State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (7/29/2013)

State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (7/29/2013)

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NATIONAL AND STATE NEWS:

Cases on Retaliation for Reporting Workplace Injuries Doubled in Last Decade.

Humana Files 4 Lawsuits re Medicare Secondary Payer Deceptive Practices.

Experts Outline Benefits, Risk of Setting Up Captives.

IAIABC Posts July 2013 Revised Opioid Policy Guide.

Return to Work Common Mistakes End Up Costing Employers. 

CA: Governor Backs Bill to Limit WC for Pro Athletes.

CA: DWC Posts IAIABC Medical Release 2 Standards for Public Comment.

CA: DWC Medical Unit Accepting Applications for Oct. 19 QME Exam.

CA: Volunteer Reserve Police Officer Not Employee for Purposes of FEHA.

CA: Exclusive Remedy No Protection in Suit Over Pornographic Emails.

CA: WCIRB Actuarial Committee Meets Aug. 1 re Impact of SB 863 on Loss Development.

CA: WCIRB Launches STAR Phase 2, Ramps Up Online Access Enrollment.

CA: Former Police Lt. Claims Psychiatric Injury From UC Davis Pepper Spray Incident.

CA: Sacramento County Stops Payments to Police Officer Injured in Helicopter  Crash.

CO: Governor Appoints Marguerite Salazar as Insurance Commissioner.

CT: WC Benefits Being Reviewed for Fire Lieutenant Arrested on Shoplifting Charge.

CT: Ins. Dept. Posts Licensing, Renewal Requirements re UR Companies.

GA: Disbarred Lawyer Sentenced for Stealing $1.3M in Workers Comp Settlements.

IL: IWCC Posts Regulatory Agenda re Insurance Compliance, Accident Reporting.

KY: Governor Touts More Progress on Fighting Prescription Drug Abuse.

ME: MEMIC Posts 2012 Annual Report.

MD: IWIF Premium Income Increased Nearly 11% in 2012.

MA: DIA Posts Revised List of Approved Voc Rehab Providers.

MN: DLI Posts Location of 2013 Medicare Relative Value Tables.

MN: DLI Proposes Rule Changes re Electronic Filing Reports of Injury.

MT: WCC Posts 2012 Annual Report.

NE: Judge Van Norman Re-elected as WCC Presiding Judge.

NY: NYSIF Explains WC Reforms to Policyholders.

NC: Governor Signs SB 174 re Disapproval of Specified WC Rules.

OH: Two Business Groups, AFL-CIO Support BWC Appeal in Restitution Action.

OH: BWC Explains Appeal re Alleged Overcharges in WC Premiums.

OK: Widow, Children of University Basketball Coach Awarded Death Benefits.

OR: WCD Posts Revised Ch. 436 Rules.

PA: DLI Posts UR Range of Fees, Average Fees Charged.

TN: DWC Seminar Touts WC Reforms.

TX: DWC Announces New Deputy Commissioner for Hearings.

TX: Texas Mutual to Distribute $175M in Dividends to Policyholders.

VT: Auditor Finds Weaknesses at State Workers Comp Agency.

WV: WC Loss Cost Rate Goes Down for 9th Consecutive Year.

WV: High Court Finds Subsequent Surgery Related to Workers’ Compensable Injury.

WV: High Court Affirms Denial of Benefits to Widow of Man Drowned in Truck Accident.