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December 2010
Dec.21, 2010 Division of Workers’ Compensation launches new public information case search tool on Web site
Tool provides users of the workers’ compensation court system with vital information to keep cases moving through the system acrobat image version
Dec.21, 2010 Adjustments to the DMEPOS section of the Official Medical Fee Schedule to conform to changes in the Medicare payment system posted to DWC Web site acrobat image version
Dec.21, 2010 Adjustments to the pathology and clinical laboratory section of the Official Medical Fee Schedule to conform to changes in the Medicare payment system posted to DWC Web site acrobat image version
Dec.21, 2010 Ambulance fee schedule will have inflation factor of negative 0.1 percent for 2011 acrobat image version
Dec.17, 2010 Notice of rulemaking for proposed changes to the Official Medical Fee Schedule
Updates related to ambulatory surgical center and spinal hardware fees acrobat image version
Dec.15, 2010 Division of Workers’ Compensation posts updated text only versions of fact sheets
30 day grace period for use of new fact sheets also applies acrobat image version
Dec. 8, 2010 Mileage rate for medical and medical-legal travel expenses will increase Jan. 1, 2011 acrobat image version
Dec. 8, 2010 Division of Workers' Compensation announces appointments to workers’ compensation ethics advisory committee acrobat image version
Dec. 3, 2010 Division of Workers’ Compensation posts updated fact sheets for injured workers acrobat image version
Dec. 3, 2010 Division of Workers’ Compensations administrative director announces 2011 profile audit review and full compliance audit performance standards acrobat image version
Dec. 1, 2010 Division of Workers' Compensation posts disability accommodation regulations to online forum for public comment acrobat image version
November 2010
Nov. 30, 2010 Workers’ Compensation Information System regulations approved by Office of Administrative Law
New regulations, part of the Division of Workers’ Compensation 12-point plan to control medical costs, become effective Nov. 15, 2011 acrobat image version
Nov. 29, 2010 Division of Workers’ Compensation posts fund assessment rates for fiscal year 2010-11 on its Web site acrobat image version
Nov. 17, 2010 Division of Workers' Compensation accepting nominations for new community service awards
Awards will now be given annually as part of the DWC educational conferences acrobat image version
Nov. 15, 2010 Division of Workers’ Compensation expands Spanish-language outreach with new partnership in San Bernardino acrobat image version En español
Nov. 15, 2010 Division of Workers’ Compensation opens registration for its 18th annual educational conference acrobat image version
Nov. 1, 2010 Division of Workers' Compensation to conduct next Spanish-language seminar on workers' compensation benefits and laws in Santa Rosa this Wednesday acrobat image version En español
Nov. 1, 2010 DWC launches lien pleadings Web page acrobat image version
October 2010
Oct. 25, 2010 Adjustments to the durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics and supplies section of the official medical fee schedule to conform with the changes in the Medicare payment system are posted to the DWC Web site acrobat image version
Oct. 14, 2010 Temporary total disability rate for 2011 remains $986.69 acrobat image version
Oct. 4, 2010 Division of Workers' Compensation participates in 10th binational health week events acrobat image version En español
September 2010
Sept. 28, 2010 Division of Workers' Compensation's non-substantive amendments to medical provider network regulations approved by Office of Administrative Law acrobat image version
Sept. 23, 2010 Division of Workers' Compensation posts revised draft utilization review regulations to online forum for public comment acrobat image version
Sept. 23, 2010 Division of Workers’ Compensation posts new workers’ compensation poster, new claim form and notice of potential eligibility effective Oct. 8, 2010 acrobat image version
Sept. 21, 2010 Los Angeles court schedules two new conferences to discuss consolidation of interpreter liens, durable medical goods liens acrobat image version
Sept. 16, 2010 Division of Workers' Compensation posts new frequently asked questions on revised medical provider network regulations, forms, and notices on Web site acrobat image version
Sept. 15, 2010 Division of Workers' Compensation posts revised draft qualified medical evaluator regulations to online forum for public comment acrobat image version
August 2010
Aug. 30, 2010 Los Angeles court schedules conference to discuss consolidation of liens
Compound pharmacy liens are the subject of the court's motion to consolidate acrobat image version
Aug. 26, 2010 Department of Industrial Relations partners with agencies across the state to reach Spanish-speaking workers during labor rights week
Seminars focus on workers' compensation benefits, heat illness prevention and wage and hour laws acrobat image version acrobat image En español
Aug. 25, 2010 Division of Workers' Compensation posts proposed amendments to benefit notice regulations on DWC forum for pre-rulemaking public comment acrobat image version
Aug. 23, 2010 Division of Workers' Compensation marks second anniversary of EAMS
Pioneering project ushers workers' compensation court system into electronic age acrobat image version
Aug. 17, 2010 Division of Workers' Compensation unveils new EAMS Web site tools acrobat image version
Aug. 11, 2010 Division of Workers' Compensation issues second 15-day notice of revisions to proposed Workers' Compensation Information System regulations acrobat image version
Aug. 10, 2010 Division of Workers' Compensation posts proposed revision to the hospital outpatient departments and ambulatory surgical centers fee schedule regulations for pre-rulemaking public comment acrobat image version
Aug. 10, 2010 Division of Workers' Compensation's amended medical provider network and employee information regulations approved by Office of Administrative Law
Amendments become effective Oct. 8, 2010 acrobat image version
Aug. 3, 2010 Division of Workers' Compensation announces physician fee schedule stakeholder meeting acrobat image version
Aug. 2, 2010 Division of Workers' Compensation Medical Unit clears qualified medical evaluator panel request backlog acrobat image version
July 2010
July 26, 2010 Division of Workers' Compensation makes changes to select EAMS forms acrobat image version
July 15, 2010 Division of Workers' Compensation files an amendment to the ambulance fee schedule section of the official medical fee schedule with the Secretary of State acrobat image version
July 15, 2010 The Division of Workers' Compensation now accepting applications for the upcoming qualified medical evaluator examination acrobat image version
July 6, 2010 Division of Workers' Compensation posts revised draft physician fee schedule on DWC forum for pre-rulemaking public comment acrobat image version
June 2010
June 28, 2010 Division of Workers' Compensation to conduct first Redding-Chico Spanish-language seminar on workers' compensation benefits and laws acrobat image version acrobat image En español
June 15, 2010 DWC encourages external users to become e-form filers
Filing electronically benefits filers and the workers' compensation system overall acrobat image version
June 8, 2010 Division of Workers' Compensation posts proposed revision to inpatient hospital fee schedule regulations for pre-rulemaking public comment acrobat image version
June 1, 2010 Adjustments to the DMEPOS section of the Official Medical Fee Schedule to conform to changes in the Medicare payment system are posted on the DWC Web site acrobat image version
May 2010
May 26, 2010 Division of Workers' Compensation issues 15-day notice of revisions to proposed Workers' Compensation Information System regulations acrobat image version
May 25, 2010 Division of Workers' Compensation to review physician fee schedule previously posted on DWC forum acrobat image version
May 18, 2010 Division of Workers' Compensation introduces optional Medical Unit qualified medical evaluator panel request forms acrobat image version
May 13, 2010 Division of Workers' Compensation issues third 15-day notice of revisions to proposed medical provider network and employee information regulations acrobat image version
May 11, 2010 Division of Workers' Compensation releases latest study on access to medical care in California's workers' compensation system
Study shows injured workers getting the care they need and suggests continued improvements acrobat image version
May 4, 2010 Division of Workers’ Compensation announces ambulatory surgical center fee schedule stakeholder meeting acrobat image version
April 2010
April 28, 2010 Division of Workers' Compensation responds to questions about discounts acrobat image version
April 22, 2010 Division of Workers' Compensation posts list of facilities using "high cost outlier" payment methodology acrobat image version
April 22, 2010 Division of Workers' Compensation new San Luis Obispo district office earns green building honors
Grand opening to coincide with Earth Day acrobat image version
April 21, 2010 Division of Workers' Compensation issues second 15-day notice of revisions to proposed medical provider network and employee information regulations acrobat image version
April 15, 2010 Division of Workers' Compensation Oxnard district office moves to new location effective April 19 acrobat image version
March 2010
March 25, 2010 Division of Workers’ Compensation posts proposed medical treatment utilization schedule regulations on DWC forum for pre-rulemaking public comment acrobat image version

