CHSWC will be receiving an October 2017 report on the workers’ comp QME system. The report, to be delivered to the commission at its October 19 meeting in Oakland, is authored by Frank Neuhauser of UC Berkeley and has been posted online on the CHSWC. The CHSWC site notes that the report (see link to

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Governor Brown has signed SB 306, an anti-retaliation bill supported by many labor advocates. While not a bill directly pertaining to workers’ comp claims, SB 306 has the potential to be very helpful to workers who have difficulty with their employers and want to file claims involving wages, hours, safety violations, or other employment claims. At

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A lawsuit has been filed in Los Angeles challenging the Division of Workers’ Compensation policies and procedures for re-certifying QMEs (see link to the actual pleadings at the end of this post). What’s the beef? In the summer of 2016 I began to hear anecdotes that quite a few workers’ comp QMEs had received notices that

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How should opioid tapering be done under California’s MTUS and the formulary regulations that are being developed? That was the subject of comments recently submitted by the California Applicants’ Attorneys Association pursuant to the 2nd 15-day comment period on the proposed formulary (see links at end of this post). Clearly the DWC is behind the

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AB 570 is heading to the governor, where it faces a dubious future. The bill, sponsored by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, is a slimmed down effort to ban gender bias in California workers’ compensation. The concept is rather simple. Labor Code Section 4663 would be amended to add a provision that “No percentage of an

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