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Bills to Maintain Debit Card Payments, Extend Presumptions in SD Go to Senate Floor

06/28/2023
Bills that would give fire and rescue workers in San Diego the same presumptions as other first responders and allow California carriers to continue using debit cards to pay indemnity benefits bypassed a fiscal committee and are now up for a vote by the full Senate. Assembly Bill 699 by

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Committee Passes Bill to Exempt Medical Dispute Time From TD Cap

06/27/2023
concern that the proposed legislation purports to correct would provide de minimis if not negative returns CWCI said. The California Applicants Attorneys Association which is sponsoring the bill agrees that the law would affect a small number of claims. However CAAA said it is morally

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CWCI Posts Analysis of AB 1213

06/15/2023
its review of claims from 2015-2017 found fewer than one in 100 claims were likely to meet the criteria in Assembly Bill 1213. The bill would exclude time spent successfully challenging a medical treatment denial from the 104-week cap on temporary disability benefits. CWCI said it found 0.9 of TD

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Contractor Class Code Certification Clears Committee

06/14/2023
A policy committee in the California Senate passed a bill that would require contractors certify the class codes on their workers compensation policy when applying for and renewing licenses. The Senate Committee on Business Professions and Economic Development on Monday voted 12-0 to pass

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Senate Passes Value of Care Study Measure

05/31/2023
The California Senate last week passed a bill that would request a study on the viability of linking workers compensation reimbursement for medical services to the value of care provided to injured workers. Sen. Melissa Hurtado The Senate voted 32-2 on Friday to pass SB 697 by Sen

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Assembly Passes Bill to Exempt UR Time From TD Cap, Expand PTSD Presumption

05/30/2023
passed a bill that would require contractors to certify class codes endorsed on their work comp policies when renewing licenses and the Senate passed a bill that would presume skin cancer is compensable for game wardens and park rangers. The Assembly on Thursday voted 62-8 to pass AB 1213 by

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Senate Passes Bill Calling for Study of Gender Disparities

05/26/2023
The California Senate passed a bill that would require the Division of Workers Compensation to study differences in benefits provided to injured workers based on gender. Sen. Dave Cortese The Senate on Wednesday voted 31-8 to pass SB 631 by Sen. Dave Cortese D-Campbell. The bill

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Senate Passes PTSD Presumption, UR Licensing Measures

05/24/2023
-Campbell would require that physicians performing utilization review for private employers are licensed by the Medical Board of California. The bill would also require that psychologists be licensed by the California Board of Psychology if theyre performing UR on claims involving private employers

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Fiscal Committees Pass Comp Bills Ahead of Deadline

05/23/2023
providers are paid and whether the work comp system inherently discriminates based on gender were among the cheapest. The most expensive bill according to the analyses prepared for committees in both chambers is AB 621 which would add Department of Forestry and Fire Protection workers who are members

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CWCI: IMR Volume Down, UR Uphold Rate Better than 90%

05/17/2023
Independent medical reviewers affirmed the denial or modification of more than nine out of every 10 disputed medical treatment requests in 2022 just as they have on average each year since 2014 when the administrative process created by Senate Bill 863 was fully implemented. The California

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