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Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation (CHSWC)

Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation

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Workers' Compensation Medical Issues

Workers' compensation medical issues include treatment protocols, guides and guidelines, integrated care, pharmacy, fee schedules, physician reports, medical access, and quality-of-care measurements. Quality-of-care measurements assess medical outcomes in terms of physical recovery and patient satisfaction. Medical treatment also covers issues of costs to the payer, as well as costs to the system.

  • New image Identifying Risky Opioid Prescribing Practices, UCLA 2012 acrobat small logo version
  • New image Memorandum on Evaluation of Opioid Prescribing Guidelines Using AGREE II, UCLA 2012 acrobat small logo version
    • Public Comments and the Author’s replies acrobat small logo version
  • Use of Compound Drugs, Medical Foods, and Co-Packs in California’s Workers’ Compensation Program: An Overview of the Issues, RAND, January 2011 acrobat small logo version
  • Medical Care Provided Under California’s Workers’ Compensation Program: Effects of the Reforms and Additional Opportunities to Improve the Quality and Efficiency of Care, RAND, 2011 acrobat small logo version
    Separate Appendices document acrobat small logo version
  • RAND/UCLA Quality-of-Care Measures for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Tools for Assessing Quality of Care and Appropriateness of Surgery, RAND, 2011
  • Working Safer or Just Working Longer? The Impact of an Aging Workforce on Occupational Injury and Illness Costs, February 2011 acrobat small logo version
  • Liens Report, January 2011 acrobat small logo version
    Stakeholder public comments about Lien Report, Volume 1 acrobat small logo version and Volume 2 acrobat small logo version
  • Evaluating the QME Process: Is it Equitable and Efficient? September 2010 acrobat small logo version
  • The Whole Worker: Guidelines for Integrating Occupational Health and Safety with Workplace Wellness Programs, 2010 acrobat small logo version
  • The Frequency, Severity, and Economic Consequences of Musculoskeletal Injuries to Firefighters in California, RAND, 2010 acrobat small logo version
  • Review of Disability Evaluation Delays and Supplemental QME Reports, June 2010 acrobat small logo version
  • Regulatory Actions that Could Reduce Unnecessary Medical Expenses Under California’s Workers’ Compensation Program, RAND, 2009 acrobat small logo version
  • Hospital Emergency Department Services Furnished Under California's Workers' Compensation Program, RAND, 2009 acrobat small logo version
  • Facility Services for Ambulatory Surgery, RAND, 2009 acrobat small logo version
  • Summary of January 9, 2009 First Aid Cases Advisory Group Meeting acrobat small logo version word image version
  • Inpatient Hospital Services: An Update on Services Provided Under California's Workers' Compensation Program Report, RAND acrobat small logo version - Summary acrobat small logo version
  • Summary of July 16, 2008 Workplace Wellness Roundtable acrobat small logo version word image version
  • Workers’ Compensation Medical Payment Accuracy Study, California Department of Insurance, June 2008 acrobat small logo
  • Medical Care Provided California's Injured Workers: An Overview of the Issues, RAND September 2007 acrobat small logo
  • Pay-for-Performance in California's Workers' Compensation Medical Treatment System August 2007 acrobat small logo
  • Report and Recommendations on the Spinal Surgery Second Opinion Process February 2007 acrobat small logo version word image version
  • Impact of physician-dispensing of repackaged drugs on California workers' compensation, employers cost, and workers' access to quality care July 2006 acrobat small logo version word image version
  • A Report on Health Care Organizations (HCOs) in Workers' Compensation April 2006 acrobat small logo version
  • Updated and Revised CHSWC Recommendations to DWC on Workers' Compensation Medical Treatment Guidelines April 2006 acrobat small logo version
  • The Basics About Medical Care for Injured Workers 2006 Acrobat image version
  • California Research Colloquium on Workers’ Compensation Medical Benefit Delivery and Return to Work, RAND, 2006 Acrobat image version
  • Getting Appropriate Medical Care for Your Injury 2006 Acrobat image version
  • Evaluating Medical Treatment Guideline Sets for Injured Workers in California, - Summary RAND 2005 (approved April 2006) acrobat small logo
  • Evaluating Medical Treatment Guideline Sets for Injured Workers in California, RAND, 2005” acrobat small logo version
  • Payments for Burn Patients under California's Official Medical Fee Schedule for Injured workers 2005 acrobat small logo version
  • Payment for Hardware Used in Complex Spinal Procedures under California's Official Medical Fee Schedule for injured Workers, RAND, 2005 acrobat small logo version
  • Paying for repackaged drugs under the California Workers' Compensation Official Medical Fee Schedule May 2005 acrobat small logo version
  • CHSWC Recommendations to DWC on Workers' Compensation Medical Treatment Guidelines, November 2004 acrobat small logo version
  • Assessment of 24-hour care options for California, 2004 acrobat small logo
  • Workers' compensation medical care in California fact sheets
  • Outline: Estimating the range of savings from introduction of guidelines including ACOEM (revised), December 2003 acrobat small logo version word image version
  • Twenty-four hour care, October 2003 acrobat small logo version word image version
  • Adopting Medicare Fee Schedules: Considerations for the California Workers' Compensation Program, RAND, 2003 - Summary acrobat small logo version - Full Text acrobat small logo version
  • Workers' Compensation Medical Payment Systems: A Proposal for Simplification and Administrative Efficiency, August 2003 acrobat small logo version word image version
Workers' compensation pharmaceutical costs study
Evaluation of treating physician reports and presumption
Update of treating physician reports and presumption study
Inpatient hospital fee schedule and outpatient surgery study
Medical legal study
Revised February 7, 2013