Fraud Conviction Challenged

A federal jury took less than a day to consider the evidence and decide to convict Sam Saris Solakyan on 12 felony counts of masterminding a multi-million-dollar workers’ comp medical kickback and fraud scheme. The owner of Vital Imaging Inc. in Glendale and the San Diego MRI Institute is due back in court next Monday … Read More »

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Following the Money

On November 30, the Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) held a scheduled two-hour open microphone for people to discuss how to improve the delivery of medical care in the workers’ compensation system. The forum did not last that long. There was a curious accumulation of payers and providers and advocates offering observations and criticisms that … Read More »

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Five Claims Shops Failed DWC Audit In 2020

The Division of Workers’ Compensation’s Audit and Enforcement unit’s review of 36 claims adjusting locations last year found one in ten injured workers shortchanged on their workers’ comp benefits. The auditors reviewed 2,822 claims and found that 284 injured workers were owed nearly $333,000 in unpaid workers’ comp indemnity benefits. The results are detailed in … Read More »

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Gov. Newsom Vetoes One, Signs Three Others

California Gov. Gavin Newsom recently vetoed the most prominent workers’ comp bill sent to his desk this year and still has several days to act on legislation that passed this year. Following in the steps of his predecessor, Newsom rejected a bill addressing issues of potential discrimination in apportionment decisions. Newsom’s veto message for SB … Read More »

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Copy Service Fee Schedule Still in Play

The Division of Workers’ Compensation is reviewing pages of comments and over an hour of public testimony that offered both support and criticism of its proposal to update California’s copy service fee schedule. The proposal would increase the flat-fee payments by $45 or 25% and institute a new meet and confer process intended to cut … Read More »

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Forum Conveniens

To the casual observer, it may seem like a contradiction. The Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB) gave notice that it was going to amend its Rules of Practice and Procedure, … Read More »

Intended Consequences

Earlier this year, April 1st to be exact, the Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) adopted changes to the Medical-Legal Fee Schedule (MLFS). This is the schedule governing the payment of … Read More »