Readers of my last post know that I’ll currently in Indo-China. Northwest Cambodia, specifically, at the moment. Looking across the Pacific, the past week seems to have been a sleepy one in California workers’comp. The biggest development is that the California Court of Appeal 1st District has agreed to hear a constitutional challenge to the

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Today (January 17) the DWC will be holding hearings in Oakland on proposed revisions to the QME regs. The hearing is slated to begin at 10 am in the auditorium of the Elihu Harris State Building. Changes in the QME regs are being watched closely by all major workers’comp stakeholders. Under current law, QMEs wield

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Gov. Schwarzenegger announced three appointments to the WCAB yesterday. Re-appointed (as I predicted) were James Cuneo and Frank Brass. Cuneo and Brass have been in the majority in most of the WCAB’s decisions over the past several years. It’s a board that, in close cases, has given the nod toward the insurance industry position (citing

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2007 was a tough year for SCIF. 2008 promises to be a year of change for SCIF as well. SCIF. It’s California’s largest workers’ comp insurer, the quasi-public State Compensation Insurance Fund. SCIF competes with other carriers in the market. SCIF’s market share has dived over the past few years from roughly half of the

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2008 promises to be an active year in California workers’ comp. Here is my subjective list (in no particular order) of the top things to watch for in 2008. I’ll include links to prior posts I’ve done on some of these issues. 1. APPOINTMENT OF NEW WCAB MEMBERS The statewide Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board currently

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