Poizner’s Order Rejecting Rate Hike Undermines Wall Between WCIRB’s Role and Competitive Workers’ Compensation Insurance Marketplace

By Mark Webb On November 18, 2010, Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner denied the request of the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau (WCIRB) to increase pure premium rates in the workers’ compensation system by an aggregate 27.7% over the prior approved pure premium. The Department’s...

California: W.C.A.B. Rules Non MPN Physician Reports Not Admissible

In a split vote en banc decision, the W.C.A.B. has issued a comprehensive decision addressing one of the issues that have been floating around since the implementation of Medical Provider Networks in 2004. In Valdez v Demo Warehouse the W.C.A.B. held such reports are not admissible either on issues of...

California: What Actions, If Any, Should Be Taken When We Are Still Getting Medical Reports From Out-Of-Network Physicians?

LIVING IN A POST VALDEZ WORLD HOW DO WE DETERMINE WHETHER WE HAVE A DEFENSE? Please recall the WCAB En Banc decision in Valdez v. Warehouse Demo Services/Zurich [ADJ7048296] where on 4/20/11, the WCAB Commissioners, with two partially dissenting opinions, held that where unauthorized medical treatment...