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California Division of Workers’ Compensation Posts Additional Adjustment to Official Medical Fee Schedule (Physician Services / Non-Physician Practitioner Services)
By Lonce Lamonte and the DWC Newsline - October 11, 2021

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.

On September 20, 2021, the DWC Administrative Director issued an order adjusting the OMFS Physician and Non-Physician Practitioner Fee Schedule to adopt relevant Medicare physician fee schedule changes for Quarter 4 of 2021. Subsequently, on October 5, 2021, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued revised files for the Quarter 4 National Correct Coding Initiative’s Practitioner PTP Edits. The additional DWC update order adopts the revised Practitioner PTP Edits to supersede the previous file for services rendered on or after October 1, 2021. The other provisions of the September 20, 2021 update order have not been revised and remain in effect.


California Division of Workers’ Compensation Launches Update to the Online Education Module for Qualified Medical Evaluators
By Lonce Lamonte and the DWC Newsline - October 11, 2021

The Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) has launched an update to the online physician education course,“Evaluating California’s Injured Workers: Qualified Medical Evaluators.” Thiscourseis stronglyrecommendedfor allCalifornia Qualified Medical Evaluators (QMEs). It is available to the public and is especially valuable for attorneys, claims administrators and medical providers participating in the California workers' compensation system.


California Division of Workers’ Compensation Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee Meeting Scheduled for October 20th 2021
By Lonce Lamonte and the DWC Newsline - October 7, 2021

The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) has scheduled the next meeting of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics (P&T) Committee on Wednesday, October 20 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. via video/audio conference. Pursuant to the authority provided by Assembly Bill 361 (Statutes 2021, Chapter 165), the physical meeting location has been cancelled for October. The meeting is open to the public.


California Division of Workers’ Compensation Emergency Regulations for Medical-Legal Evaluations and Reporting in Response to COVID-19 in Effect through January 11, 2022
By Lonce Lamonte and the DWC Newsline - October 4, 2021

The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) announces its emergency regulations 36.7 and 46.2 for medical-legal evaluations and reporting, which became effective on May 14, 2020 and were set to expire in October 2021, have been extended until January 11, 2022.

The Office of Administrative Law (OAL) approved the emergency regulations on September 30. This is DWC’s second and final re-adoption in accordance with Government Code section 11346.1(h).


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