Several weeks ago Pulitzer Prize winning poet Philip Levine died. Levine was widely hailed as one of America’s leading poets of the past 50 years. His poetry often focused on themes of working people. Over the years I’d read an occasional Levine poem, but never paid that much attention to his work. Levine had a

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Would you like to be a California workers’ comp judge? That was a question posed to me at a recent party by an acquaintance who has no experience with the workers’ comp field. The answer is no. But it got me thinking. It was a subject I recently discussed with one of the judges and

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The writ in Dubon II has been denied. The constitutionality of the IMR system in in play in the pending Stevens case. Meanwhile, another interesting case involving UR and IMR was recently decided by the WCAB. Thanks to the LexisNexis Legal Newsroom on Workers’ Compensation and attorney Robert Rassp for bringing the case of Loretta

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The DWC has posted on its website the RAND Corporations’s study on home health care in workers’ compensation. The study, titled “Home Health Care for California’s Injured Workers: Options for Implementing a Fee Schedule” can be found here: www.dir.ca.gov/dwc/Reports/HomeHealthCareCAIW.pdf SB 863 added Labor Code 5307.1(a)(1) which requires the DWC adopt a home health services fee

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The constitutional challenge to California’s IMR system in Frances Stevens v. Outspoken Enterprises continues to be the number one story in California workers’ comp. At this past weekend’s CAAA convention in San Diego much of the focus was on the problem of injured workers getting medical treatment, the high volume of UR denials, and the

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