FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 18, 2011

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Lachlan Taylor
510-622-3959

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The Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation
Releases the “EAMS Needs Assessment” Report

OAKLAND -- The Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation (CHSWC) approved the  “EAMS Needs Assessment” report for final release and posting together with the written public comments that the Commission received during the comment period.

The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) and Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB) monitor the administration of workers’ compensation claims and provide administrative and judicial services to assist in resolving disputes that arise in connection with claims. DWC procured an Electronic Adjudication Management System (EAMS) in August 2008.

The “EAMS Needs Assessment” report describes the findings of an independent review in order to assess the gaps between the original requirements for EAMS and the system’s demonstrated capabilities, and provides forward recommendations for closing those gaps. This report was prepared using stakeholder interviews and document reviews.

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 “EAMS Needs Assessment” report and CHSWC is available at www.dir.ca.gov/chswc and 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.     

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