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June 27, 2016: Court Finds IMR Timelines as Directive; UR IMR Physician Licensure.

June 20, 2016: Compromise and Release and Medicare Set-Aside.

June 13, 2016: Failure to Provide RFA to Claims Administrator Found Unreasonable.

June 6, 2016: RFA Submitted by Secondary Treating Physician Triggered UR Process.

May 31, 2016: WCAB Panel Defines Violent Act for Psychiatric Injury.

May 23, 2016: Do Collective Bargaining Agreements Preempt LC 132a?

May 16, 2016: Compromise and Release and Hidden Glitches of Paragraph 3.

May 9, 2016: Labor Code Section 4662 and Vocational Experts.

May 2, 2016: Does Violation of the QME Regulations Make a Report Inadmissible?

April 25, 2016: IMR Reviewer's Conclusion Contradicted by Own Summary of Case.

April 18, 2016: More UR Timeliness Nuances Decided by WCAB Panel.

April 11, 2016: Another Hurdle for Lien Claimants.

April 4, 2016: Highly Technical Time Frames Involved in Utilization Review.

March 28, 2016: Why Calif. Workers' Comp Is So Hard to Manage.

March 21, 2016: Tips to Avoid Sanctions.

March 14, 2016: Disputing an MPN Physician's Release From Care.

March 7, 2016: Delay in Payment of Disability Retirement Benefits.

February 29, 2016: The MTUS and Treating Physician Reports.

February 22, 2016: Medical Marijuana: Latest Research and Impact on Injured Workers.

February 16, 2016: King v. CompPartners: UR Physicians and Duty of Care.

February 8, 2016: MPN Access Standards: Three Physicians Required?

February 1, 2016: Invalid UR Determination in a Post-Dubon World.

January 25, 2016: Defendant Found Liable for EDD Lien.

January 19, 2016: Utilization Review: Prospective vs. Retrospective Review.

January 11, 2016: Rating Eye Impairments Using the AMA Guides.

January 4, 2016: Top 25 Noteworthy Panel Decisions July-Dec. 2015.

December 14, 2015: California Workers’ Comp 2015 Year in Review.

December 7, 2015: The Limited Use of Vocational Rehabilitation Evidence.

November 30, 2015: A Medical Provider Network Conundrum: Second Opinion Process.

November 23, 2015: Housekeeping Services Expenses Recovered as Medical Treatment.

November 16, 2015: Rules for Hearing Representatives.

November 9, 2015: Defendant Bound by a Stipulation Due to Unilateral Mistake.

November 2, 2015: Constitutionality of IMR Upheld.

October 26, 2015: Multiple Carrier Cumulative Trauma.

October 19, 2015: Rebutting the DFEC Adjustment Factor: Ogilvie Revisited.

October 12, 2015: Calif. Saw 5 Percent Decrease in Medical Payments Per Claim in 2013.

October 5, 2015: Physical Injury That Is a Result of Work-Related Stress.

September 28, 2015: Dahl Reversed; Ability to Be Rehabilitated Key to Rebuttal of PDRS.

September 21, 2015: Statute of Limitations in Workers' Compensation.

September 14, 2015: Psychiatric Injuries Post-SB 863.

September 8, 2015: IMR Appeals: A Plainly Erroneous Determination.

August 31, 2015: The OMFS as a Maximum Fee Schedule.

August 24, 2015: Exceptions to the Going and Coming Rule.

August 17, 2015: WCAB Panel Takes a Strict, Literal Approach to IMR Appeals.

August 10, 2015: Section 132a Trumps a Collective Bargaining Agreement.

August 3, 2015: Timely Utilization Review: WCAB Strictly Applies Bodam Rule.

July 27, 2015: QME Selection Process; SDJB Vouchers.

July 20, 2015: Diagnostic Testing: Medical Treatment or Medical-Legal Expense? (Part 2).

July 13, 2015: Apportionment in Ortho, Psyche and Internal Cases.

July 6, 2015: Angelotti Challenge Fails.

June 29, 2015: Top 25 Noteworthy Panel Decisions (Jan.-June 2015).

June 22, 2015: Finding a Forum to Decide the MTUS Presumption.

June 15, 2015: Untimely Independent Medical Review.

June 8, 2015: Off-Duty Recreational Activity: Work- vs. Non-Work Related.

June 1, 2015: Two Viewpoints on South Coast Framing.

May 26, 2015: Due Process - A Constitutional Right.

May 18, 2015: Is the Timeliness of the IMR Decision Relevant?

May 11, 2015: New MPN Regulations: It's a New Medical Treatment Paradigm.

May 4, 2015: Diagnostic Testing: Is it Medical Treatment or Medical-Legal Expense?

