|California Division of Workers’ Compensation and WCAB Continue to Expand Hearing Options at the District Offices|
By Lonce Lamonte and Newsline from the CA DIR's Division of Workers' Compensation - September 9, 2020
The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) and Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB) continue to improve their ability to hold hearings during the COVID-19 pandemic. The following changes are effective September 14.
Updated Hearing Procedures Starting September 14
DWC will continue to hear all mandatory settlement conferences, priority conferences, status conferences, case-in-chief trials, lien conferences, Special Adjudication Unit (SAU) trials and expedited hearings telephonically via the individually assigned judges’ conference lines as announced in newslines issued on April 3, April 28, May 28 and August 12.
|Sedgwick Just Keeps Growing. The now global behemoth has just acquired Nationwide Appraisals.|
By Lonce Lamonte and the news release department of Sedgwick - September 8, 2020
Sedgwick today announced its acquisition of Nationwide Appraisals, a premier auto damage appraiser and inspection provider for the insurance industry.
Nationwide Appraisals’ field inspection services have best-in-class technology and a coast-to-coast network of professionals to optimize the appraiser dispatch process, automate appraisal workflow and standardize reporting, allowing for seamless integration with key partners in the auto claim process. Their system directs claims to the appropriate pathways for resolution, including appraisals, photo estimations, repairs, car rentals/replacements and more.
|Travelers Redesigns Constitution State Services, Its TPA|
By Lonce Lamonte, with the news department of The Travelers - September 1, 2020
The Travelers announced on Wednesday its redesign of Constitution State Services (CSS), its third-party administrator for workers compensation, general liability, commercial auto and property claims.
The new service model for the claim administration subsidiary features customizable programs, digital tools, investigative services and more at a flexible price
Through a reimagined service model, CSS now offers highly customizable solutions based on customers’ unique risk appetites to better help them manage complex claims and loss costs.
|California Division of Workers' Compensation Posts Order to Update Medical Treatment Utilization Schedule (MTUS)|
By Lonce Lamonte and Newsline from the CA DIR's Division of Workers' Compensation - August 24, 2020
The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) has posted an order adopting regulations to update the evidence-based treatment guidelines of the Medical Treatment Utilization Schedule (MTUS).
The updates, effective for medical treatment services rendered on or after September 21, 2020, incorporate by reference the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine’s (ACOEM’s) most recent treatment guidelines to the Clinical Topics section of the MTUS.
August 17, 2020 - Dave North Transitions to Executive Chairman of The Board at Sedgwick. Mike Arbour Appointed CEO and Bob Peterson Promoted to President.
August 12, 2020 - California Division of Workers’ Compensation and WCAB Continue to Expand Hearing Options at the District Offices
August 11, 2020 - California’s Division of Workers’ Compensation Accepting Applications for Qualified Medical Evaluator Examination in October 2020
August 10, 2020 - California’s Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) Issues Notice of Conference Call Public Hearing for Proposed Evidence-Based Update to the Medical Treatment Utilization Schedule (MTUS)
August 5, 2020 - Insight Service Group (ISG) Announces the Acquisition of iUnlimited Inc.
August 3, 2020 - Mitchell-Genex Acquires Coventry Workers’ Comp Services