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California: Independent Medical Review – Which One Applies To What?

There is much confusion over the two Independent Medical Reviews in the California workers’ compensation system: MPN-IMR and UR-IMR. Attorneys should beware of mixing apples and oranges when it comes to these two separate and distinct processes. This article hopefully will clarify the issues and...

California: WCAB Provides Guidance on Addressing Insufficient Utilization Review Documentation

The UR process requires a good faith effort by both the treating physician and the UR physician to assure that the necessary and appropriate information is available In Smith v. Plant Construction , 2014 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS –, the WCAB panel rescinded the WCJ’s award of medical...

California: WCAB Says MPN Treatment Requests Are Subject to UR/IMR

Legislature did not demonstrate an intent to preclude employers from seeking UR of MPN physicians’ requests for authorization of medical treatment In Stock v. Camarillo State Hospital , 2014 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS --, a WCAB panel held that the defendant’s utilization review (UR) determination...

California: WCAB Affirms Medical Treatment in the Form of Sleep Number i8 Bed

In Carnes v. Auto Zone, Inc., 2015 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS --, a split panel WCAB affirmed the WCJ’s order that the defendant authorize medical treatment in the form of a Sleep Number i8 bed based on the reporting of the applicant’s treating physician, Eldan Eichbaum, M.D. The parties...

California: Timely Utilization Review: WCAB Strictly Applies Bodam Rule

In Gutierrez v. Bigge Crane & Rigging Company , 2015 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS --, the WCAB affirmed the WCJ’s finding that the defendant’s utilization review of a request for authorization submitted by the applicant’s treating physician, Douglas Abeles, M.D., for prescription...

California: IMR Reviewer’s Conclusion Contradicted by IMR Reviewer’s Own Summary of Case

Beware of UR and IMR physicians who use MTUS, ACOEM, and ODG guidelines to deny treatment when, in fact, other MTUS, ACOEM, or ODG guidelines do support an RFA from a treating physician In Gonzalez-Ornelas v. County of Riverside , 2016 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS --, the WCAB rescinded the WCJ’s...