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California SB 863: Commentary on Proposed Independent Medical Review Regulations
Posted on 3 Dec 2012 by LexisNexis Workers' Comp Law Newsroom Staff

On November 27, 2012, the DWC posted on the DIR website proposed “emergency” regulations for implementation of the Independent Medical Review (IMR) Process pursuant to the reform language of SB863: http://www.dir.ca.gov/dwc/DWCWCABForum... Read More

Workers Comp and the Affordable Healthcare Act
Posted on 3 Jul 2012 by Julius Young

Assuming that Obamacare isn't grievously wounded by Congressional de-funding and that a Romney win in the election doesn't result in repeal of the law, what effect will it have on workers' comp? I've already received several client e... Read More

California: Utilization Review and IMR in SB 863
Posted on 8 Sep 2012 by Richard M. Jacobsmeyer

Medical Treatment Changes Some of the most extensive changes to the Labor Code in SB 863 are intended to tighten up medical control in both Labor Code § 4600 as well as in the Medical Provider Networks. One of the principle methodologies for controlling... Read More

California SB 823 and Home Health Care: Details, Details, Details . . .
Posted on 7 Sep 2012 by Calif. WCAB Noteworthy Panel Decisions Reporter

It looks likely that Governor Brown is going to sign Senate Bill 863 into law. There has been a lot of discussion concerning some of the more significant aspects of this legislation. The discussion thus far has seemed to focus on the Independent Medical... Read More

California Workers’ Compensation Reform SB 863 Analysis: Lien Provisions
Posted on 28 Aug 2012 by David Bryan Leonard

By David Bryan Leonard, Esq. ***WARNING: The following analysis is based on the 8/24/2012 version of SB 863. On 8/31/2012, the Legislature passed SB 863. Be sure to check the final version of SB 863 posted on the Legislature website.*** The proposed... Read More

California Workers’ Compensation Reform SB 863 Analysis: Permanent Disability Provisions
Posted on 28 Aug 2012 by Robert G. Rassp, Esq.

***WARNING: The following analysis is based on the 8/24/2012 and 8/27/2012 versions of SB 863. On 8/31/2012, the Legislature passed SB 863. Be sure to check the final version of SB 863 posted on the Legislature website.*** ***NOTE: Robert G. Rassp has... Read More

California SB 863 Reforms: Adjusters Should Adjust - The Blowback From UR and IMR
Posted on 7 Jan 2013 by Robert G. Rassp, Esq.

By Robert G. Rassp, Esq. So, 2013 is just around the corner and we are gearing up to learn the new law and regulations so that we can apply them in our cases. We have an interim period between now and July 1, 2013 when disputes over medical necessity... Read More

California: SB 863 Checklist and Reference Guide
Posted on 19 Oct 2012 by Robert G. Rassp, Esq.

SB 863 CHECKLIST & REFERENCE GUIDE By Robert G. Rassp, Esq. © Copyright 2012 LexisNexis. All rights reserved. This SB 863 Checklist & Reference Guide is excerpted from The Lawyer’s Guide to the AMA Guides and California Workers’... Read More

LexisNexis Provides Analysis of SB 863 California Workers' Compensation Reforms
Posted on 28 Aug 2012 by LexisNexis Workers' Comp Law Newsroom Staff

LexisNexis experts provide in-depth analysis of key portions of SB 863: Medical Treatment Permanent Disability Liens Self-insurance Carve Outs Fee Schedules WARNING: These articles were based on the 8/24 and 8/27 drafts of SB 863. On... Read More

California: Proposed IMR Regs
Posted on 5 Dec 2012 by Julius Young

The DWC has published proposed Independent Medical Review regulations (a link to them is noted at the bottom of this post). The proposed regs are on a DWC forum page, with the forum for comments slated to close December 7. Because there is not time... Read More

California 2007 Reforms Reduced Costs of Physician-Dispensed Drugs: Study Shows Success Spawned Imitators
Posted on 19 Jul 2012 by John Stahl

The fact that the 53-percent of all of the 2010/2011 prescriptions in the California workers’ compensation system that physicians dispensed cost a proportional 52-percent of the total for every prescription in the system showed the effectiveness... Read More

SB 863 and Permanent Disability: A Practitioner's Survival Guide to California Workers' Compensation Reform
Posted on 4 Sep 2012 by Robert G. Rassp, Esq.

HOT OFF THE PRESS! A new LexisNexis Emerging Issues Analysis article… Robert G. Rassp on SB 863 and Permanent Disability: A Practitioner's Survival Guide to California Workers' Compensation Reform, 2012 Emerging Issues 6614. Mr. Rassp... Read More

CAAA Urges Fight Against Proposed California Workers' Comp Reform Bill
Posted on 23 Aug 2012 by LexisNexis Workers' Comp Law Newsroom Staff

The California Applicants' Attorneys Association has reviewed the latest proposed legislation for California workers' compensation reform. According to CAAA, the proposed legislation has "serious flaws", which it has outlined in the... Read More

CWCI Schedules Workers’ Comp Reform (SB 863) Seminars
Posted on 15 Sep 2012 by California Workers' Compensation Institute

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’... Read More

SB 863: Changes Impacting the Use of Treating Physicians, Agreed Medical Examiners and Qualified Medical Examiners in California
Posted on 21 Sep 2012 by David Bryan Leonard

By David Bryan Leonard, Esq., Special to the LexisNexis Workers’ Compensation Law Community Day two of the 2012 California Workers’ Compensation and Risk Conference included a panel by James Fisher, Esq., counsel for the Department of Industrial... Read More