The U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit has now handed a big win to the architects of the SB 863 reforms. The case is Angelotti Chiropractic et al v. Baker (see link to the opinion below). Angelotti was a constitutional challenge to the lien activation fee provisions of SB 863. At the trial court level in

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Tomorrow CAAA begins its summer confab in Las Vegas. As usual, there will be interesting theories and speculation on the direction of California workers’ comp law. But the site of the conference got me wondering. What’s new in Nevada’s workers’ comp law? The answer seems to be “telemedicine”. Telemedicine software provider CloudVisit claims in a

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One of the most significant issues on the workers’ comp horizon is how the courts will deal with the so-called “new economy”. What are the requirements for workers’ comp coverage in the “shared economy”? Uber, the most prominent of the new “shared economy” employers, is hitting some legal speed-bumps. Uber, of course, is just one

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We are Gawandeans. That’s the message from the DWC to the workers’ comp community. The Gawandean message was delivered in a presentation to CHSWC on June 4 by Dr. Rupali Das, DWC Executive Medical Director. The presentation by Das was titled “Providing Better Care to Workers: Independent Medical Review and MTUS” (A link to materials

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The $120 million “Return to Work” fund (to compensate workers whose permanent disability payments were disproportionately low in relation to their wage losses) was enacted in 2012 but not designed and instituted by the DWC until 2015. Questions have swirled around how the fund would be designed, administered, and funded. Among those was the question

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