Apr. 27, 2015: The Muddied Waters of the QME Panel Strike Process Post-SB 863.

Apr. 20, 2015: Fringe Medical Benefits: A Question of Evidence.

Apr. 13, 2015: Uberization of Jobs: Employee or Independent Contractor?

Apr. 6, 2015: Self-Procured Medical Marijuana.

Mar. 30, 2015: OMFS: The Death of the Extraordinary Circumstances Exception Post-2004.

Mar. 23, 2015: Vocational Experts and Apportionment.

Mar. 16, 2015: The Most Accurate WPI Rating Under the AMA Guides.

Mar. 9, 2015: UR and IMR Best Practices.

Mar. 2, 2015: A is for Apportionment.

February 23, 2015: Standing Up to Workers' Comp Medical Fraud in California.

February 17, 2015: Special Issue on QMEs and AMEs.

February 9, 2015: A Post-Dubon II Game Changer?

February 2, 2015: Stipulation to Treatment Outside Medical Provider Network.

January 26, 2015: UR Cycles of Denials and Authorizations of Prescription Medicines.

January 20, 2015: Rolda Reloaded.

January 12, 2015: Opioids - The Grand Debate.

January 5, 2015: Top 25 Noteworthy Panel Decisions: July - Dec. 2014.

December 15, 2014: Stevens Writ Granted: Constitutionality of Independent Medical Review

December 8, 2014: Salas: U.S. Supreme Court Denies Cert.

December 1, 2014: Complex Regional Pain Syndrome as a Central Nervous System Disorder.

November 24, 2014: WCAB Publishes New UR Timeliness Decision.

November 17, 2014: Tips for Stips & More.

November 10, 2014: The Cannon Case: Permanent Objective Medical Diagnosis.

November 3, 2014: Limitation on Use of In Camera Review.

October 27, 2014: Apportionment Precluded Under Anti-Attribution Provisions of LC 4663(e).

October 20, 2014: Psychiatric Compensable Consequence as New and Further Disability.

October 13, 2014: WCAB Issues New, Modified Decision in Dubon.

October 6, 2014: Opioid Medications in the Treatment of Injured Workers.

September 29, 2014: Elements for Rebuttal of a Strict Rating of the AMA Guides.

September 22, 2014: WCAB Says MPN Treatment Requests Are Subject to UR/IMR.

September 15, 2014: DIR Director Provides Update on Progress of SB 863.

September 8, 2014: Combined Values Chart: Guide or Mandate?

September 2, 2014: Verification Required for IMR Appeal.

August 25, 2014: Traps to Avoid When Filing a Petition for Reconsideration.

August 18, 2014: Can a UR Determination Exceed Its Scope?

August 11, 2014: WCAB Applies Neri Hernandez to Home Health Care Service Cases.

August 4, 2014: WCAB Imposes Difficult Standards for Overturning a UR Decision.

July 28, 2014: MPN Treatment Requests Not Subject to UR/IMR.

July 21, 2014: Suspended QME and Admissibility of Medical-Legal Reports.

July 14, 2014: Accounts Receivable Purchase of Liens at Reduced Value: Trade Secret or Not?

July 7, 2014: Top 25 Noteworthy Panel Decisions January-June 2014.

June 30, 2014: Lien Claimant Notice of Representation; Lien Claim Related to Drobot.

June 23, 2014: A Hint of Things to Come in WCAB's Re-Review of Dubon?

June 16, 2014: The Range of Evidence Is Alive and Well.

June 9, 2014: The Salas Dilemma.

June 2, 2014: Whose Burden Is It, Anyway?

May 27, 2014: Green v. City of Los Angeles: Refresh of Apportionment.

May 19, 2014: Monitoring SB 863 Reforms.

May 12, 2014: Employer-Provided Flu Shots.

May 5, 2014: The Assault on Independent Medical Review.

April 28, 2014: Judges and Jurisdiction: Where to Draw the Line.

April 21, 2014: Two Noteworthy Panel Decisions Apply Dubon.

April 14, 2014: Will California Rank #1 in Nation for Highest Premium Rates?

April 7, 2014: Navarro: WCAB Affirms Rule 35.5(e) Invalid.

March 31, 2014: Presenting Evidence of the Vocational Expert Post SB 863.

March 24, 2014: Appealing a Final Determination of an Independent Medical Review.

March 17, 2014: Did the WCAB Du(bon) the Right Thing?

March 10, 2014: California Workers' Compensation Centennial.

March 3, 2014: Dubon: Defective UR.

February 24, 2014: Trial Practice and Procedure Post SB 863.

February 18, 2014: Official Medical Fee Schedule vs. Usual and Customary Charges.

