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CWCI Summarizes 2011 California Workers’ Comp Enacted Legislation

The California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWCI) has completed a review of 2011 legislation signed by Governor Brown and flagged 20 workers’ compensation related bills that were enacted this year. They include: AB 55, Gatto: Extension of the right of entertainment production companies...

CWCI Summarizes 2011 California Workers’ Comp Enacted Legislation

The California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWCI) has completed a review of 2011 legislation signed by Governor Brown and flagged 20 workers’ compensation related bills that were enacted this year. They include: AB 55, Gatto: Extension of the right of entertainment production companies...

CWCI Study Finds Use of Physician Networks in California Workers’ Comp Is at a Record High

The use of network physicians to provide medical care to injured workers in California rose sharply in 2005 -- immediately after Medical Provider Networks (MPNs) first became available in California workers’ compensation, expanding employer medical control from 30 days to the life of the claim...

No Change in California Workers’ Comp Medical Mileage Rate For 2012 Travel

The mileage rate that workers’ comp claims administrators pay injured workers for travel related to medical treatment or evaluation of their injuries will remain at 55.5¢ per mile for travel on or after January 1, 2012, regardless of the date of injury. California Labor Code §4600 ...

CWCI Scorecard Looks at Spinal Disorder Claims in California Workers’ Comp

The California Workers’ Compensation Institute has released the second 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 a spine disorder...

CWCI Estimates California Workers’ Comp Drug Testing Costs Hit $98 Million in 2011

A new California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWCI) study finds that widespread use of narcotic painkillers to treat work-related injuries – including relatively minor injuries where their use is not supported by medical evidence -- has fueled exponential growth in the use of drug testing...

CWCI Schedules Workers’ Comp Reform (SB 863) Seminars

The California Workers’ Compensation Institute will hold a 1-day seminar in mid-October in San Francisco and Long Beach to educate industry professionals on the provisions and practical implementation issues related to SB 863, the workers’ comp reform passed by state lawmakers at the end...

California DWC Approves SB 863 Updates to CWCI New Hire Pamphlets & Posting Notices for 2013

The California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWCI) has received state approval on revisions to the pamphlets and posting notices that employers and insurers use to meet workers’ comp employee notice requirements set by state law. Insured and self-insured employers are subject to the notice...

New California Workers’ Comp Medical Mileage Rate for Travel On or After 1/1/13

The Internal Revenue Service has announced that the standard mileage rate for business miles will increase from 55.5¢ per mile to 56.5¢ per mile as of January 1, 2013. According to the California Workers’ Compensation Institute, this means that the mileage rate that California workers’...

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...

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 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 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...