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California Workers’ Compensation Reform SB 863 Analysis: Medical Treatment Provisions

***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 since that time. *** The proposed “new...

California Workers’ Compensation Reform SB 863 Analysis: Medical Treatment Provisions

***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 since that time. *** The proposed “new...

California Workers’ Compensation Reform SB 863 Analysis: Medical Treatment Provisions (9/7/2012)

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 on the Governor’s desk waiting to be signed...

California Workers’ Compensation Reform SB 863 Analysis: Medical Treatment Provisions (9/7/2012)

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 on the Governor’s desk waiting to be signed...

California: Medical Emergencies Post SB 863

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 aspects of the law have changed, and what aspects...

UR and IMR: Did the WCAB Du(bon) the Right Thing? Applicants' Attorneys Chime In

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 are heavily laden concepts that have caused...

California: Lien Disallowed for Surgical Hardware Provided to Pacific Hospital of Long Beach

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 and licensure In Olivas v. North American Plywood...

California: WCAB Affirms Entitlement to Spinal Surgery in a Post-Dubon II Case

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. The WCAB found that the defendant’s 6/9/2014...

CWCI Study Finds Reductions in Workers’ Comp Inpatient Hospital Stays & Spinal Surgeries

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 stays paid under private coverage, but significantly...

WCRI Study Says California Saw Five Percent Decrease in Medical Payments Per Claim in 2013

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 the early impact of the so-called reforms contained...