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CWCI Study Tracks Growth of California Workers’ Comp Medical Payments

A new CWCI study on changes in California workers’ compensation medical payments finds that since accident year (AY) 2005 – the first year after the last round of workers’ compensation reforms – the average amounts insurers pay for medical services on work injury claims have jumped...

CWCI Scorecard Looks at Carpal Tunnel Claims in California Workers’ Comp

The California Workers’ Compensation Institute has released the sixth edition of its “Injury Scorecard” research series, providing detailed data on accident year (AY) 2001 to 2011 workers’ compensation claims experience for cases in which the primary diagnosis was carpal tunnel...

CWCI Scorecard Looks at Carpal Tunnel Claims in California Workers’ Comp

The California Workers’ Compensation Institute has released the sixth edition of its “Injury Scorecard” research series, providing detailed data on accident year (AY) 2001 to 2011 workers’ compensation claims experience for cases in which the primary diagnosis was carpal tunnel...

CWCI Analysis Estimates CURES Program Could Save $57 Million in Workers’ Comp Costs

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 access to CURES would improve quality of care and...

CWCI Analysis Estimates CURES Program Could Save $57 Million in Workers’ Comp Costs

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 access to CURES would improve quality of care and...

CWCI Continues Case Law Series With 2013 Update

The California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWCI) has announced it will conduct a one-day case law seminar in May in both Long Beach and San Francisco. The program will examine how recent trends in decisional law are reshaping California workers’ compensation, and discuss appropriate...

Michael Nolan to Retire as President of CWCI, Alex Swedlow Named Successor

Oakland – J. Michael Nolan has announced his retirement as president of the Oakland-based California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWCI) effective May 1, 2013. The Institute’s Board of Directors has named Alex Swedlow, CWCI’s Executive Vice President for Research, as his successor...

CWCI Finds Use of Network Physicians in California Workers’ Comp Continues to Grow

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 provided by physicians who are part of a medical network...

California Public Sector Work Injury Claim Payments Remain Near 10-Year High

Even with the volume of job injury claims reported by California public self-insured entities hovering near a 10-year low last year, total paid and incurred workers’ compensation claim costs for cities, counties and other public agencies in the state remained near their 10-year highs according...

CWCI Scorecard Examines California Workers’ Comp “Other Injury, Poisoning & Toxic Effect” Claims

A new California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWCI) “Injury Scorecard” on job injury claims identified as “other injuries, poisonings and toxic effects” finds that these claims often involve non-specific or ill-defined diagnoses; are more likely than other claims to...

CWCI Research Examines Effect of AMA’s Reclassification of Obesity on California Workers’ Comp

A new California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWCI) report suggests that the number of work injury claims involving obesity could increase sharply, along with the associated costs, following the recent vote by the American Medical Association (AMA) to reclassify obesity as a treatable disease...

CWCI Offers On-Demand Training on Revised Medical Provider Network Regulations

The California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWCI) is offering an on-demand webinar to provide training on recently revised regulations governing California workers’ compensation medical provider networks. The regulations were adopted on an emergency basis and took effect immediately upon...

CWCI Measures California Workers’ Comp Physician Reporting Changes Under the RBRVS Schedule

The average amount paid to California workers’ compensation treating physicians for medical reports fell more than 30 percent in the first quarter of 2014 as the state began to transition to a Resource-Based Relative Value Scale (RBRVS) fee schedule, though a CWCI analysis traces the decline to...

CWCI Announces 2015 California Workers’ Comp Case Law Seminar

The California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWCI) will conduct a one-day case law seminar in May in both Long Beach and San Francisco. The program will examine how recent trends in decisional law are affecting California workers’ compensation, and will cover appropriate negotiation and...

CWCI Study on Independent Medical Review Outcomes in California: Smoke and Mirrors

There are five kinds of lies—fibs, excuses, lies, damn lies, and statistics. The CWCI "study"from a political standpoint has to say that the UR/IMR process is a "success." A great deal of energy was put into the political process of the members of CWCI and other organizations...

CWCI Report Examines Growth of Drug Testing in California Workers’ Comp

A new California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWCI) study quantifies the growing use and cost of drug tests performed on California injured workers in conjunction with the expanded use opioid painkillers, reveals shifts in the types of tests performed after Medicare tightened the rules used...

CWCI Report Tracks California Workers’ Comp Medical and Indemnity Payment Trends

Oakland - New CWCI research that tracks average California workers’ comp medical loss, indemnity benefit and medical cost containment (MCC) payments on accident year (AY) 2005 - 2014 lost-time claims valued at the end of June 2015 shows mixed results, with more developed data on older claims showing...

CWCI Study Measures the Impact of the RBRVS Fee Schedule in California Workers’ Comp

Oakland – A new study shows that as the California workers’ comp system began to transition to a Resource Based Relative Value Scale (RBRVS) fee schedule for physician and non-physician medical services, there was a major shift in where the medical dollars flow, so as intended, primary care...

CWCI Scorecard Quantifies Workers’ Comp Claim & Payment Differences in L.A. County

Oakland -- The California Workers’ Compensation Institute has debuted a new series of research publications, “California Workers’ Compensation Regional Score Cards,” which use subsets of data from CWCI’s Industry Research Information System (IRIS) database to measure and...

CWCI Models Formulary’s Impact on California Workers’ Comp Prescription Drugs

Oakland – A new California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWCI) study uses data from 1.2 million drug prescriptions dispensed to California injured workers in 2014 to model the impact of the draft Medical Treatment Utilization Schedule (MTUS) Drug Formulary released by the Division of Workers’...

CWCI Score Card Examines Inland Empire/Orange County Work Comp Claims

Oakland – The California Workers' Compensation Institute (CWCI) has issued its second Regional Score Card, offering detailed data on claims filed by workers from San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange and Imperial Counties for job injuries that occurred between 2005 and 2015. The Scorecard, based...

CWCI Study Highlights Differences Between Central Valley and Other California Workers’ Comp Claims

Oakland – A new California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWCI) Regional Score Card finds that workers in California’s Central Valley have a distinctly different workers' comp claims experience than those from other regions in terms of notification and treatment lag times, mix...

CWCI Report Looks at Implications of Legalized Marijuana on California Workers’ Comp

Oakland – The California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWCI) has published an analysis on the implications of the passage of Proposition 64, which legalized recreational use of marijuana in California, on employers, workers’ compensation insurers, and the state’s work force...

California Workers’ Comp Medical Mileage Rate Will Decline Slightly for 2017 Travel

The Internal Revenue Service has announced that the standard mileage rate for business miles will decline 0.5 cents per mile to 53.5 cents per mile as of January 1, 2017. The California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWCI) notes that this means the mileage rate that California workers’...

CWCI Spotlights Workers’ Comp Claim Differences Between Bay Area and Other Regions

Oakland – A new California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWCI) analysis finds that San Francisco Bay Area residents account for 17.5% of California job injury claims but only 15.4% of claim costs, and points to several reasons, including faster notifications and less delay in initial treatment...