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California: WCAB Affirms Entitlement to Spinal Surgery in a Post-Dubon II Case
Posted on 24 Oct 2014 by Calif. WCAB Noteworthy Panel Decisions Reporter

In Cabral v. Hal Hays Construction, Inc. , 2014 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS --, a WCAB panel, affirming the WCJ, held that an applicant with an industrial injury to his back and neck was entitled to spinal surgery as requested by his treating physician... Read More

WCRI Study Says California Saw Five Percent Decrease in Medical Payments Per Claim in 2013
Posted on 11 Oct 2015 by Thomas A. Robinson

According to a study recently released by Workers’ Compensation Research Institute (WCRI), California enjoyed a five percent decrease in medical payments per workers’ compensation claim in 2013 on a year-over-year basis, likely reflecting... Read More

CWCI Study Finds Reductions in Workers’ Comp Inpatient Hospital Stays & Spinal Surgeries
Posted on 11 Dec 2014 by California Workers' Compensation Institute

A new California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWCI) study finds that the number of inpatient hospital stays in California workers’ compensation declined by 15.6 percent between 2008 and 2013, slightly less than the decline noted for hospital... Read More

UR and IMR: Did the WCAB Du(bon) the Right Thing? Applicants' Attorneys Chime In
Posted on 15 Mar 2014 by Karen C. Yotis

Karen C. Yotis, Esq., Feature Resident Columnist of the LexisNexis Workers’ Compensation eNewsletter , provides insights into workplace issues and the nuts and bolts of the workers' comp world. Utilization Review and Independent Medical Review... Read More

CWCI Study Shows Drop in California Workers’ Comp Hospital Stays and Spinal Surgeries
Posted on 7 May 2018 by California Workers' Compensation Institute

Oakland–A new California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWCI) study finds that the number of California workers’ compensation inpatient hospital stays fell 31.2% between 2008 and 2016, compared to a 19.6% drop in hospital stays paid... Read More

California: Lien Disallowed for Surgical Hardware Provided to Pacific Hospital of Long Beach
Posted on 28 Jun 2014 by Calif. WCAB Noteworthy Panel Decisions Reporter

WCAB disallows lien for surgical hardware based on admitted fraudulent activities of Michael Drobot and adverse inferences drawn against lien claimant including failure to produce documents of its ownership interests, fictitious business name statement... 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 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: 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

CA: WCAB Further Refines Utilization Review Spinal Surgery Procedures
Posted on 4 Jul 2010 by Robin E. Kobayashi

Jacob Vervalin v. Mission Uniform & Linen, Travelers Insurance Medical-Legal Procedure--Spinal Surgery--WCAB rescinded WCJ's finding that applicant/sales representative with 4/20/2007 spinal injury was entitled to spinal surgery based upon... Read More

Cal. Comp. Cases August 2010 Advanced Postings (8/25/2010)
Posted on 25 Aug 2010 by California Compensation Cases Staff

Here's the fourth batch of advanced postings for the August 2010 issue of Cal. Comp. Cases. Lexis.com subscribers can link to the cases below to read the complete headnotes and full case summaries. © Copyright 2010 LexisNexis. All rights... 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: 1st District Reverses W.C.A.B. in Elliot – Follows W.C.A.B. Holding in Cervantes
Posted on 26 Feb 2010 by Richard M. Jacobsmeyer

The 1st Appellate District has reversed the W.C.A.B. decision in Elliot v W.C.A.B . , agreeing with the subsequently issued en banc decision in Cervantes v. El Aguila Food Products , Inc . (2009) 74 Cal.Comp.Cases 1336 ( Cervantes ) regarding the procedures... 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... Read More

Cal. Comp. Cases September Advanced Postings (9/22/2010)
Posted on 23 Sep 2010 by California Compensation Cases Staff

Here's the fourth batch of advanced postings for the September 2010 issue of Cal. Comp. Cases. Lexis.com subscribers can link to the cases below read the full headnotes and summaries. Bank of America, ACE Insurance Company, administered by Gallagher... Read More