National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup Powered by Larson's (7/2/2012)

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup Powered by Larson's (7/2/2012)

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NATIONAL:

 

IAIABC Drafts Model Legislation on Opioid Use.

US DOL Posts Statement on OSHA Voluntary Protection Program.

Affordable Care Act: Health Care Reform Implementation Timeline.

STATE-BY-STATE:

AZ: IC Provides Update on Calculation of Average Monthly Wage Maximum.

CA: WCIRB Releases Report on Losses and Expenses for CY 2011.

CA: Zenith Says Terminated Employees Use CT Claims to Avoid Post-Termination Defense.

CA: CAAA Says Average WC Rate of Per $100 Still Lower Than Peak in 2003.

CA: Los Angeles City Controller Finds $225K Workers Comp Overpayment.

CA: Insurance Commissioner and Monterey County DA Announce Workers Comp Fraud Grant.

IL: One-Year Post Reforms, Still No Relief in Sight for Employers.

LA: Governor Signs SB 520 Changing Death Benefits for Dependents.

ME: WCB Posts Summary of 2012 Workers Comp Legislative Changes.

ME: Slight Reduction in Workers Comp Assessment Indicates More Mainers Are Working.

MD: Hooters Waitress Receives WC Benefits for Tuberculosis.

MI: WCA Posts IRS Revenue Ruling Re Independent Contractors.

MS: WCC Posts Changes to Workers Comp Laws Effective 7/1/2012.

NV: DIR Posts New Maximum/Minimum Benefit Rates.

NY: SWCB Suspends Dr. Frank Telang’s Authorization to Treat Injured Workers.

NC: HB 237 Might Restrict Public Access to Workers Comp Insurance Coverage Information.

NC: Media Groups Pressure Governor to Veto HB 237.

NC: IC Publishes Proposed Rule Changes.

OH: BWC Offers Solutions for Preventing Common Workplace Injuries.

OK: WCC Posts 2011 Annual Report.

OR: WCD Revises Employer-at-Injury Program Reimbursement Request Form.

OR: Court Awards WC Benefits to Officer Hit by Car While Walking to Get Coffee.

PA: SB 1478 Annual Transfer From Workers Comp Fund Sent to Governor.

PA: BWC to Make Improvements to Electronic Filing System Beginning Fall 2012.

TN: New Maximum Benefit Rates Effective 7/1/2012.

TX: WCRI Says Reforms Reduced Costs of Medical Care for Injured Workers.

TX: TDI Calls for Workers Comp & Employers’ Liability Rate Filings for 2012 Public Rate Hearing.

TX: DWC Posts Recent Adoption of General Medical Provision Rules.

TX: DWC Posts Recent Adoption of Preauthorization, UR, Health Care Certification Rules.

UT: State Probes Two Labor Commission Officials for Alleged Destruction of WC Documents.