February 10, 2014: New Year With New Rules and New Responsibilities.

February 3, 2014: Public Safety Officers Earnings.

January 27, 2014: Attorney's Fee Awards in a Shifting Economy: Application of COLA.

January 21, 2014: Replacing the Panel QME.

January 13, 2014: Rating Chronic Pain Syndromes and Drug Dependency.

January 6, 2014: Top 25 Noteworthy Panel Decisions: July-Dec. 2013.

December 16, 2013: Interview of Chief Judge Richard Newman.

December 9, 2013: Valdez: Have Opinion Need Case.

December 2, 2013: Evidence-Based Medicine Can Be Hazardous to Your Health.

November 25, 2013: Workers' Comp Doctrines in the Tort Arena.

November 18, 2013: Lien Activation Fees, Valdez, PQMEs.

November 11, 2013: WCAB Clarifies AMA Guides Sixth Issue.

November 4, 2013: Applicant's Burden of Proof for Home Health Care.

October 28, 2013: Non-Physician Lien Claimants Petition to Compel Production of Documents.

October 21, 2013: The Good Faith Personnel Action Defense.

October 14, 2013: Home Health Care in the Context of a Psychiatric Injury.

October 7, 2013: SB 863: Tweaking the MPN Paradigm.

September 30, 2013: Carve Out Agreements and Ex Parte Communication.

September 23, 2013: Return to Work Fund and the RAND Study.

September 16, 2013: Radical/Diametrical Change in Apportionment Law.

September 9, 2013: AMA Guides Hot Topics.

September 3, 2013: More About Compensable Consequences.

August 26, 2013: The Critical Nature of Compensable Consequences.

August 19, 2013: Final Interpreter Services Rules.

August 12, 2013: UR and the Five Days Rules.

August 5, 2013: Changes to FEHA Pose Liability Risks in WC Cases.

July 29, 2013: Independent Medical Review - Which One Applies To What?

July 22, 2013: Special Death Benefits for Dependent Children.

July 15, 2013: Lien Activation Fee When Case in Chief Still Pending.

July 8, 2013: Top 25 Noteworthy Panel Decisions (Jan-June 2013).

July 1, 2013: Request for Authorization Within 1 Year of Prior UR Denial.

June 24, 2013: Lien Filing Fees and Multiple Case Numbers.

June 17, 2013: Admissibility of a Social Security Disability Award in a WC Case.

June 10, 2013: Principles of 2013 Lien Activation Fee.

June 3, 2013: Former Union Member Not Bound to Arbitration for Work Injury Claim.

May 28, 2013: Self-Procured Treatment Outside the MPN.

May 20, 2013: AME/PQME Quagmire on Determining Medical Necessity Post SB 863.

May 13, 2013: Apportionment, Conclusive Presumptions and LC 4662 (Part 2 of 2).

May 6, 2013: Apportionment, Conclusive Presumptions and LC 4662 (Part 1 of 2).

April 29, 2013: Calculating the Attorney's Fee.

April 22, 2013: Element of Surprise as an Ex Parte Communication.

April 15, 2013: More About Lien Activation Fees.

April 8, 2013: SB 863 Baseline and Predictions.

April 1, 2013: SB 863 and Benson.

March 25, 2013: 2013 DWC/WCAB Policy and Procedural Manual.

March 18, 2013: The New Lien Activation Fee Rules.

March 11, 2013: Challenging Utilization Review at an Expedited Hearing.

March 4, 2013: Home Health Care Service - Now and Then.

February 25, 2013: The Keys to Proving Apportionment: The Bullet Proof List.

February 19, 2013: Medical Emergencies Post SB 863.

February 11, 2013: AMA Guides Impairment Ratings and Earnings Losses.

February 4, 2013: Two-Year TD Period Benefits Includes Public Safety Member Benefits.

January 28, 2013: Discovery of Witness Statements.

January 22, 2013: It's Here--Independent Bill Review.

January 14, 2013: 25 Noteworthy Panel Decisions You Should Know About.

January 7, 2013: Adjusters Should Adjust: The Blowback From UR and IMR.

December 17, 2012: Holiday Cheer and the Workplace.

December 10, 2012: The Proposed Independent Medical Review Regulations.

December 3, 2012: How to Expedite Medical Treatment and Avoid Penalties.

November 26, 2012: The Return to Work Fund: What We Know & Don't Know.

November 19, 2012: WCAB Provides Teeth to Lien Litigation.

November 12, 2012: Up in Smoke: Medical Marijuana in the CA Workers' Comp System.

November 5, 2012: Medicare Set Asides: Separate Settlements for Each Claim.

