National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup Powered by Larson's (10/29/2012)

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup Powered by Larson's (10/29/2012)

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NATIONAL NEWS:

Survey: Big Gap in Perceptions of Integration of UR With Other Medical Management Systems.

United Football League Hit Hard by Workers Comp Premiums.

Patriot National Insurance Group Expands Into AL, LA, and MS.

NCCI Posts Article on Deposit Premium Requirements for Minimum Premium Policies.

STATE NEWS:

CA: Destie Overpeck Designated Acting AD for DWC; Richard Newman Appointed Chief Judge.

CA: DWC Issues Notice Re Outpatient, Ambulatory Surgical Centers Fee Schedule Changes.

CA: DWC to Host Electronic Filing Expo in Anaheim on Nov. 8.

CA: CAAA Announces 2013 Winter Convention Program; SB 863 Seminars.

CA: CWCDAA Amends Program Agenda to Discuss SB 863 at Winter Conference.

CA: DA Dismisses Rape Charges Against Workers Comp Doctor.

DE: Superior Court Judge Court Affirms Benefits for Deported Immigrant.

FL: Insurance Commissioner Approves 6.1 Percent Workers Comp Rate Increase.

IL: Caterpillar CEO Blasts Business Climate, Workers Comp Costs.

IL: County Board Candidate’s Workers Comp Claims Stir Up Controversy.

KY: DWC Says Online Open Records System Available Nov. 1.

MD: WCC Amends Rules Re Procedure, Time Line for Determining AWW.

MN: DLI Redesigns Four Workplace Posters for Employers to Use.

MS: NCCI Recommends 4.1% Increase for Loss Cost Filing.

NE: Workers Comp Maximum Income Benefit Increased to $728 Per Week.

NE: Judge Fridrich Sworn in to Serve on Workers Comp Court.

NH: LGC Asks High Court to Rule on Eight Issues Related to $52M Rebate Order.

NJ: WCRI Study Finds 10% Increase in Medical Costs.

NM: WCA Proposes Rule Changes Re Medical Fee Schedules, WCA Rules.

NY: Court Affirms Benefits for Man Who Died of Heart Attack on Super Bowl Sunday.

NY: Business Group Calls for WCB to Carry Out 2007 Reforms.

NY: WCB Announces Suspension of Dr. James Avellini’s Authorization to Treat IWs.

NY: Public Policy Institute to Release Study of 2007 Reforms, Rates Oct. 30.

NC: Controversy Over Need for Public Data on Businesses’ Workers’ Comp Coverage.

OH: BWC Directors Approve Five Percent Workers Comp Rate Reduction.

OR: WCD Posts Workers Comp Claims Characteristics Spanish Version.

PA: Governor Announces Confirmation of Zurick to Workers Comp Appeals Board.

PA: Municipalities Brace for WC Premium Increase Due to Firefighter Cancer Law.

TX: DWC Says Work-Related Fatalities Decreased in 2011 for Second Year in a Row.

TX: Commissioner Approves Revised Insurance Carrier/UR Agent Plan-Based Audit.

TX: DWC Proposes Revisions to DWC Form-057 Re Extension of MMI Date for Spinal Surgery.

TX: DWC Determines Adjusted Gross Annual Payroll Requirements for Coverage of Seasonal Workers.

TX: Texas Mutual Announces $281K Dividend to Social Service Agencies.

WA: L&I Sending 45,000 Letters to IWs to Advise if Doctor Joined a WC Medical Network.

WA: US DOL Reconsidering 800 Claims of Hanford Workers Under EEOICP.