National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (11/11/2013)

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (11/11/2013)

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NATIONAL AND STATE NEWS:

OSHA Proposes Rule to Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries.

FDA Takes Action to Speed Safety Information Updates on Generic Drugs.

New FDA Rule Could Open Up Generic Drug Makers to Lawsuits.

CA: Federal Judge Plans to Enjoin Lien Activation Fee, Scope of Order Unknown.

CA: CAAA Urges Audits of Insurers Repeatedly Delaying/Denying Medical Care.

CA: Applicant’s Attorney Marvin Shapiro Passes Away.

CA: Dorsett Diagnosed With Brain Disease After WCAB Rejected Claim.

CA: Governor Appoints New Labor Secretary.

CA: WCIRB Previews Upcoming Changes to Manuals, Rating Plans.

CO: Pinnacol Assurance Board Names New CEO.

DE: OWC Proposes Rule Change re AWP for Pharmacy Fees.

IL: IWCC Clarifies Filing Notice of Intent to File for Review, Downstate 19(b) Petitions.

IN: WCB Posts Second Injury Fund Status Report.

IA: Op-Ed Says Readers Misled of Commissioner Godfrey’s Record, Achievements.

KS: DWC Adopts Permanent Rule re Medical, Hospital Services Fees.

KY: DWC Posts New Discount Rate for Lump Sum Settlements.

LA: OWC Proposes Rule Change for CPT, HCPS Codes.

LA: NCCI Recommends 5% Decrease in Workers’ Comp Rates.

NY: WCB Files Emergency Rule re Annual Assessments.

NY: WCA Posts Responses on WCB’s “Business Process Re-engineering” Initiative.

OH: BWC Statistics Show 5,000+ Amputations Since 2005.

OR: WCD Considers Penalty Changes for Noncomplying Employers.

OR: WCD Posts 3rd Quarter 2013 Fatality Report.

OR: DCBS Reports 18,631 Accepted Disabling Claims for 2012.

PA: High Court Upholds State Trooper’s PTSD After Tragic Car Accident.

SC: WCC Approves Proposed Changes to Lump Sum Payments.

TX: DWC Approves 10 Companies to Self-Insure for Workers’ Comp.

TX: DWC Posts 2014 PBO Insurance Carrier Methodology Paper.

TX: DWC Announces Meeting to Implement HB 2645 Independent Review Organizations.

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