|California Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board Posts Proposed Updated Rules of Practice and Procedure for Public Comment|
By Lonce Lamonte and the DWC Newsline - June 19, 2019
The Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB) has posted a proposed reorganization and renumbering of its Rules of Practice and Procedure (Rules) for public comment.
WCAB’s Rules are found in the California Code of Regulations, Title 8, commencing with sections 10300 - 10999. WCAB is reworking the organizational structure of the Rules which were initially adopted in 1966, as they no longer accommodate the number and complexity of Rules adopted in the modern era. The reorganization is intended to do the following:
|California’s Division of Workers’ Compensation to Revise Independent Medical Reviews (IMR), Independent Bill Reviews (IBR) Requests for Proposal|
By Lonce Lamonte and the DWC Newsline - June 18, 2019
The Department of Industrial Relations’ Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) has removed two requests for proposal (RFPs) that were recently posted online on the department’s website. The RFPs will be revised and corrected before reposting to solicit bids from contractors who will conduct independent medical reviews and independent bill reviews for a three-year period beginning January 1, 2020, on behalf of the division.
Bids that were submitted will need to be resubmitted when the RFPs are reposted online. The deadline for submission will change.
|Paul Turley, D.C. To Testify In Dr. Uwaydah Criminal Organization Case In L.A. Judge Concerned With Turley's Proffer Stating Uwaydah Controls Everything From Lebanon.|
By Lonce Lamonte - June 13, 2019
The Criminal Organization Munir Uwaydah case, being heard in downtown Los Angeles, is set for further proceedings in Department 106 in Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center on Friday, June 28th 2019.
Paul Turley, D.C., who worked for Dr. Uwaydah for over a decade ostensibly as his second-in-command but had no power in the criminal company, pleaded guilty on December 3, 2018. He is scheduled for the witness stand to give testimony on June 28th.
Dr. Turley proffered to the Los Angeles District Attorney in a protected, currently sealed statement which has been said to be over 1,200 pages. However, some of the contents of Turley’s proffer have been openly discussed in open court proceedings during 2019 since the proffer was filed. All attorneys involved in this case were given copies but the document is not available to the public, which includes the media.
|California Division of Workers’ Compensation Posts Adjustments to Official Medical Fee Schedule (Physician Services / Non-Physician Practitioner Services)|
By Lonce Lamonte and the DWC Newsline - June 13, 2019
The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) has posted an order adjusting the Official Medical Fee Schedule (OMFS) to conform to changes in the Medicare payment system as required by Labor Code section 5307.1.
The Physician and Non-Physician Practitioner Fee Schedule update order adopts the following Medicare changes:
June 10, 2019 - Jon Woods, Applicants' Attorney, Now Faces Charges From California State Bar Court
June 6, 2019 - California Division of Workers' Compensation Posts Requests for Proposal for IMR, IBR
June 3, 2019 - No Trial Date Yet For Dr. Sim Hoffman. His Eyes Are Bloodshot As He Sits In The Court Room In Santa Ana After Eight Years Of Being Prosecuted.
May 29, 2019 - Two Defendants Enter No Contest Pleas to Orange County District Attorney For Participating in an Alleged Supplemental Job Displacement Voucher Fraud Scheme
May 26, 2019 - Jon Woods’ New Trial Set For January 6, 2020. Pretrial for new trial will see him in September 2019.
May 23, 2019 - Yrulegui & Roberts Opens Office In Sacramento. Expansion Allows Firm to Continue Growth in Northern California.