California workers’ comp News

California High Court: Workers’ Comp Law Provides Exclusive Remedy in Utilization Review Case

The California Supreme Court issued an opinion today that utilization review physicians cannot be sued for malpractice, upholding established law that the workers’ comp system provides injured employees an exclusive remedy against an employer for compensable work-related injuries. The court …

California DWC Posts Interim Report on Workers’ Comp Drug Formulary

California’s Division of Workers’ Compensation has posted the second interim status report on its efforts to promulgate regulations for an evidence-based workers’ compensation drug formulary. The regulations were as required by a law passed last year, Assembly Bill 1124. The …

Looking at Injured Worker Benefits from California Comp Reforms out to 2020

Will workers’ compensation benefits from California’s sweeping reform law passed in 2012 help or hurt injured employees over the next four years? Some people didn’t want to wait until 2020 to answer that question. The Santa Monica-based think tank Rand …

California Workers’ Comp Reforms May Have Decreased Medical Payments

Elements of California’s workers’ compensation reform law passed in 2012 may have contributed to the state’s 2013 and 2014 decreases in medical payments per workers’ comp claim, according to a study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute. The study, CompScope …

Fatal Occupational Injuries Fell in California in 2014, Latest Report Shows

The number of Californians who died on the job fell in 2014, according to the latest data available from the California Department of Industrial Relations. The DIR compiled the data from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries and reported it …