|California Division of Workers Compensation Posts Additional Adjustments to Official Medical Fee Schedule, Hospital Outpatient Departments and Ambulatory Surgical Centers|
By Lonce Lamonte and Newsline from the CA DIR's Division of Workers' Compensation - November 19, 2020
On October 7, the Division of Workers’ Compensation’s Administrative Director issued an order adjusting the Hospital Outpatient Departments and Ambulatory Surgical Centers Fee Schedule portion of the Official Medical Fee Schedule to conform to changes in the Medicare system, effective for services rendered on or after October 1, 2020.
|California Workers’ Compensation Coronavirus Claim Count Now Exceeds 50,000|
By Lonce Lamonte - November 19, 2020
Over 50,000 COVID-19 claims have been reported to the California Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) so far this year. That includes 282 death claims, according to the California Workers’ Compensation Institute.
The California workers’ compensation COVID-19 monthly claim count peaked in July. One out of every nine California job injury claims reported so for the year 2020 has been a coronavirus claim.
After seven months of this year hitting a high of 14,453 claims in July, the number of COVID-19 workers’ comp claims reported to the DWC began to decline. The latest count shows 6,710 claims with August injury dates, 3,779 claims with September injury dates, and 2,016 claims with October injury dates, according to the CWCI.
|Fewer Employees Injured In Auto Accidents Now In Age Of COVID-19|
By Lonce Lamonte - November 11, 2020
It shouldn’t be surprising that fewer employees are being injured in auto accidents presently in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 continues to impact the economy with altered behaviors.
Motor vehicle accident related workers’ compensation system costs in 2020 are projected to be reduced due to COVID-19 and, therefore, potentially offset other COVID-19 related costs.
Overall, it has been found COVID-19 will result in an expected decrease to workers’ compensation motor vehicle expenses as motor vehicle accidents decline. This is consistent with decreases in miles driven between March and June 2020.
|California Division of Workers’ Compensation Posts 2019 Audit Unit Annual Report and the Ranking Report|
By Lonce Lamonte and Newsline from the CA DIR's Division of Workers' Compensation - November 5, 2020
The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) has posted the 2019 DWC Audit Unit annual report on its website. The Audit Unit annual report provides information on how claims administrators audited by the DWC performed and includes the Administrative Director’s ranking report for audits conducted in calendar year 2019.
The Audit Unit annual report details the results of audits conducted in 2019 and provides the name and location of each insurer, self-insured employer, and third-party administrator audited during that time. This report to the Legislature summarizes audits conducted in accordance with Labor Code sections 129 and 129.5 to assure that injured workers, and their dependents in the event of their death, are provided with all benefits due them in an expeditious manner.
November 2, 2020 - California Division of Workers’ Compensation Announces Temporary Total Disability Rates for 2021
October 30, 2020 - California Division of Workers’ Compensation Posts Adjustments to Official Medical Fee Schedule Inpatient Hospital Section to Conform to Medicare Changes
October 28, 2020 - California’s DIR Division of Workers’ Compensation Issues Notice of Public Hearing on December 14th for Proposed Regulations Revising the Medical-Legal Fee Schedule
October 22, 2020 - New California Requirement Over COVID-19 Case Reporting To Workers’ Comp Insurers Has Employers Busy
October 14, 2020 - California Division of Workers’ Compensation Posts Adjustments to Official Medical Fee Schedule (Hospital Outpatient Departments/Ambulatory Surgical Centers)
October 13, 2020 - California Division of Workers’ Compensation Emergency Regulations for Medical-Legal Reporting in Response to COVID-19 are in Effect through March 12, 2021