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Mileage Rate for Medical and Medical-legal Travel Expenses Increases Effective January 1, 2015
By CA Dept of Industrial Relations Press Release - December 16, 2014

The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) is announcing the increase of the mileage rate for medical and medical-legal travel expenses by one and one-half cent to 57.5 cents per mile effective January 1, 2015.

This rate must be paid for travel on or after January 1, 2015 regardless of the date of injury. Labor Code section 4600, in conjunction with Government Code section 19820 and the Department of Personnel Administration regulations, establishes the rate payable for mileage reimbursement for medical and medical-legal expenses and ties it to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Workers' Compensation Claims Veteran, Michael McFadden, Promoted To Executive Vice President At Patriot National In Woodland Hills, California
By Lonce LaMon - December 12, 2014

Michael McFadden, of Patriot National Insurance Group, has been promoted to Executive Vice President from Regional Vice President in Patriot National’s Warner Center, Woodland Hills, California office.   This West Coast headquarters is located at 21255 Burbank Boulevard, Woodland Hills, 91367; the home office of Patriot National is in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. 
Michael is not at liberty to provide additional details or information about his promotion at this time. 
Just a little over three years ago, in October of 2011, Michael McFadden joined Patriot National as Vice President of Operations after a 25-year career with Zenith Insurance Company in Woodland Hills.  He joined Patriot National as an executive overseeing the entire insurance operation, with the workers’ compensation claims departments reporting directly to him, but also with all operational responsibility for the work flow between underwriting and marketing, loss control, and auditing under his executive management. “Everything you would think of that would be involved in running an insurance company,” he explained in late September of 2012. 

DWC Posts Proposed “Chronic Pain Medical Treatment Guidelines” to Online Forum for Public Comment
By CA Dept of Industrial Relations Press Release - December 8, 2014

The California Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) has posted proposed “Chronic Pain Medical Treatment Guidelines” to its online forum.Members of the public may review and comment on the proposal online until Thursday, December 18.

“Chronic pain is a national concern. By issuing these guidelines, California continues to be on the forefront of providing appropriate care and improving outcomes,” said Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) Director Christine Baker. DWC is a division of DIR.

The current Medical Treatment Utilization Schedule (MTUS) Chronic Pain Medical Treatment Guidelines is based on a “frozen” 2009 adaptation of the Official Disability Guidelines (ODG) published by the Work Loss Data Institute.

Kareem Ahmed Requests Change In Conditions To His Five Million Dollar Cash Bail. Two Orange County Indictments Amended And Refiled While 15 Defendants Rearraigned.
By Lonce LaMon - December 5, 2014

At the end of court proceedings on the morning of November 21st 2014, in Orange County Superior Court room C-45, Benjamin Gluck, defense counsel for defendant Kareem Ahmed, Barack Obama’s million-dollar-donor now accused of 100 million dollars in insurance fraud, made a request to the court for a change to his client’s bail conditions. Judge Thomas Goethals asked to be reminded if it was indeed true that Kareem Ahmed had posted five million dollars in cash bail.  Deputy District Attorney, Shaddi Kamiabipour, confirmed that that was correct.  Indeed. 
Five million dollars in cash bail.
Benjamin Gluck told the court that his client would like to go to Washington, D.C.  His bail conditions have been as such that Ahmed can only travel within the state of California.  Thus, The Honorable Thomas Goethals told Gluck to submit a request to the People and explain. 

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