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Newslines 2004 archive

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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 Please note that information may be outdated and some of the hyperlinks no longer work.

December
December 31, 2004 - Workers' compensation emergency regulations governing the permanent disability rating schedule approved by OAL and effective Jan. 1, 2005
December 31, 2004 - Workers' compensation regulations governing independent medical reviews approved by OAL and effective Jan. 1, 2005
December 23, 2004 - Permanent disability rating schedule emergency regulations filed with OAL
December 21, 2004 - Independent medical review emergency regulations filed with OAL
December 17, 2004 - Changes to spinal surgery second opinion physician regulations go into effect December 15, 2004
December 17, 2004 - Emergency regulations revising Physician Services Fee schedule (Table A) to take effect on Jan. 14, 2005
December 16, 2004 - Workers' compensation regulations governing utilization review standards approved by OAL and effective December 13, 2004
December 15, 2004 - California state average weekly wage (SAWW) increases 1.97 percent between 2003 and 2004
December 8, 2004 - Emergency regulations revising Physician Services Fee Schedule (Table A) filed with Office of Administrative Law
December 3, 2004 - Lien filing fee update
December 3, 2004 - Utilization review emergency regulations filed with OAL
December 2, 2004 - Frequently asked questions (FAQs) for medical provider network (MPN) applicants and list of approved MPNs to be established
December 1, 2004 - Proposed forms related to the permanent disability rating schedule are the subject of a DWC online discussion forum

November
November 30, 2004 - Public hearing for medical provider network regulations scheduled for Feb. 2, 2005
November 24, 2004 - Proposed regulations related to the Permanent Disability Rating Schedule are the subject of a DWC online discussion forum
November 24, 2004 - DWC administrative director schedules public hearing on medical treatment utilization schedule
November 24, 2004 - Second posting of proposed independent medical review regulations is now available for review and comment at the DWC online discussion forum
November 22, 2004 - DWC issues profile audit performance standards and full compliance audit standards for 2005
November 19, 2004 - Petition for writ of mandate challenging section 9767.9 of the Medical Provider Network Regulations is denied by the California Appellate Court
November 17, 2004 - Proposed Permanent Disability Rating Schedule is the subject of a DWC online discussion forum
November 2, 2004 - Workers' compensation regulations governing medical provider networks approved by OAL and effective November 1
November 1, 2004 - Corrected adjustment of Official Medical Fee Schedule to conform to changes in Medicare payment system posted on DWC Website

October
October 27, 2004 - DWC offers teleconference on medical provider network (MPN) regulations and MPN application process Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2004, 10:00 a.m. -11:30 a.m.
October 26, 2004 - Proposed independent medical review regulations are the subject of a DWC online discussion forum
October 25, 2004 - Workers' compensation regulations governing medical provider networks ready for adoption by November 1 deadline
October 13, 2004 - DWC issues 15-day notice for revisions to spinal surgery second opinion emergency regulations
October 7, 2004 - Adjustment of Official Medical Fee Schedule to conform to changes in Medicare payment system are posted on DWC Website
October 7, 2004- Second draft of proposed medical provider network regulations are the subject of a DWC online discussion forum

September
September 16, 2004 - Proposed Medical Provider Network Regulations are the subject of a DWC online discussion forum
September 3, 2004 - QME exam set for Oct. 16, 2004
September 2, 2004 - Errors corrected in DWC web page pharmaceutical price calculator

August
August 25, 2004 - DWC posts forum on latest revisions to proposed utilization review standards regulations
August 6, 2004 - Audit unit annual report for 2003 posted to DWC web site
August 6, 2004 - Spinal surgery second opinion regulations submitted to OAL

July
July 28, 2004 - Final claim form, poster, and employee notice regulations go into effect Aug. 1
July 15, 2004 - PQME request forms must be mailed to the DWC medical unit
July 6, 2004 - Permanent lien filing fee regulations in effect as of June 30, 2004
July 6, 2004 - Spinal surgery second opinion emergency regulations now in effect

June
June 29, 2004 - Proposals for audit program regulatory revisions are the subject of a DWC online discussion forum
June 28, 2004 - Spinal surgery second opinion emergency regulations filed with OAL
June 24, 2004 - DWC posts UCSF research report on Medi-Cal based pharmacy fee schedule
June 17, 2004 - New OMFS regulations go into effect July 1, 2004
June 10, 2004 - Resolution of Medical Treatment Liability Issues Under Labor Code Section 5402(c)

May
May 27, 2004 - DWC schedules public hearings on proposed supplemental job displacement benefit regulations
May 24, 2004 - DWC Medical Unit clarifies QME process
May 19, 2004 - DWC reprints 1999 Official Medical Fee Schedule
May 7, 2004 - DWC issues third 15-day notice for revisions to claim form, NOPE and poster regulatory proposals
May 5, 2004 - SB 899 changes process for choosing QMEs

April
April 29, 2004 - DWC issues second 15-day notice for revisions to claim form, NOPE and poster regulatory proposals
April 28, 2004 - DWC seeks qualified surgeons for spinal surgery second opinions
April 28, 2004 - Emergency regulations extending carve-out program to all industries are now in effect
April 15, 2004 - DWC issues 15-day notice for further revisions to OMFS regulatory proposals
April 15, 2004 - Revised utilization review proposals are the subject of the newest DWC forum
April 9, 2004 -DWC issues second 15-day notice for revisions to OMFS regulatory proposals
April 9, 2004 Clarification of alternate payment methodology time frame
April 6, 2004 -DWC issues 15-day notice for revisions to lien filing fee regulatory proposals
April 6, 2004 - DWC posts list of facilities using "high cost outlier" payment methodology

March
March 19, 2004 - DWC issues 15-day notice for revisions to OMFS regulatory proposals
March 18, 2004 - ACOEM guidelines must be used in employers' utilization review plans beginning March 22
March 2, 2004 - Utilization review proposals are the subject of the newest DWC forum
February 13, 2004 - Forum on draft spinal surgery second opinion procedure regulations posted

February
February 9, 2004 - DWC warns pharmacies of Labor Code provisions regarding cash payments for prescriptions
February 2, 2004 - DWC posts online forum on proposals for supplemental job displacement benefit

January
January 27, 2004 - Payment for pharmaceuticals not covered by Medi-Cal fee schedule
January 23, 2004 - DWC forum on proposals to implement new statutes regarding carve-outs posted
January 16, 2004 - Labor Code sections specify that assessments are not part of taxable premium
January 13, 2004 - ACOEM publishes occupational medicine practice guidelines
January 6, 2004 - DWC makes Medi-Cal pharmacy fees for workers' compensation prescriptions available via web site
January 5, 2004 - Emergency OMFS regulations in effect as of Jan. 2, 2004
January 2, 2004 - Emergency lien filing fee regulations are now in effect


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