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This section includes studies that identify many aspects of the workers' compensation system that ultimately determine and deliver benefits, such as electronic injury reports and medical billing, court efficiency, administrative evaluations of the workers' compensation programs such as the audit unit and uninsured employers fund program, and other changes that impact affect employer costs and employee benefits.

  • Update on IMR and IBR, DWC Medical Unit, August 2014version
  • Identifying Permanently Disabled Workers with Disproportionate Earnings Losses for Supplemental Payments, RAND, February 2014 version
  • Formulating a Copy Services Fee Schedule, Berkeley Research Group, October 2013 acrobat small logo version
  • Impact of the Adoption of AMA-based Permanent Disability Rating Schedule in California acrobat small logo version
    • Stakeholder public comments about PD rating schedule report 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
  • Electronic Adjudication Management System (EAMS) Information Technology Needs Assessment Report, June 2011 acrobat small logo version
    Stakeholder public comments about EAMS Needs Assessment Report acrobat small logo version
  • If Your Employer is Illegally Uninsured: How to Apply for Workers’ Compensation Benefits, June 2011 acrobat small logo English version acrobat small logo Spanish version
  • Workers' Compensation Reform and Return to Work: The California Experience, RAND, 2011 Full Document acrobat small logo version Summary only version
  • 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
  • Memo on System Monitoring, January 2011 acrobat small logo version
  • Evaluating the QME Process: Is it Equitable and Efficient? September 2010 acrobat small logo version
  • Study of Benefit Notices and Recommendations, July 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
  • California's Volatile Workers' Compensation Insurance Market: Problems and Recommendations for Change, RAND, December 2009 acrobat small logo version
  • Report on Self Insurance Groups, December 2009 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
  • 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
  • Background Paper on Uninsured Employers Benefits Trust Fund, Acrobat image version Word image version April 2007
  • Evaluating Medical Treatment Guideline Sets for Injured Workers in California, RAND, 2005” acrobat small logo version
  • Costs and Benefits of Implementing Electronic Deposit for Unemployment and Disability Benefits in the State of California, Acrobat image November 2004
  • Workers' Compensation Court Management and Judicial Function Study, 2003 acrobat small logo version word image version
  • Workers' Compensation Medical Payment Systems: A Proposal for Simplification and Administrative Efficiency, 2003
  • Adopting Medicare Fee Schedules: Considerations for the California Workers' Compensation Program RAND, 2003
  • Memorandum - update on Labor Code Section 132a and employer termination of health insurance coverage: California Supreme Court decision in state of California Dept. of Rehabilitation v. WCAB (Lauher), July 2003 Acrobat image version Word image version
  • Preliminary evidence on the implementation of 'Baseball Arbitration', November 1999
Evaluation of the DWC audit function
(special study at the request of the legislature)
CHSWC roundtable on DWC lien workload
Profile of DWC district office operations
Local forms and procedures - Labor Code Section 5500.3
Workers' Compensation Indicators
  • Selected Indicators in Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation: 2011 Report Card for California, December 2011 acrobat small logo version
  • Selected Indicators in Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation: 2010 Report Card for California, December 2010 acrobat small logo version
  • Selected Indicators in Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation: 2009 Report Card for California, December 2009 acrobat small logo version
  • Selected indicators in workers' compensation: A report card for Californians, December 2008 acrobat small logo version word image version
  • Selected indicators in workers' compensation: A report card for Californians, December 2007 acrobat small logo version word image version
  • Selected indicators in workers' compensation: A report card for Californians, December 2006 acrobat small logo version word image version
  • Selected indicators in workers' compensation: A report card for Californians, December 2005 acrobat small logo version word image version

February 2014