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Comp Bills on Agenda for Appropriations Hearing

08/28/2023
A bill that would exclude time spent resolving medical treatment disputes from the cap on temporary disability duration is among a handful of work comp bills on the agenda when the California Senate Appropriations Committee meets Friday. The committee is also scheduled to vote on measures

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Committee Passes Private Employer UR Bill

08/18/2023
The California Assembly Appropriations Committee passed a bill requiring in-state licensing for doctors performing utilization reviews for those injured working for private employers. The committee on Wednesday voted 12-2 to pass SB 636. The bill would establish that for private employers

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Insurance Carrier's Claims of Fraud Revived Against Alleged Radiology Service Brokers

08/17/2023
was fraudulent. The court said it found no authority for the defendants' arguments that Allstate was required to identify the dates of each alleged bill the person or entity who prepared individual bills and the person or entity submitting bills. "Moreover even if these details were required

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Comp Bills on Agenda for Appropriations Committee

08/14/2023
departments to the list of first responders covered by the PTSD presumption. The bill would also add emergency services dispatchers to the PTSD presumption statute and postpone a scheduled sunset of the presumption to Jan. 1 2032 from Jan. 1 2025. The Assembly Appropriations Committee meets at 9 a.m

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Governor Signs Tramway Safety Bill to Correct Statutory Reference to Definition of 'Employee'

08/01/2023
California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill calling for workplace safety standards covering passenger tramways that also includes provisions clearing up a statutory reference to the definition of employee for the purposes of workers compensation. Newsom on Thursday signed Assembly Bill 1766

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Governor Extends Authorization to Pay Benefits by Debit Card

07/18/2023
California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill allowing carriers to continue using debit cards to pay indemnity benefits for another year. Newsom on Thursday signed AB 489 by Assemblymember Lisa Calderon D-Whittier. The bill postpones the sunsetting of the law allowing debit cards as a method to

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Sean Cooper Named WCIRB Executive Vice President, Chief Actuary

07/12/2023
served as practice leader and senior actuary for the National Council on Compensation Insurance. Earlier in his career Cooper worked at USAA Insurance Co. Insurance Services Office and AmCOMP Inc. We are delighted that Sean is our chief actuary noted Bill Mudge WCIRB president and CEO. He

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Appropriations Committee Passes Death Benefit Bill , Holds PTSD Expansion Measure

07/12/2023
The California Senate Appropriations Committee passed a bill that would add state firefighters to the list of public employees who are exempt from certain limits on death benefits. At the same time the committee on Monday sent to its suspense file a measure that would expand the post

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Man Pleads No Contest to Charges in Premium Fraud Scheme

07/07/2023
crash while driving an Atlas Security vehicle the District Attorneys Office said in a statement. Robert Foster responded to the guards 1 million medical bill by telling the insurance company that the guard was not an Atlas employee. Investigators found records showing that the guard was driving an

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Alternative Payment Study Report on Agenda for July 14 CHSWC Meeting

07/06/2023
lawmakers requested in 2019. Senate Bill 537 included several provisions addressing medical treatment. Among other things the bill ordered the Division of Workers Compensation and CHSWC to review alternatives to the fee-for-service payment model including capitation bundled payments quality

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