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August 20, 2009

Notice of rulemaking and public hearing for amendments to medical provider network, employee information and workers' compensation claim form and notice of potential eligibility regulations

The Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) has proposed amendments to its medical provider network (MPN) regulations. The proposed amendments will streamline the existing MPN notification process primarily by shortening required notices, allowing flexibility in distribution of notices, and by reducing filings with the division.

The regulations also propose amending the employee information form, and workers’ compensation claim form (DWC 1) and notice of potential eligibility (NOPE) regulations. The proposed amendments also clarify other filing requirements and update the DWC workers’ compensation poster, the initial employee notice, and the NOPE form to reflect changes to benefits and to include MPN information.

The proposals are posted on the DWC Web site at http://www.dir.ca.gov/dwc/DWCPropRegs/MPN_Regulations/MPN_Regulations.htm and have been forwarded to the Office of Administrative Law for publication in the California Notice Registry.  A public hearing on the regulations has been scheduled for:

Date: Oct. 8, 2009
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or until conclusion of business
Place: Elihu Harris State Office Building – Auditorium
1515 Clay Street
Oakland, California  94612

Members of the public may comment on the proposed regulations until 5 p.m. on Oct. 8, 2009.

The proposed amendments include:

The proposed MPN, Employee Information and Workers’ Compensation Claim Form (DWC 1) and Notice of Potential Eligibility regulations are authorized by Labor Code sections 59, 124, 133, 138.3, 138.4, 139.6, 3550, 3551, 4603.5, 4616, and 5307.3.  The proposed amendments are found in the California Code of Regulations, Title 8, sections 9767.3, 9767.6, 9767.8, 9767.12, 9767.16, 9880, 9881, 9881.1, and 10139.

These regulations were previously posted to the DWC’s online forum for public comment in Jan. 2009.

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