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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.


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, released the following statement on SB 1160 (Mendoza), legislation which makes substantial reforms to the utilization review process used to contest care to injured workers.

“The 2012 workers’ compensation reforms were designed to increase benefits and improve medical care for injured workers, and to control costs for employers. We have been closely monitoring treatment issues, and under the leadership of the administration and the department, we have been meeting with stakeholders on options to improve the utilization review process used by claims administrators and employers to challenge the medical treatment of injured workers.


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 the Honorable Kathleen Kennedy in downtown L.A. in the People vs. Criminal Organization Munir Uwaydah. 

Defense attorney Benjamin Gluck, leading the defense, brought witnesses from forensic electronic discovery companies who testified from the witness stand.  The prosecution brought their own electronic discovery expert, Jake Gibson, who is a senior investigator for the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office. 

The defense witnesses testified in agreement that forensic files are pictures that can’t be altered.  A forensic image is sound.  The imaging of the hard drives has to be done in a forensically sound manner in order that none of the evidence be tainted.


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) final version of the Medical Treatment Utilization Schedule (MTUS) regulations that updates the Chronic Pain Medical Treatment Guidelines and adopts Opioids Treatment Guidelines.

Following national reports of opioid misuse, DWC proposed issuing guidelines and began the process with a forum for public comment in 2014. The guidelines that have been added to the MTUS provide best practices in appropriately treating injured workers while also enhancing safety in using these medications to manage pain.


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