National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup Powered by Larson's (7/16/2012)

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup Powered by Larson's (7/16/2012)

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NATIONAL:

NCCI: Claim Frequency Declined One Percent in 2011.

Forbes: Steve Schmutz Interview of Impact of Obamacare on Workers Comp.

CMS Proposes Rule to Increase Some Reimbursements in Fee Schedule.

WCRI Study Says Lump Sums Assist, Not Discourage, Return to Work.

AIA Testifies on Opioid, Prescription Drug Cost Abuse in Workers Comp System Before NCOIL.

Doctor Dispensing Drugs Leads to Substantial Costs for Health Insurers.

STATE: 

AK: Governor Appoints Stacy Allen to Workers Compensation Board.

CA: Insurance Commissioner Announces 104 Enforcement Actions Involving Contractors.

CA: Governor Signs Bill Allowing Hands-Free Driver Texting.

CA: Governor's Budget to Trim Number of Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board Members.

CA: Three Calif. Cities Have Declared Bankruptcy This Summer.

CT: WCC Announces 2012 Fee Schedule Effective 7/15/2012.

FL: DWC Proposes Changes Re Out-of-State Employers w/Construction Projects (p. 2757).

FL: DWC Proposes New Rule Re Notice of Apportionment to Claims Administrators (p. 2756).

FL: DWC Proposes Rule Changes Re Reimbursement Manual for Hospitals (p. 2758).

FL: DWC Proposes Rule Changes Re Medical Services Billing, Filing and Reporting (p. 2759).

FL: DWC Proposes Rule Changes Re Health Care Provider Certification (p. 2761).

GA: Doctors Seek to Replace Medical Malpractice System, Patterned After Workers Comp.

IL: ITLA President Demands Insurance Industry Reform Needed for Workers Comp System.

IL: 90-Day Suspension Recommended for Ex Parte Communication With WC Arbitrator.

IL: IWCC Posts Links to New Liquidation Orders of Insurers, Workers Comp Pools.

IL: Dept of Insurance Proposes Rules on Data Collection, Reporting by WC Insurers.

LA: LWCC Names Gerald Hoppe as Chief Internal Auditor.

MA: DIA Accepting Applications for Eight Administrative Judges.

MO: Governor Signs Bill Barring Some Cases of Workers Comp Co-Employee Liability.

MO: Former CEO for MEM, St. Louis Attorney Sentenced for Misappropriation of Funds.

NV: WCS Proposes Rule to Address Apportionment of Prior PPD Awards.

NY: WCRI Hosts Webinar Monitoring 2007 NY Workers Comp Reforms.

OH: Industrial Commission Temporarily Alters Docketing and Continuances.

OK: WCC's New Handbook Now Available for Purchase.

OR: WCD Seeks Comments on Rules Re Procedure, Rulemaking, Hearings, Attorney Fees.

RI: New Workers Comp Medical Fee Schedule Published.

SC: Supreme Court Denies Workers Comp Stress Claim for Police Officer Who Killed Suspect.

TX: Court Affirms Fraud in Workers Comp Coverage Provided to Staff Leasing Company.

TX: DWC Post Latest Rule Book Supplement.

TX: DWC Adopts Designated Doctor Procedure, Requirements Rules.

TX: DWC Posts Revised, New Designated Doctor Forms.

WV: New Maximum/Minimum Benefit Rates Effective 7/1/2012.