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California DWC proposes interpreter regulations open to public comment

On April 2nd, The California Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) proposed new interpreter fee schedule regulations online. The public may review and comment on the proposed policy. The possible regulations/proposals include: An objective, uniform fee structure based on the federal court system. Higher rates are paid for certified interpreters over provisionally certified, to encourage use […]

What is the California disability evaluation unit?

The Disability Evaluation Unit (DEU) evaluates permanent disability ratings by looking at medical summaries of health issues (both physical and mental). These evaluations are then used to help decide permanent disability compensation. There are three types of ratings, described below: Formal – requested by workers’ comp judge Consultative – litigated cases, requested by attorney or […]

California Division of Workers’ Compensation seeks to adopt Medicare’s MSA-based and locality-based Geographic Practice Cost Indices on April 17th

More changes to the law continue to surface in California workers’ compensation. The DWC (Division of Workers’ Compensation) will hold a public hearing on April 17th in order to revise the official medical fee schedule for physician and non-physician practitioner services (physician fee schedule). This schedule can be found at California Code of Regulations (title […]

Workers’ compensation 2018 forecast

According to the 2018 USI Insurance Market Outlook report, workers’ compensation rates in 2018 will vary. Further, increasing medical costs (6% year-over-year growth rate) will continue to impact workers’ compensation as well as liability loss totals. The following text from the USI report provides more insight into this 2018 forecast: “Pricing will be driven by […]

Workers’ Comp Fee Schedule Changes: Hospital Outpatient Departments/Ambulatory Surgical Centers

The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) has adjusted the Hospital Outpatient Departments and Ambulatory Surgical Centers section of the Official Medical Fee Schedule (OMFS). This is required by Labor Code section 5307.1 – and is designed to adjust to changes in the Medicare payment field. These changes will go live as of March 15th. The […]