Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation
Information Bulletin

January 5, 1999 Christine Baker
(415) 557-1304

Commission Invites Public Input on Critical Issues


SAN FRANCISCO -- The Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation is inviting public input on critical issues that it is studying.

At its February 1999 meeting, the Commission decided to make its issue paper discussing Labor Code Section 5814 available to the public. The Commission has also offered to serve as a clearinghouse for any legislative and/or administrative recommendations submitted by the public.

The Commission, under contract with the Survey Research Center at UC Berkeley, has also developed a preliminary draft report on its study of the quality of treating physician reports and the cost-benefit of the presumption of correctness in favor of the treating physician. These reports are used to determine the percentage of permanent disability from an industrial injury or illness sustained by a worker. A presentation of the work-to-date was made by Frank Neuhauser at the February 1999 Commission meeting. Preliminary results indicate that treating physician reports are of significantly poorer quality than those produced by Agreed Medical Evaluators (AME) or Qualified Medical Evaluators (QME). The public has been invited to submit comments on the preliminary draft report by April 15, 1999.

The Commission, created by the workers' compensation reform legislation of 1993, 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 diseases and to examine those programs in other states.

Further information about the Commission and its activities may be obtained by writing to Christine Baker, Executive Officer, Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation, 30 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 2122, San Francisco, California 94102, by calling (415) 557-1304, or by faxing a request to (415) 557-1385. Information is also available at