Newsline No. 80-07
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November 30, 2007

Division of Workers' Compensation proposes changes to qualified medical evaluator regulations

The Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) has proposed changes to the qualified medical evaluator (QME) regulations. The proposed changes include regulation sections one through 159 of Title 8 of the California Code of Regulations, which govern the examination, appointment, reappointment, evaluation report procedures and disciplinary procedures for physicians who are QMEs.

The proposed regulations are posted on DWC’s Web site, and have been forwarded to the Office of Administrative Law for publication in the California Notice Registry. DWC has set two public hearings on the proposed regulations. The hearings will be held at the following times and places:

Date: Monday, Jan. 14, 2008
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., or until conclusion of business
Place: Ronald Reagan State Office Building – auditorium
300 South Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Date: Thursday, Jan. 17, 2008
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., or until conclusion of business
Place: Elihu Harris State Office Building – auditorium
1515 Clay Street
Oakland, CA  94612

Members of the public may comment on the proposed regulations until 5 p.m. on Jan. 17, 2008.

Many of the sections in this rulemaking are ‘changes without regulatory effect’, due to the elimination of the Industrial Medical Council. The substantive changes include:

The proposed regulations, as filed with the Office of Administrative Law, can be found on the DWC Web site at http://www.dir.ca.gov/dwc/DWCPropRegs/qme_regulations/qme_regulations.htm.

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