SB 1160 (Mendoza), enacted in 2016, makes a number of changes to California utilization review. One of the more unheralded provisions can be found in what has become Labor Code 4610 (o), which becomes operative January 1, 2018. Here is what L.C. 4610 (o) provides: “The administrative director shall develop a system for the mandatory

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Sam Gold passed away recently, losing a battle with lymphoma. His name will not be familiar to many of the blog’s readers, but his passing merits mention and a tribute. Sam was a sheet-metal union member who eventually sustained career ending work injury. For years he was represented by Frank Russo, now one of my

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You’re hungry, so you go to what looks like a restaurant. But a bunch of the entrances are blocked, and they’re making you wait and wonder if you will get in. Some of the staff say that they can’t serve you. You call the place and some calls aren’t returned. Persistent, after a bunch of

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