Posted on 18 June 2012 by admin
Division of Workers’ Compensation posts updated fact sheet explaining the use of qualified medical evaluators and agreed medical evaluators
30-day grace period given for use of new fact sheet
In April 2012, the Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) posted an updated fact sheet for injured workers on its Web site which provides answers to questions about qualified medical evaluators (QME) and agreed medical evaluators (AME). The division is providing a grace period until July 15, 2012 to use the revised fact sheet as required for issuance of benefit notices. Only the text is required for compliance.
Specific changes to the fact sheet:
• Information for the need to fill out and file the claim form was revised
• The explanation for treatment within a medical provider network (MPN) was reformatted to clarify questions for potential use of a QME/AME
The updated fact sheet, including the text only version, is available in English and Spanish and can be found on the Information &Assistance Unit Web page.
Original file at: http://www.dir.ca.gov/dwc/dwc_newslines/2012/Newsline_29-12.html
Posted on 13 June 2012 by admin
THE LONG ROAD TO WORKERS’ COMPENSATION REFORM
In what has amounted to lots of statistics, studies – Committee Chairs Senator Ted Lieu and Assembly Member Solorio convened a joint hearing of the Senate Committee on Labor and Industrial relations and Assembly Committee on Insurance yesterday and heard a long list of issues with the California workers’ compensation and permanent disability system.
For the full version please follow the link: newsletter 6 12 12
Posted on 05 June 2012 by admin
POINT-BY-POINT COMPARISON OF PROPONENT’S ARGUMENTS AND REBUTTAL
Senate Bill 923 (DeLeón)
Voters Injured at Work agrees with the sponsor of Senate Bill 923 (DeLeón) – U. S. HealthWorks – that California needs to increase reimbursements to attract and retain qualified physicians to treat and evaluate injured workers. VIAW disagrees with the proposed method of achieving that end. Injured workers need both primary care physicians and specialists, but VIAW cannot support any proposal that funds an increase for one class of physicians at the expense of another. As drafted, by mandating the adoption of the Medicare RBRVS Fee Schedule, SB 923 could slash up to $500 million a year from medical specialists such as orthopedic surgeons, neurosurgeons, internists, neurologists and physical medicine specialists to grant primary care physicians a comparable raise. Without additional new funding, the adoption of the Medicare Fee Schedule will gravely affect injured workers’ access to medical specialist services for both treatment and evaluation.
Click on the link bellow for a full detailed rebuttal.
SB 923 Rebuttal LOGOADDRESS