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December 08, 2014 (3 min read)

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OSHA Reports 3 Million Workers Experienced Serious Injury or Illness on Job in 2013.

Three Compound Pharmacies Sue Express Scripts in Federal Court.

NCCI Posts Policy Year Underwriting Results by State for 2013.

NCCI Posts Calendar-Accident Year Underwriting Results by State for 2013.

HHS Posts HIPAA Privacy Notice in Response to Ebola Outbreak.

Conservative ALEC Group Targets Workers Compensation Reform.

17 States File Lawsuit Over Obama Immigration Orders.

NIOSH Seeks to Improve Safety and Health for Immigrant Workers.

NIOSH Provides Guidance for Reducing Risks for Emergency Responders.

AZ: ICA Seeks Consultant for RBRVS Study.

AZ: ICA Considers Adoption of Treatment Guideline Process.

AR: WCC Reschedules Drug Formulary Rule Proposal Meeting for 1-29-2015.

CA: US Sup. Ct. Denies Cert in Controversial Undocumented Worker Case.

CA: WCIRB Dec. 10 Meeting to Discuss SB 863 Cost Monitoring, Claims Frequency.

CA: State Fund to Discontinue Group Insurance Plan in 2015.

CA: DWC Posts Example of MPN Application/Plan for Reapproval.

CA: DWC Posts Adjustments to DMEPOS Section of OMFS.

CA: Governor Appoints Juliann Sum as Chief of OSHA.

CA: Lawmakers File Health Care Bills for Undocumented Immigrants.

CO: Governor Appoints Citrone to Workers Comp Cost Containment Board.

CT: Teachers’ Union Seeks Workers Comp Changes to Cover Mental Trauma.

CT: WCC Posts Dec. 8 Meeting Agenda.

DC: Judges, Attorneys, Hearing Officers Must Prove Good Standing on Annual Basis.

FL: High Court Hints at How It Would Decide Constitutionality of Comp Act.

ID: NCCI Explains 0.2 Percent Decrease in Loss Cost Filing.

IL: Governor Quinn Appoints Ron Rascia Acting Chairman of IWCC.

IL: Governor Rauner Would Raise Minimum Wage if Workers’ Comp Fixes Made.

ME: WCB Dec. 9 Meeting to Cover Pain Management.

MD: WCC Announces New Average Weekly Wage of $1005.

MI: Supreme Court Clarifies Independent Contractor-Employee Distinction.

MT: SB 3 Would Revise Workers Comp Impairment Level for Voc Rehab Benefits.

MT: SB 4 Would Authorize Temporary Appointment in Vacancy of Workers Comp Judge.

MT: HB 17 Would Require Workers Comp Insurers to Provide Loss Information.

NY: WCB Adopts Final Changes to Medical Treatment Guidelines.

NY: WCB Posts Notice of Reasonable Accommodation.

OH: Inspector General Finds Several BWC Staff Gained Unauthorized Access to Records.

OH: BWC Plans $126.1M Rebate for Local Public Employers.

OH: Former Employee Reaches $240K Settlement With City Over Rape by Co-Employee.

OR: WCD Posts Final Rules on EDI Proof of Coverage.

OR: WCD Posts 2013 Workers Comp Claims Characteristics Tables.

OR: WCD MAC to Discuss Medical Billing Codes at Jan. 9 Meeting.

SC: WCC Posts Notice of Electronic Submittal of Appellate Panel Hearing Documents.

SD: Insurance Division Director Merle Scheiber Resigns.

TN: WCRI: Physician-Dispensed Drug Prices Decreased; Still Higher Than Pharmacy Prices.

TX: DWC Analyzes Impact of 2005 Reforms on Workers Comp System.

TX: DWC Posts Workers Comp Biennial Report to Legislature.

TX: DWC Posts Nov. 2014 Issue of Safety & Health Update Newsletter.

TX: DWC Finalizes Peer Review Plan-Based Audit.

TX: DWC Provides Guidance for Treating Doctors on Causation Analysis.

TX: DWC Provides Two New Online Options for Insured Governmental Entity Coverage.

TX: DWC Announces Workplace Injury, Illness Rate Decreased in 2013.

UT: NCCI Explains 1.4 Percent Decrease in Loss Cost Filing.

VT: NCCI Explains 5.6 Percent Decrease in Loss Cost Filing.

WA: L&I Fines Construction Companies for Workers’ Toxic Exposure.

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