October 29, 2012: Getting a Grip on the AMA Guides.

October 22, 2012: SB 863 Checklist & Reference Guide.

October 15, 2012: Is the Going and Coming Rule Outdated?

October 8, 2012: Stipulated Agreements: When Can You Back Out?

October 1, 2012: LexisNexis Interview of Associate Chief Judge Ellen Flynn.

September 24, 2012: DIR Outlines Goals and Tasks for SB 863 Implementation.

September 17, 2012: Pepsi or Coke? The Latest on COLA.

September 10, 2012: SB 863: Details, Details, Details.

September 4, 2012: SB 863 and Permanent Disability: Practitioner's Survival Guide.

August 27, 2012: AMA Guides Figure 15-19: Strict or Alternative WPI Rating?

August 20, 2012: You Better Be Ready to Lawyer Up!

August 13, 2012: Workers' Comp Reform: A Paradigm Shift?

August 6, 2012: Causation of Injury vs. Causation of Disability.

July 23, 2012: Developing the Record vs. Closing Discovery.

July 16, 2012: The WCMSA Conundrum in California.

July 9, 2012: A Reverse Almaraz Guzman II.

July 2, 2012: Objecting to Treating Physician Determination of Permanent Disability.

June 25, 2012: 26 Noteworthy Panel Decisions You Should Know About.

June 18, 2012: How to Avoid Trip-Ups During Walk-Through Process.

June 11, 2012: Getting a Grip on Grip Loss.

June 4, 2012: Court of Appeal Reverses Valdez.

May 29, 2012: How to Prove a LeBoeuf Rebuttal.

May 21, 2012: The Panel QME Process: Are We Dealing With a Monster?

May 14, 2012: The Real McCoy: Is a Mental-Physical Injury Compensable?

May 7, 2012: Economists Wanted.

April 30, 2012: Equity and the Predictable Outcome.

April 23, 2012: Vocational Rehabilitation Experts.

April 16, 2012: Right to Discovery v. Privacy and Privilege.

April 9, 2012: Follow the Rules When Petitioning for Reconsideration.

April 2, 2012: Six Months Employment Rule.

March 26, 2012: Temporary Disability and the "For Cause" Termination.

March 19, 2012: The Sticky Wicket That Is Home Health Care.

March 12, 2012: The Important Distinctions Between Reconsideration and Removal.

March 5, 2012: Rise and Fall of the COLA.

February 27, 2012: The Passive Beneficiary: When Can Applicants' Attorneys Be Paid From a Lien Claimant's Recovery?

February 21, 2012: Sleep Disorders; Lien Litigation.

February 13, 2012: Workplace Homicide.

February 6, 2012: So You Think You Know Who Has the Burden of Proof on Apportionment?

January 30, 2012: Medical Provider Networks 101: A Trio of Recent Panel Decisions.

January 23, 2012: Comfortably Numb: Prescription Pain Medications.

January 17, 2012: Psychiatric Injury Claim Post-Termination.

January 9, 2012: Winning the Race to the Medical Unit.

January 2, 2012: How California Handles the WCMSA Process.

December 19, 2011: Discovery Orders and Pleading the Fifth.

December 12, 2011: Top 10 Workers' Comp Events for 2011; Top 10 Lien Decisions.

December 5, 2011: Utilization Review, Interrupted.

November 28, 2011: The Non-Examining Panel QME.

November 21, 2011: Temporary Disability With Salary Continuation.

November 14, 2011: Ex Parte Communicate Post-Alvarez.

November 7, 2011: 25 Noteworthy Panel Decisions You Should Know About.

October 31, 2011: Equal Protection Clause and Payment of TPD Benefits to Illegal Worker.

October 24, 2011: PQME Process Runs Amok; Baker Redux.

October 17, 2011: Supplemental Job Displacement Benefits.

October 10, 2011: Horseplay and Initial Physical Aggressor Defense.

October 3, 2011: The Race to Request a Panel QME.

September 26, 2011: The Neutral Risk Doctrine.

September 19, 2011: Domestic Partners and Death Benefits.

September 12, 2011: Reopening a PD Award - Ogilvie as Change of Law.

September 6, 2011: QME Panel Requests.

August 29, 2011: A Primer on Depositions.

August 22, 2011: Vocational Expert Evaluation.

August 15, 2011: Supreme Court COLA Decision.

August 8, 2011: Administrative Director Rosa Moran Interview.

August 1, 2011: Ogilvie: Reversed and Remanded.

July 25, 2011: Liens: The Tribble Factor.

July 18, 2011: Should Calif. Adopt the AMA Guides Sixth Edition?

July 11, 2011: QME Regulations: Face to Face Meetings.

