Senate Bill 863 News

Reforms May Have Caused Drop in Medical Payments in California, Study Shows

Medical payments per claim in California fell 5 percent in 2013 for claims with more than seven days of lost time at 12 months of experience, a trend that likely reflects the early impact of the 2012 workers’ compensation reform …

Smooth Sailing for Most California Workers’ Comp Cases, Drugs a Problem

More than eight-in-10 workers’ compensation cases in California were taken care of without a hitch, and an overwhelming majority of those cases sent to review were ultimately upheld, according to a new study detailing the outcomes of millions of cases …

Report: Workers’ Comp Reform Saving California’s System $770M Annually

The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau released this year’s evaluation of California’s workers’ comp reform law. The WCIRB Cost Monitoring Report — 2015 Retrospective Evaluation is part of a multi-year cost monitoring plan developed by the WCIRB following the signing …

Small Number Causing California Workers’ Comp Review Excess

A small number of physicians are responsible for a large portion of the independent medical review of workers’ compensation cases in California, a process that could be costing payers in excess of $100 million, a report shows. The IMR process was …

WCRI: Medical Payment Per Claim in California Fell Following Reforms

The average medical payment per claim for treating injured workers fell by 5 percent in California in 2013, according to a study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute. The findings could reflect some early impact of the state’s reform legislation, …

Workers’ Comp Study Looks at California’s Reforms

When California Senate Bill 863 took effect Jan. 1, 2013, it created several fee schedule changes in the California workers’ compensation system. The Workers Compensation Research Institute has released a study looking at the possible effect of these changes on …

California’s Industrial Director Challenges Workers’ Comp Report

California’s Department of Industrial Relations Director it taking a bit of umbrage with a study released last week that showed the state was ranked as the costliest for workers’ compensation. Despite major workers’ comp reforms signed into law in 2012 …

California Costliest State for Workers’ Comp, Report Shows

A state-by-state ranking of workers’ compensation premiums, one that states reportedly use as a motivational call to improve their systems, seems to call for more reform of California’s recently reformed system. Despite major workers’ comp reforms signed into law in …

California Workers’ Comp Officials Continue to Praise Reforms

Touting California’s still-young workers’ compensation reform law as a “pragmatic middle” compromise that seems to be working, two of the top officials responsible for the system talked up some of the reform’s finer points on Thursday. David Lanier, secretary of …

California Injured Workers Medical Costs Moderated Before Reforms

A study issued by the Workers Compensation Research Institute shows medical costs for injured workers in California moderated before sweeping reforms were implemented. WCRI looked at the potential impact of recent reform legislation on price and utilization of medical services …