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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

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 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 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

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 DIR Officials Outline Goals and Tasks for Implementing SB 863 Workers’ Comp Reforms
Posted on 20 Sep 2012 by David Bryan Leonard

By David Bryan Leonard, Esq., Special to the LexisNexis Workers’ Compensation Law Community The 2012 California Workers’ Compensation and Risk Conference opened September 19, 2012 at the St. Regis Resort, Dana Point with an update from the... Read More

California Workers’ Compensation Reform SB 863 Analysis: Medical Treatment Provisions
Posted on 28 Aug 2012 by LexisNexis Workers' Comp Law Newsroom Staff

***NEW! TO READ AN UPDATED ANALYSIS OF THE 8/30/2012 VERSION OF SB 863, CLICK HERE . On 8/31/2012, the Legislature passed SB 863.*** ***WARNING: The analysis below was based on the 8/24/2012 version of SB 863. Several amendments were made to the bill... Read More

California Workers’ Compensation Reform SB 863 Analysis: Medical Treatment Provisions (9/7/2012)
Posted on 8 Sep 2012 by LexisNexis Workers' Comp Law Newsroom Staff

The following analysis is based on the 8/30/2012 amended version of SB 863: SB863, widely lauded as the “new and improved” workers’ compensation reform package passed both the houses of the legislature on Friday, August 31 and is now... Read More