013)

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NATIONAL NEWS:

Walmart Suppliers Say Retail Giant Squeezes Them to Produce More, No Concern for Worker Safety.

Radiation Exposure Compensation Act Amendments Reintroduced to Help Uranium Workers.

PCI Reports P/C Insurers Profits Rose in 2012.

A.M. Best Upgrades Ratings (A- to A) of Employers Mutual Casualty Company.

STATE NEWS:

AK: Governor Appoints Ronald Nalikak to Workers’ Compensation Board.

CA: DWC Medical Unit Begins to Post IMR Decisions Online.

CA: OSIP to Hold Hearing June 13 to Adopt Permanent Rules re SB 863.

CA: AB 1309 Pro Athlete WC Restriction Bill Approved by Assembly Insurance Committee.

CA: Hearing Cancelled for SB 626, Critics Say Would Roll Back SB 863 Reforms.

CA: CompWest Partners With Phoenix Risk to Provide WC Insurance for Healthcare Industry.

CO: HB 13-1025 Workers Comp Deductible Bill Sent to Governor on 4/19.

FL: Senate Appropriations Committee Approves SB 662 to Restrict Physician Dispensing.

FL: Workers’ Comp Courts as ‘Ghost Towns’: Perspective of a Claimant’s Attorney.

IL: Chairman Latz Reminds Everyone About Appropriate Courtroom Behavior.

IA: DWC Posts Guidance on Approval of Medicare Set-Aside for 2nd Compromise Settlement.

MI: Senate Judiciary Committee Approves SB 211 Firefighter Cancer Presumption.

MO: House Rules Committee Approves SB 1 Second Injury Fund Amendments.

MN: SF 1603 Would Require Rules re Criteria for Long-Term Use of Opioids.

MT: Montana State Fund Posts Annual Report.

MT: DLI to Hold Public Hearing May 16 re Medical Services Rule Changes.

NJ: Governor Christie to Unveil Workers Comp Reform Proposal.

NY: WCB Chair Seeks Feedback on Proposed Non-Acute Pain Medical Treatment Guideline.

NY: NYCIRB Questions Accuracy of Oregon Rate Ranking Study.

NY: WCB Proposes Rule Changes re Electronic Reporting of FROI, SROI (p. 26).

NY: NYSIF Mourns Passing of Former Chairman H. Sidney Holmes, III.

ND: WSI Expects Boom in WC Claims Filed From Out of State.

OH: Court Finds Injury to Volunteer Not Compensable.

OH: BWC Celebrates 20 Years of Program to Protect Public Employees.

OH: BWC Proposes 2.1 Percent Cut in Private Sector Rates.

OK: GOP-Controlled House Passes WC Reform Bill in 74-24 Vote.

OK: House Approves Companion Bill to WC Reform Bill re Jurisdiction, Sends to Governor.

OK: Commissioner Doak Applauds Passage by House of WC Reform Bill.

OK: State Chamber Applauds Passage by House of WC Reform Bill.

OK: AFL CIO Warns WC Reform Bill Will Hurt Injured Workers.

OR: WCD Posts Agenda for May 20 Meeting re Electronic Medical Billing Rules.

PA: WCRI Study: Growth in Medical Payments Per Claim Slowed in 2010.

RI: Nightclub Owners Appeal $1.066M Penalty for Failure to Carry WC Insurance.

SC: WCC Posts Notice re Mandatory Payment Reduction in Medicare Fee-for-Service Program.

SC: WCC Posts Pricing Corrections, Revisions to 2010 Medical Service Provider Manual.

WV: Texas Doctor Pleads Guilty for Running Pill Mill in West Virginia.

WI: LIRC Commissioner Bill Jordahl Confirmed by Senate.