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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 Labor Code Section 139.48 – The Return To Work Fund: What We Know and What We Don’t Know
Posted on 26 Nov 2012 by Robert G. Rassp, Esq.

By Robert G. Rassp, Esq. DISCLAIMER: This article was written before regulations have been proposed to implement the Return To Work Fund. You are encouraged to pay close attention to all rules and regulations promulgated by the DIR and WCAB to implement... Read More

CWCI/WCIRB Study Confirms Post-Reform Reductions in ASC Facility Fees
Posted on 11 Mar 2015 by California Workers' Compensation Institute

Average facility fees paid to ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) for treatment of injured workers in California have declined 27% per episode and 29% per procedure since fee schedule changes mandated by SB 863 were adopted in 2013 according to updated... Read More

CWCI Continues Case Law Series With 2016 Update
Posted on 23 Feb 2016 by California Workers' Compensation Institute

The California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWCI) will conduct a one-day case law seminar in May in both Long Beach and San Francisco to examine how recent trends in decisional law are reshaping California workers’ compensation and to... Read More

California: Angelotti Challenge Fails
Posted on 1 Jul 2015 by Julius Young

The U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit has now handed a big win to the architects of the SB 863 reforms. The case is Angelotti Chiropractic et al v. Baker (see link to the opinion below). Angelotti was a constitutional challenge to the lien activation... Read More

California: DIR Director Christine Baker Provides Update on Progress of SB 863 Eighteen Months After Operative Date
Posted on 12 Sep 2014 by David Bryan Leonard

A report from the California Workers’ Compensation & Risk Conference, Sept. 10-12, 2014, Dana Point, CA By David Bryan Leonard, Esq. Without pause, Christine Baker, Director of the California Department of Industrial Relations, took the... Read More

CAAA 2013 Winter Convention--Day Two Starts With Academy Award Nomination Level Ethics Panel and More
Posted on 31 Jan 2013 by David Bryan Leonard

Academy Award Nomination Level Ethics Panel, Report From the WCAB Commissioners and a Legal Rock Star Hall of Fame Presentation of Top 10 Cases Impacting California Applicants By David Bryan Leonard, Esq. Day two of the CAAA winter convention started... Read More

New Seventh Edition of Rassp & Herlick, California Workers’ Compensation Law
Posted on 26 Nov 2012 by LexisNexis Workers' Comp Law Newsroom Staff

The Seventh Edition of Rassp & Herlick, California Workers’ Compensation Law has a new look, a new format, and a new title. With workers’ compensation reform under SB 863 looming, we thought it would be timely to update, revise and restructure... Read More

California: A Field Guide to Comp Reform
Posted on 8 Aug 2012 by Julius Young

It's likely that we'll see a comprehensive California workers' comp reform bill emerging in the next few weeks. That proposal has been closely guarded by the small group involved in those negotiations. So before a proposal actually sees... 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

California: Paradigm Shift?
Posted on 11 Aug 2012 by Julius Young

The workers' comp community is abuzz with rumors about the impending comprehensive comp reform bill. I've not yet seen the bill (which could still be revised before it is introduced in print in the next week or so). But based on the summary... Read More

California: Medical Emergencies Post SB 863
Posted on 19 Feb 2013 by Calif. WCAB Noteworthy Panel Decisions Reporter

The recent reform act of SB 863 will bring in a whole host of changes to our workers compensation medical treatment (MT) delivery system. As we pour over the new and revised statutes and the new and revised regulations, it is helpful to consider what... Read More

Employers and Labor Debate Impact of 2007 New York Reforms: Employers Advocate New Initiatives While Workers Claim Success
Posted on 26 Nov 2012 by John Stahl

By John Stahl, Esq. Two analyses regarding the effectiveness of the 2007 Workers’ Compensation Reform Law (Reforms) in New York State provide a textbook example of how identical statistics can support totally conflicting results. One undisputed... Read More

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

***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 amendments in SB 863 to Labor... Read More

California: Legislature Passes SB 863
Posted on 4 Sep 2012 by Richard M. Jacobsmeyer

The State Legislature passed and forwarded to Governor Brown a historic workers’ compensation benefit increase and reform package on Friday, August 31, 2012 Presumably signing by the Governor is a certainty as the Governor’s office was reportedly... Read More