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National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (11/9/2015)

November 09, 2015 (2 min read)

A.M. Best: U.S. Workers Comp Performance Improves Despite Rate Softening.

Travelers, Hartford, AIG Rank as Top Three Workers Comp Insurers in 2014.

Shifting Trends of Prescription Opioids and Heroin Abuse in the US.

AK: WCB Approves Changes to Workers Comp Fee Schedule.

CA: Federal Judge Vacates Preliminary Injunction on Lien Activation Filing Fee.

CA: DWC Reinstating Lien Activation Fees on November 9.

CA: WCIRB Posts Report on SB 863 Cost Monitoring.

CA: WCIRB Posts Study of Geographical Differences in CA Workers Comp Claim Costs.

CA: Cal/OSHA Wins Unprecedented Decision to Protect Workers From Indoor Heat.

CA: Cal/OSHA Proposes New Rules to Prevent Workplace Violence.

CA: DWC Opens Registration for 23rd Annual Educational Conference.

CA: DWC Accepting Nominations for 2016 Carrie Nevans Community Service Awards.

CA: Trial Date Set for Class Action Lawsuit on Uber Drivers’ Employment Status.

CO: DWC Proposes to Update Lower Extremity Guidelines.

CT: Insurance Dept. Approves 3.9% Decrease in Loss Cost Filing by NCCI.

DE: Court Clarifies Calculation of, What Is Included in, Average Weekly Wage.

DE: Supreme Court Rules on Meaning of Word “Resolved” in Settlement Agreement.

FL: Petitioner Stahl Files Opening Brief Challenging Constitutionality of WC Act.

FL: Commissioner McCarty Orders Workers Comp Rates Lowered by 5.1 Percent.

FL: DWC Amends Proposed Billing Rule Changes on Use of ICD-10.

FL: DWC Amends Proposed Reimbursement Manual Changes on Use of ICD-10.

ID: Workers Comp Advisory Committee to Discuss Medical Fee Schedule Nov.10.

MD: WCC Posts Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2015.

MD: Chesapeake Employers Insurance Company Announces Three New Vice Presidents.

MA: DIA HCSB to Review Final Opioid/Controlled Substance Protocol Draft Nov. 14.

MT: Labor Commissioner Addresses State’s Ranking as Third Highest Injury Rate in Nation.

NJ: Employer Lacked Job Related Reason to Compel Fitness for Duty Exam.

NM: Workers Compensation Association of New Mexico Elects New Officers, Directors.

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

NY: WCB Posts Changes to List of Authorized Health Care Providers.

NY: NYC Council Members Considering Health Benefits for Taxi, On-Demand Drivers.

OH: Voters Reject Legalization of Recreational Marijuana Use.

OH: BWC Announces Nine Semifinalists in Safety Innovations Competition.

OK: National Expert Decries “Orwellian Equality” in Oklahoma Opt Out System.

TN: BWC Proposes Rule Changes for Medical Impairment Rating Registry.

TX: TDI Posts 2015 Analysis of Return to Work Program in Texas.

TX: DWC Posts Performance Based Oversight 2016 Insurance Carrier Selection Criteria.

UT: Labor Commission Proposes Rules on Penalties, Medical Coding, ERF/UEF Assessment.

VT: WCD to Update Administrative Citation, Penalty Provisions.

VA: Medical Payments Per WC Claim in Virginia Among Highest of Study States.

WI: DWD Names BJ Dernbach as New Administrator of Division of Workers Comp.









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