More Presumption Bills

The Senate Labor, Public Employment, and Retirement committee advanced without opposition a bill to expand an existing workers’ comp presumption for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It will provide the presumption to more public safety officers and others involved in emergency response. Legislators also amended another presumption bill to expand coverage and yet another to make … Read More »

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Community Calls For Med-Legal System Reform

The Division of Workers’ Compensation says it will begin forming stakeholder groups to work on rewriting the state’s medical-legal fee schedule (MLFS) and the rules surrounding the delivery and review of medical records. State officials got an earful at a hearing last week from qualified medical evaluators (QMEs) who are fed up with outdated pay … Read More »

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Attorneys Fees and Firefighters Both Advance

The business community says that AB 1687, a bill that would expand attorneys’ fees in utilization review (UR) disputes, could cost employers, especially cities and counties, between $60,000 and $280,000 annually. AB 1687, authored by Paul Fong (D-Mountain View), would authorize the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board to award attorneys fees incurred by injured workers in … Read More »

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Lien Bill Promises Millions in Savings

“We would prefer to plow savings, such as those achieved in SB 863, into PD benefits. We don’t have plans on moving a PD bill this year, but things are always subject to change.” —Angie Wei, California Labor Federation Legislation that would reform the way workers’ comp liens are adjudicated and resolved will be heard … Read More »

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Opponents Warm Up to WCIS Legislation

State Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) won over at least one convert to his quest to improve reporting to the Workers’ Compensation Information System (WCIS) — California’s data repository for workers’ comp claims information — and he is working on a compromise with other business leaders in the workers’ comp community. That news was enough … Read More »

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Employers Say Legislation Will Create Giant Fee Schedule Loophole

Employers are challenging public sector-backed legislation that would allow full reimbursement of benefits used by employer-funded health care trusts to treat injured workers if a claim is denied but later shown to be compensable. SB 457, authored by Ron Calderon (D-Montebello), is so broad that employers say it will permit injured workers to seek care from … Read More »

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Bill Would Penalize Payers for WCIS Noncompliance

A bill that would levy penalties against workers’ comp insurers and self-insured employers for failure to report data to the Workers’ Compensation Information System is causing angst among employers and carriers. Despite being sponsored by a business group, SB 826, authored by Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), has payers concerned about implementation of the penalty structure … Read More »

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