National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (12/9/2013)

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NATIONAL AND STATE NEWS:

Insurance Expert Lists Strategies for Battling Prescription Drug Abuse.

NCCI Posts Calendar-Accident Year Underwriting Results by State for 2012.

NCCI Posts Policy Year Underwriting Results by State for 2012.

AK: WCD Posts Updated List of IMEs.

AK: WCD Sets Second Injury Fund Contribution Rate at 6% for 2014.

AK: WCD Sets Allowances for Transportation, Meals, Lodging for Injured Workers.

AK: WCD Posts Latest Death Benefit Rates.

AK: WCD Posts Latest Maximum Minimum Benefit Rates.

AZ: AM Best Gives Former SCF Arizona A- (Excellent) Grade.

CA: ERs as Profit Centers; Sutter Health Learns How to Amass Market Power.

CA: DWC Schedules Dec. 18 Webinar re IMR Process for Injured Workers.

CA: DWC Schedules Meetings in Oakland, Van Nuys re UR, IMR.

CA: DWC Issues 2nd Notice re Changes to UR, IMR Regulations.

CA: WCIRB Governing Committee to Meet Dec. 11.

CO: DWC to Hold Hearing Jan. 9 on Claim Closure, Timelines, Settlement, Life Expectancy.

HI: DLIR Now Accepting PEO Registrations.

MD: WCC Now Setting Hearings for Ullico Liquidation Disputes.

MD: WCC Schedules Final Meeting Jan. 23 for Latest Rule Changes.

NE: Insurance Director Approves Two P&C’s to Domicile in Nebraska.

NE: NCCI Files 4.8% Decrease for Loss Costs/Rates.

NM: Advisory Council to Meet Dec. 12 re IME Appointments.

NY: NY Dormitory Authority to Borrow $370M to Repay WC Claims.

NY: WCB Holds Meetings to Improve Services to Injured Workers.

NY: WCB Posts List of Newly Authorized Health Care Providers.

OK: CompSource Posts 2012 Annual Report.

OR: WCD Posts Revised Rules re Treatment by Nurse Practitioners.

OR: WCD Posts Revised Rules re Managed Care Organizations.

PA: AIA Supports Curbing Physician Dispensing of Medication’s in PA’s WC System.

PA: High Court Rules on Work Injuries Outside 300-Week Limitation.

PA: Data Breach Impacts Workers Comp Prepaid Debit Card Holders.

TN: WCD Posts Latest Maximum Minimum Benefit Rates.

TX: Texas Mutual Hires VP of Loss Prevention.

TX: Bordelon Approves Plan to Remove Spinal Removal Hardware From Audit Plan.

TX: Zohydro Added as “N” Status Drug for Drug Formulary.

TX: DWC Repeals 28 TAC Ch. 103 Regarding Agency Administration.

TX: DWC Amends 28 TAC 102.8 Re Practices and Procedures General Provisions.

TX: DWC Repeals 28 TAC 89 Regarding Crime Victims Compensation Act.

TX: DWC Makes Annual Changes to Medical Fee Guideline Conversion Factors.

UT: NCCI Files 1.1% Decrease in Loss Costs/Rates.

VA: SCC Sets Workers Comp Premium Level Adjustments.

VT: NCCI Files 1.2% Increase in Loss Costs/Rates.

WA: LNI Says Workers Comp Rates to Increase 2.7% in 2014.

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