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Senate Bill 863

Senate Bill 863 was passed on Aug. 31, 2012 and was signed into law by Governor Brown on Sept. 18, 2012.  The bill makes wide-ranging changes to California’s workers’ compensation system, including increased benefits to injured workers and cost-saving efficiencies. The bill takes effect on Jan. 1, 2013, although not all of its provisions will be effective immediately.

The Division of Workers’ Compensation offers the following tools to assist you in analyzing SB 863:

Independent bill review (IBR)

Independent medical review (IMR)

Lien filing fees

QME process

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The Department of Industrial Relations’ (DIR) Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) held working groups on Oct. 2 to discuss regulation proposals. The initial working group meetings addressed regulations that need to be adopted first in order to comply with the deadlines prescribed by the bill.

The materials from the working group meetings include the following:

July 2014