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December 2012
December 31, 2012 Division of Workers’ Compensation posts lien filing instructions
December 26, 2012 Adjustments to the Official Medical Fee Schedule posted for the DMEPOS section and the Pathology and Clinical Laboratory section
December 26, 2012 Division of Workers’ Compensation will take e-filing offline Dec. 31-Jan. 1
December 21, 2012 Division of Workers’ Compensation preparing balanced approach to SB 863 implementation
Information on all changes will be posted on website
December 21, 2012 WCAB posts proposed regulations pertaining to its Rules of Practice and Procedure to online forum for public comment
December 21, 2012 Division of Workers’ Compensation public info case search tool will be offline Sunday
December 20, 2012 Division of Workers' Compensation posts annual report
December 18, 2012 Division of Workers' Compensation posts 2013 annual report of inventory advice, form for claims reported during calendar year 2012
Form for reporting adjusting locations when ARI requirements waived is also posted
December 12, 2012 DWC issues notice of five proposed emergency rulemaking actions and intent to submit emergency regulations to OAL
December 7, 2012 DWC issues notice of proposed emergency rulemaking action and intent to submit Supplemental Job Displacement Benefit emergency regulations to OAL
December 4, 2012 DWC posts draft SB 863 regulations for interpreter certification and Qualified Medical Examiner (QME) regulations
December 3, 2012 DWC posts draft SB 863 regulations for Independent Bill Review
November 2012
November 30, 2012 DWC posts draft SB 863 regulations to implement the lien filing fee
November 30, 2012 Division of Workers’ Compensation administrative director announces 2013 profile audit review and full compliance audit performance standards
November 27, 2012 Temporary total disability rates for 2013 announced
November 26, 2012 DWC posts draft SB 863 regulations for Independent Medical Review
November 16, 2012 Division of Workers’ Compensation accepting nominations for 2013 Carrie Nevans community service awards
November 14, 2012 Division of Workers’ Compensation appoints additional members to medical treatment guideline advisory committee
November 13, 2012 DWC issues second 15-day notice of modifications to text of proposed inpatient hospital fee schedule regulations and notice of additional documents added to the rulemaking file
November 13, 2012 Division of Workers' Compensation posts SB 863 FAQs on its Web site
November 7, 2012 Division of Workers' Compensation opens registration for its 20th annual educational conference
November 6, 2012 DWC posts draft SB 863 regulations for SJDB voucher regulations and for physician predesignation and chiropractic primary treating physician regulations
November 6, 2012 DWC announces Nov. 14 meeting to discuss changes to physician fee schedule
October 2012
October 24, 2012 Division of Workers’ Compensation to host electronic filing expo in Anaheim on Nov. 8
October 23, 2012 Division of Workers’ Compensation issues first 15-day notice of modifications to text of proposed hospital outpatient departments and ambulatory surgical centers fee schedule regulations and notice of additional documents added to the rulemaking file
October 22, 2012 Destie Overpeck designated acting AD for Division of Workers’ Compensation and Richard Newman appointed chief judge
October 18, 2012 Division of Workers’ Compensation issues first 15-day notice of modifications to text of proposed inpatient hospital fee schedule regulations and notice of additional documents added to the rulemaking file
October 15, 2012 Division of Workers’ Compensation posts SB 863 web pages
October 3, 2012 Division of Workers’ Compensation medical treatment guideline advisory committee will begin work November 15 to establish the framework for updating the existing guidelines
October 2, 2012 Division of Workers’ Compensation to host electronic filing expo in San Francisco on Oct. 9
October 1, 2012 Annual workers’ compensation fraud warning notices being sent to all California employers, claims adjusters, third party administrators, physicians, and attorneys
September 2012
September 18, 2012 DWC announces working groups for SB 863 regulations
August 2012
August 29, 2012 Fee schedule adjustments for outpatient hospital/ambulatory surgical centers posted
August 15, 2012 Division of Workers’ Compensation to host electronic filing expo in San Diego on Aug. 29
