October 22, 2009

Christine Baker


The Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation Approves RAND Working Papers on Reducing Medical Costs and Hospital Emergency Department Services in Workers' Compensation

OAKLAND --The Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation (CHSWC) has approved two RAND Working Papers: “Regulatory Actions that Could Reduce Unnecessary Medical Expenses Under California’s workers’ Compensation Program”; and “Hospital Emergency Department Services Furnished Under California’s Workers’ Compensation Program.” 

The RAND working paper on regulatory actions to reduce unnecessary expenses discussed potential refinements to the Official Medical Fee Schedule that would reduce workers’ compensation medical expenses. The second RAND working paper on hospital emergency department services examines services received by injured workers covered by the California workers’ compensation system and tries to identify whether there might be medical care payment or quality-of-care problems.

CHSWC is charged with overseeing the health and safety and workers’ compensation systems in California and recommending administrative or legislative modifications to improve their operation.  The Commission was established to conduct a continuing examination of the workers’ compensation system and of the state’s activities to prevent industrial injuries and occupational illnesses and to examine those programs in other states.

Information about the RAND Working Papers and about CHSWC is available at and by writing to the Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation, 1515 Clay Street, Room 901, Oakland, CA 94612, by calling (510) 622-3959, by faxing a request to (510) 622-3265, or by emailing