On Friday, The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) issued a notice of public hearing for proposed Qualified Medical Evaluator (QME) regulations. The specific benefit anticipated from the regulation is the elimination of the delay caused by the backlog in obtaining a panel QME with the exiting paper process. The proposed amendments will implement an online system, available twenty-four (24) hours a day, seven days a week and will replace the existing paper system, for requesting and generating a panel of randomly selected QMEs. This will result in quicker evaluations with QMEs to help injured workers resolve disputes and obtain workers’ compensation benefits more quickly. It is estimated that the proposed regulations will result in a savings of $165,000/year for the Division and State Compensation Insurance Fund.
Also, the proposed regulations make form changes to clarify and make uniform the specialty code listings on the QME application and request forms.
A public hearing on the proposed regulations has been scheduled at 10 a.m., Friday, May 22, 2015, in the auditorium of the Elihu Harris Building, 1515 Clay Street, Oakland, CA, 94612. Members of the public may also submit written comment on the regulations until 5 p.m. that day.