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Workers' Compensation News

McCarty Gives Tentative Nod to 6.1% Rate Hike 10/29/2012
State: FL | Segment: EAST | 177 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Florida Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty said on Friday he plans to approve a 6.1% rate increase called for by the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) to take effect on Jan. 1, 2013.McCarty released the 10-page order on Friday that rejected NCCI's filing because of ...Read More
Motorcycle Dealership Worker's Fall on Stairs Was Compensable 10/25/2012
By: Sherri Okamoto (Legal Reporter)
State: MO | Segment: CENTRAL | 240 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A motorcycle dealership employee's slip and fall down a flight of stairs which separated two showrooms was a compensable accident because the worker was not equally exposed to the risk that caused his injury in his normal non-employment life, the Court of Appeals ruled....Read More
Maximum Weekly Income Benefit Increases to $728 on Jan. 1 10/25/2012
State: NE | Segment: CENTRAL | 185 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Effective Jan. 1, 2013, the maximum weekly income benefit under the Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Act will increase to $728, the Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Court announced on Tuesday.The amount applies to work-related injuries and illnesses occurring on or after Jan. 1, ...Read More
Meningitis Infection Rate Continues to Grow 10/23/2012
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 323 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The number of individuals who developed meningitis after receiving tainted steroid injections stands at 297 as of Monday afternoon, more than four times the number of when federal authorities first reported the outbreak on Oct. 6.According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prev...Read More
Meadowbrook Takes $31.4M Hit on Reserves in 3rd Quarter 10/22/2012
By: Jim Sams (Senior Editor)
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 177 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Meadowbrook Insurance Group said on Friday it will write down $31.4 million in the third quarter of 2012 to boost loss reserves, with $8.5 million of that going to increase workers' compensation reserves for accident years 2009 and 2010."We are very disappointed with our 2012 calenda...Read More
MCO Opposes Proposals to Expand Provider Authority 10/18/2012
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: OR | Segment: WEST | 184 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Nurses and chiropractors on Friday told Oregon’s Access to Medical Treatment Subcommittee that they should have more authority in treating patients, but a managed care organization said most access problems would not be resolved by doing so.Currently, a nurse practitioner is author...Read More
Mine Deaths and Injuries Fall to All-Time Low 10/18/2012
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 367 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Mining fatalities and injuries declined to an all-time low last year, according to the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA).MSHA released its 2011 statistics on Monday and said the fatality rate for the nation's mining industry was 0.114 per 200,000 hours worked. The age...Read More
MLAC to Discuss Opioids, Premium Ranking 10/17/2012
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: OR | Segment: WEST | 114 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Oregon Management-Labor Advisory Committee (MLAC) will review a position paper on opioid use, a report on the feasibility of establishing an occupational health and education program and the recent premium rate ranking study at an Oct. 26 meeting in Salem.Dr. Franklin Wong, a member ...Read More
MPN Rules Provide Safeguards for Employers and Injured Workers 10/16/2012
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 985 | 0 | Popular with Legal
By Greg Jones, Western Bureau ChiefStakeholders say they expect new rules that take effect in 2013 and 2014 will give California employers more tools to keep injured workers from treating outside of their provider network...Read More
Mandatory Reporting Audits to Begin with Group Health Insurers 10/15/2012
State: NA | Segment: Top | 822 | 0 | Popular with Legal
By Michael Whiteley, Eastern Bureau ChiefThe U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will soon start auditing group health plans to ensure that carriers are complying with the reporting requirements of the Medicare Second...Read More
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