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California Department of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) Provides Status Report on Drug Formulary, Updates to Medical Treatment Guidelines
By Lonce LaMon - August 26, 2016

California’s Department of Industrial Relations’ Division of Workers’ Compensation (DIR/DWC) is on target to implement a workers’ compensation drug formulary by July of next year as required by Assembly Bill 1124. DWC is also updating its medical guidelines to align with the formulary and provide the best evidence-based care for injured workers while reducing delays in their treatment and administrative burden.

“The drug formulary will help guide medical providers in the best treatment for specific conditions,” said DIR Director Christine Baker. “And using preferred drugs will also help control costs.”

The drug formulary is expected to reduce the need for utilization review (UR) and independent medical review (IMR), processes which consider necessity of proposed treatment. The foundation for the drug formulary is the evidence-based content of Reed Group’s American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) formulary. DWC has drafted rules and criteria for the application of the formulary and use of the preferred drug list. DWC has posted draft formulary regulation text on the DWC Forums for public review and will accept comments until 5 p.m. on Friday, September 16.

Liberty Mutual Execs Move Up The Ranks: Business Insurance  June 2, 2016
Liberty Mutual Insurance made three senior appointments in its commercial insurance operating unit.
Mike Fallon was named president, national insurance, Steve McAnena was named president, business insurance, and Tracy Ryan was named chief claims officer.


California Department of Industrial Relations Director Christine Baker Issues Statement on Speeding Care to Injured Workers
By Lonce LaMon And News Release From The California Department Of Industrial Relations - August 23, 2016

California Department of Industrial Relations Director Christine Baker yesterday, August 22nd, release...

Judge Rules That DA Did Not Botch Electronic Discovery In Criminal Organization Munir Uwaydah Case In Downtown L.A.. Bails For Incarcerated Defendants Will Not Be Lowered As Defense Loses Argument.
By Lonce LaMon - August 22, 2016

Friday, August 19th 2016, was a high flying proceeding in Department 109, the court room of...

CA Department of Workers' Compensation (DWC) Final Medical Treatment Utilization Schedule (MTUS) Regulations, With Opioid Treatment Guidelines, Now in Effect
By California Department of Industrial Relations - News Release - August 15, 2016

The Office of Administrative Law (OAL) has approved the Division of Workers’ Compensation’s (DWC) ...


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By Anthony Santos - August 23, 2016

In NBC’s recent article and film segment “The cost of workers’ comp...


Jennifer Friedl Receives Prestigious Rick Brady Financial Crimes Investigator Of The Year Award
By Lonce LaMon - July 18, 2016

Last month, Jennifer Friedl, an economic crimes investigator with the Orange County District Attorney...


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