CWCI News

California Workers’ Comp Hospital Stays From 2010 to 2019 Examined

A new study from the California Workers’ Compensation Institute shows the steep drop in the number of inpatient hospitalizations involving injured workers in the state over the past decade was largely due to the ongoing decline in spinal fusions and …

Report: COVID-19 Accounts for 1-in-9 California Workers’ Comp Claims in 2020

The California workers’ compensation COVID-19 claim count continued to grow in August, albeit at a much slower rate than in July, with new data showing that as of Sept. 21, the state had recorded 5,130 COVID-19 claims with August injury …

Report Shows Steep Drop in California Workers’ Comp IMRs in 1st Half Year

The number of independent medical reviews used to resolve California workers’ compensation medical disputes fell sharply in the first half of 2020 as the pandemic took a toll on the state’s economy with statewide unemployment spiking to a record level …

Study Tracks Post-Reform Trends in California Workers’ Comp Medical Service

The average number of visits for evaluation and management and physical medicine services in the California workers’ compensation system has continued to edge down since the enactment of the sweeping reform law SB 863 in 2012. However, with the adoption …

Report: COVID-19 Workers’ Comp Claims on The Rise in California

The number of California workers’ compensation claims for COVID-19 continues to climb, according to a new report compiled by the California Workers’ Compensation Institute. Data from the Division of Workers’ Compensation shows that as of Aug. 10, there were 9,515 …

California Workers’ Comp Direct Written Premium Continued to Fall Last Year, Report Shows

California workers’ compensation total direct written premium continued to decline in 2019, falling 7.0% to a five-year low of $11.42 billion, as nine out of the state’s 10 largest insurer groups wrote less premium in 2019 than in 2018, a …

Study: Sharp Drop in California Workers’ Comp Independent Medical Reviews

The number of Independent Medical Review determination letters, a process used to resolve California workers’ compensation medical disputes, fell sharply in prescription drug disputes by 11.3% from 2018 to 2019, with data from the first quarter of 2020 showing the …

CWCI Elects Board of Directors for 2020

Matthew Zender of AmTrust North America has been elected chair of the California Workers’ Compensation Institute Board of Directors for 2020. Zender, who was vice-chair of the CWCI board in 2019, replaces Rose Barrett of North American Casualty Co., who …

Drop in California Workers’ Comp Opioid Use Reducing Claims $6.5B, Report Shows

The prevalence of opioids in California workers’ compensation lost-time claims has dropped 51% over the past decade, reducing both average benefit payments and average days away from work on those claims, according to a new study released by the California …

Study: 94.1% Approval Rate for California Workers’ Comp Treatment Services

A new study shows that following the adoption of recent changes to streamline the California workers’ compensation medical review and approval process, 94.1% of medical services performed or requested for California injured workers were either approved or approved with modifications. …