Interest in the difference between California workers’ comp as practiced in Northern vs. Southern California continues to build. This was the topic at the 2016 WCIRB Annual Workers’ Compensation Conference in San Francisco, framed as “The California Conundrum. One System. Many Outcomes”. I missed that meeting, but David DePaolo has done three thoughtful blog posts

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Provider fraud cases continue to generate big headlines in California workers’ comp. Last week the Orange County DA refiled charges against Dr. Kareem Ahmed and a number of other prominent Southern California physicians regarding an alleged fraudulent billing and kickback scheme. Today on Workcompcentral.com is a featured article noting a Riverside County indictment of Peyman

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Tonight I received word that Rosa Moran has died. Most recently Moran had been on medical leave from her post as a Workers’ Compensation Judge in Oakland. In 2011  Governor Brown appointed her as the Administrative Director of the Division of Workers’ Compensation. Her tenure there was turbulent and short. With DIR head Christine Baker,

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Recently I had the pleasure of speaking to a large QME training course, sponsored by the California Orthopedic Association. Joined by WCJ Noah Tempkin and defense attorney William Tappin, the focus of my segment of the training panel, held at Orange County’s Ritz-Carlton Resort at Laguna Niguel, was on “Almaraz/Guzman: What Works and What Doesn’t

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Under what circumstances can a Maximus Independent Medical Review Determination be appealed? Under Labor Code 4610.6(h), the grounds for appealing an IMR determination are very limited. Challenges to the constitutionality of the IMR statute are currently pending, but the odds seem long that California courts will reject the IMR statute altogether. So court decisions clarifying

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