Treatment Guideline For Chinese Coronavirus Released

A new clinical guideline for treating injured workers who contract COVID-19 has been recommended by the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. ACOEM’s guideline says hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine is recommended as possible treatments for injured workers who are moderately to severely affected by the Chinese coronavirus. It adds that azithromycin can be prescribed in … Read More »

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UR Reforms, Drug Formulary Boost Treatment Approvals

Recent reforms that established a prescription drug formulary for California’s workers’ comp system, and which created a utilization review exemption for many treatments rendered during the first 30 days of an injury, are boosting treatment approval rates for injured workers. A new study using industry claims data indicates that additional reforms could decrease the number … 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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WCAB Says Working Days Are Non-Holiday Weekdays

The Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board says in a new significant panel decision that Saturdays do not count in the calculation of working days for completing a utilization review (UR) decision. Labor Code section 4610 allows for five working days to modify, deny or delay a medical treatment request via utilization review and Saturday is not … Read More »

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No Delays In Medical Care Found By State Auditor

A state audit of workers’ comp injuries suffered by workers and inmates alike at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation was conducted. It found that medical treatment authorizations are occurring promptly and that many received immediate care for their injuries (see chart page 10). The Auditor’s findings are bad news for California Applicants’ Attorneys … 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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Workers Comp Appeals Board At Full Strength

Former Gov. Jerry Brown’s final appointment to the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board is now all but confirmed. WCAB Commissioner Craig Snellings (see photo nearby), easily cleared a Senate Rules Committee confirmation hearing on a unanimous vote and is expected to be confirmed by the full Senate after it returns from summer recess. Snellings is a … 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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