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DWC newslines were created in 1992 to provide up-to-date information about the Division of Workers’ Compensation to subscribers. Newslines are archived by year. Please note that information may be outdated and some of the hyperlinks no longer work.

October 2014
Oct. 31, 2014 DWC Posts Fee Schedule Adjustments for Hospital Outpatient Departments/ Ambulatory Surgical Centers
Oct. 24, 2014 DIR Issues Notice of Public Hearings for Return-to-Work Supplement Program
Oct. 24, 2014 DWC Issues Revision to Copy Service Fee Schedule Regulations for Second 15-Day Public Comment Period
Oct. 23, 2014 DWC Accepting Nominations for 2015 Carrie Nevans Community Service Awards to be Given at Educational Conferences
Oct. 17, 2014 WCAB's Final Rules Published and Will Become Effective January 1, 2015
Oct. 14, 2014 DWC Issues Notice of Public Hearing to Revise the Official Medical Fee Schedule (OMFS)
Oct. 13, 2014 DWC Opens Registration for 22nd Annual Educational Conference
Oct. 2, 2014 DWC Posts Adjustments to Official Medical Fee Schedule (Physician Services / Non-Physician Practitioner Services)
Oct. 1, 2014 DWC Regulations Delaying ICD-10 Implementation Until October 1, 2015 Approved by Office of Administrative Law
September 2014
Sept. 29, 2014 DWC Invites Claims Administrators to Webinar on Electronic Submission of Records for IMR
Sept. 25, 2014 DWC Posts Amendment to Hospital Outpatient Departments and Ambulatory Surgical Centers Fee Schedule Effective September 1, 2014
Sept. 22, 2014 DWC Posts the Assignment of Medical Provider Network Identification (MPN ID) Numbers and Updated Forms Online
Sept. 18, 2014 DWC Posts Adjustments to Official Medical Fee Schedule (Physician Services/Non-Physician Practitioner Services)
Sept. 17, 2014 DWC Posts Adjustments to Official Medical Fee Schedule (DMEPOS)
Sept. 16, 2014 DWC Posts Updated Physician Fee Schedule FAQs Regarding Physician-Dispensed Durable Medical Equipment
Sept. 16, 2014 DWC Issues Revision to Copy Service Fee Schedule Regulations with Additional 15-Day Public Comment Period
Sept. 12, 2014 DWC Posts Draft Qualified Medical Evaluator Regulations for Online QME Panel Process
Sept. 4, 2014 DWC Issues Revision to WCIS Regulations with Additional 15-Day Public Comment Period
August 2014
Aug. 29, 2014 DWC Final Medical Provider Networks (MPN) Services Regulations Now in Effect
Aug. 19, 2014 DWC Issues Notice of Public Hearing on September 18 to Revise the Hospital Outpatient Departments and Ambulatory Surgical Centers Fee Schedule
Aug. 15, 2014 DWC Issues First 15-Day Notice for Modifications to Proposed Medical Treatment Utilization Schedule Regulations
Aug. 11, 2014 Workers' Compensation Posts Ethics Advisory Committee Annual Report for 2013
Aug. 6, 2014 Independent Medical Review Records Submission Process Improved
Aug. 5, 2014 WCAB Issues Notice of September 17 Public Hearing on Proposed Amendments to Rules
July 2014
July 30, 2014 DWC Judge Jane Madsen's Move to Eureka Now Permanent
July 29, 2014 DWC Posts Updated Information on Independent Medical Review (IMR) Process
July 28, 2014 DWC Posts Ambulance Fee Schedule Update to Conform to Changes in Medicare Payment System
July 24, 2014 DWC Commences Rulemaking Action to Delay ICD-10 Implementation Until October 1, 2015
July 24, 2014 DWC Announces Reduced Cost to California Providers for Access to Official Disability Guidelines
July 18, 2014 DWC Issues Notice of Public Hearing on September 3 for Proposed Workers' Compensation Benefit Notice Regulations Amendments
July 17, 2014 Report on Workers' Comp Reforms of SB 863 Shows Progress, Challenges in Enacting Law's Wide-ranging Changes
July 14, 2014 DWC Medical Unit Accepting Applications for Upcoming Qualified Medical Evaluator Examination on October 18
July 10, 2014 Division of Workers' Compensation Posts Corrected Spanish Language Time of Hire Pamphlet
July 2, 2014 DWC Posts Adjustments to Official Medical Fee Schedule (Physician Services/Non-Physician Practitioner Services)
June 2014
June 26, 2014 DWC Posts Adjustments to Official Medical Fee Schedule (Physician Services/Non-Physician Practitioner Services)
June 23, 2014 Division of Workers’ Compensation Posts Updated Time of Hire Pamphlet
