The California WCAB has issued an en banc decision that provides an answer as to how the workers’ comp system will define a catastrophic injury. The opinion in Kris Wilson v. State of California Cal-Fire can be found at the end of this post. How “catastrophic” would be defined has been a source of speculation

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One of the most contentious issues in this year’s Sacramento legislative session is the debate over several bills which would define who is designated an employee under California laws. There are three pending bills (see links at the end of this post): AB 5 (Gonzalez) would essentially require the “ABC” test that was used by

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More dominoes have fallen in the matter concerning former DIR director Christine Baker. The California State Personnel Board has issued an April 9, 2019 “Special Investigation Report” (see link at bottom of this post) involving nepotism by Baker during her tenure at DIR. This report fleshes out additional details regarding many of the matters outlined

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The Center for Investigative Reporting recently published another revealing story on questionable workers’ comp claims handling at the Tesla factory in Fremont, California. This April 2019 piece (see link below), by investigative journalist Will Evans, focuses on a cozy relationship between Tesla and Dr. Basil Besh, a prominent Bay Area orthopedic upper-extremity specialist. The article

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After the 2012 reforms most of the attention went to IMR and the huge volume of UR disputes that wound up on the doorstep of Maximus, the DWC’s IMR provider. IBR, on the other hand, has gotten almost no attention. One would have thought that there was little friction between payors and medical providers over

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