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Voucher System Regulations - Observations, Comments 02/14/2004
State: CA | Segment: | 1032 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The CA Division of Workers' Compensation has posted on their DWC Forum the proposed rules and forms for implementing the Vocational Voucher program recently enacted as a part of the 2004 reform laws. The respo...Read More
Crown vs. WCAB and the Hard Lesson 02/14/2004
State: CA | Segment: | 919 | 0
The recent Fifth Appellate decision, Crown vs. WCAB (F043811 (WCAB No. STK 160122)(2/05/04) is invaluable to counsel - not only was it a difficult lesson for the defense in the case, but the Court provided specific dire...Read More
The PTP, Secondary Treater, and Pre-Authorization 02/14/2004
State: CA | Segment: | 3530 | 0
The WorkCompCentral Professional Forums recently hosted a question on pre-authorization of medical care. The following dialogue has been heavily edited for readability and the answers have been combined for a cohesive explanation. Question: My understanding is that neither...Read More
Working With What We Know 02/14/2004
State: CA | Segment: | 848 | 0
As of January 1, 2004, the vocational rehabilitation benefit for injured workers was eliminated for injured workers with dates of injuries subsequent to 1/1/04 and a job displacement benefit was signed into law under AB 227. Specifics regarding the implementation of the voucher are presently being...Read More
The New 4062, or 02/01/2004
State: CA | Segment: | 888 | 0
The 2003 reform bills drastically changed the dispute resolution process when the Primary Treating Physician (PTP) recommends surgery to the back or neck, and contains certain hazards for the claims examiner not careful with the available choices, in addition to many unanswered questions that will n...Read More
Wilkinson & Parker: A Review of Multiple Disabilities 02/01/2004
State: CA | Segment: | 1012 | 0 | Popular with Legal
When can different injuries be combined on the Multiple Disabilities Table?Assume the following fact pattern: On one specific date (we'll call it February, 2002) the claimant sustained a specific industrial injury to his left knee. He underwent surgery in and returned to work in October 2002...Read More
What Does Repeal of Voc Rehab Mean to Physicians? 02/01/2004
State: CA | Segment: | 1066 | 0
Now that Voc Rehab has been "repealed" what are the practical effects for the Primary Treating Physician? This question was recently posed in the WorkCompCentral Forums, and there seems to be debate as to just how much the workers compensation physician is required to comment on relative...Read More
Voc Rehab Post Reform - A Clarification on Entitlement 02/01/2004
State: CA | Segment: | 863 | 0
There still seems to be a fair amount of confusion regarding entitlement to VR benefits and services for injured workers with a pre-2004 date of injury who are not ready (or determined eligible) for services before 1/1/2004. A few defense attorneys have advised RU Consultants they will appeal any D...Read More
The Workers' Compensation Crisis; The Hidden Truth 5 02/01/2004
State: CA | Segment: | 869 | 0
This is the fifth of a five part series. A list of all prior articles in this series is at the bottom of this article. The last article was an explanation of the experience modification factor, and looked at how it was really like a high (usurious?) interest rate revolving credit line. Th...Read More
The Workers' Compensation Crisis; The Hidden Truth 4 01/17/2004
State: CA | Segment: | 543 | 0
The Ex-Mod Credit Card How To Get Out of the Ex-Mod Credit Card Trapb Part 4 of a 5 part series Ah, the mysterious experience modification. Ode to the elusive modification rate, the Cleopatra of Comp, the unit statistical filing date. As you taunt me with your B...Read More
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