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IBR Apps Drop in 2018-19; Providers Bemoan Inability to Recover Filing Fee

By Mark Powell (Reporter)

Thursday, January 21, 2021 | 797 | 1 | 60 min read

Applications for independent bill review fell below 2,000 in 2018 and 2019 for the first time since the process started in 2013, according to a new report by the California Division of Workers’ Compensation. About three-quarters of the eligible IBR applications that were resolved in 2018 and 2019 found providers were underpaid by a combined $3.8 million, according to the report released Tuesday. But provider advocates and comp industry watchers say the report doesn’t address the most pressing issue related to IBR. They say many are likely skipping the process altogether because o...

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