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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Governor Brown has now promoted WCAB Commissioner Katherine Zalewski to the slot of Chair of the California Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board. The slot of WCAB Chairperson has been open for over a year following the departure of Ronnie Caplane. Frankly, it was surprising that the slot had been left open so long. A bit of

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A bill to reform the $120 Million Return to Work Fund is dead for this year. The bill, AB 553 (carried by Tom Daly of Anaheim), will become a “two year bill”, meaning it may resurface next year. This week’s scheduled Senate Appropriations hearing on the bill was canceled. The bill was designed to address the

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The WCIRB has now issued its 2017 report on the state of the California workers’ comp system (the report can be found at the bottom of this post). If you’re headed to a desert island and want to take along one resource for understanding California workers’ comp now, this is probably the best choice. As

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