July 5, 2011: PQME Supplemental Reports.

June 27, 2011: An MPN World: Change of Treating Physician.

June 20, 2011: Sanctions: Three-Cent Dispute.

June 13, 2011: A Balanced Approach to Litigation.

June 6, 2011: Post-Valdez Defense Protocols.

May 31, 2011: Stress-Related Compensable Consequence Injuries.

May 23, 2011: Developing the Record.

May 16, 2011: Overpayments.

May 9, 2011: Third Party Cases.

May 2, 2011: Temporary Total Disability.

April 25, 2011: Non-MPN Physician Reports.

April 18, 2011: 2011 Alphabet Soup.

April 11, 2011: Rule 38 and Medical Examiner Reports.

April 4, 2011: Penalties Post SB-899.

March 28, 2011: Verification and Lien Claimants.

March 21, 2011: Workers' Comp and Earthquakes.

March 14, 2011: LC 5710 Attorney's Fees.

March 7, 2011: Mediation.

February 28, 2011: Arbitrations.

February 21, 2011: AMA Guides Rating: Roles of Rater, Judge, Physicians.

February 14, 2011: In Memoriam: Carrie Nevans.

February 7, 2011: Good Faith Personnel Actions.

January 31, 2011: Service in EAMS.

January 24, 2011 (addendum): Sanctions; EAMS rules.

January 24, 2011: Public Self-Insured Employers.

January 17, 2011: CHSWC Report on Liens.

January 10, 2011: Temporary Workers.

January 3, 2011: Permanent Total Disability & Total Loss of Future Earning Capacity.


December 13, 2010
Featured Article: 2010 Year in Review, by Robert G. Rassp
Recent Panel Decisions: (1) Permanent Disability; Apportionment; Anti-Attribution - Lee case; (2) Death Benefits; Time to File Application - Nickles case

December 6, 2010
Featured Article: Walk-Throughs: Walk Through the Walk-Through Reg. 10280 in Ten Easy Steps, by Judge Colleen Casey.
Recent Panel Decisions: (1) Permanent Disability; AMA Guides - Boatright Case; (2) Permanent Disability; Apportionment - Gordon Case

November 29, 2010
Featured Article: Attorneys Fees and WCMSA - How to Stir Up a Hornet's Nest, by Robert G. Rassp.
Featured Article: Poizner's Order Rejecting Rate Hike Undermines Wall Between WCIRB's Role and Competitive Workers' Compensation Insurance Marketplace, by Mark Webb.
Recent Panel Decisions: (1) Attorney's Fees; Calculation; Compromise and Release Agreements - Pratt Case (2) Petitions for Reconsideration; Caption; EAMS - Rodriguez Case

November 22, 2010
Featured Article: Workers' Comp Rates: Insurance Commissioner Rejects Request for Increase in Workers' Comp  Cost Benchmark, by LexisNexis Workers' Compensation Law Center Staff.
Featured Article: Attorney's Fees in a Post-COLA World, by California Compensation Cases Staff.
Recent Panel Decisions: (1) Attorney's Fees; Ex Parte Communications - Aguayo Case (2) Permanent Disability Rating; AMA Guides - McKenna Case

November 15, 2010
Featured Article: The Examiner's Guide to a Medical Report and Report Evaluation "Check List", by Corey A. Ingber.
Recent Panel Decisions: (1) Medical Reports; Statute of Limitations; Petitions for Reconsideration - McCormick Case (2) Utilization Review - Dixon Case

November 8, 2010
Featured Article: Jerry Brown, by Julius Young.
Recent Panel Decisions: (1) Penalties; Delay in Authorization of Medical Treatment; Attorney's Fees - White Case (2) Liens; Medical Treatment - Segura Case

November 1, 2010
Featured Article: LexisNexis Top 25 Blogs for Workers' Compensation and Workplace Issues - 2010 Honorees, by LexisNexis Workers' Compensation Law Center Staff.
Recent Panel Decisions: (1) MPNs; Referral to Outside Specialist - Hernandez Case (2) Compensable Consequence Injuries - Allar Case

October 25, 2010
Featured Article: Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the DWC Forum...A New DWC 1 Form Was Created, by Judge Colleen Casey.
Recent Panel Decisions: (1) Medical Treatment; Chiropractic - Santa Cruz Case (2) Sanctions - Sainz Case

October 18, 2010
Featured Article: Medications Every Lawyer and Judge Should Know, by Robert G. Rassp.
Recent Panel Decisions: (1) QMEs; Ex Parte Communications - Lenier Case (2) Medical Provider Networks; Reasonable Geographic Area - Menicucci Case

