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October 20, 2014 (3 min read)

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WCRI Study Compares Medical Costs for Injured Workers in 16 States.

Investigation: Heroin, Opioid Use by Workers Surges.

Study Calls for Earlier Surgery of Injured Workers to Reduce Claim Duration.

Insurance Information Inst. Warns of Insurance Ramifications of Spread of Ebola Virus.

US Sup Ct Denies Cert in Longshore Attorney’s Fee Dispute.

CMS Withdraws Rulemaking on MSP and Future Medicals.

AZ: NCCI Explains 6 Percent Decrease in Loss Cost Filing.

CA: DIR Director Finds Fault, Problems With Oregon Rankings.

CA: Two Dozen Lawsuits+ Filed for Counterfeit Hardware in Spinal Surgeries.

CA: DIR Begins to Post Ebola Resources, Alerts.

CA: WCAB Final Rules Published, Eff. 1-1-2015.

CA: Insurance Commissioner to Issue Decision on WCIRB Filing Within 30 Days.

CA: DWC to Hold Public Hearing Nov. 14 to Revise OMFS.

CA: WCIS to Discuss Medical Billing, FROI/SROI at Oct. 20 Annual Meeting.

CA: CWCI Offers On-Demand Training on Revised MPN Rules.

CA: DWC Opens Registration for 22nd Annual Educational Conference.

CO: DWC to Hold Hearing Nov 12 on Treatment Guidelines for Thoracic Outlet.

DE: DCRB Proposes WC Rate Decrease.

DE: Insurance Commissioner Encouraged by DCRB Proposed Rate Decrease.

FL: AIF Cautiously Optimistic About 3.3 Percent Workers Comp Rate Reduction.

FL: AIF Opposes Legalization of Medical Marijuana Under Amendment 2.

IL: Governor, DOI Tout Ranking Study as Proof of WC Reform Success.

IL: Construction Industry Still Waiting for Substantial Reductions in Premium Costs.

IA: Judge Recuses Self From Ex-Commissioner Discrimination Suit Against Governor.

IA: Labor Commissioner Proposes Rule Amendments for Recording, Reporting of Injuries.

KY: Kentucky Commissioner Dwight Lovan Elected President of IAIABC.

MA: LWD Updates Maximum/Minimum Benefit Rates.

ME: WCB Creates Task Force to Investigate Opioid Use.

MI: Businesses Continue to See Drop in WC Rates Since 2011.

MS: NCCI Explains 3.2 Percent Decrease in Loss Cost Filing.

NV: Injured Worker Shoots Lawyer, Contentious WC Claim Possibly Involved.

NM: WCA Surveys Employers on Substance Abuse in the Workplace.

NM: WCA Final Rules Re Bad Faith Claims Processing, Dispute Resolution Eff. 10-1-2014.

NY: WCB Proposes to Streamline Collection of Admin, Special Fund Assessments.

OK: WCC Covers Employee Harassment, IMEs, Funding, Dispute Resolution at Oct. 16 Meeting.

TX: Ebola-Stricken Nurse; Possible Negligence Suit if Hospital a Non-Subscriber.

TX: DWC Posts Instructions for Electronically Filing Up to 500 Forms in XML Format.

UT: Labor Commission Proposes Adoption of Optum 2014 Essential RBRVS, 2014 CPT Codes.

VT: Governor Appoints Judge With Workers’ Comp Background to State Supreme Court.

WY: Lawmakers Consider Bills to Increase Amount of Workplace Safety Penalties.

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