RAND Study Fails to Consider Major Issues

Cal/OSHA is proposing an indoor heat prevention regulation. It will when effective, affect some 196,000 employers and about 1.4 million employees. The new regulation will cost employers between $657 million and $1.132 billion during the time frame between 2023 and 2032, according to a Standard Regulatory Impact Assessment commissioned by the Department of Industrial Relations. … Read More »

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Temp Workers and Workers’ Comp

New studies indicate that temp workers are likely to have a more significant loss of income following an industrial injury than their direct-hire counterparts in the same lines of work. However, the same research shows that workers’ comp benefits and settlements are making up for these additional losses to keep them on an even footing … Read More »

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Report Recommends Updates To Med-Legal Schedule

California’s effort to update its medical-legal fee schedule should focus on ways to fairly reimburse qualified medical evaluators (QMEs) for the most complex cases without creating an incentive to spend more time than necessary to maximize payments. Instead, researchers from Rand Corp. say that the state should focus on extending its flat-rate payment system to … Read More »

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Labor, Employers Back New DWC Administrative Director

Division of Workers’ Compensation Administrative Director George Parisotto faced stiff questioning during his confirmation hearing from members of the Senate Rules Committee about the Division’s handling of utilization review issues, qualified medical evaluators, and its anti-fraud efforts but in the end, he sailed through on a unanimous vote. Parisotto’s appointment also received universal support from … Read More »

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California’s Drug War – Formulary Debate Heats Up

Competing firms that develop medical treatment guidelines and prescription drug formularies are stepping up the rhetoric as California moves to implement a formulary for the state’s workers’ comp system. The Division of Workers’ Compensation is moving to adopt a workers’ comp prescription drug formulary as directed by AB 1124 that passed last year. Under the … Read More »

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RTW Benefit Regulations – At the Very Least Laughable or Worse

  by J Dale Debber The Department of Industrial Relations has issued long-awaited proposed regulations to establish how injured workers will get a share of the $120 million that employers are paying in to a special fund. The regulation proposes to base eligibility solely on the receipt of a supplemental job displacement benefit (SJDB) voucher … Read More »

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Opinions Differ On The Cost Impact Of The RBRVS Switch

California’s move to a Medicare-based payment system for workers’ comp providers is expected to increase costs for the state’s employers, but the amount of that increase is under debate. Some even question whether there will be any increase attributable to the new resource-based relative value scale (RBRVS) fee schedule itself and say inflationary adjustments alone … Read More »

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Report IDs Parameters For New $120M Supplemental Benefits Fund

Researchers estimate that 10,000 to 20,000 injured workers a year would be able to dip into the $120 million pool that SB 863 created to compensate workers with disproportionate earning losses following a workers’ comp injury. The employer funded pool – the Special Earnings Loss Supplement (SELS) – is expected to begin handing out money … Read More »

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