National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (4/28/2014)

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (4/28/2014)

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Drug Monitoring, Interventions Decrease Opioid Use by Injured Workers.

Brandeis Univ. Releases Report on PDMP, Third Party Payers in Workers Comp.

AIA Endorses Brandeis Univ. Report on PDMP, Third Party Payers in Workers Comp.

Obese Employees Outnumber Co-Workers 2-1 in Filing Requests for Workers Comp.

AL: Governor Signs HB 107, Increase Burial Allowance to $6,500 Eff. 7/1/2014.

AK: HB 316 Workers Comp Medical Payment Changes Sent to Governor.

AZ: Governor Signs HB 2221 Procedures for Opioid Treatment for Injured Workers.

AZ: Governor Signs HB 2094 Time Limit on Employee’s Third Party Action.

AZ: Governor Signs HB 2394 Deviation Rate for Taxes, Assessments for Self-Insureds.

CA: Drobot Pleads Guilty in Medical Fraud Scheme.

CA: DIR Releases Ambulatory Surgical Services Assessment RAND Report.

CA: Toyota Moves Jobs to Texas; 60 Calif. Companies Have Moved to TX Since 2012.

CO: Workers Comp Reform Bill Lacks GOP Support.

IN: GOP Lawmaker Warns About Impact of Worker Misclassification.

IN: WCB to Go Paperless 6/2/2014 With Report of TTD/TPD Termination Form.

LA: Costs Per Claim for Hospital Outpatient Care as Key Driver of Medical Costs.

ME: MEMIC Announces Appointments to Underwriting Team in VA, MD, FL.

NY: Rep. Grimm Faces Federal Charges Connected to Restaurant Business.

OH: BWC Proposes 6.3 Percent Reduction in Workers’ Comp Rates.

OH: BWC Approves $1.2B WC Premium Credit for Ohio Employers.

OH: Inspector General Details Status of 75 Reforms Instituted by BWC Post-Coingate.

OK: Medical Director Issues Directions to Physicians re Use of AMA Guides Sixth.

OK: WCC Explains Deviations Allowed From AMA Guides Sixth.

OK: Safety National Unveils Insurance Policy for Opt Outs.

RI: Updated Medical Fee Schedule Eff. 5-1-2014 Now Available.

SC: Senate Confirms Reappointment of Commissioners.

SC: WCC Now Processing All Pending Matters Involving CAGC.

TX: Legislative Hearing Examines ‘Patient Dumping’ by Businesses Going Bare.

TX: Bordelon Testifies re Decline in Workplace Injuries, Claims.

TX: House Committee Examines Whether WC Insurance Should Remain Voluntary.

VA: WCC Warns Civil Penalty for Uninsureds Increases 7/1/2014.

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