RAND has posted its draft report on Medical -Legal reporting in California workers’ compensation. The report, authored by RAND researcher Barbara Wynn, titled “California Workers’ Compensation Medical-Legal Fee Schedule” notes that: “The California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) Division of Workers Compensation (DWC) requested that RAND review the California workers’ compensation Medical-Legal (ML) fee schedule,

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Time flies. It has been six years since the passage of the 2012 workers’ comp reform package, SB 863. And it’s been two years since the WCIRB published a November 2016 dedicated research paper monitoring the costs of SB 863 (see link below). Data isn’t everything,. It is obvious but alway needs repeating. The workers’

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Tomorrow the California Court of Appeal 1st District will be hearing oral argument in San Francisco on an important case on apportionment, City of Petaluma V. WCAB (Lindh). The case may have important implications for how the courts will handle issues of causation of injury versus causation of disability, and what the rules are where

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Will the 2018 California Supreme Court decision in Dynamex actually have less impact on California workers’ comp than some might have believed? Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court  (83 CCC 817) adopted a simpler but more broad definition of employment status, but arose only in the context of litigation over California wage orders. However,

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A lot is at stake in tomorrow’s California elections. But workers’ comp is not one of the headline issues. What are some of the knowns and what are “known unknowns” as pertains to California workers’ comp? Polls suggest that Gavin Newsom will be elected governor by a large margin. Workers’ comp is a topic that

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