Governor Brown announced today that he has signed two major workers’ comp bills, AB 1244 (Gray) and AB 1160 (Mendoza). Both have major components aimed at reducing the amount of fraud and abuse by medical providers in the comp system. Brown vetoed AB 1922 (Daly), a bill dealing with ancillary agreements to workers’ comp policies.
The California Division of Workers’ Compensation is on the last lap toward promulgation of home health care regulations. It’s been a multi-year odyssey. The second 15-day comment period ends on September 26,2016. I’d wager that it is unlikely that we’ll see further changes from the current version (see link to that below), though commenters can
I’ve been covering the ongoing Uber litigation in California because there has been intense interest in how the judicial system is going to deal with the issue of whether gig workers are independent contractors or employees. To my knowledge there have yet to be any WCAB panel decisions on this issue regarding gig economy companies.
SB 482 (Lara) is one of many bills whose fate rests with Governor Brown. The bill is essentially a due diligence bill. Prescribing doctors would be required to check a database before prescribing or continuing opioids under certain circumstances. There are several well-publicized concerns surrounding opioid prescriptions. One concern is that some patients might be
AB 2086 is headed to Governor Brown’s desk. But we’ve been here before. Last year it was AB 1542. I’m talking about legislation to restore neuropsychology as a QME specialty. The issue is of some importance because more research is coming to light that highlights the importance of neuropsychology issues in head trauma cases, particularly