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Division of Workers' Compensation

The Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) monitors the administration of workers' compensation claims, and provides administrative and judicial services to assist in resolving disputes that arise in connection with claims for workers' compensation benefits.

DWC's mission is to minimize the adverse impact of work-related injuries on California employees and employers.

Workers' compensation programs and units

What's New

September 2015

September 3, 2015 OAL Approves DWC Revised Benefit Notice Regulations

August 2015

August 26, 2015 OAL Approves DWC Final Qualified Medical Evaluator Regulations
August 17, 2015 DWC Announces Public Meeting on September 8 to Discuss Evidence-Based Drug Formulary—Note New Date and Location
August 12, 2015 DWC Announces Oakland Meeting to Discuss Electronic Transmission of Medical Records and Reports
August 5, 2015 DWC Medical Unit Accepting Applications for October 17 Qualified Medical Evaluator Examination

July 2015

July 23, 2015 Report on Workers' Comp Reforms Shows Benefit Increases for Injured Workers, Reduced Costs to Employers
July 20, 2015 DWC Enacting New Online QME Form 106 Panel Process, Posts Training Video and FAQs on Website
July 20, 2015 DWC Posts Adjustment to Official Medical Fee Schedule (Ambulance Fees Section)
July 17, 2015 DIR, DWC Post Draft Regulations Regarding Transition of DWC Regulations, Forms to ICD-10 for Additional 15-day Comment Period
July 17, 2015 DWC Issues Notice of Public Hearing for the Medical Treatment Utilization Schedule Regulations to Update Chronic Pain Medical Treatment Guidelines, Adopt Opioids Treatment Guidelines
July 10, 2015 DWC Posts Proposed Changes to WCIS Regulations, EDI Guides to Rulemaking Forum
July 8, 2015 DWC Posts Ethics Advisory Committee Annual Report for 2014

June 2015

June 25, 2015 Temporary Total Disability Rates for 2016 Announced
June 18, 2015 DWC Issues Second 15-Day Comment Period for Workers' Compensation Benefit Notice Regulations
June 17, 2015 DWC Posts Adjustments to Official Medical Fee Schedule (DMEPOS)
June 11, 2015 DWC Posts Adjustments to Official Medical Fee Schedule (Physician Services/Non-Physician Practitioner Services)
June 5, 2015 DWC Issues First 15-Day Comment Period for Qualified Medical Evaluator Regulations

May 2015

May 22, 2015 DIR, CDPH Awarded NIOSH Grant for Workplace Injury and Illness Data Project
May 22, 2015 DIR, DWC Post Draft Regulations Regarding Transition of DWC Regulations and Forms to ICD-10
May 18, 2015 DWC Issues Notice of Public Hearing on June 17 to Revise the Hospital Outpatient Departments and Ambulatory Surgical Centers Fee Schedule
May 15, 2015 DWC’s Redding District Office Moves to New Location
May 7, 2015 DWC Posts Draft Home Health Care Fee Schedule Regulations to Online Forum for Public Comment
May 4, 2015 OAL Approves DWC Final Copy Service Fee Schedule Regulations

April 2015

April 27, 2015 DWC Posts Draft Interpreter Fee Schedule Regulations to Online Forum for Public Comment
April 24, 2015 DWC Issues First 15-Day Comment Period for Workers' Compensation Benefit Notice Regulations
April 22, 2015 DWC Posts Adjustments to Official Medical Fee Schedule (Physician Services / Non-Physician Practitioner Services)
April 21, 2015 DWC Final Medical Treatment Utilization Schedule (MTUS) Regulations Now in Effect
April 20, 2015 Destie Overpeck Appointed Administrative Director of DWC
April 15, 2015 DWC Final WCIS Medical Billing Reporting Regulations Approved
April 13, 2015 SB 863 Return-to-Work Program Offers Supplemental Payments for Injured Workers
April 3, 2015 DWC Issues Notice of Public Hearing for Qualified Medical Evaluator (QME) Regulations on May 22

March 2015

March 19, 2015 DWC Posts Adjustments to Official Medical Fee Schedule (Physician Services / Non-Physician Practitioner Services)
March 19, 2015 DIR, DWC Respond to Concerns Regarding Ongoing Home Health Care
March 18, 2015 Contact Information for Status of IMR Requests
March 17, 2015 DIR Issues First 15-Day Comment Period for Return to Work Supplement Program

February 2015

Feb. 24, 2015 DIR Reduces Fees for Independent Medical Review, Independent Bill Review
Feb. 24, 2015 DWC Invites Public to Participate in a Discussion of Issues Related to the Home Health Care Fee Schedule on March 3
Feb. 18, 2015 DWC Posts Adjustments to Official Medical Fee Schedule (Physician Services/Non-Physician Practitioner Services)
Feb. 11, 2015 DWC Files Amendment to Official Medical Fee Schedule with Secretary of State, Posts Adjustment to Inpatient Hospitals Section

January 2015

Jan. 29, 2015 DWC Issues Third Revision to Copy Service Fee Schedule Regulations with Additional 15-Day Public Comment Period
Jan. 28, 2015 DWC Announces Recipients of 2015 Carrie Nevans Community Service Award
Jan. 28, 2015 DWC Posts 2014 Audit Unit Annual Report and the Ranking Report
Jan. 27, 2015 DWC Posts RAND Study on Home Health Services Fee Schedule, Invites Public to Participate in a Discussion of Issues Related to the Fee Schedule
Jan. 8, 2015 DWC Medical Unit Accepting Applications for Upcoming Qualified Medical Evaluator Examination on April 25
Jan. 7, 2015 DWC Posts Adjustment to Official Medical Fee Schedule (Ambulance Fees Section)