State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (8/5/2013)

State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (8/5/2013)

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NATIONAL AND STATE NEWS:

Survey Shows Federal Disability Recipients Able to Work But Can’t Find Jobs.

Businesses Urged to Review States With Significant Workers Comp Reform in 2013.

Bipartisan Postal Reform Bill Includes Cuts for Federal Workers Comp Benefits.

Longshore Worker Who Urinated and Fell Onto Concrete Denied Benefits.

AM Best Upgrades Financial Rating of Safety National to A+.

CMS Posts Transcript for NGHP July 25 Townhall Conference.

Senators Reintroduce Legislation to Help Sick Nuclear Workers.

 

AZ: IC Posts Notice re Final Rule for Calculating Max. Average Monthly Wage (p. 1925).

AR: WCC Makes Decision to Close Fort Smith Office.

CA: Lawsuit Filed in Federal Court Claims Lien Activation Fee Unconstitutional.

CA: CAAA Urges D.A. to Review TPA, Adjuster’s Role in Injured Worker’s MRSA Death.

CA: DWC Issues 15 Day Notice re Proposed Changes to Physician Fee Schedule.

CA: WCIRB Governing Committee Posts Aug. 7 Meeting Agenda.

CT: Ins. Dept. Posts Bulletin re Workers Comp Filing Submissions.

FL: DWC Posts FAQs re Repackaged Drug Rules.

FL: DWC to Amend Health Care Provider Reimbursement Manual Rules.

FL: DWC to Amend Workers’ Comp Medical Services/Billing/Filing/Reporting Rules.

ID: Advisory Committee to Discuss Proposed Legislation re Security for Compensation.

IA: Governor Seeks to Dismiss Lawsuit by Former Workers Compensation Commissioner.

IL: Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Bill.

IL: SB 1912 re Settlement, Medicare Conditional Payments Sent to Governor.

MN: DLI Issues Advisory re WC Benefits for Same Sex Couples.

NE: WCC Activates Web-Based Data Entry Application for DRG Reports.

NM: WCA to Designate Pro Tempore Judge Each Tuesday for Lump Sum Hearings.

NY: Insurers File Lawsuit Over Closing of NY State Workers Comp Fund.

NY: SWCB Announces Adoption of ICD-10 Starting Oct. 1, 2014.

NY: SWCB Announces New eClaims Web Applications, eCase Enhancements.

NC: IC to Transmit Hearing Calendars by E-Mail Beginning Sept. 2013.

OH: Trial Begins for Former BWC Employee Accused of $8M IRS Scheme.

OH: Rick Gregory to Lead BWC Fraud Investigations Dept.

OR: Insurance Regulators Take Steps to Decertify Oregon Employers Trust.

PA: State Bar Mulls Possible Workers Comp Reforms (pp. 12-19). (Link available for limited time.)

TX: DWC Proposes to Amend Medical Provisions, Services, Charges, Payments Rules.

TX: DWC Approves 11 Companies to Self-Insure for Workers’ Compensation.

WA: L&I Announces New Centers of Occupational Health and Education.