Alternative MPN Bill Downgraded

Proposed legislation that threatened to undermine the curated medical provider networks that employers and insurance carriers use to keep medical costs down and fight fraud in the workers’ comp system is being downgraded. Assemblymen Eloise Gomez Reyes (D-San Bernardino) and Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) are dropping plans – for now – to create a statewide … Read More »

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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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Provider Network, Presumption Bills Causing Concern

California Legislators added a handful of bills late in the introduction period to amend the state’s workers’ comp system.  Concerns are being raised by employers and payors. Provider-focused bills seek to amend the medical provider network (MPN) and billing rules, whilst others build on the workers’ comp presumptions for public safety officers. There are not … Read More »

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AB 44 Delayed, Backers Still Eye Amendments

Backers including applicant’s attorneys of Assemblyman Eloise Gomez-Reyes’ (D-San Bernardino), herself an applicant’s attorney, bill to carve out exceptions to California’s rules for utilization review and independent medical review are still talking about returning the bill to its original form, but so far nothing substantial has materialized. Now they will have to wait a few … Read More »

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AB 44 Delayed, Backers Still Eye Amendments

Backers including applicant’s attorneys of Assemblyman Eloise Gomez-Reyes’ (D-San Bernardino), herself an applicant’s attorney,  bill to carve out exceptions to California’s rules for utilization review and independent medical review are still talking about returning the bill to its original form, but so far nothing substantial has materialized. Now they will have to wait a few weeks … Read More »

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State Fund, CIGA, Return-to-Work and Terrorist Bills Survive

The legislative session is turning the corner, and there are still a handful of workers’ comp bills in play but expect more to drop off.  One of the most controversial bills still alive is AB 44, introduced by Assemblyman and applicant’s attorney Eloise Gomez-Reyes (D-San Bernardino). It has been amended to require employers to provide immediately … Read More »

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Tragic Accounts of Terror In AB 44 Testimony

Legislative efforts to reform the way California’s workers’ comp system handles victims of terrorist attacks and workplace violence revealed the personal horrors workers at San Bernardino’s Department of Public Health experienced during and after the December 2015 attack that killed 14 and wounded 22 others. Testifying in support of AB 44 by applicant’s attorney and Assemblyman … Read More »

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