FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 27, 2007

CONTACT:
Christine Baker
510-622-3959


CHSWC Approves the Release of the 24-Hour Care Roundtable
Summary of December 7, 2006

OAKLAND -- The California Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation (CHSWC) has approved the release of the final report, "Summary of December 7, 2006 24-Hour Care Roundtable." CHSWC staff held a 24-Hour Care Roundtable meeting in Oakland to provide an update on the state of 24-hour care programs, to discuss the operational and technical aspects of a 24-hour care system, and to investigate the options for integration, such as integrating health care services or integrating health care services with both group health insurance and workers' compensation insurance.

The roundtable included 26 stakeholders in the workers' compensation system representing insured and self-insured employers, labor, insurance carriers, and medical providers. Discussion centered on identifying the current issues and challenges with respect to 24-hour care in California including: successful models in other states, as well as in California; challenges to implementing a 24-hour care system; recommendations and short-term and long-term objectives when moving toward a 24-hour care system, such as implementation in the public sector, voluntary participation with incentives in the private sector, and within carve-outs.

CHSWC, 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. CHSWC 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.

Information about CHSWC and the 24-Hour Care Roundtable Report may be accessed on the Internet at CHSWC's home page at http://www.dir.ca.gov/chswc/. Information may also be obtained by writing to CHSWC at 1515 Clay Street, Suite 901, Oakland, California, 94612, by calling (510) 622-3959, by faxing a request to (510) 622-3265, or by email at chswc@dir.ca.gov.

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