April 1, 2018 is just around the corner. That’s when the new California workers’ comp prescription formulary will take effect for pre-2018 injuries. Under the DWC regs (see link at bottom of this post) doctors are to have filed reports by April 1, 2018 detailing weaning and tapering plans for non-exempt, unlisted or compound drugs.

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Frank Brass recently retired from the WCAB after over a decade and a half as a WCAB Commissioner.  The retirement, which occurred at the end of January 2018, has not been widely publicized. Workerscompzone wishes him all the best in his well-deserved retirement. Brass was appointed to the WCAB in 2001 and was reappointed in

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An eagerly awaited 2018 report on the future of health care in California fails to mention workers’ compensation at all. The report, dated March 12, 2018, is under the aegis of University of California San Francisco and is titled “A Path to Universal Coverage and Unified Health Care Financing in California”. The report, written by

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One of the recent most closely watched California workers’ comp cases has now been decided. The case is County of San Diego v. WCAB (Christopher Pike), a 2018 case out of the California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division One (see link to the decision at the bottom of this post). The case generated enough

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In 2017 there was quite a flap in the California legislature over a single-payer healthcare bill. That bill, SB 562, known as “The Healthy California Act”, passed the California Senate  in June 2017 by 23 to 17 on essentially a party-line vote. Sponsored by the California Nurses Union, a panoply of labor organizations and liberal activist groups joined

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