2021 Year In Review

It is time for Workers’ Comp Executive to provide a list of the most significant California workers’ compensation stories from the previous year. Some years, legislative developments like the 2012 passage of the Baker SB 863 workers’ comp reforms dominate the news. Other years’ market issues such as rising workers’ comp rates or insurance company … Read More »

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Unfinished Business

On September 30, the Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation (CHSWC) held a virtual meeting. On the agenda was a presentation by RAND on its preliminary research report … Read More »

IMR Usage Down 20% From Historical Norms

California’s independent medical review program is driving down much of the medical expense in the workers’ compensation system. But since its inception, usage has been far higher than expected. The number of IMRs – is still higher than the drafters of the Baker Workers’ Comp Reform – SB 863 expected, but full-year data for 2020 … Read More »

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DIR Nearly Ready To Study Fast Growing Funds

Department of Industrial Relations Director Katie Hagen says the Department is nearly ready to issue a request for proposals (RFP) for an in-depth study of the state’s increasingly costly Subsequent Injuries Benefits Trust Fund.  Funded by employer assessments, the amount needed each year has more than tripled since 2017 (see chart below). Some of the … Read More »

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Not Quite The Dog Days

July can often be thought of as a quiet time for those who observe the workers’ compensation system in California. The Legislature rushed through Committee deadlines before going on summer … Read More »

Controversy Dooms Claims Investigation Bill

Assembly Insurance Committee chairman Tom Daly (D-Anaheim) proposed a package of amendments to SB 335 that would eliminate the bill’s proposal to cut in half the time employers have to investigate claims and its proposal for a 70% increase in employer liabilities for medical care during that investigation. Author Sen. Dave Cortese (D-San Jose) said … Read More »

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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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