Three years ago, Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature enacted a major overhaul of the system that compensates workers for job-related injuries and illnesses. Senate Bill 863, backed by employers and labor unions, affected many specific aspects of the system but was aimed largely at reducing medical costs and redirecting savings into cash benefit increases Read More »
A new study released last week by the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau (WCIRB) finds that L.A.-area claims exceed the statewide average by more than 30 percent and run more than 50 percent higher than those in the San Francisco Bay Area. The study also found that that claim severities tend to be higher in the Central Valley and Read More »
Sacramento, CA – Governor Brown vetoed a bill (AB 305) that would have prohibited medical problems primarily affecting women from being considered pre-existing conditions when calculating workers’ compensation permanent disability and apportionment. The veto was made after signing legislation to give California women the strongest equal-pay protection in the nation. Read the full article by Read More »
The California workers’ compensation system may soon see some relief from the rising costs of prescription drug use in workers’ compensation cases through the adoption of a drug formulary. Read the full article on AMAXX Workers Comp Resource Center here.
California regulators are consulting with officials in other states in an effort to implement a closed prescription drug formulary in the state’s workers’ compensation program. Read the full article on California Healthline here.
Three years after one of the Legislature’s periodic reforms of California’s system of compensating workers for job-related injuries and illnesses, costs to employers are climbing, the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau says in a new report. The 2012 reform, negotiated by Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders with employers and labor unions, was aimed at Read More »
A new study shows evidence that California’s independent medical review process is helping injured workers get high-quality care and protecting them from unnecessary procedures. Read the full article here.
Bill Seeks To Protect Pre-Approved Injured Workers’ Treatment Plans – California Healthline On Wednesday, the California Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee approved a bill (SB 563) that aims to bar insurers from using treatment requests to deny pre-approved care for injured workers. Background In March, the committee started investigating a 2012 law (SB 863) Read More »
Following the announcement by Michael Covert of his resignation from Palomar Health, the Board of Directors, after careful deliberation, has appointed Robert Hemker, Chief Financial Officer, to the position of President and CEO on a permanent basis as of August 15. Read the full press release here. ACHD & ALPHA Fund congratulates Bob on his new Read More »
On Sunday, California lawmakers approved a $156.4 billion state budget plan that includes several provisions that affect the state Department of Health Care Services, the Department of Public Health and other health care-related agencies, the Sacramento Bee reports. The plan was approved by a 25-11 vote in the state Senate, with one Republican lawmaker voting Read More »