The cost of administering California workers’ comp benefits is starting to swamp the cost of the benefits the system delivers. That’s scary from a policy standpoint. Consider these figures: Not only did medical cost containment rose 272.9% from 2002 to 2013 but also The % of medical dollar spent on treatment decreases from 81.8% in

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I could never get used to the idea of seeing the Rams in St. Louis. I was a fan of Roman Gabriel, Jon Arnett, Deacon Jones, Jack Youngblood and Ollie Matson, and they wore blue and gold in LA. Seeing the same gear in St. Louis always seemed a sacrilege. There should be an NFL

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It’s overdue, but the California DWC has finally begun cracking down on claims administrators who fail to provide medical records to IMR in a timely manner. This has been a sore spot for both unrepresented and represented injured workers since the Independent Medical Review procedures went into effect three years ago. Workers and attorneys frequently

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It’s time for stakeholders to give serious consideration to regulating “signing services” in California workers’ comp. That’s been my opinion for some time, and it was reinforced by reading a recent article (March 1, 2016) by Workcompcentral’s Greg Jones. The article deals with litigation over alleged hacking into the computer of a LA area applicant

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Now we know that the California Supreme Court will not be granting review of the Court of Appeals decision in Frances Stevens v. Outspoken Enterprises. The issue regarding the constitutionality of the California Independent Medical Review system is still in play, with the pending Zuniga case and the Ramirez case out of the Sacramento-based Court of

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