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November 10, 2014 (2 min read)

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A.M. Best Reports Workers’ Comp Line Has Third Straight Year of Improvement.

Investigation Looks at “Knock Off” Spine Surgery Hardware.

Study: Most Overdoses Seen in ER Involve Prescription Opioids.

NIOSH Posts Research Questions for How to Protect Employees From Ebola.

Study: Injury Risk From Night Shift Work Remains High After Changing to Day Shift.

ARAWC Seeks to Expand Alternative WC Systems to More States.

AK: Alaska Votes to Legalize Marijuana.

AR: WCC Posts Proposed Rules for Medical Treatment Guidelines, Drug Formulary.

CA: Jerry Brown to Serve Fourth Term as Governor.

CA: Brown Administration Issues Ebola Prevention Memo for State Workers.

CA: SCIF Offers Compliance Tips to Prevent Communication Tower Deaths.

DE: OWC Sets Nov. 24 Hearing on Proposed Fee Schedule Changes.

DC: District of Columbia Votes to Legalize Marijuana.

FL: Insurance Commissioner Rejects NCCI’s Proposed 3.3% Rate Increase.

FL: High Court Hears Oral Arguments in Attorney’s Fee Cap Case.

FL: OJCC Annual Report Shows Decrease in Claimant Attorney Fees.

GA: NCCI Explains 3.3% Decrease in Loss Cost Filing.

IN: WCB Posts 2015 Second Injury Fund Status Report.

ME: Corrections Officers Accidentally Given Flu Shots, Not TB Tests.

MA: Governor Appoints New Members to Workers Compensation Advisory Council.

MN: Investigation Shows High Rate of Hospital Workplace Violence in 2014.

NE: NCCI Explains 7% Decrease in Loss Cost Filing.

NE: WCC to Address Fee Schedule Changes at Dec. 9 Meeting.

NV: Steve George Appointed Division of Industrial Relations Administrator.

NH: Ins. Dept. Approves NCCI’s Proposed Loss Cost Decrease.

NY: Former WCB Commissioner Decries State’s Ponzi-like Scheme.

NY: Legislation Enables Qualifying Jockeys to Have Paid Health Insurance.

NC: IC Eliminates Fee for Processing Form 24 Application.

NC: WCRI Finds Hospital Costs for Injured Workers Remained on High Side.

OK: Attorney General Rules WCC Hearings Must Be Open to Public.

OR: WCD Publishes Rule Changes for Interim Medical Benefits Eff. 1-1-2015.

OR: Oregon Votes to Legalize Marijuana.

TX: TDI to Harmonize Forms, Endorsements w/Plan to Adopt NCCI Rating Manual.

TX: Immigration Changes for Undocumented Workers Would Help Texas Economy.

VA: WCC Posts Rejection of Coverage (Form 16A) (Revised Oct. 2014).

WV: BrickStreet Launches Results-Based Wellness Program.

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