CWCI Summarizes 2011 California Workers’ Comp Enacted Legislation

The California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWCI) has completed a review of 2011 legislation signed by Governor Brown and flagged 20 workers’ compensation related bills that were enacted this year. They include: AB 55, Gatto: Extension of the right of entertainment production companies...

CWCI Summarizes 2011 California Workers’ Comp Enacted Legislation

The California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWCI) has completed a review of 2011 legislation signed by Governor Brown and flagged 20 workers’ compensation related bills that were enacted this year. They include: AB 55, Gatto: Extension of the right of entertainment production companies...

CWCI Study Finds Use of Physician Networks in California Workers’ Comp Is at a Record High

The use of network physicians to provide medical care to injured workers in California rose sharply in 2005 -- immediately after Medical Provider Networks (MPNs) first became available in California workers’ compensation, expanding employer medical control from 30 days to the life of the claim...

No Change in California Workers’ Comp Medical Mileage Rate For 2012 Travel

The mileage rate that workers’ comp claims administrators pay injured workers for travel related to medical treatment or evaluation of their injuries will remain at 55.5¢ per mile for travel on or after January 1, 2012, regardless of the date of injury. California Labor Code §4600 ...

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 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’...

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...

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...