National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup Powered by Larson's (9/10/2012)

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup Powered by Larson's (9/10/2012)

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NATIONAL NEWS:

Illicit Drug Use May Vary by Payer Type; Detection Rate as High as 17%.

NCCI Posts Latest National Pool Premium Volume Report.

NIOSH Study on NFL Players’ High Risk of Death From Brain Disorders.

STATE NEWS:

CA: Administrative Director Rosa Moran Resigns, Returns to WCJ Position.

CA: WCIRB Adjusts Rate Increase to 11.6 Percent.

CA: SCIF Restructures Broker Distribution Model.

CA: Brokers, Agents Speak Out About SCIF Restructure of Broker Distribution Model.

CO: Employers Worry About Workers Comp Rates With Hiring of More Workers.

CT: WCC Posts Annual Report.

IL: Judicial Training Set for Sept. 17-18.

IL: Governor Quinn Acts on Arbitrator Appointments.

LA: Governor Appoints Robert Israel to Workers Comp Advisory Council.

MA: WCRIBMA Post Rate Disapproval Circular Letter.

NV: WCS Posts Reminder Re PTD Annual Disbursements in October.

NH: DHHS Reports Medical Treatment for 54% of Work Injuries Paid by Workers’ Comp.

NJ: LWD to Hold Hearing Oct. 1 on Proposed Increase in Maximum Benefit Rate.

NY: SWCB Files Emergency Rule Re IME Written Reports (p. 54).

NY: SWCB Files Latest Proposed Rule Re Pharmacy, DME Fee Schedules (p. 56).

OR: Patriot National Insurance Expands WC Business to Oregon.

OR: DCBS Reports 1.1 Accepted Disabling Claims Per 100 Oregon Employees in 2011.

OR: DCBS Updates 2011 Compensable Fatality Tables.

SC: High Court Denied WC Benefits to Stripper Shot in Bar Fight.

SC: WCC Approves Increase in Informal Conference Cost and Hearing Cost.

SD: Patriot National Insurance Expands WC Business to South Dakota.

TN: NCCI Files 2.3 Percent Loss Cost Increase.

TN: Ex-Titans Player Mawae Settles WC Claim for $114K Lump Sum.

TX: WCRI Issues New Report on Impact of Treatment Guidelines.

TX: DWC Post Changes to TXCOMP Health Care Provider System.

TX: DWC Announces New Medicare Administrative Contractor for Texas.

TX: DWC Seeks Input on Insurance Carrier/UR Agent Plan Based Audit.