CHSWC Hearing, Symposium on Comp Reforms

The advisory California Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation (CHSWC) scheduled a fact-finding hearing on permanent disability in January, and a conference on workers' compensation topics in April.

The Permanent Disability Fact-Finding Hearing brings together representatives from all segments of the California workers' compensation system to identify problems and propose solutions regarding the permanent disability benefit structure. The hearing is a fact-finding proceeding only, and not part of a rulemaking process.

Challenges in California Workers' Compensation: A Symposium, a two-day conference hosted by the commission April 18-19, will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in San Francisco.

Designed to bring together academics, administrators, attorneys, employers, insurers, labor representatives, program managers, public officials, service providers, and other parties to workers' compensation from California and throughout the nation, the symposium will seek to identify, discuss, and suggest solutions to challenges in the California's workers' compensation system.

Symposium topics include: "Identifying and Defining the Challenges in California Workers' Compensation," "The Impact of the Elimination of the Minimum Rate Law and Anticipated Outcomes," "Health and Safety Issues in Workers' Compensation," "Litigation and Alternative Claims Resolution Approaches," "An Evaluation of Permanent Disability and Discussion of Potential Alternatives," "System Evaluation: Objectives and Methods," "A Review of Medical Benefit Cost Containment Strategies," and "Description of Alternative Benefit Delivery Systems and Identification of Possible Applications."

Created by the 1993 workers' compensation reform legislation, CHSWC is an independent, eight-member advisory commission that monitors the health and safety and workers' compensation systems in California and recommends administrative or legislative modifications to improve the operation of these programs.

The commission conducts a continuing examination of the workers' compensation system, and of the state's activities to prevent industrial injuries and occupational diseases. It also examines workers' compensation and safety and health programs in other states.

For additional information on the hearing or symposium, please contact CHSWC Executive Officer Christine Baker: 30 Van Ness Ave, Room 2122, San Francisco, CA 94102-or call (415) 557-1304.