Division Gets Pushback, Support For Draft QME Regulations

Draft regulations to boost the training and educational requirements for qualified medical evaluators (QMEs), including anti-bias training that the Division of Workers’ Compensation agreed to require of QMEs two years ago, generated significant feedback from employers and providers alike. The Division is reviewing 20-some pages of comments in preparation for starting the formal rulemaking process. … Read More »

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Alleged Discrimination Lawsuit Dropped In Exchange For Training Commitment

The Division of Workers’ Compensation and a group of union employee plaintiffs alleging systemic discrimination against women in the workers’ comp system have quietly come to terms on a settlement that disposes of the litigation. Under the terms of the settlement agreement, DWC officials committed to enhancing training for workers’ comp professionals, as well to … Read More »

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AMA Guides Ratings Good Predictor of Earning Losses, Study Finds

California’s approach to paying benefits to permanently disabled workers is out of whack with reality and shifts too much money to higher-rated cases. That’s one of the initial conclusions from an ongoing study looking at permanent disability ratings under the AMA Guides. The preliminary findings from Seth Seabury of RAND Corp. indicate that earnings losses … Read More »

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Almaraz/Guzman Impact Starts to Show

Reinforcing earlier estimates, the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau (WCIRB) says employers and carriers now are spending  nearly 12% more to get cases settled since the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board issued its decision a year ago in Almaraz/Guzman, but the impact of the board’s other seminal decision is still unclear. But that doesn’t mean concerns about … Read More »

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DEU Slow to Rate Unrepresented Cases, CHSWC Says

The Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation (CHSWC) last week confirmed industry complaints that the Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) Disability Evaluation Unit has become a bottleneck preventing cases from being settled in a timely manner, but at this point it says clear solutions are lacking. But it is clear that unrepresented workers … Read More »

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