March 25, 2010 Division of Workers’ Compensation expands customer service initiative to Anaheim
Program provides intensive assistance to injured workers whose employers are illegally uninsured acrobat image version acrobat image En español
March 24, 2010 Division of Workers’ Compensation will discuss revisions to utilization review regulations with stakeholders at April meeting acrobat image version

March 23, 2010 Division of Workers' Compensation Grover Beach district office moved to San Luis Obispo acrobat image version

March 22, 2010 Division of Workers’ Compensation posts proposed physician fee schedule and treating physician forms and regulations on DWC forum for pre-rulemaking public comment acrobat image version

March 16, 2010 Injured worker gets needed help from information and assistance officer
Division of Workers’ Compensation expands Spanish-language outreach with two new partnerships acrobat image version acrobat image En español
March 15, 2010 Division of Workers’ Compensation reminds facilities seeking to be paid for high cost outlier cases to submit by March 31, 2010 and posts adjustments to outpatient hospital and ambulatory surgical center services section of the official medical fee schedule acrobat image version
March 9, 2010 Division of Workers’ Compensation issues notice of rulemaking and public hearing for adoption of amendment to the ambulance fee schedule contained within the official medical fee schedule acrobat image version
March 4, 2010 Division of Workers’ Compensation issues notice of rulemaking and public hearing for adoption of electronic medical treatment billing standards and standardized paper billing forms
Medical e-billing regulations will encourage electronic billing and faster payments to doctors acrobat image version
March 3, 2010 Division of Workers’ Compensation posts proposed pharmacy benefit network regulations on DWC forum for pre-rulemaking public comment acrobat image version
March 2, 2010 Division of Workers' Compensation issues first 15-day notice of revisions to proposed medical provider network and employee information regulations acrobat image version
February 2010
Feb. 23, 2010 Division of Workers’ Compensation posts proposed amendments to benefit notice regulations on DWC forum for pre-rulemaking public comment acrobat image version
Feb. 16, 2010 One million document batches successfully processed into EAMS acrobat image version
Feb. 8, 2010 Division of Workers’ Compensation to uncork filing bottleneck
Work on a bulk filing process for EAMS began today acrobat image version
Feb. 3, 2010 Division of Workers’ Compensation Medical Unit cancels April qualified medical evaluator examination acrobat image version
January 2010
Jan. 11, 2010 Adjustments to the DMEPOS section of the official medical fee schedule to conform to changes in the Medicare payment system are posted on the DWC Web site acrobat image version
Jan. 5, 2010 Division of Workers’ Compensation administrative director issues clarification of utilization review audit measures due to Cervantes decision acrobat image version
Jan. 5, 2010 Division of Workers’ Compensation announces stakeholder meeting to discuss benefit notice regulations acrobat image version

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