The California Workers’ Compensation Institute has unveiled a second research paper on opioid prescribing in the California workers’ comp system. The paper is titled ” Prescribing Patterns of Schedule II Opioids Part 2:Fentanyl Prescriptions in California Workers’ Compensation”. There has been increasing concern over the cost and increasing use of opioids in the system. The

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The current version of The Economist, a British weekly newsmagazine, features a graphic of a California surfer holding a deformed surfboard. The piece is entitled “Where it all went wrong: California offers a warning to voters all over the world”. The deflated phallic image highlights the current California predicament. Political gridlock, as legislative vote math

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In coming posts I’ll examine some of the workers’ comp bills that are bubbling through the legislative process. But overall it’s clear that this will not be a blockbuster year for any big changes in workers’ comp. The atmosphere in Sacramento is too poisonous, and workers’ comp is not high on priority lists. What are

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The transition is well underway from the Schwarzenegger era. Although the Governor’s attention is laser-focused on how to deal with the budget, his people are beginning to focus on whether they should “blow up some of the boxes” that Arnold never got around to blowing up. That’s one of the themes of an interview (posted

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As I’ve said before, comp’s got talent. Earlier posts featured Ralph Paterno of Boxer & Gerson and the Golden Gate Gypsy Orchestra, populated by several workers’ comp QMEs. Today we feature Mark Vickness, an applicant attorney friend and colleague of mine in Oakland. Vickness’ band is called Glass House (www.glasshousemusic.org), which features the keyboards and

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