National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (2/24/2014)

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (2/24/2014)

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CMS Changes Reporting Threshold for Liability Settlements, Judgments, Awards, Other Payments.

RIMS Submits Recommendations for Imposing SMART Act Tax Penalties for Noncompliance.

MARC Urges CMS to Issue Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to Implement SMART Act.

New Study: How Physicians Can Improve Lumbar Fusion Outcomes.

WCRI Study Identifies Medical Cost Drivers, Trends, Impact of Rule Changes in 16 States.

Accident Fund Holdings Offers Advice for Dealing With Pharmacy Benefit Managers.

Employers Holdings Releases 2013 Q4 Earnings Report.

York Acquires American Claims Services.

AK: Lawmakers Seek to Control Workers’ Comp Medical Costs.

AZ: HB 2455 Would Change Processing of WC Claims.

CA: Sen. Calderon, Brother Indicted on Public Corruption Charges.

CA: Hospital Owner Drobot Enters Into Plea Agreement, Admits Illegal Kickbacks.

CA: Ex-State Fund Exec Admits to Charges of Conflicts of Interest.

CA: DWC Posts Non-Substantive Changes to SJDB Voucher Forms.

CA: DWC Posts Adjustments to OMFS Physician/Non-Physicians Services.

CA: CHSWC Releases Annual Report.

CT: SB 56 Would Expand WC Coverage for PTSD in Specified Circumstances.

DE: Insurance Commissioner OKs WC Rate Increase.

FL: DWC Posts Schedule for March-August 2014 Webinars, Seminars.

FL: HB 633 Would Amend Insurance Agency Licensure Law.

IL: GOP Pushes for Workers Comp Changes.

IL: Medical Fee Advisory Board to Meet April 18th.

KY: SB 63 Would Push Workers Comp Special Funds to Settle Claims.

KY: SB 81 Would Crack Down on Employee Misclassification.

KY: SB 105 Would Remove Employee Status for Newspaper Carriers.

KY: HB 251 Would Establish Cancer Presumption for Paid or Volunteer Firefighters.

KY: HB 153 Would Establish Cancer Presumption for Full-Time Paid Firefighters.

ME: Bureau of Insurance Approves 7.7% Premium Decrease.

NM: Senate Confirms WCA Director Darin A. Childers.

NY: Joint Task Force on Employee Misclassification Posts Annual Report.

OR: WCD Posts Revised Rules re EDI of Medical Bill Data.

PA: Analysis of High Court Decision on Latent Occupational Disease Lawsuits.

TX: DWC Proposes Changes re Mode of Payment by Insurance Carriers.

TX: Travelers Study: Muscle Strain Leading Cause of Workplace Injuries.

WA: Auditor Says Workers Comp Fund in Trouble.

WA: HB 2332 Would Provide Damages for Wage Violations.

WA: HB 2333 Would Address Retaliation Against Employees.

WA: HB 2334 Would Simplify, Enforce Employee Status to Prevent Misclassification.

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