National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (5/27/2014)

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (5/27/2014)

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NCCI Posts Webinar for State of the Workers’ Comp Line 2014.

Seven Percent of Medical Claims Contained Errors; Patients Foot the Bill.

Researchers Say Spinal Cord Stimulation Would Reduce Need for Addictive Pain Medications.

Tragic Death of Temp Worker Could Have Been Prevented.

Former Football Players Sue NFL Over Alleged Use of Illegal Narcotics.

NIOSH Provides Tips for Safe Handling of Hazardous Drugs by Healthcare Workers.

NIOSH Reports Oil & Gas Worker Fatalities During Flowback Operations.

CMS Delays ICD-10 Diagnosis Codes Implementation Until 10/1/2015.

AK: Court to Rule on Whether Widow Can Sue for Wrongful Death After Receiving WC Benefits.

AK: HB 316 Medical Fee Payment Changes, Once Signed by Governor, to Take Effect Mid-2015.

CA: Working Extra Shift Did Not Qualify as Exception to Going and Coming Rule.

CA: Two Counties Sue Five Narcotics Makers for Deceptive Marketing Practices, Nuisance.

CA: DWC Reduces IBR and IMR Fees by 25 Percent.

CA: SB 1005 Would Extend Health Benefits to Uninsured Undocumented People.

CA: AB 1897 Would Increase Liability for Employers Using Labor Contractors.

CO: Governor Signs SB 92 Adds More Felony Penalties for Insurance Fraud.

LA: Senate Committee Approves Bill to Reduce Benefits for Pro Athletes During Off Season.

MT: Nominations Open for Workers’ Comp Judge Position.

MT: WCC Clarifies Procedures for Stipulations.

NE: Court Extends Heightened Heart Attack Causation Standard to Blood Clot, Embolism.

NH: Governor Announce Task Force to Tackle High Workers Comp Costs.

NJ: Medical Costs Stabilize, Yet Costs Still High Compared to Other States.

NM: Court Orders Employer to Reimburse Worker for Medical Marijuana.

NY: State Supreme Court Releases Grand Jury Report on Employer Workers Comp Fraud.

NC: Labor Group Offers Membership to State College Athletes.

OH: BWC Spent $4M So Far to Fight Lawsuit for Excessive Premiums Charged to Businesses.

OH: 53 Firefighters in Columbus Diagnosed With Cancer During One-Year Period.

OH: BWC Says Private Employer WC Rates Continue to Fall.

OR: WCD Proposes to Adopt New Standards for Electronic Medical Billing.

RI: WCC Claims Transition to Online System a Success.

RI: Insurance Agency Approves 2.5% Bump Up in Advisory Loss Costs for Workers’ Comp.

TN: Advice for Employers in Dealing With Workers’ Comp Reforms.

TX: Illusion of Prosperity, More Constructions Workers Killed in Texas Than Any Other State.

TX: DWC Proposes Changes to Attorney Fee Rules.

VA: Civil Penalty When Uninsured for Workers’ Comp to Significantly Increase 7/1/2014.

WA: Board Can’t Intervene in Settlements Where Workers Have Attorneys.

WA: DLI Boasts 20,000 Healthcare Providers in Medical Network for Injured Workers.

WI: Autopayments to Injured Workers Interrupted by Closing Down of State Office Building.

WI: DWD Provides Guidance on Proper Submission of Claims.

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