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Newslines 2005 archive

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December 2005
Dec 22, 2005

Ambulance fee schedule update to conform to Medicare inflation adjustment is posted on DWC Web site

Dec 20, 2005

Temporary total disability rate for 2006 will remain $840 per week

Dec 20, 2005

Cost of living adjustment increase for some permanent total disability and life pension cases triggered by increase to the California state average weekly wage

Dec 16, 2005

DWC issues a 15-day notice of revisions to proposed workers' compensation information system regulations

Dec 14, 2005

State Division of Workers' Compensation holds free Spanish-language seminar on workers' compensation benefits and laws in Los Angeles

Dec 14, 2005

Revision of the official medical fee schedule (OMFS) for physician services

Dec 14, 2005

Notice of rulemaking for medical-legal fee schedule published in the California Notice Register


November 2005

 

Nov. 30, 2005

Revised draft of penalty regulations for violations under Labor Code section 5814.6 are the subject of a DWC online forum

Nov. 18, 2005

Adjustment to the durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics and supplies (DMEPOS) portion of the official medical fee schedule to conform to changes in the Medicare payment system is posted on the DWC Web site

Nov. 16, 2005

DWC posts fund assessment rates for fiscal year 2005/06 on its Web site

Nov. 15, 2005

Revised draft penalty regulations for violations of utilization review standards are the subject of a DWC online forum

Nov. 9, 2005

DWC issues profile audit performance standards and full compliance audit standards for 2006

Nov. 3, 2005

Proposed revisions to benefit notice regulations, informational fact sheets and sample benefit notices are the subject of a DWC online forum

Nov. 3, 2005

DWC opens registration for its 13th annual educational conference

Nov. 1, 2005

Adjustment of official medical fee schedule (OMFS) to conform to changes in Medicare payment system are posted on the DWC Web site


October 2005
Oct. 31, 2005

Notice of rulemaking for predesignation of treating physician and return to work regulations published in the California Notice Register

Oct. 13, 2005

DWC issues notice of proposed rulemaking and submits pre-designation of personal physician regulations to the Office of Administrative Law

Oct. 12, 2005

Official medical fee schedule, physician fee regulations approved

Oct. 6, 2005

Workers' compensation information system (WCIS) regulations submitted to OAL

Oct. 6, 2005

Carrie Nevans appointed acting deputy administrative director (AD) and acting AD

Oct. 6, 2005

Filing of revised utilization review plans with the administrative director


September 2005
Sep. 26, 2005

Comment period for revised draft penalty regulations for violations of utilization review standards (Labor Code § 4610) has been extended

Sep. 22, 2005

Utilization review standards regulations approved

Sep. 22, 2005

DWC Medical Unit moves to Oakland!

Sep. 21, 2005

Predesignation of personal physician emergency regulations to be filed with OAL

Sep. 20, 2005

Revised draft of penalty regulations for violations under Labor Code section 5814.6 are the subject of a DWC online forum

Sep. 20, 2005

State Division of Workers' Compensation holds first Spanish-language workshop for injured workers

Sep. 15, 2005

Revised draft penalty regulations for violations of utilization review standards are the subject of a DWC online forum

Sep. 13, 2005

Permanent medical provider network regulations approved

Sep. 12, 2005

Order of the administrative director rescinding two previous duplicate orders related to the official medical fee schedule posted to DWC Web site

Sep. 7, 2005

State Division of Workers' Compensation launches campaign to educate injured workers about their rights

Sep. 7, 2005

Proposed amended regulations regarding medical legal fee schedule are the subject of a DWC online forum


August 2005
Aug. 25, 2005

DWC headquarters moves to Oakland!

Aug. 25, 2005

Adjustment of official medical fee schedule regarding laboratory and pathology services to conform to changes in medicare payment system is posted on the DWC Web site

Aug. 25, 2005

Adjustment of official medical fee schedule regarding durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics and supplies to conform to changes in Medicare payment system is posted on the DWC Web site

Aug. 23, 2005

Official medical fee schedule, physician fees certificate of compliance filed with OAL

Aug. 10, 2005

Utilization review standards regulations certificate of compliance filed with OAL

Aug. 9, 2005

Ambulance fee schedule update to conform to Medicare inflation adjustment is posted on DWC Web site

Aug. 2, 2005

DWC posts permanent disability rating schedule FAQ for practitioners on its Web site

