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VIAW Newswire 12.03.12

Posted on 18 December 2012 by admin

California SB 863: Commentary on Proposed Independent Medical Review Regulations

On November 27, 2012, the DWC posted on the DIR website proposed “emergency” regulations for implementation of the Independent Medical Review (IMR) Process pursuant to the reform language of SB863:

Insurance Commissioner Recommends Small Workers’ Comp Rate Hike

Insurers providing workers’ compensation coverage should raise average base rates for 2013 by a modest 2.8 percent, California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones

advised on Friday evening.

LA-Long Beach Port Strike Enters Second Week

A strike that’s closed most of the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex enters its second week as LA’s mayor calls for round-the-clock talks to end it.

Walmart’s New Health Care Policy Shifts Burden To Medicaid, Obamacare

Walmart, the nation’s largest private employer, plans to begin denying health insurance to newly hired employees who work fewer than 30 hours a week, according to a copy of the company’s policy obtained by The Huffington Post.

Study: Soccer Players Without Concussions Still Have Brain Damage

A small study of professional soccer players found that even those who have never experienced a concussion still have changes in the white matter of their brains, likely from routine and unprotected headers.

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