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High Court to Hear Arguments in UR Malpractice Dispute May 29

By Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)

Friday, May 11, 2018 | 1083 | 3 | 32 min read

California’s Supreme Court announced it will hear arguments at the end of the month in a case that has the potential to disrupt how utilization review is performed in the state’s workers’ compensation system. The high court set arguments in King v. CompPartners for 1:30 p.m. on May 29 in San Francisco. The court in April 2016 granted review in CompPartners’ appeal of a decision the 4th District Court of Appeal handed down in January 2016 that allowed an injured worker the opportunity to hold a utilization review physician liable for malpractice. The three questio...

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John A. Don esq. May 11, 2018 09:05 AM

My cat gets better medical care than what UR/IMR is providing workers' right now.

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Dr. Robert Weinmann May 11, 2018 02:38 PM

Treating physicians in California know they're held to practice standards and can be sued for malpractice. Utilization Review (UR) physicians know they're not held to these practice standards and cannot be sued for malpractice. The solution is to create equity in practice so that both treating physicians and UR physicians are licensed in the states in which they practice and also have malpractice insurance in those states. The standard should be duty of care starting with repeal of SB 863.-- Robert L. Weinmann, MD, Editor, The Weinmann Report (www.politicsofhealthcare.com)

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Trista Miller-Meyer May 13, 2018 03:22 PM

I agree Dr. Weinmann. Trista Miller-Meyer, Esq.

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