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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: Appellate Court Broadly Interprets Labor Code Section 5803
Posted on 22 Jul 2014 by Richard M. Jacobsmeyer

In a brief and to the point decision, the 2nd Appellate District has reversed a W.C.A.B. decision that had rescinded an award of increased benefits based upon a Petition to Reopen. The case, Benavides v W.C.A.B ., is one of the briefest opinions on a... Read More

California: Quirky Regs and Rules Related to the Medical Legal Evaluation Process
Posted on 6 Feb 2015 by Calif. WCAB Noteworthy Panel Decisions Reporter

Trial calendars have been inundated lately with expedited hearings dealing with Qualified Medical Evaluator (QME) and Agreed Medical Evaluator (AME) issues. As a result of the Post-SB 863 onslaught of new regs, rules and procedures, the legal community... Read More

California: Judges and Jurisdiction - Where to Draw the Line
Posted on 25 Apr 2014 by Calif. WCAB Noteworthy Panel Decisions Reporter

The primary purpose of the newly created Independent Medical Review (IMR) process is to review medical treatment (MT) disputes and issue determinations. SB863 added LC §4610.6 (i) to the Labor Code, which states in pertinent part, “In no event... Read More

California: Supreme Court Affirms COA in Valdez
Posted on 14 Nov 2013 by Richard M. Jacobsmeyer

The Supreme Court has issued its long awaited ruling in the W.C.A.B. en banc decision (titled Valdez v W.C.A.B . in the Appellate Courts) regarding the admissibility of medical reports obtained by applicants under Labor Code § 4605. The W.C.A.B.... Read More

California: Home Health Care Service – Now & Then
Posted on 4 Mar 2013 by Calif. WCAB Noteworthy Panel Decisions Reporter

Now that SB 863 is in effect, massive changes have taken place with regard to the authorization of home health care services. Therefore, it is important to understand the history behind the concept of home health care services as medical treatment (MT... Read More