October 20, 2003

The California Workers’ Compensation Institute will hold a one-day seminar in November at three locations to help workers’ compensation professionals prepare for changes brought about by passage of SB 228 and AB 227, this year’s workers’ compensation reform package signed by Governor Davis. Many of the mandates and changes under these bills take effect Jan. 1, 2004, which gives the workers’ comp community little time to become familiar with all of the provisions and prepare for the changes. Therefore, the seminar will cover a broad range of issues, including: New Fee Schedules Effective Jan. 1, 2004; Utilization Review; Vocational Rehabilitation; Administrative and Structural Changes; Medical Billing Changes; and Loss Control. Because of the short timetable for implementing many of the changes, the program is designed to provide practical information to those who are responsible for administering the system and delivering benefits. Continuing education units will be available for claims administrators, attorneys, hearing reps, rehabilitation professionals and registered nurses. The Institute will present the seminar from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Tuesday, Nov. 4 at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco; Friday, Nov. 7 at the Irvine Marriott; and Monday, Nov. 10 at the Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills. The cost, including all course materials and a luncheon, is $295 for CWCI nonmembers, $195 for CWCI members, and $175 for CWCI member company employees who register three or more attendees together with a single payment postmarked or transmitted by Oct. 24. More details and registration information are available on the Institute’s Web site,

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