October 11, 2010
Featured Article: Emerging Trend at California WCAB: Sanctions & Costs, by Nigel Scott Baker.
Recent Panel Decisions: (1) Medical Evidence; WCAB's Duty to Develop Record - Pini Case (2) Compromise and Release Agreements - Barajas Case

October 4, 2010
Featured Article: Three Tips for Trial - Submission of Evidence, by Judge Colleen Casey.
Recent Panel Decisions: (1) Credit; Overpayment of Permanent Disability - Dunehew Case (2) Petitions to Reopen; New and Further Disability - Santillan Case

September 27, 2010
Featured Article: California Private Self-Insured Claim Volume Fell in 2009, But Average Claim Costs Continued Up, by California Workers' Compensation Institute.
Recent Panel Decisions: (1) Temporary Disability; Amount of Benefit - Jusufbegovic Case (2) Jurisdiction; Out-of-State Injuries - Ioane Case

September 20, 2010
Featured Article: The Blackledge Case - The Division of Labor Between the Doctor, the Judge, the DEU Rater and You, by Robert G. Rassp.
Featured Article: Are You Odd Enough For Me? New on Larson Unplugged! Song by Lex K. Larson.
Recent Panel Decisions: (1) Earnings; Police Officers - Larkin Case (2) Employment Relationships; County Prisoners - Jones Case

September 13, 2010
Featured Article: EAMS Moves Forward: E-filing mandatory for all attorneys as early as next year
Recent Panel Decisions: (1) WCAB Jurisdiction; Federal Preemption - Brache Case (2) Discrimination; LC 132a - Mezhiburskaya Case

September 7, 2010
Featured Article: Compound Pharmacy Liens Are The Subject Of CA Court's Motion To Consolidate, by workers'
Recent Panel Decisions: (1) QMEs; Replacement Panel; Ex Parte Communications - O'Reilly Case (2) Spinal Surgery; Utilization Review - Pappas Case

August 30, 2010
Featured Article: California 1st District to Hear Ogilvie Appeals, by Richard Jacobsmeyer.
Featured Article: Ogilvie Writ Granted by First Appellate District, by Goldman, Magdalin & Krikes.
Featured Article: California DWC Goes to the Movies, by Colleen Casey.
Featured Article: There's Something About George: George the Bartender Series, by W. Joseph Truce.
Recent Panel Decisions: (1) Exclusion of Penalty Claims From Stipulations - Sharma Case (2) Compromise and Release Agreements; Validity Upon Self-Insured Employer's Bankruptcy - Flanagan Case

August 23, 2010
Featured Article: First Salvo: 6th District Upholds W.C.A.B. in Guzman Case, by Richard Jacobsmeyer.
Featured Article: Sixth Appellate District Affirms WCAB Decision in Guzman v. Milpitas School District, by Goldman, Magdalin & Krikes, LLP.
Featured Article: Almaraz/Guzman 2 Upheld, by Nigel Baker.
Featured Article: Guzman, by Julius Young.
Featured Article: Guzman III, The DCA Speaks, by Robert G. Rassp.
Recent Panel Decisions: (1) Permanent Disability; 2005 Schedule - Gross Case (2) Commutation of Award - Routson Case (3) Discovery Orders - Ramirez Case

August 16, 2010
Featured Article: 2nd District Modifies Holding and Disposition in Ex Parte Contact Case, by Richard Jacobsmeyer.
Recent Panel Decisions: (1) Temporary Disability; Two-Year Limitation - Najjar Case (2) Permanent Disability; Rating - Perchlak Case

August 9, 2010
Recent Panel Decisions: (1) Medical-Legal Procedure; Qualified Medical Evaluators; Ex Parte Communications - Koenig Case (2) Sanctions; WCJ's Authority - Henkel Case

August 2, 2010
Featured Article: Ex Parte Communications, by Judge Colleen Casey.
Recent Panel Decisions: (1) Medical Provider Networks - Jakes Case (2) Panel Qualified Medical Evaluators - Banks Case

July 26, 2010
Featured Article: The ADA at Twenty: A Time for Celebration and Reflection, by Jonathan R. Mook.
Recent Panel Decisions: (1) Contribution; Statute of Limitations - Wines Case (2) Discovery; Depositions - Padilla Case

July 19, 2010
Featured Article: California Employee Must Request Accommodation to Trigger Interactive Process, by Richard Jacobsmeyer.
Recent Panel Decisions: (1) Chiropractic 24-Visit Limitation - Mora Case (2) Death Benefits; COLA - Peckham Case

July 12, 2010
Featured Article: How to Stop Some of the Medical Fraud and Lien Abuse in the California Workers' Compensation System, by William M. Zachary.
Recent Panel Decisions: (1) Panel QMEs - Singer Case (2) Statute of Limitations; Lien Claim - Medina Case

