National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup Powered by Larson's (12/10/2012)

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NATIONAL NEWS:

ABA 2013 Workers’ Comp Midwinter Seminar & Conference to Be Held 3/14-3/16.

Federal Employees Group Continues to Oppose Cuts to Workers’ Comp.

Workers’ Comp for Energy Employees: Entitlement Program Cuts and the Fiscal Cliff.

Injured Worker Advocate Warns Evidence From Social Media Sites Can Be Misconstrued.

Zurich, Travelers, Hartford Named in Top 10 Commercial Carriers List.

The Atlantic Reports on Insourcing Boom for U.S. Manufacturing.

US Jobless Unemployment Rate Falls to 7.7 Percent.

FDA Panel Votes Down Zohydro, A Pure Hydrocodone Painkiller.

NAIC Elects 2013 Officers, Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Donelon as President.

Thomas Phelan Appointed President of American Association of State Compensation Funds.

CMS Approves WCMSA Backlog, to Post Alert Dec. 21 on Website.

NIOSH Examines Sit Stand Workstations to Promote Worker Health.

STATE NEWS:

AK: Political Heat Pushes PA Ex-Judge to Resign AK Workers Comp Hearing Officer Position.

CA: DWC Posts Draft SB 863 Regulations for Independent Bill Review.

CA: DWC Posts Draft SB 863 Regs for Interpreter Certification, QMEs.

CA: OSIP Announces SB 863 Emergency Regulations.

CA: WCIRB Actuarial Committee Agenda Released.

CA: WCIRB Begins Issuing 2013 Experience Modifications.

IL: State Expands Prescription Monitoring Program.

IL: IWCC Posts Coverage for TBA Calls for Jan-March 2013.

KY: Legislative Panel to Hold Hearing on 12/17 to Review Pill Mill Rule Changes.

LA: Louisiana Workplace Injuries and Illnesses Declined in 2011.

MD: WCC Posts Latest Mileage Reimbursement Rates, Max Rate for Benefits.

MI: WCA Posts 2013 Weekly Benefit Tables.

MI: Guaranty Ins. Co. to Commence Writing Workers’ Comp Insurance in Michigan.

MO: New Salaries Posted for DWC Judges, Director, Chief Legal Counsel.

NJ: Chief Judge Posts Memorandum on Counsel Fees.

NJ: Commissioner of Banking & Insurance Approves 8.3 Percent WC Rate Increase.

NY: WCB Announces Voluntary Resignation of Dr. Orest Wasiliw.

OK: GOP, Dems Spar Over How to Reduce Workers Comp Costs.

OK: Chamber of Commerce CEO Pushes for Eliminating WC Adversarial System.

OK: Senate President Pro Tem Says WC Major Reform a High Priority in Next Session.

OK: Supreme Court Clarifies Standard of Review for WC Cases on Appeal.

SC: Governor Announces Workers Comp Commission Appointments.

TN: Dept. of Commerce and Insurance Posts New Regs for Captives.

TX: DWC Posts 2012 Compliance Conference Program Materials.

TX: DWC Report Shows Fewer Employers Opting Out of WC System.

TX: DWC Reminder Re WC Insurance Employee Notice Requirements Eff. Jan. 1.

TX: DWC Reminder Re Nonsubscriber Employer Reporting Requirements Eff. Jan. 1.

TX: DWC Reminder Re Political Subdivision WC Reporting Requirements Eff. 8/2/2012.

VT: NCCI Recommends 5.4 Percent Loss Costs Rate Increase.