CHSWC Commissioners Pull Study Over Labor’s Concerns

Instead of approving the adoption of a research report on musculoskeletal injuries among California firefighters, the Commission on Health, Safety and Workers’ Compensation (CHSWC) instead pulled the study from its website. Commissioners are now demanding a new tete-a-tete with the report’s authors. Labor representatives to the Commission prompted the move because of  concerns about the … Read More »

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Spotlight on Providers’ Adherence To Treatment Guidelines

A new law will soon shine a spotlight on the workers’ comp doctors who are frequently recommending treatments that do not adhere to California’s evidence-based medical treatment utilization schedule (MTUS). The legislation, SB 537 by Sen. Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo), calls on the Division of Workers’ Compensation to list the active providers in the system … 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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Mental Health Presumption Signed, More Data Sought

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law a bill creating a presumption that any diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) for peace officers and firefighters is an industrial injury.  Key legislative consultants also raised concerns about the likelihood the bill will encourage fraudulent claims that will drive up costs for local governments, but it easily cleared … 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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MPN Bill Includes Small Perk for Payers

The Division of Workers’ Compensation could get a new weapon to combat the persistently high rate of independent medical review applications and decisions under legislation moving through the Capitol. Of course, it won’t come free. The same bill that would make clear that the DWC can reveal the identity of the providers driving the bulk … Read More »

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SJDB Benefit Fraud – A Growing Problem

Experienced fraud investigators say a new scam is growing in the state’s workers’ comp system. It’s targeting the Supplemental Job Displacement Benefit program and the linked $120 million Return-to-Work supplement fund administered by the Department of Industrial Relations. It’s not such a new scam after all to those who have been around long enough to … Read More »

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Applicant Attorneys, Labor All In For Expanding Dynamex Decision

The question of who or what is an independent contractor is front and center, both for wage and hour and tax issues and for workers’ comp. The state legislature will be the scene of a major fight this year over the California Supreme Court’s employee classification decision in the Dynamex case and parties on both … Read More »

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