July 6, 2010
Featured Article: Can a Risk Factor Become Causative? By Robert G. Rassp.
Recent Panel Decisions: (1) Medical Treatment; Utilization Review - Zamora Case (2) Medical-Legal Procedure; Spinal Surgery - Vervalin Case

June 28, 2010
Featured Article: Tips for Filing Petitions for Reconsideration, by Judge Colleen Casey.
Recent Panel Decisions: (1) Discrimination; Labor Code § 132a; Diminished Future Earning Capacity - Mitchell Case (2) Permanent Disability; Rating; AMA Guides - Medina Case

June 21, 2010
Featured Article: CWCI Data Quantifies Attorney Involvement in California Workers' Comp, by California Workers' Compensation Institute.
Recent Panel Decisions: (1) Subject Matter Jurisdiction; Out-of-State Employment - Carroll Case (2) Permanent Disability; Apportionment; Compromise and Release Agreement as Prior Award - Perez Case

June 14, 2010
Featured Article: New CWCI Study Takes an Updated Look at California Workers' Comp TD Outcomes, by California Workers' Compensation Institute.
Recent Panel Decisions: (1) Permanent Disability; Rating; AMA Guides - Cardinale Case (2) Sanctions - Gonzalez Case

June 7, 2010
Featured Article: "Access, Quality and Outcomes of Health Care in the California Workers' Compensation System - 2008" Prepared by The School of Public Health, University of Washington
Featured Article: California WCAB Issues En Banc Guidelines on Rating Protocols, by Richard Jacobsmeyer.
Featured Article: California WCAB Holds Rule 30 Limitation on Defendant's Obtaining QME Report Invalid, by Richard Jacobsmeyer.
Featured Article: Mendoza En Banc Decision Makes Fundamental Change to Initial QME Procedures in Denied Claims, by Goldman, Magdalin & Krikes, LLP.
Recent Panel Decisions: (1) Suicide; Irresistible Impulse - Sisic Case (2) Petition to Compel Attendance at Medical Exam - Amaya Case

June 1, 2010
Featured Article: EAMS: Avoid Trips and Tricks, by Judge Colleen Casey.
Featured Article: MUA: Is the Whole Greater Than the Sum of its Parts? by Stephen Levit, MD.
Featured Article: MUA: A Safe, Effective, and Cost-Effective Procedure for Suitable Candidates, by Edward Cremata, DC.
Recent Panel Decisions: (1) Presumption of Compensability; Time to Deny Claim - Wheeler Case (2) WCAB Procedure; EAMS - Pantoja Case

May 24, 2010
Featured Article: Petitions to Terminate TTD vs. Labor Code Section 4656(c), by Robert G. Rassp.
Recent Panel Decisions: (1) Attorneys; Request to Be Relieved as Counsel - Johnson Case (2) Dismissal; Rescission of Dismissal Order - Benoit Case

May 17, 2010
Featured Article: CMS Clarifies Guidance on Prescription Drugs and Medicare Workers' Comp Set-Aside Agreements, by Robin E. Kobayashi.
Recent Panel Decisions: (1) Liens; Repackaged Pharmaceuticals - Mendoza Case (2) Medical-Legal Procedure; Panel Qualified Medical Evaluations - Washington Case

May 10, 2010
Recent Panel Decisions: (1) Medical Treatment; Reasonableness and Necessity; Ergonomic Equipment - Costa Case (2) Evidence; Medical Evidence; WCAB's Duty to Develop Record - Rivas Case (3) Settlements; Compromise and Release Agreements; Payment of Proceeds - Pineda Case

May 3, 2010
Featured Article: Venue, by Judge Colleen Casey.
Recent Panel Decisions: (1) PWCAB Jurisdiction; Petitions to Reopen; Addition of New Body Part - Hancock Case (2) Temporary Disability; Two-Year Limitation on Temporary Disability Indemnity; Out-of-State Benefits - Boyd Case (3) Permanent Disability; Offers of Regular, Modified or Alternative Work; Prison Inmates - Scott Case

April 26, 2010
Featured Article: Inextricably Intertwined: Benson Revisited in California. Robert G. Rassp.
Recent Panel Decisions: (1) Permanent Disability; Rating; AMA Guides - Adair Case (2) Permanent Disability; Offers of Regular, Modified or Alternative Work; Increases in Compensation - Rojas Case (3) Discovery; Depositions; Psychiatric Injuries - Eutsey Case

April 19, 2010
Recent Panel Decisions: (1) Medical Treatment; Utilization Review - Garcia Case (2) Credit; Overpayment of Temporary Disability Indemnity - Kimball Case (3) WCAB Jurisdiction; Lien Discharged in Bankruptcy - Mellon Case

