State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (9/9/2013)

State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (9/9/2013)

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NATIONAL AND STATE NEWS:

US Settles False Claims Act Allegations Against Billing Manager.

Obama Administration Provides Guidance on ACA Employer Mandate.

RAND Finds Limited Impact on ACA Due to Employer Mandate Delay.

UPS Eliminates Spousal Health Coverage, Cites ACA, Cost Cutting Concerns.

 

AZ: IC Posts Admin, Special Fund Assessment Rates for CY 2014.

AZ: IC Posts 2013-14 Physician, Pharmaceutical Fee Schedule Eff. 10-1-13.

AR: WCC Posts 2012 Annual Report re Workers Comp Insurance Companies.

CA: WCIRB Indicates Rate Hike in California for 2014.

CA: WCIRB Governing Committee Posts Agenda for Sept. 11 Meeting.

CA: DWC Clarifies Interpreter Rules.

CA: DIR Launches Roofing Compliance Working Group.

CA: DIR Wins Govt Digital Award for EAMS Lien Fee Collection System.

CA: New Acting Chief of Cal/OSHA Named.

CA: NFL Ex-Player Deion Sanders Seeks California Workers Comp Benefits.

CA: Senate Passes AB 1309 Pro-Athlete Work Comp Restrictions.

DE: Task Force to Reassess WC Costs, Examine New Issues.

IL: Business Groups Want Higher Burden of Proof for Injured Worker Claims.

KY: KEMI to Issue $6.2M Dividend and Lower Rates.

KS: Governor Appoints Cox to KS WC & Emp Security Boards Nominating Committee.

KY: NCCI Files 7.9% Decrease for Voluntary Loss Cost.

MD: Doctor Dispensed Vicodin Costs 3X More Than Price Charged by Pharmacy.

MD: WCC Chairman Outlines Priorities for Commission.

MT: Editorial Touts 3 Year Turnaround for Workers Comp System Improvements.

NH: LGC’s Move to Change Organizational Structure Raises Legal Questions.

NY: WCB Clarifies Treatment Categories, Requirements re PT, OT, Chiropractic Care.

OK: NCCI Expects Double Digit Decrease in WC Costs Due to SB 1062 Reforms.

OR: MAC Sept. Meeting to Cover Medical Technology Review.

OR: WCD Posts Updated Adjusted Cost-to-Charge Ratios for OR Hospitals.

PA: Doctor Dispensed Vicodin Costs 3X More Than Price Charged by Pharmacy.

TX: Governor Reappoints Barnes to Texas Mutual Board of Directors.