National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (5/5/2014)

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (5/5/2014)

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Workers Comp Premiums Stabilizing Nationwide, Except in CA and NY.

Prescription Opioid Abusers Find Vastly Cheaper Alternative in Heroin.

Travelers Increases Number of Concierge Nurse Sites to Help WC Claimants.

Latest Drug Trend Report Shows Decline in WC Pharmacy Cost, Utilization.

NCCI Releases Report on Impact of Physician Fee Schedules.

Employers Advised to Provide Equipment, Furniture to Accommodate Obese Workers.

Express Scripts Receives Three Subpoenas Regarding Contracts With Drug Makers.

Guy Carpenter Report Shows Workers’ Comp Reserves Improving.

ACOEM Appoints Kathryn Mueller, MD, MPH as New President.

CMS Mentions ICD-10 Implementation Date Set for 10/1/2015.

AK: WCB to Discuss Workers Comp Legislation at May 15 Meeting.

AZ: ICA to Meet June 19 to Discuss Special Fund Assessment.

AZ: ICA Extends Public Comment re 2014 Fee Schedule Changes.

AZ: Governor Signs SB 1181 re Insurance Guaranty Fund’s Handling of WC Claims.

AR: Court Affirms Denial of Death Benefits Related to Drug Overdose.

CA: Governor Brown Appoints Katherine Zalewski to Workers’ Comp Appeals Board.

CA: AB 1035 Extension to File Death Benefits for Firefighters, Officers Sent to Governor.

CA: Surgical Centers React to RAND Study on Outpatient Surgical Center Reimbursements.

CA: DWC Issues Third 15-Day Notice re Changes to Proposed MPN Regulations.

CA: Business Climate Debated as Toyota Moves Jobs to Texas.

CA: Cal-OSHA Fines Tesla Motors $89K for Safety Violations Related to Molten Metal Accident.

CA: DWC Offers Free Webinar on Independent Bill Review May 13.

CA: WCIRB Posts Agenda for May 13 Meeting.

CA: RIMS 2014: William Zachry Honored as Risk Manager of the Year.

CO: Pinnacol Says Workplace Wellness Programs Can Decrease Health Risks by 25 Percent.

CO: House Passes HB 1383 to Increase Doctor Choice for Injured Workers.

CT: SB 61 Would Change Hospital, ASC Reimbursement for WC Cases at 200% of Medicare Rate.

FL: Senate to Vote on HB 271 to Ease Work Stop Orders for Businesses.

FL: HB 785 Employers Negotiating Retrospectively Rate Premiums Sent to Governor.

FL: HB 785 Nutrients, Dietary Foods, Medical Foods Not Reimbursable Sent to Governor.

FL: HB 633 Changes to Insurance Agency Licensure Law Sent to Governor.

FL: HB 7005 to Address Suspended Driving Licenses, Ability to Work Sent to Governor.

IL: Dept. of Corrections Investigating Possible Misconduct Involving Prison Guard’s 5th Comp Claim.

MA: DIA Announces Appointments for Deputy General Counsel, Workers Comp Trust Fund Director.

MN: Employers Question Terrorism Surcharge Tacked Onto Workers Comp Insurance.

NM: WCA to Consider Reappointment of Judge Leonard J. Padilla.

NY: Dem. Lawmaker Calls for SWCB to Help Protect Home Health Care Providers.

NY: Dept. of Labor Announces New Standards for Classifying Commercial Truck Drivers.

NY: SWCB Posts Latest Authorized Health Care Provider List.

NY: Court Rules Herkimer Entitled to Reduction in Amount Paid to WC Self-Insurance Plan.

NC: Rules Review Commission Approves All 35 Rule Changes on 4/17/2014.

OR: WCD Posts Proposed Changes to Workers Comp Rules.

OR: WCD Posts Opioid Guidelines, Calculators.

TX: Worker Advocates Claim Insurers Unilaterally Cut Off Lifetime Benefits to Injured Workers.

TX: Governor Touts Less Business Regulation in Lone Star State.

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