State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (8/12/2013)

State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (8/12/2013)

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Ninth Circuit Issues Decision on Intoxication Defense Under Longshore Act.

IAIABC to Celebrate 100 Years in 2014.

Wal-Mart Signs Corporate-Wide Settlement With US DOL Over OSHA Citations.

Thousands Eligible for Workers Comp Due to Radiation at Fukushima Nuclear Plant.

Australia High Court Hears Motel Sex Injury Case.

AZ: Firefighters File RICO Lawsuit Against Third Party Administrator York Risk Services.

AZ: IC Conforms Fee Schedule to CPT-4, Updates Values of Selected Codes.

CA: WCIRB Proposes 3.4% Pure Premium Rate Increase.

CA: WCIRB Submits Regulatory Filing to Dept. of Insurance.

CA: WCIRB Posts Annual Conference Video Presentations.

CA: CSIMS Argues Insurers Hold the Key to Controlling Workers Comp Costs.

CT: Auditor Says WCC Should Not Transfer WC Admin Funds to General Fund.

FL: DWC Adopts Change to Notice of Election to be Exempt Per HB 941 (2012 Legislation).

IL: NCCI Seeks 4.5% Workers Comp Rate Decrease.

IL: Governor Appoints 3 New Arbitrators, 1 New Commissioner.

IL: Supreme Court Holds Mailbox Rule Applies to Commission Review Cases.

IL: First Felony Conviction Won Against Uninsured Employer.

IL: NCCI Files for 4.5% Decrease in 2014 WC Advisory Insurance Rates.

IL: Expert Says Medical Marijuana Act Won’t Require Major Changes to Employers’ Policies.

NH: NCCI Files for Decrease in Loss Costs, Assigned Risk Rates.

NY: WCB Requires WTC Health Program Approval for § 32 Agreements.

NY: WCB Implements Desk Arbitration of Health Care Billing Disputes.

NY: NYCIRB Revises Experience Rating Plan Rating Values Eff. Oct. 1, 2013.

NC: IC to Review Disapproved Rules to Comply With SB 174.

NC: IC Updates Medical Fee Schedule.

OR: DCBS Suspends Decertification of Oregon Employers Trust.

OR: WCB Proposes Comprehensive Rule Changes.

PA: State Bar WC Section to Honor Attorney Vincent J. Quatrini, Jr.

TX: DWC Posts Information re SB 1322 DME, Home Health Care Services Changes.

TX: DWC Adopts Amended Rule re Certification of MMI, Evaluation of Permanent Impairment.

TX: OEIC Amends Employers’ Notification of Ombudsman Program Forms.

VT: High Court Rules AWW Does Not Include Employer-Paid Health Ins. Benefits.