National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup Powered by Larson's (8/27/2012)

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NATIONAL NEWS:

Workers Comp State Legislative Battles to Watch.

CMS Names New Chief to Implement Obamacare.

Aetna Purchase Competitor Coventry Health Care for $7.3B.

ACOEM Integrates National Drug Code Data Into Online Practice Guideline's Database.

EMPLOYERS Names Bryan Ware Senior VP and Chief Actuary.

STATE NEWS:

CA: SB 863 De Leon Reform Bill Now Posted on Legislature Website.

CA: Survey Shows Overwhelming Belief WC Premiums Will Rise Despite Reforms.

CA: Reworked WC Reform Proposal Circulated Around State Capital Last Week.

CA: SCIF CEO Supports Workers Comp Reform Proposal.

CA: High Court Reins in Workers Comp Claims by Family Members.

CA: State Fund Names Marjorie Hutchings as Chief Information Officer.

CA: WCIRB Submits Jan. 1, 2013 Pure Premium Rate Filing.

CA: Insurance Commissioner Announces Pure Premium Rate Filing by WCIRB.

CA: Former Sr. VP of SAIF Joins England, Ponticello & St. Clair in San Diego.

FL: FL Hosp Association Challenges Proposed Rules Re Outpatient Fees.

FL: FLOIR Receives NCCI's Proposed 6.1 Percent Rate Change.

IL: IWCC Files Rules on Physician-Dispensed Medications, Other Issues.

MD: Court Rules Ex-Redskins Player Can Pursue MD Workers Comp Benefits.

MD: Court Rules 2nd Ex-Redskins Player Can Pursue MD Workers Comp Benefits.

MD: WCC Posts Notice on Document Correction Form.

MD: WCC Posts Notice Re SSN Requirement for Document Viewing Services.

MA: Governor Signs S2125 Prescription Drug Monitoring Bill.

MA: A.I.M. Mutual Hires Michael Standing as VP.

MI: Insurance Regulators Announce 7.2% Drop in Workers Comp Rates.

MN: DLI Posts New Maximum and Minimum Benefits Schedule.

MO: BAMSL Seeks Nominations for 10th Annual Workers Comp Distinguished Lawyer Award.

MO: MEM Top Spot, Travelers Climbs to Second Spot for State WC Insurers.

NH: LGC Ordered to Return $50M in Surplus to Cities, Towns.

NJ: Judge Rules Thrift Store Volunteer Not Entitled to Workers Comp.

NY: SWCB Adopts Final Rule Re Electronic Recording Devices for Hearings.

NY: NYCIRB Amends Manual Re Independent Contractors.

NC: Ghost Policy Serves as Bargain Basement Workers Comp Coverage.

NC: Industrial Commission Ineffective for Regulating Workers Comp Coverage.

NC: Governor Forms Task Force to Address Worker Misclassification.

OH: Trial Starts Aug. 20 for Class Action Lawsuit Re Alleged WC Insurance Overpayments.

OH: BWC Awarded Grant to Study Workplace Injuries and Illnesses.

OK: WCC Posts New State Average Weekly Wage and Maximums.

OK: Lawmaker Seeks More WC Benefits, Says $61K Award Not Sufficient.

OR: NFIB/Oregon Petitions High Court Re Limited Liability Companies Workers Comp Case.

OR: What's Behind the Lower Numbers for Workplace Fatalities, Disability Claims.

OR: DCBS to Hold Hearing on Proposed Rule Re 2013 Workers Comp Premium Assessment Rates.

OR: WCD Launches Redesigned Healthcare Provider Website.

TN: High Court Clarifies When Parties May File Complaint in Workers Comp Cases.

TN: Dept of Insurance Files Proposed Changes to Captive Insurance Rules.

TX: Texas Mutual Issues $1.9M in Dividends to Local Employers.

WA: L&I Faces $3.1B Budget Shortfall, Ready to Impose 19% Payroll Tax.

WV: State Insurance Regulators Approve 9.1 Percent Decrease in Loss Cost Rates.

WV: NCCI Files 7.6 Percent Loss Cost Decrease.

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