Senate Bill 863 News

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 …

Interesting but Quiet Year for California Lawmakers on Workers’ Comp

After the behemoth workers’ compensation reform law passed in 2012, state lawmakers this year enacted only a handful of measures that may affect or relate to workers’ compensation. Bills signed by Gov. Jerry Brown included laws on pharmaceutical compounding, preventing …

Baker: California’s Workers’ Comp Reform Showing Signs of Progress

Ten months after “historic reforms” were made to California’s workers’ compensation system there is evidence that the changes are taking hold, however bad actors continue to find ways to game the system, said Department of Industrial Relations Director Christine Baker. …

Lien Fees Working Out in California Workers’ Comp

Jason Molnar makes a living deep in the trenches of workers’ compensation battles in California, so you’d think when there was a no show from an opponent at an official lien hearing that he’d be relieved by what should have …

Study: California Law to Impact Medical Care For Injured Workers

The 2012 workers’ compensation regulatory changes in California are expected to affect both the prices and utilization of medical care to injured workers by most types of providers, according to a study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute. The WCRI …

Bill Deadline in California Legislature Promises a Few Insurance Issues

It’s human nature to wait until the last minute to take care of business, and California legislators are a great example of that. The deadline to introduce bills in the Assembly and Senate is just over a day away: Feb. 22. …

Report Suggests Compounders Adapted to California Price Controls

Think California’s new workers’ compensation reform law addressed just about every aspect of an unwieldy system which, few would argue, desperately needs fixing? Think again. A report on compounding drugs reveals the effects of another workers’ comp-related law enacted at …

DIR Gets Ball Rolling on California Workers’ Comp Reform

The Department of Industrial Relations on Friday announced its new regulations implementing provisions of California’s workers’ compensation reform law. The law, Senate Bill 863, will take effect in several stages, and DIR was tasked with forming regulations to give the …

Carriers ‘Uncertain’ About California Workers’ Comp Reform

Editor’s Note: This is the fourth in a series of articles to look at California’s workers’ compensation reform law, which takes effect Jan. 1, 2013.   Insurance carriers, along with the many stakeholders who are watching and waiting as California’s …