June 16, 2014 DWC Files Amendment to Hospital Outpatient Departments and Ambulatory Surgical Centers Fee Schedule Section of Official Medical Fee Schedule with Secretary of State
June 9, 2014 Temporary total disability rates for 2015 announced
May 2014
May 30, 2014 DWC Issues Notice of Public Hearing on July 14 for Proposed Workers’ Compensation Information System (WCIS) Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) Reporting Regulations
May 19, 2014 DIR Reduces Fees for Independent Medical Review, Independent Bill Review by 25 Percent
May 16, 2014 DWC Issues Notice of Public Hearing for Medical Treatment Utilization Schedule Regulations
May 16, 2014 DWC Issues Notice of Public Hearing on July 1 for Proposed Copy Service Fee Schedule
May 12, 2014 WCAB, DWC Issue New Forms, Document Types and Titles for E-form and OCR Filers
May 2, 2014 DWC Issues Third 15-Day Notice for Modifications to Proposed Medical Provider Networks Regulations
April 2014
April 29, 2014 DWC Offers Free Webinar on Independent Billing Review May 13
April 25, 2014 DIR Releases Ambulatory Surgical Services Assessment Rand Report
April 17, 2014 DWC Posts Adjustment to Official Medical Fee Schedule (Pathology and Clinical Laboratory Section)
April 14, 2014 DWC Posts Adjustments to Official Medical Fee Schedule (Physician Services / Non-Physician Practitioner Services)
April 11, 2014 DWC Posts Proposed “Guideline for the Use of Opioids to Treat Work-Related Injuries” to Online Forum for Public Comment
April 11, 2014 DWC Issues 15-Day Notice of Modification to Proposed Hospital Outpatient Departments and Ambulatory Surgical Centers (HOPD/ASC) Fee Schedule Regulations
April 10, 2014 DWC Announces Changes to Panel QME Request Process to Comply with Navarro v. City of Montebello
April 4, 2014 DWC Posts Adjustments to Official Medical Fee Schedule (DMEPOS and Physician Services/Non-Physician Practitioner Services)
March 2014
March 18, 2014 DWC Posts Proposed Changes to Regulations Reflecting Transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 to Online Forum for Public Comment
March 10, 2014 DWC Issues Second 15-Day Notice for Modifications to Proposed Medical Provider Networks Regulations
March 3, 2014 DWC Posts Adjustment of Official Medical Fee Schedule (OMFS) Inpatient Hospital Section to Conform to Medicare Changes
February 2014      
Feb. 27, 2014 Office of Administrative Law has Approved DWC’s Final Version of the Predesignation of Personal Physicians and Reporting Duties of the Primary Treating Physician Rulemaking
Feb. 26, 2014 DWC Reminds Parties to Include Required Documents when Filing IMR and IBR Applications, Will Cease to Issue Reminder Letters
Feb. 24, 2014 DWC Announces Appointments to Workers' Compensation Ethics Advisory Committee
Feb. 20, 2014 DWC Posts Adjustments to Physician Services and Non-Physician Practitioner Services Section of Official Medical Fee Schedule
Feb. 18, 2014 DWC Posts Non-substantive Changes to the Supplemental Job Displacement Benefit Voucher Forms
Feb. 14, 2014 DWC Posts Proposed Copy Service Fee Schedule Regulations to Online Forum for Public Comment
Feb. 14, 2014 Update on DWC Santa Barbara Satellite Office Conference Scheduling
Feb. 13, 2014 The Office of Administrative Law Has Approved DWC’s Final Versions of the Independent Medical Review and Independent Bill Review Regulations
Feb. 7, 2014 DWC Issues Notice of Public Hearing on March 11 to Revise the OMFS Hospital Outpatient Departments and Ambulatory Surgical Centers Fee Schedule
January 2014
Jan. 27, 2014 DWC Announces Recipients of 2014 Carrie Nevans Community Service Award
Jan. 23, 2014 DWC Posts Adjustments to Physician Services and Non-Physician Practitioner Services Section of Official Medical Fee Schedule
Jan. 21, 2014 DWC Posts 2014 Annual Report of Inventory Advice and Form for Claims Reported During Calendar Year 2013
Jan. 17, 2014 DWC Medical Unit Accepting Applications for Upcoming Qualified Medical Evaluator (QME) Examination on April 12
Jan. 13, 2014 Mileage rate for medical and medical-legal travel expenses decreased effective January 1, 2014
Jan. 2, 2014 DWC announces agenda for educational forums on UR and IMR

April 2014