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CWCI Scorecard Looks at Spinal Disorder Claims in California Workers’ Comp

The California Workers’ Compensation Institute has released the second edition of its “Injury Scorecard” research series, providing detailed data on accident year (AY) 2001 to 2011 workers’ compensation claims experience for cases in which the primary diagnosis was a spine disorder...

CWCI Estimates California Workers’ Comp Drug Testing Costs Hit $98 Million in 2011

A new California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWCI) study finds that widespread use of narcotic painkillers to treat work-related injuries – including relatively minor injuries where their use is not supported by medical evidence -- has fueled exponential growth in the use of drug testing...

CWCI Estimates Workers’ Comp Spinal Implant Pass-Through Payments Topped $67 Million in 2010

Duplicate payments to hospitals allowed by the California Workers’ Compensation Official Medical Fee Schedule for implantable hardware used in spinal surgery added an average of $20,137 in fees to 3,350 work injury claims in 2010, boosting workers’ compensation medical costs by nearly $67...

CWCI Study Reveals a Recent Decline in the Use of Opioid Painkillers in California Workers’ Comp

Amid a glaring public spotlight, a growing body of evidence about the repercussions of using major narcotics to treat chronic pain, and improved medical management, cost containment and pharmaceutical controls, the use of Schedule II opioid painkillers to treat injured workers in California has dropped...

CWCI Score Card Looks at Claims for Head and Spinal Injuries Without Spinal Cord Involvement

The California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWCI) has issued the third edition of its “Injury Score Card” featuring detailed data on California work injury claims for head and spinal injuries without spinal cord involvement, which represent only a small fraction of all workers’...

CWCI Scorecard Examines California Workers’ Comp Sprain Injury Claims

A new California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWCI) “Injury Scorecard” offers detailed data on work injury claims involving shoulder, arm, knee, and lower leg sprains. The Institute compiled data for the Score Card from 236,567 open and closed California workers’ compensation...

CWCI Schedules Workers’ Comp Reform (SB 863) Seminars

The California Workers’ Compensation Institute will hold a 1-day seminar in mid-October in San Francisco and Long Beach to educate industry professionals on the provisions and practical implementation issues related to SB 863, the workers’ comp reform passed by state lawmakers at the end...

California DWC Approves SB 863 Updates to CWCI New Hire Pamphlets & Posting Notices for 2013

The California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWCI) has received state approval on revisions to the pamphlets and posting notices that employers and insurers use to meet workers’ comp employee notice requirements set by state law. Insured and self-insured employers are subject to the notice...

New California Workers’ Comp Medical Mileage Rate for Travel On or After 1/1/13

The Internal Revenue Service has announced that the standard mileage rate for business miles will increase from 55.5¢ per mile to 56.5¢ per mile as of January 1, 2013. According to the California Workers’ Compensation Institute, this means that the mileage rate that California workers’...

State Regulators Release 2013 California Workers Comp User Funding and Assessment Rates

The California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) has determined the 2013 assessments that state law requires workers’ compensation insurers to collect from policyholders to cover the budget of the state Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) and five related programs set up by state...

CWCI Study Tracks Growth of California Workers’ Comp Medical Payments

A new CWCI study on changes in California workers’ compensation medical payments finds that since accident year (AY) 2005 – the first year after the last round of workers’ compensation reforms – the average amounts insurers pay for medical services on work injury claims have jumped...

CWCI Scorecard Looks at Carpal Tunnel Claims in California Workers’ Comp

The California Workers’ Compensation Institute has released the sixth edition of its “Injury Scorecard” research series, providing detailed data on accident year (AY) 2001 to 2011 workers’ compensation claims experience for cases in which the primary diagnosis was carpal tunnel...

CWCI Scorecard Looks at Carpal Tunnel Claims in California Workers’ Comp

The California Workers’ Compensation Institute has released the sixth edition of its “Injury Scorecard” research series, providing detailed data on accident year (AY) 2001 to 2011 workers’ compensation claims experience for cases in which the primary diagnosis was carpal tunnel...

CWCI Analysis Estimates CURES Program Could Save $57 Million in Workers’ Comp Costs

As debate swirls about future funding for California’s $3.7 million a year Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES), a new California Workers’ Compensation Institute study asserts that allowing 3rd party payer access to CURES would improve quality of care and...

CWCI Analysis Estimates CURES Program Could Save $57 Million in Workers’ Comp Costs

As debate swirls about future funding for California’s $3.7 million a year Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES), a new California Workers’ Compensation Institute study asserts that allowing 3rd party payer access to CURES would improve quality of care and...

CWCI Continues Case Law Series With 2013 Update

The California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWCI) has announced it will conduct a one-day case law seminar in May in both Long Beach and San Francisco. The program will examine how recent trends in decisional law are reshaping California workers’ compensation, and discuss appropriate...

Michael Nolan to Retire as President of CWCI, Alex Swedlow Named Successor

Oakland – J. Michael Nolan has announced his retirement as president of the Oakland-based California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWCI) effective May 1, 2013. The Institute’s Board of Directors has named Alex Swedlow, CWCI’s Executive Vice President for Research, as his successor...

CWCI Finds Use of Network Physicians in California Workers’ Comp Continues to Grow

Treatment by network physicians is becoming increasingly prevalent in California workers’ compensation, with new data showing that nearly 80 percent of first-year physician-based outpatient medical services for 2010 California work injuries was provided by physicians who are part of a medical network...

California Public Sector Work Injury Claim Payments Remain Near 10-Year High

Even with the volume of job injury claims reported by California public self-insured entities hovering near a 10-year low last year, total paid and incurred workers’ compensation claim costs for cities, counties and other public agencies in the state remained near their 10-year highs according...

CWCI Scorecard Examines California Workers’ Comp “Other Injury, Poisoning & Toxic Effect” Claims

A new California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWCI) “Injury Scorecard” on job injury claims identified as “other injuries, poisonings and toxic effects” finds that these claims often involve non-specific or ill-defined diagnoses; are more likely than other claims to...

CWCI Research Examines Effect of AMA’s Reclassification of Obesity on California Workers’ Comp

A new California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWCI) report suggests that the number of work injury claims involving obesity could increase sharply, along with the associated costs, following the recent vote by the American Medical Association (AMA) to reclassify obesity as a treatable disease...

CWCI Offers On-Demand Training on Revised Medical Provider Network Regulations

The California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWCI) is offering an on-demand webinar to provide training on recently revised regulations governing California workers’ compensation medical provider networks. The regulations were adopted on an emergency basis and took effect immediately upon...

CWCI Measures California Workers’ Comp Physician Reporting Changes Under the RBRVS Schedule

The average amount paid to California workers’ compensation treating physicians for medical reports fell more than 30 percent in the first quarter of 2014 as the state began to transition to a Resource-Based Relative Value Scale (RBRVS) fee schedule, though a CWCI analysis traces the decline to...

CWCI Announces 2015 California Workers’ Comp Case Law Seminar

The California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWCI) will conduct a one-day case law seminar in May in both Long Beach and San Francisco. The program will examine how recent trends in decisional law are affecting California workers’ compensation, and will cover appropriate negotiation and...

CWCI Study on Independent Medical Review Outcomes in California: Smoke and Mirrors

There are five kinds of lies—fibs, excuses, lies, damn lies, and statistics. The CWCI "study"from a political standpoint has to say that the UR/IMR process is a "success." A great deal of energy was put into the political process of the members of CWCI and other organizations...