National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup Powered by Larson's (10/15/2012)

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup Powered by Larson's (10/15/2012)

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NATIONAL NEWS:

WCRI Studies Show Impact of Recession, Reforms on 16 State WC Systems.

Insurance Execs Seek WC Rate Increases, Blame Low Investment Returns, Medical Inflation.

CDC Reports Meningitis Outbreak at Health Care Facilities Treating WC Claimants.

IAIABC Honors Eight Individuals for WC Achievements, Leadership, Dedication.

IAIABC Elects 2012-2013 Executive Committee.

Aetna Expands Integration of Claim Filing With Broadspire, ESIS, Gallagher Bassett.

Paychex, EMPLOYERS Join to Provide WC Insurance to Small Business Market.

STATE NEWS:

AZ: IC to Hold 2012 Legislative Stakeholders’ Meeting Nov. 28.

CA: State Fund CEO Says WC Reforms Could Yield Greater Savings Than Expected.

CA: WCIRB Updates Evaluation of SB 863.

CA: WCIRB Releases 2Q 2012 Insurer Results.

CA: Alameda County Receives $3.2M in Grants to Combat Insurance Fraud.

CA: IAIABC Honors Glenn Shor, Chief of EAMS at Calif. DWC.

CA: Supreme Court Grants Review in Valdez Medical Provider Network Case.

CO: Pinnacol, Colorado School of Public Health Team Up to Address Opioid Misuse.

CT: NCCI Recommends 7.1 Percent Rate Increase.

DC: NCCI Recommends 0.4 Percent Rate Increase.

FL: Court Says Statute Has Chilling Effect on IWs Paying Prevailing Party Costs.

FL: OJCC Releases 2011-2012 Settlement, Mediation Statistics Report.

HI: HEMIC Directors Declare $1.5M Dividend.

IL: Governor Fires Kinnaman as Workers Comp Arbitrator.

IL: Brad E. Bleakney Selected for Inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2013.

IL: Velisha Haddox, Deputy Counsel to Governor, Named One of Chicago’s Top 40 Under 40.

IL: IWCC Posts Dental Fee Schedule.

KY: Workers’ Comp Funding Commission Seeks New Executive Director.

MD: NCCI Recommends 3.8 Percent Rate Increase.

MA: DIA Posts COLA, Maximum and Minimum Benefits Effective 10/1/2012.

MT: Montana Drops From Highest to Eighth Highest WC Rate in Country.

MT: State Fund’s New Stay at Work/Return to Work Policy.

MT: State Fund Seeks to Monitor Patient Compliance With Narcotics.

NM: WCA to Hold Hearing Nov. 8 on Fee Schedule, WCA Rule Changes.

NY: Court Says Injured Worker Hit by Baseball Bat Can Sue for Intentional Tort.

NY: WCRI Study Shows Beneficial Effect of 2007 Reforms.

ND: WCI Posts Notice Regarding Coverage for Out-of-State Employers.

OK: NCCI Recommends 0.4 Percent Rate Increase.

OK: Insurance Commissioner Calls for Workers’ Comp Reform.

OK: Appeals Panel Cuts Legislator’s WC Award.

OR: WCD Publishes Final Rules Re Employer/Insurer Coverage Responsibility.

OR: WCD Publishes Final Rules Re Employer-at-Injury Program.

OR: WCD Publishes Final Rules Re Preferred Worker Program.

OR: WCD Publishes Final Rules Re Vocational Assistance to Injured Workers.

OR: WCD Posts Forms, Procedures for Vocational Assistance to Injured Workers.

PA: Best Practices Outlined for Workers’ Comp Settlements and Mediation.

SC: High Court Backs Injured Worker’s Wage Loss Claim.

TN: DWC Issues Final Report on Recommendations to Improve WC System.

TN: Governor Considers Option of Taking WC Disputes Out of Court System.

TX: Premier Private Ins. Acquires Insurance-Source.com.

TX: TDI-DWC Posts Designated Doctor Update.

VA: WCC to Undertake Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Pilot Project.

VA: Insurance Regulators Schedule Oct. 16 Hearing on WC Premium Levels.

WY: Safety Summit Reviews Wyoming’s High Worker Death Rate.