|Strange Days. How Being Labeled Indispensable Could Kill The Staff.|
By Jorge Alexandria - April 8, 2020
As I write this, the U.S. has reported more than 11,000 deaths from COVID-19, with a potentially terrifying surge in fatalities still to come. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, projects the total at 100,000 and 240,000, if we are lucky.
Dr. Fauci, is the welcome face of reason in stark contrast to President Trump’s bullish optimism. Trump, who continues to downplay the risk of coronavirus, has turned aside calls for a national stay at home order and has refused to even ask irresponsible governors to order social distancing in their states, even though his own medical team has said it is the only hope there is of containing the virus. Trump’s wishful thinking has led many Americans to believe we can get back to business as usual the Monday after Easter (April 13). One should see Dr. Fauci contradict President Trump, time after time, while standing right beside him during press briefings. It is actually quite funny- I encourage you to You Tube it if you can.
|William J. Saake, Renowned Zenith Insurance Claims Executive, Dies At Age 88. Saake was a powerful figure in claims from the late 1970s until his retirement in 2007.|
By Lonce Lamonte - April 7, 2020
William J. Saake, more commonly known as Bill Saake, died on January 31st 2020. He succumbed to complications following surgery. He was 88 years old.
Saake was hired by Stanley Zax, Zenith’s former Chief Executive Officer, to head up the claims department. Zenith in 1978 was financially ailing and Stanley Zax was hired then to bring The Zenith out of receivership. Bill Saake was hired shortly after Zax took the CEO helm and rose to Senior Vice President of Claims.
|California Division of Workers’ Compensation Cancels Quarterly Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee Meeting Scheduled for April 22nd 2020|
By Lonce Lamonte and the DWC Newsline - April 6, 2020
In compliance with ongoing stay-at-home orders, the Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) has canceled the next meeting of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics (P&T) Committee scheduled for Wednesday, April 22 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the Elihu M. Harris State Building, conference room #11 on the second floor, 1515 Clay Street in Oakland.
|California Division of Workers’ Compensation and WCAB Announce Updated Hearing and Filing Procedures|
By Lonce Lamonte and the DWC Newsline - April 3, 2020
The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) and the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB) are announcing an update to the modified calendar and filing procedures announced on March 16, 2020. This update to the procedures continues to prioritize the health and safety of staff and the public to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
April 2, 2020 - California Division of Workers’ Compensation Posts Adjustments to Official Medical Fee Schedule (Hospital Outpatient Departments/Ambulatory Surgical Centers)
April 2, 2020 - California Division of Workers’ Compensation Posts Adjustments to Official Medical Fee Schedule (DMEPOS)
March 31, 2020 - My Red Mask. My girlhood skills are saving me now.
March 28, 2020 - California Division of Workers’ Compensation Issues Emergency Measures for Medical-Legal Evaluations during Governor Newsom’s Stay-at-home Order
March 27, 2020 - California Division of Workers’ Compensation Posts Adjustment to Official Medical Fee Schedule (Pathology and Clinical Laboratory Section) and Adopts COVID-19 Testing Codes
March 27, 2020 - California Division of Workers’ Compensation Postpones Medical Treatment Utilization Schedule (MTUS) Public Hearing Scheduled for March 30th 2020