Employers, Carriers Push Back Against Med-Legal Fee Proposal

California’s employers and insurance carriers are raising concerns that the Division of Workers’ Compensation’s proposed med-legal fee schedule (MLFS) update will increase costs more than is projected and, worse, create new friction points in the system. Employers assert the proposal does little to prevent billing abuse and that the Division’s proposal fails to ensure high-quality … Read More »

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DWC Issues Formal Proposal For Med-Legal Fees

The Division of Workers’ Compensation is moving forward with a formal proposal to give the state’s qualified medical evaluators (QMEs) a 25% pay raise – their first pay increase in well over a decade. Informal drafts previously circulated for public comment are highly controversial, generating hundreds of pages of comments. The formal proposal maintains much … 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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Auditor: State Agencies Paying Too Much for Workers’ Comp

California State Auditor Elaine Howle says some state agencies that opted to purchase workers’ compensation coverage from the State Compensation Insurance Fund rather than participate in the state’s master agreement with the quasi-governmental carrier ended up paying far more than they should. The audit looked at 10 of the 32 state agencies that opted to … Read More »

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Is DWC Slow Walking The Med-Legal Fee Update?

Qualified medical evaluators (QMEs) haven’t seen an increase in fees in 13 years, and the examiners say their numbers are shrinking to record lows as a result. Complaints that the Division of Workers’ Compensation is dragging its heels are growing as it appears the DWC is either headed back to the drawing board for an … Read More »

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Industry Pushes Back Over Proposed WCAB Rules

The workers’ comp community expressed “serious concerns” about several aspects of the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board’s proposal to update its rules of practice and procedure. The proposal generated well over 100 pages of comments, and this was after a preliminary vetting through the informal forum process. One important area of dispute is a proposed definition … Read More »

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Draft Copy Service Fee Schedule Raises Concerns On Both Sides

A Division of Workers’ Compensation draft proposal to increase the base pay rate for copying workers’ comp records by 16.7% is being derided as too little of an increase by many copy companies.   But defense-oriented organizations have concerns about proposals for the automatic cost of living adjustments and other issues. The Division is currently reviewing … Read More »

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