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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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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Legislative Agenda Includes Full Card Of AB 5 Exemption Bills

Legislators rushed to beat last week’s deadline for bill introductions and submitted dozens of measures that could impact California’s workers’ comp system. Over two dozen bills seek to carve out new exemptions to last year’s AB 5 legislation. AB 5 is the highly controversial legislation that codified and enlarged the Dynamex decision’s ABC test for … 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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