Workers’ Comp Bills Clear House Of Origin Before Deadline

California legislators advanced one bill that would sharply curtail the amount of time employers have to investigate workers’ comp claims and passed two others that expand the state’s presumptions that certain conditions are industrially caused. However, a third presumption measure for the healthcare sector and COVID-19 failed to clear the Senate before the June 4th … Read More »

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Telemedicine Increasing in Workers’ Comp

Stay at home orders to limit the spread of Chinese coronavirus infections have curtailed much of the on-site medical treatment that usually takes place in the workers’ comp system. One specialty provider notes that referrals are down 40%, and demand for its transportation service is down over 60%. While some workers’ comp providers see adversity … Read More »

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Spotlight on Providers’ Adherence To Treatment Guidelines

A new law will soon shine a spotlight on the workers’ comp doctors who are frequently recommending treatments that do not adhere to California’s evidence-based medical treatment utilization schedule (MTUS). The legislation, SB 537 by Sen. Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo), calls on the Division of Workers’ Compensation to list the active providers in the system … Read More »

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Satisfaction Rates Up For California’s Workers’ Comp System

Labor and employer representatives on the Commission on Health, Safety and Workers’ Compensation (CHSWC) will be hearing tomorrow that California’s injured workers by and large are satisfied with the medical care they are receiving for their industrial injuries. Researchers will also note that injured workers’ are typically able to access care in a timely manner. … Read More »

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DWC Moves To Implement SB 863 Reforms For MPNs

DIR officials are floating the idea of abdicating their oversight responsibility for California’s medical provider networks, (MPNs), to another state agency with little if any workers’ comp experience. The result according to some is an exciting development as they figure another agency won’t have the insight or wherewithal to understand the regulation of MPNs as … Read More »

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Supreme Court Takes Up Valdez Case

The California Supreme Court has agreed to a request from the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board and the defense bar to review a lower court’s ruling. The case is Valdez v. … Read More »

Industry Asks Supreme Court to Void Workers’ Comp Appellate Decision: Valdez Case

Defense attorneys joined by the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB) are asking the California Supreme Court to take up and overturn a published appellate court decision.  It is the Valdez case the Defense guys argue runs counter to the Legislature’s intent in establishing medical provider networks (MPNs) for the California workers’ comp system. Not surprisingly, the … Read More »

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UR, Medical Provider Networks Are Hot-Button Issues at Forums

A number of common issues and problems were raised at each stop of the listening tour that Department of Industrial Relations Director Christine Baker and Division of Workers’ Compensation Administrative Director Rosa Moran have been on this month, but few issues generated as much comment as medical provider networks (MPNs) and utilization review (UR). These … Read More »

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