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December 2013
Dec. 31, 2013 DWC announces agenda for the January 13 and 14 meetings in Van Nuys and Oakland on UR and IMR
Dec. 30, 2013 DWC files certificate of compliance for IMR and IBR regulations with OAL
Dec. 23, 2013 DWC Posts RBRVS-Based Physician Fee Schedule and 2014 Updates Effective January 1, 2014
Dec. 16, 2013 The Office of Administrative Law (OAL) Has Approved DWC’s Final Version of Electronic Document Filing and Lien Filing Fee Rules
Dec. 16, 2013 DWC Posts Adjustments to DMEPOS Section of Official Medical Fee Schedule
Dec. 16, 2013 DWC Posts Adjustments to Pathology and Clinical Laboratory Section of Official Medical Fee Schedule to Conform to Changes in Medicare Payment System
Dec. 12, 2013 Division of Workers’ Compensation Administrative Director Announces 2014 Profile Audit Review and Full Compliance Audit Performance Standards
Dec. 11, 2013 DWC Issues Second 15-day Notice for Modifications to Proposed Independent Bill Review (IBR), Billing and Payment Regulations, and Third 15-day Notice for Modifications to Proposed Independent Medical Review (IMR) Regulations
Dec. 10, 2013 DWC Issues 15-Day Notice for Modifications to Proposed Medical Provider Networks Regulations
Dec. 6, 2013 DWC Issues Second 15-day Notice for Modifications to Proposed Utilization Review and Independent Medical Review Regulations
Dec. 6, 2013 DWC Announces Meetings in Oakland, Van Nuys to Discuss UR and IMR
Dec. 4, 2013 DWC Offers Free Webinar on “The Independent Medical Review Process Explained for the Injured Worker” on Wednesday, Dec. 18 from 10-11 a.m.
November 2013
Nov. 27, 2013 Department of Industrial Relations Workers’ Compensation Policy Assessment Rates for Fiscal Year 2013/14 Reflect Aggregate Reduction of $9.5 Million
Nov. 18, 2013 DWC Final Supplemental Job Displacement Benefit Regulations Approved
Nov. 15, 2013 DWC Will No Longer Collect Lien Activation Fees
Nov. 12, 2013 DWC Issues Notice of Public Hearing to Revise the RBRVS Physician Fee Schedule
Nov. 12, 2013 DWC Posts Revised QME Form 105 and Instructions for Forms 105, 106 and 37
October 2013
Oct. 31, 2013 DWC Plans to Open Santa Barbara Satellite Office in December
Oct. 29, 2013 DWC Offers Free Webinar on the Independent Medical Review Electronic Submission Feature on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, 10 AM-12 PM
Oct. 28, 2013 DWC Approves Carve-Out Agreement Covering 22,000 Workers in Southern California
Oct. 16, 2013 Division of Workers’ Compensation Accepting Nominations for 2014 Carrie Nevans Community Service Awards
Oct. 8, 2013 DWC Opens Registration for 21st Annual Educational Conference
Oct. 7, 2013 DWC Issues 15-day Notice for Modifications to Proposed Independent Bill Review, Standardized Paper Billing and Payment, and Electronic Billing and Payment Regulations
Oct. 3, 2013  OAL Grants DWC’s Second Request for Readoption of Emergency Regulations
Oct. 2, 2013  WCAB’s Final SB 863 Rules Filed and Will Become Effective on October 23
Oct. 1, 2013  RBRVS Regulations Filed with Secretary of State, Become Effective January 1, 2014         
September 2013
Sept. 27, 2013 DWC Issues 15-day Notice for Modifications to Proposed Utilization Review and Independent Medical Review Regulations
Sept. 19, 2013 DWC Final Qualified Medical Evaluator Regulations Now in Effect
Sept. 19, 2013 DWC Merges Goleta and Oxnard Offices Effective November 30
Sept. 16, 2013 DWC Posts Instructions on the Interpreter Certification Process
Sept. 11, 2013 DWC Issues Notices of Emergency Readoptions
Sept. 9, 2013 FREE WEBINAR “The QME Process: How to Successfully Request a Represented Panel” Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013 2:00 – 3:00 PM
Sept. 5, 2013 DIR Garners Digital Government Achievement Award for EAMS’ Lien Fee Collection System
Sept. 4, 2013 DWC Clarifies Interpreter Rules
August 2013
Aug. 27, 2013 DWC Issues 15-day Notice for Modifications to Proposed Electronic Document Filing and Lien Filing Fee Rules
Aug. 23, 2013 DWC Issues Notice of Public Hearing for Predesignation of Personal Physicians and Reporting Duties of the Primary Treating Physician Rulemaking
Aug. 22, 2013 DWC Issues Fourth 15-day Notice for Modifications to Proposed Supplemental Job Displacement Benefit Regulations
Aug. 21, 2013 DWC Posts Proposed Changes to the Medical Treatment Utilization Schedule Regulations to Online Forum for Public Comment
Aug. 16, 2013 DWC Issues Notice of Public Hearing for Medical Provider Network Regulations
Aug. 16, 2013 DWC Posts Fact Sheet for RBRVS Physician Fee Schedule
Aug. 14, 2013 DWC Final Interpreter Services Regulations Now in Effect
Aug. 2, 2013 DWC issues 15 day notice of modifications to proposed physician fee schedule regulations
July 2013
July 24, 2013 DWC Medical Unit accepting applications for Oct. 19 Qualified Medical Evaluator examination
