Despite his promises, President Trump may not be draining the swamp. But in the California workers’ comp world, the medical provider swamp is being drained, little by little. Yesterday came word that scores of physicians up and down the state had been charged in a kickback scheme involving compound medications, transdermal creams, and urine tests. Allegedly,

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Most of the focus of various workers’ comp studies are on the “back end” of workers’ comp. By that, I mean studies on medical costs, the litigation process, indemnity cost trends, loss adjustment and medical cost containment expense, prescribing practices, provider abuse and the litany of other topics that I cover in this blog from time

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We’re starting to get more input from the California WCAB on what constitutes a “violent act”. In May 2016 the WCAB addressed the issue in Deborah Larsen v. Securitas Security Services (2016 Cal.Wrk.Comp.P.D.LEXIS 237). Larsen was in a parking lot doing her walking patrol as a security guard when she was hit from behind by

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Another attack on the constitutionality of independent medical review in California workers’ comp has failed. A second California Court of Appeal district has now ruled that independent medical review (IMR) is constitutional. That’s the bottom line in the March 29, 2017 California Court of Appeal Third Appellate District case of Daniel Ramirez v. WCAB (see

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A California Superior Court judge has now dismissed an attempt to sue the California Division of Workers’ Compensation on theories of gender discrimination. The decision came on a demurrer to the various alleged causes of action. Currently it is unknown whether an appeal will be filed. Here is the decision filed March 21, 2017 by

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