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Air Ambulance En Banc Decision Denied Writ of Review: Cal. Comp. Cases September Advanced Postings (9/11/2013)
Posted on 12 Sep 2013 by California Compensation Cases Staff

The following are advanced postings for the September 2013 issue of Cal. Comp. Cases. Lexis.com and Lexis Advance subscribers can link to the case to read the complete headnotes and summaries. © Copyright 2013 LexisNexis. All rights reserved... Read More

CWCI Analysis Estimates CURES Program Could Save $57 Million in Workers’ Comp Costs
Posted on 12 Jan 2013 by California Workers' Compensation Institute

As debate swirls about future funding for California’s $3.7 million a year Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES), a new California Workers’ Compensation Institute study asserts that allowing 3rd party payer... Read More

California Medical Provider Networks: Another Aspect of SB 863 Needing Judicial Oversight
Posted on 4 Apr 2014 by Dr. Richard Dorsey, MD

Another aspect of SB863 needing judicial oversight is the failure of the MPNs to assist patients in obtaining appointments with in-network treating psychiatrists, while denying payment to non-network psychiatrists as "self-procured". Instead... Read More

California Workers' Comp Case Roundup (7/10/2014)
Posted on 10 Jul 2014 by California Compensation Cases Staff

CALIFORNIA COMPENSATION CASES Vol. 79 No. 6 June 2014 A Report of En Banc and Significant Panel Decisions of the WCAB and Selected Court Opinions of Related Interest, With a Digest of WCAB Decisions Denied Judicial Review CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE... Read More

Comparing Workers’ Compensation and General Healthcare Costs: Compensable Care Incurs Higher Fees
Posted on 27 Jun 2013 by John Stahl

By John Stahl, Esq. Countless studies and the experience of participants in workers’ compensation systems have shown that the prices for medical care within those systems far exceed the costs of comparable treatments in the general healthcare... Read More

California Workers' Comp Case Roundup (12/1/2013)
Posted on 1 Dec 2013 by California Compensation Cases Staff

CALIFORNIA COMPENSATION CASES Vol. 78 No. 11 November 2013 A Report of En Banc and Significant Panel Decisions of the WCAB and Selected Court Opinions of Related Interest, With a Digest of WCAB Decisions Denied Judicial Review CONTENTS OF THIS... Read More

CWCI Tracks Use of Network Physicians in California Workers’ Comp and Associated Savings
Posted on 10 Jun 2015 by California Workers' Compensation Institute

Use of network physicians to manage California injured workers’ medical care rose from just over half of all claims prior to the introduction of medical provider networks (MPNs) to nearly 80 percent of all claims after MPNs were fully implemented... Read More

California: Another Nuance to Treatment Outside of the Medical Provider Network
Posted on 28 Jan 2012 by Calif. WCAB Noteworthy Panel Decisions Reporter

There have been many cases as of late dealing with Medical Provider Network (MPN) issues. Valdez v. Warehouse Demo Services (2011) 76 Cal. Comp. Cases 970 held that treatment reports obtained by physicians outside of the defendant’s MPN were not... Read More

CAAA 2013 Winter Convention Begins With a Focus on Medical Treatment Control, Expedited Hearings, and MPNs
Posted on 28 Jan 2013 by David Bryan Leonard

By David Bryan Leonard, Esq. The 2013 California Applicant’s Attorney’s Association (CAAA) winter convention commenced January 24, 2013, in San Diego, California. This has been the first large CAAA convention since the implementation of... Read More

California: Liability for Self-Procured Treatment Outside the Medical Provider Network
Posted on 28 May 2013 by Calif. WCAB Noteworthy Panel Decisions Reporter

A California WCAB panel recently held that while liens may be disallowed for medical treatment procured outside the defendant's Medical Provider Network, the applicant himself is not personally liable to the lien claimants pursuant to Labor Code §... Read More

CWCI Finds Use of Network Physicians in California Workers’ Comp Continues to Grow
Posted on 18 Mar 2013 by California Workers' Compensation Institute

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... Read More

California: MPN Treatment Requests Not Subject to UR/IMR
Posted on 27 Jul 2014 by Karen C. Yotis

Karen C. Yotis, Esq., a Feature Resident Columnist for the LexisNexis Workers’ Compensation eNewsletter , provides insights into workplace issues and the nuts and bolts of the workers’ comp world. Is Hogenson Du(ing) an End Run Around Dubon... Read More

Treatment at Different Location Not Considered Treatment Outside MPN: Cal. Comp. Cases November Advanced Postings (11/3/2015)
Posted on 3 Nov 2015 by California Compensation Cases Staff

Here’s the latest batch of advanced postings for the November 2015 issue of Cal. Comp. Cases. Lexis.com and Lexis Advance subscribers can link to the case to read the complete headnotes and summaries. © Copyright 2015 LexisNexis. All... Read More