Democrat Proposal A Major Cost Driver For Employers

California employers can expect to pay more, a lot more, if a proposed bill to create a state-run wraparound medical provider network (MPN) becomes law. Experts note that employers will pay millions to develop and maintain this state-run all-encompassing network. The proposed change will drive up the cost of care by losing network discounts on … Read More »

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Return-To-Work Fund Edged Towards Full Expenditure Before Pandemic

The Baker SB 863 workers’ comp reforms created a special $120 million fund to give supplemental payments to injured employees who could not return to their at-injury employer. Eligible injured employees who apply get $5,000 each, but the program has never spent all that it has to give. Could this be the year? Not likely, … Read More »

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Abuse Of Copy Service Rules

Employers and copy service providers over the years have aired a litany of complaints against each other over alleged billing and payment abuses. The state’s adoption of a new copy service fee schedule in 2015 eliminated some of the acrimony. But comments on the state’s proposed new workers’ comp copy service fee schedule update show … Read More »

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Legislative Questions Abound Amid The COVID-19 Shut-Down

California’s Legislature will have an abbreviated session to conduct the people’s business, and sources say legislators are being warned to limit their asks in light of the tightened timeframes. New bills addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, including new presumption measures covering workers in the different industries with a greater exposure to the virus, are under discussion … Read More »

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Draft Copy Service Fee Schedule Raises Concerns On Both Sides

A Division of Workers’ Compensation draft proposal to increase the base pay rate for copying workers’ comp records by 16.7% is being derided as too little of an increase by many copy companies.   But defense-oriented organizations have concerns about proposals for the automatic cost of living adjustments and other issues. The Division is currently reviewing … Read More »

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No Delays In Medical Care Found By State Auditor

A state audit of workers’ comp injuries suffered by workers and inmates alike at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation was conducted. It found that medical treatment authorizations are occurring promptly and that many received immediate care for their injuries (see chart page 10). The Auditor’s findings are bad news for California Applicants’ Attorneys … Read More »

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Major Amendments Before Summer Recess

As the California Legislature approached its Summer Recess, the workers’ compensation community was not unlike the old traditional James Bond martini – shaken, not stirred. The year began with no expectations of significant legislation dealing with workers’ compensation per se, although the California Applicant Attorneys Association (CAAA) has two pieces of legislation, Assembly Bill 1107 … Read More »

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