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CA: DWC Posts Revised Draft Physician Fee Schedule for Public Comment

OAKLAND , CA - The Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) has modified its draft physician fee schedule and has posted an online forum for members of the public to review and comment on the revised draft. The forum can be found at http://www.dir.ca.gov/dwc/DWCWCABForum/dwc_PhysicianFeeSchedule...

CA: DWC Accepting Applications for QME Examination

OAKLAND, CA - The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) is now accepting applications for the qualified medical evaluator (QME) examination. The deadline for filing applications is Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010. The examination will be held Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010. QME’s are independent physicians...

CA: DWC Files Amendment to Ambulance Fee Schedule

OAKLAND, CA - The Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) has adopted and filed an amendment to the air ambulance service fees section in the official medical fee schedule (OMFS) with the Secretary of State. The amended regulation exempts “air carriers,” as defined in the federal Airline...

CA: DWC Makes Changes to Select EAMS Forms

OAKLAND , CA - The Division of Workers’ Compensation has made changes to several of its forms that filers use in the Electronic Adjudication Management System (EAMS). The new forms will be posted on DWC’s EAMS Web site on August 2. The changes include the following: The declaration...

CA: DWC Medical Unit Clears Qualified Medical Evaluator Panel Request Backlog

OAKLAND, CA - The Division of Workers' Compensation Medical Unit has successfully cleared the qualified medical evaluator (QME) panel request backlog by processing 31,622 over a two month period of time between April and June, 2010. The unit announced that during the two month period they processed...

CA: DWC Announces Physician Fee Schedule Stakeholder Meeting

OAKLAND, CA - The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) has scheduled a stakeholder meeting to discuss the issues related to drafting regulations regarding the physician fee schedule. The meeting will be held: Date: Tuesday, August 17, 2010 Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Place: Elihu...

CA: DWC Proposes Amendments To Benefit Notice Regulations For Comment

Oakland, CA (CompNewsNetwork) - The Division of Workers' Compensation has posted an online forum for members of the public to use to review and comment on a draft of proposed revisions to the benefit notice regulations contained in Title 8, California Code of Regulations, section 9812. The...

CA: DWC Moving Toward Mandatory E-Filing for Attorneys

***THIS POST WAS REVISED 9/15/2010*** OAKLAND, CA - Last month DWC celebrated two successful years using the Electronic Adjudication Management System (EAMS) as the court’s system of record. DWC is now poised to take the next logical step in trial procedures and practices by wrapping professional...

CA: DWC Posts Revised Draft QME Regulations For Comment

Oakland, CA (CompNewsNetwork) - The Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) has revised selected qualified medical evaluator (QME) regulations and posted them to the online forum where members of the public may review and comment on the proposal. The proposed changes would limit a physician...

CA: DWC Posts New FAQs

Oakland, CA (CompNewsNetwork) - The Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) has posted new frequently asked questions (FAQs) in response to inquiries about compliance with recently amended regulations on medical provider networks (MPNs). In addition, the DWC Web site provides a fillable version of...

CA: DWC's Non-Substantive Amendments To Medical Provider Network Regulations Is Approved

Sacramento, CA (CompNewsNetwork) - The Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) revised the medical provider network (MPN) regulations to correct subdivision references in Title 8 California Code of Regulations, section 9767.3. These non-substantive changes are technical corrections approved by the...

CA: DWC Adjusts Section Of Medical Fee Schedule To Conform With Medicare Payment System

Sacramento, CA (CompNewsNetwork) - The Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) has posted an order adjusting the durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics and supplies (DMEPOS) section of the official medical fee schedule (OMFS) to conform with changes in the Medicare payment system as required...

CA: New DWC Regs To Control Medical Costs To Be In Effect Nov. 15, 2011

Sacramento, CA (CompNewsNetwork) - The Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) has adopted new regulations updating the Workers’ Compensation Information System (WCIS) reporting requirements as part of its 12-point plan to monitor medical costs more effectively. The final regulations, which...

CA: DWC Posts Disability Accommodation Regs For Comments

Sacramento, CA (CompNewsNetwork) - The Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) has drafted regulations for providing disability accommodations to the public and posted them to the online forum where members of the public may review and comment on the proposal. Disability accommodation regulations...

CA: DWC Issues First 15-Day Notice Of Revisions To E-Medical Treatment Billing Regs

Oakland, CA (CompNewsNetwork) -The Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) has modified its proposed regulations to adopt standardized paper medical treatment billing forms and electronic medical billing standards. The 15-day notice of modification has been posted on the DWC Web site. Medical e-billing...

CA: DWC OMFS To Conform To Changes In Medicare Payment System

Oakland, CA (CompNewsNetwork) - The Division of Workers' Compensation has posted an adjustment to the inpatient hospital section of the official medical fee schedule (OMFS) to conform to changes in the Medicare payment system as required by Labor … r ead more

CA: DWC Posts Ambulance Fee Schedule Update

Oakland, CA (CompNewsNetwork) - The Division of Workers' Compensation has adopted an order adjusting the ambulance services section of the official medical fee schedule (OMFS) to conform to changes in the Medicare payment system as required by Labor Code section 5307.1 … read more

CA: DWC Launches E-Billboard For LA Office

Oakland, CA (CompNewsNetwork) - The Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) has launched a new e-billboard for the Los Angeles district office on its Web site to get court announcements and information to practitioners as quickly as possible. Users can now learn everything from the basics, such as...

CA: DWC Issues 15-Day Notice Of Revisions To E-Med Treatment Billing Regs

Oakland, CA (CompNewsNetwork) - The Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) has further modified its proposed regulations to adopt standardized paper medical treatment billing forms and electronic medical billing standards. The second 15-day notice of modification has been posted on the DWC Web site...

CA: DWC Posts 2011 AR Of Inventory Advice And Form For Claims

Oakland, CA (CompNewsNetwork) - The Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) Audit Unit has published the form claims administrators can use for the required 2011 annual report of inventory (ARI) for claims reported in calendar year 2010, along with advice for claims administrators, on its Web site...

CA: DWC Is Accepting Applications For QME

Oakland, CA (CompNewsNetwork) - The Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) is now accepting applications for the Qualified Medical Evaluator (QME) examination. The deadline for filing applications is Thursday, March 17, 2011. The examination will be held Saturday, April 30, 2011 … read more

CA: DWC Participates In 2011 Young Worker Leadership Academy

Oakland, CA (CompNewsNetwork) - The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) is participating in the annual Young Worker Leadership Academy < http://www.youngworkers.org/ywacademy/ywacademy.html > being held Feb. 3, 4 and 5, 2011 in Berkeley. The academy provides a leadership development opportunity...

CA: Acting Administrative Director Carrie Nevans Has Passed Away

Acting Administrative Director Carrie Nevans passed away on Saturday due to complications from kidney failure. Carrie served as the administrative director of the California Division of Workers' Compensation since 2005. A memorial service is being planned in her honor. The family...

CA: DWC Mourns Passing Of Administrative Director Of DWC

Oakland, CA (CompNewsNetwork) - It is with great sadness that the Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC), a division within the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR), announces the passing of acting Administrative Director Carrie Nevans. She was appointed deputy administrative director (AD...

CA: Division Of Workers' Comp Answers UR FAQs

Oakland, CA (CompNewsNetwork) - The Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) has updated and posted answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about utilization review (UR) on its Web site to help claims administrators, employers and workers better understand UR rules and to address the typical...