April 12, 2010
Featured Article: The Donut Hole: What You Need to Do Now About the Medicare Set-Asides in Your Files. Teddy Snyder.
Recent Panel Decisions: (1) Medical Provider Networks; Transfer of Care; Notice Requirements - Anderson Case (2) Permanent Disability; Offers of Regular, Modified, or Alternative Work - Mansfield Case (3) Credit; Temporary Disability Indemnity; Social Security - Alexander Case (4) Discovery; Petition to Compel Autopsy - Brunk

April 5, 2010
Featured Article: Rebutting the AMA Guides, by Alex Wong.
Recent Panel Decisions: (1) Permanent Disability; Rating; Diminished Future Earning Capacity - Cortez Case (2) Permanent Disability; Rating; AMA Guides - Alvarez Case (3) Discrimination; Labor Code § 132a - Guerra Case

March 29, 2010
Featured Article: Stipulations, by Judge Colleen Casey.
Recent Panel Decisions: (1) Vocational Rehabilitation; Repeal of Labor Code § 139.5; Reinstatement of Services - Brown Case (2) Dismissal; Application for Adjudication; Alternative Dispute Resolution - Yamnitsky Case (3) Medical-Legal Procedure; Independent Medical Examiners; Communications - Oseguera Case

March 22, 2010
Featured Article: Olgilvie Rebuttals, by Robert G. Rassp.
Recent Panel Decisions: (1) Permanent Disability; Rating; AMA Guides - Lorenz Case (2) Medical Treatment; Reasonableness and Necessity - Urrea Case (3) Average Weekly Wage Determinations; Mileage - Muelrath Case

March 15, 2010
Recent Panel Decisions: (1) Permanent Disability; Offers of Regular, Modified, or Alternative Work - Hogue Case (2) Permanent Disability; Offers of Regular, Modified, or Alternative Work - Paine Case (3) Medical Treatment; Employer's Liability; Workers' Comp Fraud - Rivas Case (4) Petitions for Reconsideration; Page Limitation - Greenfield Case

March 8, 2010
Recent Panel Decisions: (1) Permanent Disability Rating; Diminished Future Earning Capacity - Noriega-Garcia Case (2) Permanent Disability Rating; Diminished Future Earning Capacity - Ochoa Case (3) Medical Provider Networks; Liability for Treatment Outside Network - Guerrero Case (4) Evidence; Admissibility; Chiropractic Reports - Ford Case

March 1, 2010
Recent Panel Decisions: (1) Death Benefits; Dependents; Carve-Out Agreements - Shilts Case (2) Settlement; Compromise and Release Agreements; Medicare Set-Aside - Domingue Case (3) Medical Treatment; Reasonableness and Necessity; Nurse Case Manager - Cash Case (4) Medical Treatment; Utilization Review; Retrospective Review - Leonard Case

February 22, 2010
Recent Panel Decisions: (1) Permanent Disability; Rating; Diminished Future Earning Capacity - Shini Case (2) Costs; Vocational Expert Witness Fees - Hernandez Case (3) Commutation; Calculation - Martinez-Reyes Case

February 16, 2010
Recent Panel Decisions: (1) Medical-Legal Procedure; Panel Qualified Medical Evaluators - Kouloumian Case (2) Death Benefits; Dependents; Carve-Out Agreements - Cruz Case (3) Liens; Pharmaceutical; Pharmacy Benefit Networks - Brambila Case (4) Temporary Disability; Two-Year Limitation on Temporary Disability Indemnity; Amputation Exception - Collinwood Case

February 9, 2010
Featured Article: Medicare Compliance: Stricker, by Roy A. Franco.
Recent Panel Decisions: (1) Permanent Disability Rating; Diminished Future Earning Capacity - Lauderbach Case (2) Evidence; Admissibility; Surveillance Tapes & Internet Usage - Wenneker Case (3) Presumption of Compensability; Heart Trouble: Peace Officers - De Jong Case

February 2, 2010
Featured Article: How a Medicare Lien Went Wrong. Robert G. Rassp.
Recent Panel Decisions: (1) WCAB Jurisdiction; Contempt Proceedings - Derboghossian Case (2) Medical-Legal Procedure; PQMEs - Cruz Case (3) Average Weekly Wage Determination; Self-Employment - Mack Case

January 26, 2010
Recent Panel Decisions: (1) Liens; Procedural Rights; Failure to Make Appearance - Rios Case (2) Permanent Disability; Rating; AMA Guides - Delgado Case (3) Permanent Disability; Rating; AMA Guides - Johnson Case