National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup Powered by Larson's (12/17/2012)

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup Powered by Larson's (12/17/2012)

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NATIONAL NEWS:

Study Finds Opt Out/Privatization a Significant Trend in Workers’ Compensation.

Towers Watson: Commercial Insurance Prices Continue to Climb, Loss Ratios Improving.

AIA, PCI Urge Action on Medicare Secondary Payer Bills by Year End.

Managed Care Advisors Wins Govt. Contract With Transportation Security Administration.

Reed Group Posts White Paper on EEOC and ADA.

Suzanne Emmet Named President of Kids Chance of America.

STATE NEWS:

AK: State Labor Officials Investigate Controversial Hiring of PA Former Judge.

CA: DWC to Submit Five Proposed Emergency Rulemaking Actions to OAL.

CA: DWC to Submit SJDB Emergency Regs to OAL.

CA: CHSWC Posts Working Paper on Impact of Experience Rating on Small Employers.

CA: CHSWC Posts Final Memo re Requirement for Insurer Review of Employer’s IIPP.

CA: CHSWC Posts Final Release re Impact of AMA-Based PDRS in California.

CA: CHSWC Elects Martin Brady as New Chair.

CA: WCIRB Governing Committee Posts Dec. 12 Agenda.

CA: SCIF Investigator Uses Good Old-Fashioned Detective Work to Root Out Fraud.

CA: Construction Industry Says SB 863 Will Help Reduce Underground Economy.

CA: Columnist Warns SB 863 to Lead to Relapse of Workers Comp “Ill Reform”.

CT: Insurance Dept. Approves NCCI Workers’ Comp Rate Hike.

DE: GOP Lawmakers Oppose Proposed Workers’ Comp Rate Hike.

FL: DWC Posts New Maximum Workers’ Comp Rate Eff. Jan. 1.

ID: NCCI Recommends 3.9 Percent Increase in Loss Cost Filing.

IL: IWCC Posts Notice to Update Medical Fee Schedule Re Repackaged Drug Rules.

IL: IWCC Announces 2013 Fee Schedule Rates to Increase 1.69 Percent.

IN: WCRI Says Costs Per WC Claim Rising as Payments for Medical Care Increase.

KY: KEMI Names Jon Stewart as New CEO.

LA: NCCI Recommends 2.5 Percent Increase in Loss Cost Rate Filing.

LA: Inspector General Slams New Orlean’s Mismanagement of Workers Comp Program.

LA: LWC Conference to Discuss Medicare, Social Media, Obesity.

MI: Legislature Approves Right to Work Bill Limiting Power of Unions.

MS: MWCC Chairman Outlines Changes to 2012 Workers’ Comp Act.

NE: WCC Posts New Mileage Reimbursement Rate.

NH: Dept of Labor Posts New Mileage Reimbursement Rate Change.

NH: Portsmouth to Receive $643K Rebate From LGC for Overpayments Made in 2011.

NJ: Assembly Panel Approves Public Safety Worker Bill.

NJ: NJCRIB Posts Changes for Use With New Manual of Rates.

NY: WCB Announces Diagnostic Network Look-Up Tool for Medical Providers, Injured Workers.

NY: WCB Announces New Regs on Pharmacy, DME Fee Schedules, Pharmacy Network.

NY: Court Upholds Payment to Spouse for Care of Injured Worker Rendered a Paraplegic.

NC: Lawmakers Confident About Bill Re Workers Comp Coverage Public Data.

OH: GOP Lawmaker Seeks to Limit WC Benefits for Illegal Immigrants.

OH: Court to Decide if Employers Not Part of BWC Group Rating Paid Higher Premiums.

OK: Governor Appoints Brad Taylor as Presiding Judge of Workers’ Comp Court.

OK: House Speaker Shannon Voices Support Again for Opt Out Bill.

OR: WCD Updates List of Registered Vocational Rehabilitation Providers.

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

OR: WCD Publishes Final Rules Re Workers’ Benefit Fund Assessment.

TX: DWC Posts Recent Enforcement Actions.

TX: DWC Proposes Rules Re Notice, Service, Reporting of Accident Prevention Services.

TX: DWC Houston West Office to Open New Location on Jan. 30.

TX: DWC Revises Form for Request for Extension of MMI Date for Spinal Surgery.

UT: Labor Commission Posts 2013 Medical Fee Standards Eff. Dec. 1.

UT: NCCI Recommends 1.6 Percent Decrease in Loss Cost Filing.

VT: NCCI Recommends 5.4 Percent Increase in Loss Cost Filing.

WA: Court Overturns Workers Comp Fraud Conviction for Mountain Climbing Injured Worker.

WV: High Court Rules on Medical Payment Benefits Under Employer’s Motor Vehicle Insurance.

WV: High Court Overrules Board re Injured Worker’s Psychiatric Consultation.