The California Division of Workers’ Comp is going back to the drawing board on possible changes to the medical-legal fee schedule. A public meeting to discuss a possible new schedule has been announced for October 17 in Oakland. A large turnout is likely. After all, some possible changes to the current med-legal fee schedule met

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The recent California Department of Industrial Relations report on IMR (see link below) isn’t full of surprises. The 2018 report is one of a series of annual reports on IMR. This one examines 2017 data on Independent Medical Review (IMR). One gets the feeling we’ve seen this rodeo before. Still, some of the stats seem

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The 2018 California legislative session is over. My last post, “Home Stretch”, detailed the California workers’ comp bills that were under consideration as the session neared its close: http://www.workerscompzone.com/2018/08/29/home-stretch/ All of those bills have passed and are now with Governor Brown. To recap, that includes the following: • AB 479 (Gonzalez Fletcher) (addresses rating criteria

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We’re in the 2018 legislative home stretch, as the session will end in the next couple days. As of late yesterday many of the workers’ comp bills were still awaiting final action, although several had already made it to Governor Brown’s desk. Interestingly, AB 2496 (Gonzalez Fletcher) had made it to the Governor’s desk but

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The California Supreme Court has now issued a decision in the closely watched case King v. CompPartners (see link to the decision below). In its decision the California Supreme Court finds that the workers’ compensation system is the exclusive remedy of a worker harmed by the utilization review process. In doing so the court rejects

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