The California DWC’s latest report on Independent Medical Review (IMR) is now out (see link below). The report analyzes data on IMR during 2014 and 2015. What can we learn from it? There’s clearly an unremitting high volume of disputes over treatment denials by UR. The gross number of IMR applications averaged over 20,000 a

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I never actually thought I would be writing this column. Pundits and pollsters minimized the chance of a Trump victory. Recently I attended an event at UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy. The speaker, Obama’s campaign manager David Plouffe, somewhat smugly assured the crowd of what they wanted to hear, i.e. that there was

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Sometimes legislation sort of flies under the radar. Stakeholders keep their eye on the  bills that have major consequence, and the small bills don’t get attention. But sometimes small packages can accomplish good things. So it was this year with AB 2164 (O’Donnell and Cooper), a bill to amend California Education Code 68120(a)(4). This is

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Even though the Obama administration is on the last lap, it has now waded into the debate about whether workers’ comp systems are failing employees and employers. The October 2016 report of the U.S. Department of Labor  (see link at the bottom of this post) is titled “Does the Workers’ Compensation System Fulfill its Obligations to

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What politician doesn’t want to preside over either an expanding economy or decreasing operational costs for business? That’s the position that Jerry Brown and Dave Jones find themselves in. Jones gets to make the call as to what the “pure premium” rate for California workers’ comp insurance should be in 2017. Should it be $2.22

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