August 10, 2012 Division of Workers’ Compensation participates in free seminar on electronic medical billing
August 6, 2012 Division of Workers’ Compensation seeks nominations for medical guideline advisory committee
August 3, 2012 DWC Medical Unit accepting applications for the upcoming qualified medical evaluator examination
July 2012
July 26, 2012 Division of Workers' Compensation posts ethics advisory committee 2011 annual report
July 2, 2012 DWC posts adjustments to DMEPOS section of Official Medical Fee Schedule to conform to changes in Medicare payment system
July 2, 2012 DWC posts list of National Drug Codes affected by the temporary unavailability of updates to pharmaceutical fee schedule data
June 2012
June 25, 2012 DWC posts updated Spanish version of the fact sheet explaining the use of qualified medical evaluators and agreed medical evaluators
June 20, 2012 Ellen Flynn appointed associate chief judge for Division of Workers’ Compensation
June 15, 2012 Division of Workers’ Compensation posts corrected exhibits to annual Audit Unit report
June 15, 2012 Division of Workers’ Compensation posts updated fact sheet explaining the use of qualified medical evaluators and agreed medical evaluators
June 14, 2012 Temporary total disability rates for 2013 announced
June 11, 2012 Division of Workers’ Compensation releases public comments from forums
June 1, 2012 WCAB adopts new and amended rules relating to lien claims
May 2012
May 31, 2012 Division of Workers’ Compensation surveys copy services users
May 25, 2012 Division of Workers’ Compensation’s EAMS, Web features will be offline Memorial Day weekend
May 23, 2012 Division of Workers’ Compensation posts annual Audit Unit report
May 16, 2012 Division of Workers’ Compensation issues announcements relating to electronic medical billing
May 11, 2012 Division of Workers’ Compensation announces the appointment of Dr. Rupali Das as executive medical director
May 11, 2012 Division of Workers' Compensation posts Workers’ Compensation Information System (WCIS) administrative penalty regulations to online forum for public comment
May 11, 2012 Division of Workers’ Compensation administrative director announces enforcement change of 2012 profile audit review and full compliance audit performance standards
May 2, 2012 Division of Workers’ Compensation launches new website for injured workers
Step-by-step instructions help workers’ navigate process
April 2012
April 13, 2012 Division of Workers' Compensation posts updated pharmaceutical fee schedule data file and provides information regarding paper pharmaceutical billing form
April 2, 2012 DIR Adds Afternoon Session in Oakland for Workers' Compensation Forums
March 2012
March 30, 2012 Division of Workers' Compensation posts annual report
March 16, 2012 DIR Announces Additional Sessions for Workers' Compensation Forums
March 8, 2012 Division of Workers' Compensation to host electronic filing expo in Sacramento on April 5
February 2012
Feb. 16, 2012 Department of Industrial Relations seeks input on the Workers' Compensation System
Feb. 15, 2012 Ambulance fee schedule update to conform to changes in Medicare payment system is posted on the DWC Web site
Feb. 13, 2012 2012 Carrie Nevans community service awards announced
Feb. 7, 2012 DWC changing some e-filing rules to allow more flexibility acrobat image version
Feb. 6, 2012 Division of Workers' Compensation to host electronic filing expo in San Bernardino on Feb. 28 acrobat image version
Feb. 1, 2012 Fee schedule adjustments for outpatient hospital/ ambulatory surgical centers posted acrobat image version
January 2012
Jan. 31, 2012 Division of Workers' Compensation posts report of activities on the alternative dispute resolution/carve-out program for 2004-2009 on its Web site acrobat image version
Jan. 25, 2012 DWC's public disability accommodation regulations become effective Feb. 18 acrobat image version
Jan. 18, 2012 Division of Workers' Compensation is accepting applications for upcoming qualified medical evaluator examination acrobat image version
Jan. 13, 2012 Standardized medical billing form regulations not applicable to medical-legal bills acrobat image version
Jan. 12, 2012 Division of Workers' Compensation responds to inquiries regarding discounted payments for pharmacy benefits acrobat image version
Jan. 5, 2012 Division of Workers' Compensation to host electronic filing expo in Santa Ana on Jan. 19 acrobat image version

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