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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On Any Given Workday

On any given workday, hundreds of claims professionals are going door to door throughout our communities interviewing doctors for Medical Provider Networks (MPNs).

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Predesignation Rule Changes For Chiropractors Draws Opposition

The chiropractic community is objecting mightily to proposed rules which would limit how long a chiropractor can serve as the primary treating physician (PTP) for an injured worker. The California Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) has proposed a new definition of what constitutes a “chiropractic visit.” As always there are various sides to the issue … Read More »

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Workers’ Comp Executive Endorses for Primaries

It’s that time again: California primary elections. Many qualified choices are vying for coveted statewide spots that affect our readers and their clients and community, including governor and insurance commissioner. Republicans hope to keep both these spots in their column, but there is some tough competition from Democrats. At the national level, Barbara “Call me … Read More »

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E-Billing Deadline Has Government Entities Crying Foul

The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) asked for community input on proposed regulations for submitting bills electronically in California’s workers’ comp system, and it got plenty of feedback. But one of the most sought-after changes for the draft regulations has an uphill battle if it is going to be implemented anytime soon. What item is … Read More »

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Cost Containment Is Expensive, But Supporters Say Data Prove It’s Effective

SAN FRANCISCO—The old adage of nothing ventured nothing gained seems to have held true once again in the wonderful world of workers’ comp. New data from the California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWCI) reveal that spending on medical cost containment services has risen sharply in recent years, but overall reduction in average medical care payments for … Read More »

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Governor Signs Off On Tweaks To Post-Reform Bills

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger showed some flexibility as well as some muscle in judging workers’ comp legislation passed this session. He held firm to California’s reform on permanent disability, nixing proposed benefits increases. But he also signed bills relaxing requirements related to the medical utilization schedule and temporary disability. By signing legislation that tweaks previous workers’ … Read More »

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Labor Seeks To Soften Physical Medicine Caps

California lawmakers once again are eyeing the 24-visit cap placed on chiropractic, occupational therapy, and physical therapy treatments instituted by SB 228, which was signed into law in 2003. Labor representatives have rallied for alternatives to the bill since its inception, claiming that the cap is too restrictive and in some cases does much more … Read More »

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