Report on California’s Independent Medical Review Shows Continued Progress

An annual progress report from the California Department of Workers’ Compensation’s Independent Medical Review program shows it’s working as intended.

IMR is a medical dispute resolution process that uses medical expertise to obtain consistent, evidence-based decisions and is a component of Senate Bill 863, the 2012 workers’ comp reform law.

David Lanier, secretary of the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency, said last week that $1.3 billion in annual savings have been realized since the reforms went into effect and he credited the IMR process in part for those savings.

Highlights of the report include:

The report can be viewed on DWC’s website.