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National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Powered by Larson's (9/21/2015)

September 21, 2015 (2 min read)

US DOL Reports 2 Percent Increase in Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2014.

CDC Unveils Draft Guidelines for Physicians Prescribing Opioids.

HHS to Revise Rules for Medication to Treat Opioid Dependence.

OSHA Revises Publication to Protect Safety of Firefighters.

NIOSH Seeks Feedback on Travel Safety Kits for Workers on Int’l Assignments.

RAND: Risk Factors Identified for Police Officer Vehicle Crashes.

AZ: Community Warned of Potential Scam Involving Illegal Use of ICA Name/Seal.

CA: Legislature Sends Workers Comp Drug Formulary Bill to Governor.

CA: AIA Hails Passage of Workers Comp Drug Formulary Bill in Calif.

CA: DWC Posts Notes From Drug Formulary Meeting.

CA: DWC Posts Slides From Drug Formulary Meeting.

CA: WCIRB Releases Report on Q2 2015 Statewide Insurer Experience.

CA: DIR Preliminary Report Shows Downward Trend on Workplace Fatalities.

CA: Frontline Medical Associates Allegedly Paid Kickbacks to Workers Comp Attorney.

CA: Uber Files Appeal of Class Certification Ruling by Federal District Court.

CA: HR Professionals Mull Doubling of Work Comp Claims During Next 10 Years.

CA: DWC Posts Changes to OMFS Physician Services/Non-Physician Practitioner Services.

CA: DWC Posts Adjustments to Official Medical Fee Schedule (DMEPOS).

DC: NCCI Explains 0.4 Percent Increase in Loss Cost Filing.

HI: Newspaper Investigates Alleged Attacks on Employee at State Hospital.

IA: NCCI Explains 2.7 Percent Increase in Loss Cost Filing.

MD: Seven Insurance Companies Approved to Offer Workers’ Comp Insurance.

MD: NCCI Explains 5.3 Percent Decrease in Loss Cost Filing.

MA: Health Care Services Board Meeting Set for 9/25/2015.

MN: DLI Adopts Rules Requiring Conversion to ICD-10.

NH: NCCI Explains 5.9 Percent Decrease in Loss Cost Filing.

NJ: Court: Need for Total Knee Replacement Related to Preexisting Arthritis.

NY: WCB Files Ambulatory Surgery Fee Schedule Regulations.

NY: WCB Revises Information on Payor Performance Penalty Notices.

NC: Senate Approves Worker Misclassification Bill.

NC: IC Proposes to Adopt Comprehensive Electronic Filing Rules.

ND: Legislative Committee to Review Complaints About WSI.

OK: Editorial: Workers’ Comp Reforms Are Working.

OR: Workers Comp Costs to Drop an Average of 5.3 Percent.

OR: WCD Announces Retroactive Program Benefits Effective 10/1/2015.

OR: Court of Appeal Criticized for High # of Decisions Affirmed Without Opinions.

OR: WCD Updates Web-Based PTD Calculator.

OR: WCD Plans to Review Employer-at-Injury Program Rules.

OR: WCD Plans to Review Preferred Worker Program Rules.

OR: WCD Plans to Review Vocational Assistance to Injured Workers Rules.

OR: WCD to Apply IBNR Factor to Security Deposit Calculations for Self-Insureds in 2017.

TX: Authorities Question Agreement Between Texas Mutual and Travis County D.A.

TX: DWC Reports Three Percent Increase in Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2014.

TX: 11 Companies Approved to Self-Insure for Workers Comp Claims.

TX: DWC Posts September Safety & Health Update.

TX: SORM Lawsuits Against Injured Workers Places Them at Big Disadvantage.

WY: Occupational Fatalities Increased in 2014.









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