July 24, 2013 DWC posts IAIABC Medical Release 2 Standards to online forum for public comment
July 18, 2013 WCAB extends deadline for submitting written comments to modifications to proposed rules until Aug. 9
July 17, 2013 DWC posts public use data file and revised RAND working paper for proposed rulemaking to the Official Medical Fee Schedule
July 15, 2013 Division of Workers’ Compensation posts annual report
July 9, 2013 WCAB issues 15-day notice of modifications to proposed amendments to WCAB rules
July 3, 2013 DWC issues third 15-day notice for modifications to proposed supplemental job displacement benefit regulations
July 2, 2013 OAL grants DWC request for readoption of some emergency regulations
June 2013
June 28, 2013 DWC to require lien claimants to use Uniform Assigned Name
June 25, 2013 DWC posts adjustments to the DMEPOS section of the Official Medical Fee Schedule
June 19, 2013 DWC announces appointment to ethics advisory committee
June 17, 2013 DWC issues notice of public hearing for an RBRVS-based physician fee schedule
June 12, 2013 DWC updates status of SB 863 emergency regulations
June 11, 2013 DWC announces changes to the Qualified Medical Evaluator (QME) panel request process
June 6, 2013 DWC issues second 15-day notice for modifications to proposed supplemental job displacement benefit regulations
June 5, 2013 Temporary total disability rates for 2014 announced
June 4, 2013 Division of Workers’ Compensation releases 2013 medical access study
June 3, 2013 DWC posts modified Qualified Medical Evaluator regulations for comment
May 2013
May 30, 2013 DWC posts revised Interpreter Services regulations for second 15-day comment period
May 23, 2013 SB 863 adjustments made to Qualified Medical Evaluator writing course
May 22, 2013 Division of Workers’ Compensation posts annual ethics report
May 21, 2013 DWC posts modified Interpreter Services regulations for comment
May 20, 2013 Update on the Processing of QME Panels
May 16, 2013 DWC posts modified Supplemental Job Displacement Benefit regulations for comment
May 13, 2013 DWC posts proposed changes to Medical Provider Network regulations to online forum for public comment
April 2013
April 19, 2013 DWC Audit Unit to begin investigating violations of electronic billing regulations
April 18, 2013 Division of Workers’ Compensation posts revised benefit notice regulations to online forum for public comment
April 16, 2013 DWC posts revised Workers’ Compensation Information System (WCIS) administrative penalty regulations to online forum for public comment
April 15, 2013 DWC announces May 7 meeting to discuss IMR and IBR communications
April 4, 2013 DWC posts adjustments to the DMEPOS section of the Official Medical Fee Schedule
March 2013
March 29, 2013 Division of Workers’ Compensation provides grace period to use updated fact sheets for injured workers
March 27, 2013 Division of Workers’ Compensation posts updated fact sheets for injured workers
March 25, 2013 DWC lien fee filing payment system for JET File updated
March 25, 2013 Ambulance fee schedule update to conform to changes in Medicare payment system is posted on DWC Web site
March 22, 2013 DWC posts reminder for submission of 2013 annual report of inventory for claims
March 20, 2013 DWC, WCAB revise Policy and Procedural Manual
March 7, 2013 WCAB issues notice of April 16 public hearing on proposed amendments to rules
February 2013
Feb. 27, 2013 Payors must negotiate in good faith with potential lien claimants - filing a lien is not a prerequisite
Feb. 26, 2013 Division of Workers’ Compensation posts updated time of hire pamphlet
Feb. 25, 2013 DWC posts fee schedule adjustments for hospital outpatient departments, ambulatory surgical centers
Feb. 22, 2013 DWC issues notices of public hearings for Independent Bill Review regulations
Feb. 15, 2013 DWC issues notices of public hearings for Independent Medical Review and Qualified Medical Evaluator regulations
Feb. 14, 2013 The Division of Workers’ Compensation will hold the next qualified medical evaluator examination Oct. 19
Feb. 8, 2013 DWC issues notices of public hearings for electronic document filing and lien filing fee rules
Feb. 7, 2013 DWC updates fact sheet, addresses questions on benefit notices and SB 863
Feb. 6, 2013 2013 Carrie Nevans community service awards announced
Feb. 6, 2013 DWC posts adjustment of official medical fee schedule (OMFS) to conform to Medicare changes
Feb. 1, 2013 DWC issues notices of public hearings for the Supplemental Job Displacement Benefit regulations and interpreter services regulations
January 2013
Jan. 15, 2013 DWC announces medical provider network (MPN) public meeting
Jan. 15, 2013 DWC invites public comment on payment ground rules topics for the Physician Fee Schedule

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