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L&I Publishes Rule-Making Notice Announcing Possible Changes to Pension Discount Rate 11/14/2017
State: WA | Segment: WEST | 386 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Washington state Department of Labor and Industries is considering reducing the rate used to discount reserves for permanent disability pensions, according to a recent rule-making notice. ...Read More

Lawmakers Review MSF Fee Proposal as Special Budget Session Kicks Off 11/14/2017
State: MT | Segment: WEST | 202 | 0 | Popular with Legal
State lawmakers looking to address a projected $227 million budget deficit reviewed a proposal Monday to impose a management fee on certain assets owned by the Montana State Fund. ...Read More

Lawmakers to Make Another Run at Capping Claimants' Attorney Fees 11/09/2017
By: J. Todd Foster (Reporter)
State: FL | Segment: Top | 438 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A month after saying a nearly double-digit rate decrease would preclude the need to regulate claimants’ attorney fees in 2018, a lawmaker has revived legislation that would cap those fees at $150 an hour. ...Read More

Lumbar Fusion Surgery Rules Released 11/08/2017
State: ND | Segment: NORTH | 213 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Workforce Safety & Insurance has discontinued the requirement for a provider to submit the Pain Questionnaire and Surgery Expectation Questionnaire forms as part of the prior authorization process for elective lumbar fusion. ...Read More

L&I Moves to Shore Up Last of Reserve Accounts 11/07/2017
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: WA | Segment: Top | 272 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Having shored up two reserve accounts that were drawn down to mitigate premium increases during the recession, the Washington state Department of Labor and Industries is opening talks to address pension reserves that may be underfunded by $735 million because of overly optimistic projections abou...Read More

Lawmakers to Use Off Year to Study Compounds, Designated Doctors 11/06/2017
By: J. Todd Foster (Reporter)
State: TX | Segment: Top | 375 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Texas House of Representatives next year will research policies on compounded pharmaceuticals and designated doctor assessments, and take a look at recent trends in employer participation in the workers’ compensation system. ...Read More

Lawsuits Filed Against Rehab Work Camp Allege Mistreatment 11/03/2017
State: OK | Segment: SOUTH | 337 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A court-ordered drug rehab facility required participants to sleep in bedbug-infested bunks, wash the owner's two Corvettes and work 60-hour weeks performing physical labor for private corporations for no pay — and, all the while, drugs were freely available on the campus, and part...Read More
Labor Commission Continuing Prohibition on Unapproved Transfer of Payment Rights 11/02/2017
State: UT | Segment: WEST | 239 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Utah Labor Commission is maintaining a regulation that prohibits any transfer of workers’ compensation payment rights that it has not approved. The commission said in a “Five-Year Notice of Review and Statement of Continuation” published in Wednesday's Utah ...Read More

Laboratory to Be Told to Cease Requests for Genetic Testing of Injured Workers 11/01/2017
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: LA | Segment: Top | 521 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Louisiana Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council has voted to send a cease-and-desist notice to a genetic testing lab that asks doctors to consider the testing for certain injured workers they are treating. ...Read More

Labor Department Reports Claims Down, Costs Up 10/31/2017
State: MT | Segment: WEST | 213 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Montana Department of Labor & Industry said the number of reported workers’ compensation claims decreased 2% in the most recent fiscal year, but total benefits increased 10%. ...Read More
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