FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 19, 2012

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Lachlan Taylor
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(Revised*) The Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation
Approves Report on “Medical Care Provided Under California’s Workers’ Compensation Program”

OAKLAND -- The Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation (CHSWC) is pleased to announce that the Commission’s report prepared by RAND, “Medical Care Provided Under California’s Workers’ Compensation Program: Effects of the Reforms and Additional Opportunities to Improve the Quality and Efficiency of Care,” has been approved for release.

California’s workers compensation system was at the center of intense debate and legislative activity during the period leading up to reforms in 2003 and 2004, as rapid growth in medical care expenditures stimulated a series of reform efforts to control medical treatment expenses for injured workers and to improve program efficiency. The report focuses on policies and incentives in the post-reform period that affect the use and costs of medical care. The report also recommends policy changes that would improve the quality and efficiency of care. The full report is available on the CHSWC website.

CHSWC is charged with examining 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 report on “Medical Care Provided Under California’s Workers’ Compensation Program: Effects of the Reforms and Additional Opportunities to Improve the Quality and Efficiency of Care” is available online as is information about CHSWC. Information may also be obtained 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 chswc@dir.ca.gov.

*Revised to credit RAND Corporation for the research.

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