RAND has now delivered to CHSWC a draft report on the California Return to Work Supplement Program. The report (see the bottom of this post) on the RTWSP has now been uploaded to the CHSWC website, with public comments due by May 7, 2018. RAND’s Michael Dworsky presented slides and a summary of the draft

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Christine Baker, the Director of the California Department of Industrial Relations, has resigned as of Friday March 30. In a Friday afternoon e-mail to DIR employees, Baker announced that she is retiring. The note does not address whether her retirement is effective immediately nor the factors that led to the decision, be they personal or

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April 1, 2018 is just around the corner. That’s when the new California workers’ comp prescription formulary will take effect for pre-2018 injuries. Under the DWC regs (see link at bottom of this post) doctors are to have filed reports by April 1, 2018 detailing weaning and tapering plans for non-exempt, unlisted or compound drugs.

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Frank Brass recently retired from the WCAB after over a decade and a half as a WCAB Commissioner.  The retirement, which occurred at the end of January 2018, has not been widely publicized. Workerscompzone wishes him all the best in his well-deserved retirement. Brass was appointed to the WCAB in 2001 and was reappointed in

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An eagerly awaited 2018 report on the future of health care in California fails to mention workers’ compensation at all. The report, dated March 12, 2018, is under the aegis of University of California San Francisco and is titled “A Path to Universal Coverage and Unified Health Care Financing in California”. The report, written by

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