National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup Powered by Larson's (10/8/2012)

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup Powered by Larson's (10/8/2012)

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NATIONAL NEWS:

US Supreme Court Denies Certiorari in MSP Case Hadden v. U.S.

9th Circ. Rules Widow Gets Another Day in Court in Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act Case.

WCRI Study: 1 in 12 Injured Workers Prescribed Narcotics Remain on Opioids Months Later.

Employers Seek Higher Self-Insured Retention Levels to Keep WC Costs Down.

Majority of Insurers Expect Rise in Workers Comp Fraud Losses.

NCCI A2 Insurer Rating Affirmed by Moody’s.

NCCI Posts Underwriting Committee Agenda and Minutes.

STATE NEWS:

AL: Insurance Dept Posts Notice of Rate Hearing Scheduled Nov. 7.

AL: A.M. Best Withdraws Ratings of Alabama Self Insured Work Comp Fund.

AZ: NCCI Recommends 4 Percent Rate Increase.

CA: State Fund Board Votes for 7% Rate Decrease for 2013; $100M Dividends in 2012.

CA: WCIRB Report Details Improvements to WC System After SB 863 in Effect.

CA: WCIRB Submits Amended Jan. 1, 2013 Filing.

CA: WCIRB Says Effect of SB 863 Depends on Implementation of Rules.

CA: Governor Vetoes AB 889 Workers Comp, Labor Protections for Domestic Workers.

CA: DWC Sends Out Annual Fraud Warning Notice to all Stakeholders in WC System.

CA: DWC Medical Treatment Guideline Advisory Committee Set to Begin Work.

CO: DWC Posts Notice of Hearing on Traumatic Brain Injury Medical Treatment Guidelines.

DE: Rating Bureau Seeks 40 Percent WC Rate Increase.

DE: GOP Candidate for Insurance Commissioner Calls on Incumbent to Reject Rate Increase.

FL: NCCI Recommends 6.1 Percent Rate Increase.

FL: Insurance Regulators Hold Hearing on Rate Increase.

HI: Martin Welch Named CEO of HEMIC.

ID: IC Posts Proposed Changes to Admin Rules for WC Benefits.

ID: IC Post Proposed Rule Changes to Medical Fees.

KY: DWC Posts Mileage Rate for Oct. 1 Through Dec. 31.

KY: DWC Launches Online Open Records System.

MA: WC Billing Company to Pay $1M for Alleged Overcharging of Prescription Drugs.

MI: WCA Posts Latest Travel Reimbursement Rates.

MN: Governor Announces Judgeship Vacancy on Workers Comp Court of Appeals.

MN: DLI Says State’s Fatal Work Injuries Decreased in 2011.

MO: Christopher T. Archer to Receive Tenth Annual Workers’ Comp Distinguished Lawyer Award.

MT: DLI Reports 49 Workplace Fatalities in 2011.

NE: WCC Posts Revised Rules of Procedure, Including Court Adjudicatory Changes.

NJ: Court Nixes Bid for Workers Comp Insurer to Cover Death Suit.

NY: Court Allows WC Insurer Credit for Workplace Rape Victim’s Civil Settlement Recovery.

NY: WCB Posts Temporary Suspension of Physicians Authorized to Treat IWs.

NY: WCB Posts Voluntary Resignation of Dr. Nahas’ Authorization to Treat IWs.

NC: Bruce Hamilton, 12 Other WC Lawyers at Teague Campbell Recognized in Best Lawyers in America.

ND: WSI Seeks New Members for Board of Directors.

OH: BWC Awards More Than $300K to Support Workplace Safety.

OK: Senate President Pro Tem Says WC Reform at Top of Agenda.

PA: Pennsylvania Bar Assoc. Announces Applications Now Open for WC Specialty Certification.

SC: WCC Payment Allowance Limits for Medicare Part B Drugs Oct 2012-Dec 2012.

TN: Governor Calls for WC Reform, Cites Recent Dept of Labor Report.

TX: TDI-TWC Approves 12 to Self-Insure for Workers Comp Claims.

UT: Labor Commission Adopts Code of Judicial Conduct for All ALJs.