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

By Mark Powell (Reporter)

Wednesday, June 23, 2021 | 0

The utilization review provision in Senate Bill 1160 didn’t lead to an overall increase in use of medical services, according to a multi-year, retrospective data review by the California Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau. “The hope was that we’d see some indication that utilization review would go down because it exempted some medical services from UR,” WCIRB Senior Vice President and Chief Actuary Dave Bellusci said Tuesday during an Actuarial Committee meeting. “On the other hand, there were some concerns we heard from some of the claims p...

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