California’s Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board has issued a new “Significant Panel Decision” today, Jennifer Patterson vs. The Oaks Farm and CIGA. Patterson is notable in various respects. First, it is the first major decision authored by new WCAB Commissioner Kathy Zalewski. Second, the decision is one of the first of which I’m aware that addresses

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I’ve been attending the 2014 California Coalition on Workers’ Compensation annual conference at Disneyland, which wrapped up yesterday. On Wednesday the conference kicked off with a blogger’s panel featuring myself, insurance consultant and blogger Peter Rousmaniere, Workcompcentral.com publisher David DePaolo, and WorkersCompensation.com publisher Bob Wilson.  Mark Walls of Safety National Insurance moderated a lively discussion

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Workerscompzone is at Disneyland for the California Coalition on Workers’ Compensation 12th annual conference. One problem with these types of conferences is that there are so many interesting sessions that it’s hard to find time to sit down and do the blog. In coming days I’ll recap my impressions. But I don’t want to miss

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2014 is half done. What were the most significant events/themes in California workers’ comp in the first half of 2014? Here, in no particular order, are my top picks: 1. CONTROVERSY OVER UTILIZATION REVIEW AND INDEPENDENT MEDICAL REVIEW  CONTINUES Utilization review and independent medical review continued to generate controversy during the first half of 2014.

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If you’ve followed the blog before, you know that workerscompzone 1.0 was a fixture on the California workers’ comp scene for about seven years. During that time the blog repeatedly won awards as one of the top blogs on workers’ comp and developed a following among some policymakers, workers’ comp judges, think tank consultants, lawyers,

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