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WCAB’s Final Rules Published and Will Become Effective January 1, 2015
By Lonce LaMon - October 18, 2014

The Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB) has adopted its final Rules of Practice and Procedure (Rules). The Office of Administrative Law has filed the WCAB’s new Rules with the Secretary of State and they were published October 15, 2014. The new Rules will become effective on January 1, 2015.

The primary purpose of this rulemaking was to repeal the Rules of the Court Administrator and to move the non-duplicative rules into the WCAB’s Rules. These changes are authorized by Assembly Bill 1426 (Stats. 2011, ch. 639), which eliminated the position of Court Administrator and deemed the Court Administrator’s regulations to be regulations of the WCAB. The rulemaking also made largely non-substantive changes to a limited number of existing WCAB Rules.


Last Call To RSVP For Michael Sullivan Party At Lake Chalet Seafood Bar & Grill in Oakland. Opening Of Oakland Office To Be Celebrated.
By Lonce LaMon - October 16, 2014

Megan Sullivan says she basically started at the bottom of the Michael Sullivan & Associates law firm in Los Angeles, pretty soon after the workers’ compensation defense practice opened more than a decade ago.  She was a legal assistant’s assistant.
   
Now, today she is the managing attorney of the new Michael Sullivan & Associates Oakland office located at 1999 Harrison Street, Suite 1800 in Oakland, California.

DWC Issues Notice of Public Hearing to Revise the Official Medical Fee Schedule (OMFS)
By Press Release - October 14, 2014

The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) has issued a notice of public hearing to revise various provisions of the Official Medical Fee Schedule (OMFS). The public hearing has been scheduled for 10 a.m., November 14, 2014, in the Auditorium of the Elihu Harris Building, 1515 Clay Street, Oakland, CA 94612. Members of the public may also submit written comment on the regulations until 5 p.m. that day.

The proposed amendments are as follows:

  • Amend the fee schedules provisions in Article 5.3 and section 9790 in Article 5.5, to reiterate the applicable dates of fee schedule provisions. The Division has become aware of the misapplication of the effective dates of various fee schedule provisions.

DWC Opens Registration for 22nd Annual Educational Conference
By Press Release - October 14, 2014

The California Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) is pleased to announce that registration for its 22nd annual educational conference is now open. The conference will take place February 9-10, 2015 at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott and February 19-20, 2015 at the Oakland Marriott City Center Hotel.

Attendee, exhibitor, and sponsor registration forms may be downloaded from the conference website.


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October 8, 2014 - Three insurance companies receive awards for community investments

October 5, 2014 - Michael Sullivan & Associates, A Workers' Compensation Defense Law Firm, Opens Up In Oakland. Party to celebrate welcomes workers' compensation claims professionals.

October 2, 2014 - California DWC Posts Adjustments to Official Medical Fee Schedule (Physician Services / Non-Physician Practitioner Services)

October 1, 2014 - Santa Barbara, California, Institutional Officer Arrested For Illegally Collecting More Than $60,000 In Workers’ Compensation Benefits

September 29, 2014 - California DWC Invites Claims Administrators to Webinar on Electronic Submission of Records for IMR

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