Dismissed Fraudulent Liens Could Lower X-Mods & Collateral Amounts

The California Division of Workers’ Compensation removed over $18 million in liens connected to a convicted fraudster. The liens are divided among 944 workers’ comp claims at an average amount of over $19,000. When reserves for these liens are taken down it will positively impact employers’ X-Mod’s, including some in the past. Dollars associated with … Read More »

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DWC Avoids Court Battle With Telemedicine Order

Representatives for a group of 100 plus qualified medical evaluators and a handful of QME management companies dropped plans to go to court after the Division of Workers’ Compensation issued an emergency measure authorizing telehealth services for certain med-legal evaluations. The Division is taking action in light of the state’s stay at home order to … Read More »

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QMEs, Division In Telemedicine Dispute

The group of qualified medical evaluators (QMEs) pressing the Division of Workers’ Compensation to authorize remote med-legal evaluations were less than impressed with the Department’s non-committal response to the request. The Division says it is encouraging “creative delivery methods” during the current state of emergency but is “not authorizing any particular course of action.” “It’s … Read More »

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State Auditor Faults DWC’s Handling of The QME System

The California State Auditor is taking the Division of Workers’ Compensation to task for what it calls its failed oversight of California’s qualified medical evaluator (QME) system.  The report faults the agency for not mounting an appropriate response to the declining QME population, for essentially abdicating its responsibility to police the quality of QME reports, … Read More »

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JLA Committee Approves QME, State Comp Audits

The California State Auditor is being ordered to audit the Department of Industrial Relations’ Division of Workers’ Compensation’s alleged mishandling of the qualified medical evaluator program.  It has also been asked to audit the workers’ comp programs of several state agencies which are administered by the State Compensation Insurance Fund. Tensions are high over the … Read More »

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