The tides of the California’s workers’ comp system always come and go. It was recently announced that Ronnie Caplane, Chairperson of the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board was stepping down. Caplane has accepted a post at Zenith Insurance. In future posts there will be more time to appraise details of her legacy at the helm of the
Uber and the Boston-based plaintiff attorneys litigating O’Connor v. Uber Technologies have announced a settlement of the class action challenging the classification of Uber drivers as independent contractors. The settlement, which voids a summer trial, must be approved by U.S. District Court Judge Edward Chen. While that may well happen, an attempted resolution of a class
Could utilization review physicians and UR provider companies face liability lawsuits filed by injured workers alleging they were damaged by the administration of the UR process? Perhaps. That appears to be possible under certain circumstances after a 2016 decision by the California Court of Appeal 4th District, Kirk King v. CompPartners (see link to the decision
Does California’s workers’ comp system lack sufficient tools to deal with abuse by avaricious medical providers? That’s a primary premise of a recent series by Christina Jewett, writing for The Center for Investigative Reporting. I’ve included links at the bottom of this post to three articles in the series which has been featured on Revealnews.org.
The cost of administering California workers’ comp benefits is starting to swamp the cost of the benefits the system delivers. That’s scary from a policy standpoint. Consider these figures: Not only did medical cost containment rose 272.9% from 2002 to 2013 but also The % of medical dollar spent on treatment decreases from 81.8% in