National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (5/12/2014)

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (5/12/2014)

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NCCI Announces “Balanced” Outlook for Current Workers’ Comp Industry.

WCRI: Minimal Reduction in Long Term Opioid Use Found in 25 States Surveyed.

U.S. Supreme Court Denies Cert in Sixth Circuit RICO Case.

Wal-Mart Litigation Strategy Benchmarks Workers’ Comp Attorney Performance.

AIA Cites Rand Study to Highlight TRIA as Beneficial to Workers Comp Markets.

White Paper Examines Drug Therapy Tapering Guidelines.

Wealthy Will Circumvent ObamaCare by Buying Private Health Insurance.

“Gig” Workers Dominate in Majority of College Faculties Nationwide.

York Risk Services Acquires Sacramento-Based Bickmore.

Xerox Acquires Irvine-Based Workers Comp Company.

NCCI Names Three to Board of Directors.

NCCI Posts Presentations From 2014 Annual Issues Symposium.

AK: Jury Awards $1.7M to Injured Worker Harmed in Botched Medical Procedure.

AZ: Governor Signs SB 1307 Residential Fall Protection Safety Standards.

CA: Fitch: Calif. WC Insurance Market to Continue With Substantial Underwriting Losses.

CA: Cal Chamber Files Friend-of-Court Briefs in Dubon, Angelotti, Dahl.

CA: AB 1035 Extending Statute of Limitations for Officer Presumption Sent to Governor.

CA: WCIRB President Outlines 2014 Research, Education, Customer-Oriented Goals.

CA: Political Dogfight Ramps Up Over “Perma Temps”.

CA: Calif. Injured Workers Have One of the Highest Usage of Opioids in Nation.

CA: SCIF Posts 2013 Annual Report.

CO: HB 1383 Physician Choice Sent to Governor.

CT: Business Leader Cites Legislative Victory re Default Rates for WC-Related Services.

CT: Gen. Assembly Passes SB 61 Hospital, ASC Reimbursement at 200% of Medicare Rate.

DE: Gen. Assembly to Introduce Bill Soon Based on Task Force Final Recommendations.

FL: Daubert: Physician’s Opinion as to Cause of Employee’s Placental Abruption Inadmissible.

FL: HB 7177 PDMP Privacy, Confidentiality Changes Sent to Governor.

HI: Legislature Passes SB 2365 Drug Fee Schedule; Governor Expected to Sign.

IL: IWCC Reminds Attorneys re Settlement Procedures.

IL: IWCC Announces Dallas National/Freestone Insurance in Receivership.

IL: IWCC Says Attorney Codes Now Mandatory on Document Filings.

IL: NAMIC Says SB 3287 Would Create Tort Liability for Many Safety Service Organizations.

KS: Governor Holds Ceremony for Firefighter, Officers Heart Attack, Stroke Bill.

LA: Supreme Court Gives Retroactive Application to Medical Treatment Guidelines.

LA: House Passes Bill to Sideline Saint’s Workers’ Comp for Pro Athletes.

LA: Louisiana Workers Have Longest Term Opioid Use in 25-State Survey.

MD: WCC Posts Hearing Transcript Request Procedures.

MA: Unanimous Senate OKs Domestic Worker Bill of Rights.

MA: DIA Modernizes Offices With Free WiFi.

MA: DIA Health Care Services Board to Discuss Upper Extremity Transplantation.

MI: House Committee Hears Testimony re HB 5478-5490 Injured Delphi Employees.

MI: WCA Posts 2013 Annual Report.

MN: Governor Signs HF 2658 Adopting Recommendations From WC Advisory Council.

MT: Governor Appoints Workers’ Comp Judge Jim Shea to High Court.

MT: High Court Hears Oral Arguments in Injured Employee Protected Privacy Case.

NY: Constructions, Business Groups Fight Uphill Battle to Reform Scaffold Laws.

OH: High Court Rules TTD Benefits Continue for Injured Worker Involuntarily Retired.

OR: SAIF Corp. Board Terminates President/CEO After 3 Months on Job.

VT: Lawmakers Compromise on S220 Workers Comp Changes.

WA: L&I Proposes Several Classification Changes.

WV: High Court Rules Employer Must Pay for Teacher’s Back Surgery.

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