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Division of Workers' Compensation

The Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) monitors the administration of workers' compensation claims, and provides administrative and judicial services to assist in resolving disputes that arise in connection with claims for workers' compensation benefits.

DWC's mission is to minimize the adverse impact of work-related injuries on California employees and employers.

Read more about DWC's drug formulary project

AB 1124 requires the adoption of an evidence-based workers' compensation drug formulary by July 1, 2017. Information regarding the DWC drug formulary is now available.

Workers' compensation programs and units

What's New

August 2016

August 26, 2016 DWC Posts Draft Formulary Regulations, Related Documents to Online Forum for Public CommentM
August 26, 2016 DWC Provides Status Report on Drug Formulary, Updates to Medical Treatment Guidelines
La División de Compensación de Trabajadores Ofrece Informe del Estado del Formulario de Medicamentos y Actualizaciones de las Pautas de Tratamiento Médico
August 22, 2016 DIR Director Baker Issues Statement on Speeding Care to Injured Workers
August 19, 2016 $600 Million in Workers' Compensation Liens Filed by Convicted or Indicted Physicians, Providers
Médicos y Proveedores Acusados o Declarados Culpables Presentaron Derechos de Retención de Compensación de Trabajadores por $600 Millones
August 12, 2016 DWC Final Medical Treatment Utilization Schedule (MTUS) Regulations, With Opioid Treatment Guidelines, Now in Effect

July 2016

July 15, 2016 Report on Workers’ Comp Reforms Shows Progress, Benefits for Injured Workers, Employers
Informe Sobre Reformas de Compensación de Trabajadores Muestra Progreso, Beneficios Para Trabajadores Lesionados y Empleadores
July 13, 2016 DWC Medical Unit Accepting Applications for Qualified Medical Evaluator Examination on October 29
July 1, 2016 DWC Posts Interim Report on Assembly Bill 1124 Mandating an Evidence-Based Workers' Compensation Drug Formulary

June 2016

June 30, 2016 DWC Posts Adjustments to Official Medical Fee Schedule (Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies)
June 14, 2016 DWC to Enforce Lien Claimants' Use of Uniform Assigned Name
June 14, 2016 DWC Announces Temporary Total Disability Rates for 2017
June 9, 2016 DWC Posts Adjustments to Official Medical Fee Schedule (Physician Services / Non-Physician Practitioner Services)
June 6, 2016 DWC Issues Second 30-Day Comment Period for Proposed Modifications to the Hospital Outpatient Departments and Ambulatory Surgical Centers Fee Schedule

May 2016

May 31, 2016 Division of Workers' Compensation Mourns the Loss of Workers' Compensation Judge Rosa Moran
May 25, 2016 DWC Posts Proposed Further Amendments to WCIS Regulations and EDI Implementation Guides
May 24, 2016 DWC Posts Amendments to Draft Home Health Care Fee Schedule Regulations
May 13, 2016 DWC Announces Appointment to Ethics Advisory Committee
May 12, 2016 DWC Announces New Search Tool for Independent Medical Review (IMR) Decisions
May 10, 2016 Division of Workers’ Compensation Announces the Appointment of Dr. Raymond Meister as Executive Medical Director

April 2016

April 20, 2016 DWC Posts Workers' Compensation Fact Sheets, Claim Form in Chinese, Korean, Tagalog and Vietnamese
April 12, 2016 DWC Posts Information on February 26 Order Regarding Official Medical Fee Schedule (Physician Services/Non-Physician Practitioner Medical Fee Schedule)
April 8, 2016 DIR Issues Notice of Public Hearing on April 15 for Proposed Modifications to Return-to-Work Supplement Program
April 4, 2016 DWC Posts Additional Adjustments to Official Medical Fee Schedule (Physician Services / Non-Physician Practitioner Services)

March 2016

March 30, 2016 DWC Posts Adjustments to Official Medical Fee Schedule (DMEPOS)
March 30, 2016 DWC Releases Fourth Edition of the Physician's Guide to Medical Practice in the California Workers' Compensation System
March 14, 2016 DWC Announces Appointments to Ethics Advisory Committee
March 9, 2016 DWC Posts Ethics Advisory Committee Annual Report for 2015

February 2016

Feb. 29, 2016 DWC Posts Calendar for its 24 Courts on Website
Feb. 22, 2016 Applicants' Attorneys Can Now Submit IMR Applications and Medical Records Using MOVEit Secure File Transfer
Feb. 12, 2016 DWC Posts Proposed Amendments to its WCIS Regulations and EDI Implementation Guides
Feb. 11, 2016 DWC Posts Formulary Public Meeting Agenda and Related Materials to the DWC Forum
Feb. 10, 2016 DWC Reminds Claims Administrators Regarding Utilization Review Procedures
Feb. 10, 2016 DWC Medical Unit Accepting Applications for April 16 Qualified Medical Evaluator Examination
Feb. 8, 2016 DWC Announces Recipients of 2016 Carrie Nevans Community Service Award
Feb. 5, 2016 DWC Posts the Proposed Guideline for Mental Illness & Stress to Online Forum
Feb. 1, 2016 DWC Administrative Director Destie Overpeck to join the State Bar of California

January 2016

Jan. 29, 2016 DWC Posts Adjustment of Official Medical Fee Schedule (OMFS) Inpatient Hospital Section to Conform to Medicare Changes
Jan. 28, 2016 DWC Announces Public Meeting to Discuss Creation of Workers' Compensation Drug Formulary and Related Rules
Jan. 28, 2016 DWC Posts 2016 Annual Report of Inventory Advice and Form for Claims Reported During Calendar Year 2015
Jan. 27, 2016 Paige S. Levy Selected Chief Judge for Division of Workers' Compensation
Jan. 26, 2016 DWC Posts 2015 Audit Unit Annual Report and the Ranking Report
Jan. 25, 2016 DWC Reminds Parties to Use Revised QME Form 105
Jan. 20, 2016 DWC Posts Additional Adjustments to Official Medical Fee Schedule (Physician Services / Non-Physician Practitioner Services)
Jan. 12, 2016 DWC Ended Lien Activation Fee Collection on December 31, 2015
Jan. 8, 2016 DWC Posts Adjustment to Official Medical Fee Schedule (Ambulance Fees Section)