New Utilization Review Regulations

Several hundred workers’ comp professionals braved exposure to the COVID 19 coronavirus pandemic to attend the Division of Workers’ Compensation’s annual educational forum in Oakland. At the conference, they heard that the Division is putting the final touches on a new regulatory package to update California’s utilization review regulations and will soon begin the formal … 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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Major Amendments Before Summer Recess

As the California Legislature approached its Summer Recess, the workers’ compensation community was not unlike the old traditional James Bond martini – shaken, not stirred. The year began with no expectations of significant legislation dealing with workers’ compensation per se, although the California Applicant Attorneys Association (CAAA) has two pieces of legislation, Assembly Bill 1107 … Read More »

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Privacy, Apportionment, Dynamex Bills Clear Houses of Origin

Bills had until the end of May to clear their house of origin to remain alive and nearly a dozen measures impacting workers’ comp in particular and the insurance industry at large remain viable. Nearly all of the bills are expected to undergo additional amendments and refinements as they make their way through the legislative … 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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