SB 1160 (Mendoza), enacted in 2016, makes a number of changes to California utilization review. One of the more unheralded provisions can be found in what has become Labor Code 4610 (o), which becomes operative January 1, 2018. Here is what L.C. 4610 (o) provides: “The administrative director shall develop a system for the mandatory

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Sam Gold passed away recently, losing a battle with lymphoma. His name will not be familiar to many of the blog’s readers, but his passing merits mention and a tribute. Sam was a sheet-metal union member who eventually sustained career ending work injury. For years he was represented by Frank Russo, now one of my

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You’re hungry, so you go to what looks like a restaurant. But a bunch of the entrances are blocked, and they’re making you wait and wonder if you will get in. Some of the staff say that they can’t serve you. You call the place and some calls aren’t returned. Persistent, after a bunch of

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It’s OK to advocate. Lawyers can be lawyers. Within limits, of course. That’s my take-away from the recently unveiled WCAB “en banc” decision in Bradley Maxham v. California Department of Corrections and SCIF (see link to the case below). State Fund apparently got worked up about letters that Mr. Maxham’s counsel sent to three AMEs in

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Each year since I started the blog I’ve kicked the new year off with a quiz on the likely happenings in California workers’ comp. Take this year’s quiz and see how good a prognosticator you are. Note that in some instances there may be more than one likely correct answer. 1. From a legislative standpoint,

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