An excellent July 12 piece on Independent Medical Review by Greg Jones of Workcompcentral.com notes a troubling trend.It seems that some IMR decisions are being rendered without the IMR physician reviewer having the medical records.As of 7/1/13 IMR is now in effect for medical disputes for all dates of injury, even injuries that occurred decades

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The DWC has now issued yet another set of proposed voucher regulations.Since the end of 2012 the DWC has been operating under emergency voucher regulations, which were recently readopted. The Division is currently on its 3rd 15 day comment period for the regs. A link to these can be found at the bottom of this

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The California Division of Workers’ Compensation has been given more breathing room to complete final regulations.Currently the DWC is still operating under temporary regulations adopted in late 2012 as “emergency regulations”on the following matters:-supplemental job displacement benefit vouchers-QMEs-Independent Medial Review-Independent Bill Review-interpreter services-lien filing feesFinal regs are being drafted on all of these, with many

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