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California: Challenging Utilization Review at an Expedited Heading: Becerra and Corona Panel Decisions
Posted on 11 Mar 2013 by Mark Kahn

By Mark L. Kahn (Associate Chief Judge-Ret.), Arbitrator/Mediator/Attorney - Altman Lunche and Blitstein LexisNexis Online Subscribers: Citations below link to Lexis Advance. Bracketed citations link to lexis.com. Applicant can challenge whether... Read More

California: Slow Taper of Opioid Usage: UR Decisions Must Be Consistent With the MTUS
Posted on 15 Nov 2014 by Calif. WCAB Noteworthy Panel Decisions Reporter

In McCool v. Monterey Bay Medicar , 2014 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS --, the WCAB panel rescinded the WCJ’s award of medical treatment in the form of Oxycontin, Norco and Lyrica to the applicant who sustained an industrial low back injury on 9/17... Read More

California: Disputing Utilization Review Denial of Authorization
Posted on 5 Oct 2012 by Calif. WCAB Noteworthy Panel Decisions Reporter

This California WCAB panel decision will be added soon to the LexisNexis services. Note: This decision clarifies a prior decision, which we reported in our 6/13/2011 enewsletter : Medical-Legal Procedure; Utilization Review; Spinal Surgery. WCAB, rescinding... Read More

California: W.C.A.B. Rules Expedited Hearing Available Remedy to Enforce MPN During 90 Day Delay
Posted on 11 Feb 2014 by Richard M. Jacobsmeyer

The Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board has issued its first published decision of 2014 with a significant panel decision * in the case of Eun Jae Kim v. B.C.D. Tofu House; Cypress Insurance Company . In this decision the WCAB addresses the question... Read More

California: Parting Advice from a Presiding Judge
Posted on 17 Oct 2014 by McCarthyRob

Norm Delaterre, the soft-spoken presiding judge who's retiring from the Santa Ana board at the end of October, made time recently to counsel attorneys on how not to tick off Orange County judges. Speaking at an Oct. 11 continuing legal education seminar... Read More

California: Disputing Utilization Review Denial of Authorization
Posted on 5 Oct 2012 by Calif. WCAB Noteworthy Panel Decisions Reporter

This California WCAB panel decision will be added soon to the LexisNexis services. Note: This decision clarifies a prior decision, which we reported in our 6/13/2011 enewsletter : Medical-Legal Procedure; Utilization Review; Spinal Surgery. WCAB, rescinding... Read More