WCIS e.News
#13    February 8, 2001

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Occasional announcements and technical updates regarding
California's Workers' Compensation Information System (WCIS),
from the California Division of Workers' Compensation
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DWC Invites Comments on Medical Reporting Options

The Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) has previously published and distributed a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding the Workers' Compensation Information System (WCIS). Among other things, the proposed regulations would require submission of medical data to WCIS via electronic data interchange (EDI). The proposed regulations and rulemaking notice can be obtained from DWC's Web site, www.dir.ca.gov/DWC/whatsnew.htm.

DWC remains committed to adding a medical component to WCIS. However, the proposed medical data reporting regulations provide a good opportunity to review whether EDI is the most efficient means of collecting medical data. Other options might include, for example, periodic batch transmissions instead of continuous EDI.

DWC welcomes comments and recommendations regarding medical data collection options. Comments can be presented at public hearing or in writing as described in the rulemaking notice. The public comment period runs through March 1, 2001. If other individuals in your organization would be responsible for submitting comments on this matter, please forward this WCIS e.News as appropriate.

Comments and recommendations regarding medical data collection will also be discussed at a meeting of the WCIS Advisory Committee, to be held:

Wednesday, April 4, 2001
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Hiram Johnson State Building, Training Rooms 1 and 2
455 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco 94102

To assist our preparations, please let us know if you plan to sit in on this Advisory Committee meeting, by sending an e-mail to Arlene Gomez at agomez@dir.ca.gov.

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