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National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (4/20/2015)

US Senate Approves Sweeping Changes to How Medicare Pays Doctors . EEOC Proposes Rule on Application of ADA to Workplace Wellness Programs . WCRI Releases Nat’l Inventory of Cost Containment Initiatives Adopted in 51 Jurisdictions . NIOSH Finds Police Officers, Firefighters Have Largest...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (4/27/2015)

Who’s Opting Out of Workers’ Comp: Employers or the States Themselves ? BLS Releases 2013 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries Counts . Lockton: Red Herrings, Medical Overdiagnosis Impact Large Loss Workers Comp Claims . WCRI Webinar to Cover Regulating Medical Costs & Care...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (5/4/2015)

DOJ Audit Alleges GEO Group Incorrectly Calculated Workers Comp Insurance . US DOL Proposes Rule to Revise Black Lung Benefits Act . OSHA Issues Final Confined Spaces Rule to Protect Construction Workers . Doctors Banned From Billing Medicare Still Billing State Medicaid Programs . Newsweek...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (5/18/2015)

NCCI Gives “Calm” Now, “Turbulent” Later, Outlook for Workers Comp Industry . NCCI Presentation: Complete State of the Line for Workers Comp Industry . NCCI Presentation: Work Comp Implications of On-Demand Economy, Temp Workers . Express Scripts: Half a Million Americans...

Arizona: Injured Employee Must Exhaust Administrative Remedies Before Bad Faith Action Against Insurer

An injured worker who was receiving medical treatment expenses and TTD workers’ compensation benefits may not sue her employer’s insurance company for bad faith and to recover unpaid benefits and related damages without first challenging the carrier’s decision to terminate those benefits...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (6/1/2015)

NCCI Study Examines Relationship Between Accident Report Lag and Claim Cost . NCCI Posts 2015 Workers Comp Issues Report . GENEX Warns of Security Breach in Workers Compensation . Obama Administration, GOP Seeks Reduction in FECA Benefits . AZ: ICA Posts Latest Maximum Benefit Amounts . ...

Arizona: City Auditor’s Injuries in Auto Accident Barred by Going and Coming Rule

A city auditor, who was involved in an automobile accident as she traveled home at the end of the day after completing a business errand did not sustain injuries arising out of and in the course of her employment, held an Arizona appellate court. The going and coming rule barred her claim for workers’...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (8/3/2015)

RIMS/Advisen: Stable Insurance Market Shows Decline in Workers Comp Costs . Payroll Fraud Prevention Act of 2015 Introduced in Congress . Luxe Valet On Demand Service Converts Contractors to Employees . Lawmakers Seek to Investigate DOJ’s Prosecution of Medical Marijuana Patients, Providers...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (8/24/2015)

Shareholders Allege TriNet Group Failed to Disclose Claims Trends, Including WC . OSHA Establishes New Procedures for Early Resolution Process in ADR Program . Uber Allegedly Failed to Uncover Criminal Records of 25 Drivers in Two Calif. Cities . AZ: ICA Revises Notice of Claim Status Form ...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (8/31/2015)

NCCI Posts New Release of Proof of Coverage State Guide . ProPublica Partners With Beacon Crowdfunding Site to Generate Work Comp News . 10th Circuit Overturns $3.5M Verdict in Alleged Construction Machine Defect Case . NRLB Redefines Joint Employer Status in Temporary Agency Case . 5th Circuit...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (9/21/2015)

US DOL Reports 2 Percent Increase in Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2014 . CDC Unveils Draft Guidelines for Physicians Prescribing Opioids . HHS to Revise Rules for Medication to Treat Opioid Dependence . OSHA Revises Publication to Protect Safety of Firefighters . NIOSH Seeks Feedback on...

