A lot of the WCAB panel decisions that come along seem like small-ball stuff. But every once in a while there are big-deal issues. So it is with a July 10, 2017 WCAB panel decision, Kyle Pike v. County of San Diego (ADJ 7811907) (see text of the case at the end of this post).
CHSWC will be receiving an October 2017 report on the workers’ comp QME system. The report, to be delivered to the commission at its October 19 meeting in Oakland, is authored by Frank Neuhauser of UC Berkeley and has been posted online on the CHSWC. The CHSWC site notes that the report (see link to
Governor Brown has signed SB 306, an anti-retaliation bill supported by many labor advocates. While not a bill directly pertaining to workers’ comp claims, SB 306 has the potential to be very helpful to workers who have difficulty with their employers and want to file claims involving wages, hours, safety violations, or other employment claims. At
A lawsuit has been filed in Los Angeles challenging the Division of Workers’ Compensation policies and procedures for re-certifying QMEs (see link to the actual pleadings at the end of this post). What’s the beef? In the summer of 2016 I began to hear anecdotes that quite a few workers’ comp QMEs had received notices that
How should opioid tapering be done under California’s MTUS and the formulary regulations that are being developed? That was the subject of comments recently submitted by the California Applicants’ Attorneys Association pursuant to the 2nd 15-day comment period on the proposed formulary (see links at end of this post). Clearly the DWC is behind the