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Committee Unanimously Passes Presumption, Salary Continuation Measures

06/23/2021
consent calendar and was passed unanimously without deliberation or testimony. All three bills are designated as fiscal measures and will be referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

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SB 1160's UR Rules Haven't Led to Increased Use of Medical Services, WCIRB Says

06/23/2021
which doesn't apply to services such as imaging and radiology durable medical equipment of more than 250 surgery psychological treatment or home health care took effect in 2018. The law also required providers to submit bills for any emergency treatment provided during the 30-day period within

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State Lawmakers Reject Presumption Expansion for Hospital Workers

06/07/2021
-Berkeley would have extended to certain hospital workers a presumption that MRSA infections are job-related. In 2011 and 2012 Skinner authored similar bills which also were rejected. A number of other comp-related bills are working their way through the Legislature following Friday's crossover

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Lawmakers Pass Bills to Shorten Investigation Period, Mandate MLFS Updates

06/03/2021
. The analysis notes that the DWC adopted a new MLFS for services provided on or after April 1. The analysis also notes that 15 years passed since the last fee schedule update. AB 404 now heads to the Senate for more hearings. Friday is the deadline for state lawmakers to pass bills out of their

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Assembly Passes Firefighter TD Boost, MPN Study Measures

06/01/2021
The California Assembly on Thursday approved bills that would increase temporary disability payments for state firefighters and require a study of issues relating to medical provider networks. The Assembly voted 76-0 to pass AB 872 and 78-0 to pass AB 1465. AB 872 by Assemblyman Jim Wood D

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Federal Judge Gives Surgeon 15 Months for Role in Pacific Hospital Kickback Scheme

05/26/2021
physicians to pay kickbacks in return for referring thousands of patients to Pacific Hospital for spinal surgeries and other medical services paid for primarily through the California workers compensation system. The schemers submitted more than 500 million in fraudulent medical bills in the final

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Committees Pass Comp Bills Ahead of Deadline; Assembly OKs New Skin Cancer Presumption

05/24/2021
Appropriations committees in both chambers of the California Legislature passed multiple workers comp bills last week and the Assembly unanimously approved legislation that would extend presumptive coverage for skin cancer to some game wardens and state parks employees. The Assembly on

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Feds Want Another Crack at Phone They Say Contains Evidence of Kickback Scheme

05/11/2021
photo In September 2018 the FBI tried to access information on an iPhone belonging to imaging business owner Sam Solakyan arguing that it contained emails text messages and other evidence proving he paid more than 8 million for patient referrals that were used to generate bills for ancillary

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MPN Study, MLFS, Cancer Presumption on Deck for Appropriations Committee Hearing

05/10/2021
The Assembly Appropriations Committee on Wednesday will review the fiscal implications of bills that would require a study of medical provider network issues in California require regular updates to the Medical-Legal Fee Schedule and create a presumption that skin cancer is compensable for park

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Insurance Committee Approves Bill to Extend Skin Cancer Presumption to Parks and Wildlife Officers

04/30/2021
it's usually just not enough. The committee on Thursday passed two other workers comp bills to appropriations as part of a consent calendar vote. Assembly Bill 1465 by Assemblywoman Eloise Reyes D-San Bernardino requests a systemwide study to examine treatment delays and access-to-care

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