Medical Legal Experts Education Series for Insurance Carriers

Medical Legal Experts Educational Series for 2014. Join us at an event to learn more from our Medical-Legal Physicians.    6/10/2014 10:00 AM Ergonomic Assessments (1hr) Sedgwick Pleasanton CA 20 WC Adjusters 6/10/2014 11:00 AM FCE’s: Functional Capacity Evaluations (1hr) Sedgwick Pleasanton CA 20 WC Adjusters 6/18/2014 10:30 AM Healing Time for Acute Injuries (Sprain, […]

DWC Posted More Reductions in Fee Schedule Effective January 23, 2014

Many of you have started the transition within the California Workers’ Compensation to the RBRVS, today the Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) made further changes. These changes include additional reductions for Physician reimbursement rates for treatment of injured workers. The DWC has posted an order adjusting the Physician Services and Non-Physician Practitioner Services section of […]

Rating by Analogy – WCAB Decision for Complex and Extraordinary Cases

The California 3rd District Court of Appeal ruled in a case with only subjective complaints and no objective findings that a worker’s condition does not need to be “complex” or “extraordinary” for a medical evaluator to rate it by analogy to another impairment, if this will yield the most accurate rating. See attached City of […]

DWC Posts RBRVS-Based Physician Fee Schedule and 2014 Updates Effective January 1, 2014

Pursuant to Labor Code section 5307.1(g)(2), the Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) has issued an Administrative Director Order posting adjustments to the Resource Based Relative Value Scale (RBRVS)-based physician services and non-physician practitioner services section of the official medical fee schedule (OMFS) to conform to changes in the 2014 Medicare payment system as required by […]

DWC Final Supplemental Job Displacement Benefit Regulations Approved

The Office of Administrative Law (OAL) has approved the Division of Workers’ Compensation’s (DWC) final version of the Supplemental Job Displacement Benefit (SJDB) regulations. OAL approved the SJDB regulations on November 8. Two sections have been repealed (10133.51 and 10133.52, which required the Notice of Potential Right to SJDB Benefit), effective immediately. The modifications to […]

Valdez v. Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board 11-14-2013

The California Supreme Court just sided with the applicant’s bar on the issue of admissibility of self-procured medical reports in workers’ comp disability disputes. Its decision in the Valdez v. Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board/Warehouse Demo Services case says that applicants can submit reports from their own physicians even when an employer has a valid medical […]

[Proposed] Order Granting Plaintiffs’ Motion for Preliminary Injunction

[Proposed] Order Granting Plaintiffs’ Motion for Preliminary Injunction Exhibit A Case 8:13-cv-01139-GW-JEM Document 52-1 Filed 11/12/13 Page 1 of 3 Page ID #:1075 [PROPOSED] PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION ORDER UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA ANGELOTTI CHIROPRACTIC, INC., et al., Plaintiffs, v. CHRISTINE BAKER, et al., Defendants. Case No. 8:13-cv-01139-GW-JEM [Proposed] Order Granting […]

Cal/OSHA and UC Berkeley offer workplace safety training

California requires that all employers carry out effective injury and illness prevention activities on the job. The requirements include a written Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) with specific elements that include assessing hazards on the job, implementing control methods to prevent accidents and illnesses, maintaining safety records, and providing an effective training program for […]

DWC Issues 15-day Notice for Modifications to Proposed Independent Bill Review

DWC Issues 15-day Notice for Modifications to Proposed Independent Bill Review, Standardized Paper Billing and Payment, and Electronic Billing and Payment Regulations. A 15-day notice of modification to the proposed Independent Bill Review (IBR), Standardized Paper Billing and Payment, and Electronic Billing and Payment regulations has been distributed to interested parties and posted to the […]

WCAB’s Final SB 863 Rules Effective on October 23, 2013

The Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB) has adopted its final Rules of Practice and Procedure (Rules) implementing Senate Bill 863 (SB 863). The Office of Administrative Law has filed the WCAB’s new Rules with the Secretary of State. The new Rules will become effective on October 23. The newly adopted Rules, and their related Final […]