Aug. 2, 2005

Adjustments to the official medical fee schedule (DMEPOS and pathology / laboratory) to conform to changes in the Medicare payment system are posted on the DWC Web site


July 2005
Jul. 28, 2005

Medical provider network regulations certificate of compliance filed with OAL

Jul. 22, 2005

DWC issues a third 15-day notice of revisions to utilization review standards regulations

Jul. 7, 2005

Public hearing for official medical fee schedule - physician fees - scheduled for Aug. 1, 2005


June 2005
Jun. 29, 2005

DWC issues a second 15-day notice of revisions to utilization review standards regulations

Jun. 28, 2005

DWC issues a third 15-day notice for revisions to medical provider network emergency regulations

Jun. 23, 2005

Draft regulations regarding the medical treatment utilization schedule are the subject of a DWC online forum

Jun. 22, 2005

Audit Unit annual report for 2004 posted to DWC Web site

Jun. 21, 2005

DWC re-adopts medical provider network emergency regulations

Jun. 15, 2005

Adjustment of Official Medical Fee Schedule to conform to changes in Medicare payment system is posted on the DWC Web site

Jun. 14, 2005

Proposed regulations regarding penalties assessed pursuant to Labor Code section 5814.6 are posted on the DWC online forum

Jun. 14, 2005

Proposed regulations for penalties for utilization review violations are posted on the DWC online forum

Jun. 13, 2005

Permanent independent medical review regulations in effect

Jun. 10, 2005

Final permanent disability rating schedule regulations go into effect Jun. 10, 2005

Jun. 8, 2005

Final supplemental job displacement benefit regulations go into effect Aug. 1

Jun. 7, 2005

Draft regulations regarding workers' compensation information system are the subject of a DWC online forum

Jun. 1, 2005

DWC issues a 15-day notice of revisions to utilization review standards regulations


May 2005
May 26, 2005

Proposed regulations regarding predesignation of personal physician and request for change of physician are the subject of a DWC online forum

May 26, 2005

DWC issues a second 15-day notice for revisions to medical provider network emergency regulations

May 25, 2005

Proposed regulations related to the return to work program and adjustment of permanent disability payments are the subject of a DWC online forum

May 17, 2005 DWC re-adopts physician fee schedule emergency regulations for services on or after Jan.14, 2005 and adopts emergency regulations for services on or after May 14, 2005
May 12, 2005 DWC announces the appointment of Keven Star to the position of court administrator
May 4, 2005 Physician fee schedule emergency regulations filed with Office of Administrative Law
May 3, 2005 Workers' compensation ethics advisory committee annual report for 2004 posted to DWC Web site
May 3, 2005 Supplemental job displacement benefit final regulations filed with OAL
May 3, 2005 Independent medical review regulations certificate of compliance filed with OAL
May 2, 2005 Permanent disability rating schedule regulations certificate of compliance filed with OAL

April 2005
Apr. 28, 2005 DWC announces confirmation of Andrea Lynn Hoch as administrative director
Apr. 13, 2005 DWC issues 15-day notice for revisions to permanent disability rating schedule regulations
Apr. 13, 2005 DWC re-adopts utilization review standards emergency regulations
Apr. 13, 2005 DWC seeks executive medical director
Apr. 12, 2005 DWC posts the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine's (ACOEM) copyright statement on its Web site
Apr. 5, 2005

DWC issues 15-day notice for revisions to independent medical review emergency regulations


March 2005
Mar. 23, 2005 DWC issues second 15-day notice for modifications to proposed supplemental job displacement benefit regulations
Mar. 7, 2005 Proposal for changes to qualified medical evaluator regulations the subject of a DWC online discussion forum
Mar. 7, 2005

DWC re-adopts medical provider network emergency regulations


February 2005
 
Feb. 16, 2005 DWC posts workers' compensation insurance rate studies on line
Feb. 15, 2005 DWC issues 15-day notice for revisions to supplemental job displacement benefit regulations
Feb. 10, 2005 DWC issues 15-day notice for revisions to medical provider network emergency regulations
Feb. 7, 2005 DWC releases "Request for Proposal" on SB 899 insurance study - proposals due Mar. 10, 2005
Feb. 1, 2005 Public hearing for permanent disability rating schedule regulations scheduled for Apr. 4, 2005
Feb. 1, 2005

Public hearing for utilization review standards regulations scheduled for Mar. 22, 2005


January 2005
Jan. 18, 2005 Public hearing for independent medical review regulations scheduled for Mar. 16, 2005

August 2005

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