Arizona: Ballet Dancer Is Not “Seasonal” Worker for Purposes of Computing Average Monthly Wage

An Arizona appellate court held that the Industrial Commission erred when it found a professional ballet dancer’s work was “seasonal” because the employer’s ballet “season” was usually 32 weeks each year. Because of that determination, the Commission computed the dancer’s...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (10/12/2015)

CompPharma Releases Latest Workers Comp Prescription Drug Management Study . OSHA Moves a Step Closer to Finalizing New Electronic Recordkeeping Rule . Study Finds Long Term Opioid Use Less Effective for 4 out of 5 Women . AZ: NCCI Explains 2.2% Decrease in Loss Cost Filing . CA: Governor...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (10/26/2015)

Senator Sanders, Dem Lawmakers Warn Labor Secretary Perez About Opt Outs . CEPR Examines Cuts in Workers Comp and Rising SSDI Payments . NCCI Announces New President and CEO William E. Donnell . Obama Announces Guidelines for Addressing Prescription Drug Abuse, Heroin Use . CDC Drafts Guideline...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (11/23/2015)

WCRI: Medical Prices Lower, Grew Slower in States With Medical Fee Schedules . OSHA Seeks Public Comment on Safety & Health Program Management Guidelines . US Dept. of Labor Proposes Rule to Update Implementation of EEOICPA . Documentary Film Made of Temp Worker Killed in Tragic Accident...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (1/4/2016)

ProPublica Examines Power, Wealth of Middlemen at Workers Comp Conferences . CDC Reports Increase in Drug, Opioid Overdose Deaths in U.S. 2000-2014 . CDC Opens Comment Period for Proposed 2016 Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain . NIOSH Examines Troubling Statistics on Opioid...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (1/19/2016)

NCCI Establishes Baseline for Monitoring Impact of ACA on Workers Comp . Recent Ruling Could Give OSHA Wider Authority for Issuing Enterprise Abatement Orders . AZ: ICA Posts RFQ for Qualified Vendor List for Investment Management Consulting Services . CA: DWC Ended Lien Activation Fee Collection...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (2/1/2016)

Lyft Settles Calif. Lawsuit for $12.5M, Drivers Still Not Classified as Employees . Price Wars Between Insurers and Drug Companies Impact Patients’ Healthcare . AMA Recommends Changes to CDC’s Proposed Opioid Prescription Policy . AK: WCD Posts Filing Requirements for Annual Reports...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (3/7/2016)

OSHA Head Unveils Plans for 2016 . Federal Court Upholds Wellness Program, Rejects Lawsuit Filed by EEOC . NAIC Posts Latest Rankings for P&C Insurers Market Share . Risks Inherent With Sharing Economy Posed to Increase 20 Fold+ During Next Decade . ProPublica Workers Comp Investigation...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (4/11/2016)

Express Scripts Releases New Drug Trend Report . Leahy Bill in U.S. Senate Could Kill Key Provision in TX Nonsubscriber ERISA Plans . AZ: RBRVS Fiscal Impact Study Released . AZ: ICA Requests Oct. 1 Effective Date for UR Rules for Opioid Use . CA: Ninth Circuit to Hear Challenge to Class...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (4/18/2016)

Senators Slam Obama Directive for Sick U.S. Nuclear Workers . AK: WCD Posts Director’s Interpretation on Issues Impacting Medical Fee Schedule . AZ: Governor Signs SB 1323 Pro Se Vexatious Litigant . CA: WCAB Chairman Ronnie Caplane to Retire From State Service . CA: Supreme Court Grants...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (5/2/2016)

CDC Posts Annual Workers Memorial Day 2016 Message . CDC Examines Impact of Hearing Loss on Quality of Life . CDC Examines Convenience Store Compliance to Reduce Workplace Violence . AZ: ICA Discusses Implementation of RBRVS-based Fee Schedule . CA: Lawsuit Claims Insurance Companies Illegally...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (5/31/2016)

WCRI Study Compares Outcomes of Injured Workers Across 15 States . US DOL Continues Investigation of Opt Outs to Workers Comp . AZ: Governor Signs HB 2240 Workers Comp Changes . AR: Court Finds WCC Lacks Exclusive Jurisdiction in Employee’s Personal Injury Lawsuit . CA: US Sup Ct Denies...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (6/13/2016)

PCI Issues New Report on Medical Cost Shifting From WC Opt Out Systems . PCI Insurers Support Town Hall to Discuss Florida Workers’ Comp System . WCRI Study Finds Large Decreases in Opioids Received by Injured Workers . AZ: Arizona Adopts IC Rules for ODG Drug Formulary Evidence-Based...

Arizona: Portion of Former Soldier’s PTSD Disability Apportioned to Special Fund

As is the case in a number of states, Arizona allows “apportionment” of certain permanent injury claims between an employer and a “special fund” where the employee’s permanency results from the combination of a pre-existing condition and a subsequent work-related injury...