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California: Challenging Utilization Review at an Expedited Heading: Becerra and Corona Panel Decisions

By Mark L. Kahn (Associate Chief Judge-Ret.), Arbitrator/Mediator/Attorney - Altman Lunche and Blitstein LexisNexis Online Subscribers: Citations below link to Lexis Advance. Bracketed citations link to lexis.com. Applicant can challenge whether defendant timely and properly conducted UR at an...

California: Slow Taper of Opioid Usage: UR Decisions Must Be Consistent With the MTUS

In McCool v. Monterey Bay Medicar , 2014 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS --, the WCAB panel rescinded the WCJ’s award of medical treatment in the form of Oxycontin, Norco and Lyrica to the applicant who sustained an industrial low back injury on 9/17/83 resulting in three back surgeries. The WCAB...