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NATIONAL AND STATE NEWS:

FDA Plans to Reclassify Hydrocodone Combination Products to Schedule II.

CMS Posts NGHP User Guide Version 4.0 (Oct. 7, 2013).

Debate Over Whether eCigarettes Should Be Banned From Workplace.

Healthcare Solutions Releases 3rd Annual Workers Comp Drug Trends Report.

TFAH Releases Oct. 2013 Report on Prescription Drug Abuse.

FDA Voluntary Recall of Certain Sterile Products From Michigan Compounding Pharmacy.

FDA Concerned re Safety, Quality, Effectiveness of Nanotechnology Developed Drugs.

CA: WCRIB Submits Amended Filing.

CA: WCIRB Committee Votes to Amend Filing.

CA: Insurance Commissioner Issues Decision on Regulatory Filing

CA: UC Davis Pepper Spray Cop Awarded $38K in WC Benefits.

CO: Division of Insurance Announces 2.6% Increase for WC Loss Cost Rates.

CO: Pinnacol Announces Finalist for Chief Executive Officer.

CT: $218K Charitable Fund Inadequate for Newtown First Responders, Workers.

FL: FOIR Rejects Proposed 1% Increase in Work Comp Rates.

FL: 1st DCA Certifies Constitutional Question in Attorney’s Fee Case.

IL: Study Indicates Reforms Didn’t Work; Overall Costs “Barely Moved”.

IL: WCRI Study Shows Reforms Haven’t Helped Soaring Workers Comp Costs.

IA: Workers Comp Rates to Decrease by 2% in 2014.

KS: KDOL Announces Appointment of New ALJ for Wichita.

MD: NCCI Explains 1.4% Increase in Rates/Loss Costs.

NJ: Court Rules County Worker’s Fall During Lunch Hour Covered by WC.

NY: Audit Slams WCB Lax Collection of Penalties From Carriers.

NY: WCB Issues Guidance on Submission of DB Coverage Information.

NY: WCB Announces Regs to Implement Lower Assessment Rate for 2014.

NY: NYIA Presses for Evaluation of Cost Drivers in Workers Comp.

OH: BWC Relocating Canton Office.

OH: BWC Continues Trend of Lowering Local Government Rates.

OR: DCBS Posts 2012 Accepted Disabling Claims Characteristics Brochure.

OR: WCD Updates EDI Webpage for Transition to ICD-10 Codes.

OR: WCD Posts Latest 2014 Premium Assessment Rate.

OR: SAIF Hires John Plotkin as New President, CEO.

PA: Glitches Pervade DLI’s $45M Overhaul of Computer System for WC Claims.

PA: HB 1694 Pharmaceutical Accountability Monitoring System Passed by House.

SC: WCC Drops Use of Certified Mail for Hearing Notices, Orders, Forms, Documents.

SC: WCC Clarifies Policy for Cases Set for Informal Conference.

SC: WCC to Hold Hearing Oct. 29 on Proposed Lump Sum Payment Rule Changes.

TX: DWC Posts ODG Workers Comp Drug Formulary.

WV: High Court Affirms Jury Verdict of $259K re Workers Comp Discrimination.

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