National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup Powered by Larson's (11/26/2012)

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup Powered by Larson's (11/26/2012)

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NATIONAL NEWS:

US Attorney, Coventry Enter Into Civil Agreement Related to Medicare Set-Asides.

NAIC CEO Dr. Therese M. Vaughan to Depart November 30.

HHS Proposes Rules re ACA Wellness Programs, Nondiscrimination, Exchanges.

STATE NEWS:

AZ: Court Rules Legislature Can Raid State Comp Fund to Balance Budget.

CA: WCIRB Preparing for Decision and Issuance of 2013 Experience Modification.

CA: Private Data Released for 2,700 WC Claimants Who Had Spinal Surgery in So. Cal.

CO: Governor Appoints Three to Workers’ Compensation Special Self-Insured Fund.

DE: House Lawmakers to Make Workers Comp a Priority in Next Session.

GA: Federal Judge Rules Ex-Atlanta Falcons Players Cannot Seek WC in California.

GA: Physicians Weigh Plans for Workers Comp-Type System for Medical Malpractice.

IL: Dept of Insurance Published Proposed Rules Re Medical Electronic Billing (p. 16137).

IL: IWCC Adopts Rules Re Alcohol Drug Testing, Fee Schedule Changes (p. 16349 et seq.).

IL: IWCC Posts Reminder That Physician-Dispensed Medication Rules Effective Nov. 20.

IL: IWCC Posts New Process for Requesting Files.

MD: Baltimore City Leads in State for Workers Comp Claim Awards.

MI: Judge Orders All WC Hearings to Be Held in Locality Where Injury Occurred.

MT: Montana State Fund Declares $10M Dividend.

OR: Medical Advisory Committee Examines Calif’s Reforms: Independent Medical Review.

OR: WCD Posts Revised Procedural Rules, Rulemaking, Hearings, Attorney Fees.

OR: WCD Posts Revised Bulletin Re WCD Request for Hearing Form.

OR: WCD Posts Revised Bulletin Re Attorney Fees.

PA: Volunteer Fire Depts Losing WC Coverage as a Result of New Cancer Law.

SC: WCC Launches Notification of Midterm Cancellation of Insurance Coverage Registration.

SC: WCC Posts Business Meeting Report Nov. 13, 2012.

TX: Texas Mutual Wraps Up $150M Dividend Distribution.

TX: DWC Posts Changes to Conversion Factors for WC Medical Fee Guidelines.

TX: TDI Posts 2012 Results Study of Impact of 2005 Workers Comp Reforms.

TX: DWC Posts Annual Change to Medical Fee Guideline Conversion Factors.