National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup Powered by Larson's (10/1/2012)

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup Powered by Larson's (10/1/2012)

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NATIONAL NEWS:

IAIABC Drafts Model Rule to Address Opioid Abuse in Workers Comp Systems.

Free Mobile App for the National Workers’ Compensation & Disability Conference.

Lockton Companies Release White Paper on Impact of Opioids on Workers Comp Costs.

NCCI Posts Experience Rating Update Report.

Adelson Testan Sponsors 3rd Annual Women’s Leadership Forum in New York.

STATE NEWS:

AK: Same Sex Partner Seeks Workers Comp Death Benefits in Workplace Shooting Case.

CA: WCIRB to Amend Rate Filing to No Rate Increase for 2013.

CA: WCIRB Actuarial Committee Refines SB 863 Evaluation.

CA: SCIF Cuts 2,900 Jobs, Avoids Lay Offs.

CA: Governor Signs AB 2219 Re Contractor Workers Comp Insurance Coverage.

CA: Governor Signs SB 1105 re Workers Comp Liens.

CA: Governor Signs AB 1844; Protects Social Media Use by Employees, Job Applicants.

CA: Governor Signs AB 1794 re Contractors' Payroll Duties.

CA: Governor Signs AB 2069 re Peace Officer Benefits.

CA: City of Los Angeles Spent $65M in 2010-2011 on LAPD Workers Comp Claims.

CT: WCC Posts Latest Workers Comp Benefit Rate Tables.

HI: DLIR Announces New Policy to Prevent Payments to Dead Workers.

IA: Insurance Division Announces Second Injury Fund Assessment.

IL: State AG Files Lawsuit Against Driver in Auto Accident With State Employee.

IL: Amiel Harper Joins IWCC as Counsel to Self Insurers Advisory Board.

IN: Dept of Insurance Approves IRCB’s Advisory of 5% Overall Premium Rate Increase.

ME: MEMIC Announces $13M Dividend to Policyholders.

MD: IWIF Posts Summary of 2012 Workers Comp Legislation.

MT: Head of Montana State Fund Says Too Early to Tell if 2011 Reforms Working.

NH: LGC’s Petition for Rehearing Denied; LGC to Appeal to Supreme Court.

NY: Governor Cuomo Recent Picks Favor GOPs for SWCB, NY Insurance Fund.

NY: WCA Responds to PERMA’s Report Re WC Assessments Considered a Tax.

NY: SWCB Announces eClaims Training Schedule for Mandatory eFiling Process.

NC: IC Publishes Adopted Rules; Currently Under Review by Office of Admin Hearings.

OH: BWC Selects Managers to Diversify Investments in Commercial Real Estate.

OR: PRIUM’s SVP Mark Pew to Keynote Oregon WC Educational Conference.

OR: WCD to Hold Hearing on Attorney Fee Rule Changes.

OR: WCD Publishes Final Rules Re Medical Fee and Payments.

OR: WCD Amends Bulletin on Retroactive Program Benefits Effective 10/1.

OR: WCD Issues Addendum to Bulletin on Retroactive Program Benefits.

TX: Texas Medical Board Temporarily Bars Workers Comp Doctor From Practicing Medicine.

TX: DWC Accepting Comments on Proposed New Rule on Treating or Referral Doctor Exams.

TX: DWC Posts New Discount Rate, Interest Rate for 10/1/12-12/31/12.

TX: DWC Announces Doctor Cut in 2010 From WC System Indicted by US DOJ.

WA: Disability Advocate Says Failed Initiative, WC Reforms Paying Off With Lower Rates.

WV: BrickStreet Still Owns More Than Half of State’s Workers Comp Business.