Newsline No. 44-12  
October 3, 2012  

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Division of Workers’ Compensation medical treatment guideline advisory committee will begin work November 15 to establish the framework for updating the existing guidelines

The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) is pleased to announce that its Medical Evidence Evaluation Advisory Committee (MEEAC) has been formed and will begin establishing the framework for updating California’s medical treatment guidelines at its first meeting on November 15. 

“The MEEAC systematically reviews medical evidence and makes recommendations to improve the current guidelines which affect the treatment of all injured workers in this state,” said DWC Executive Medical Director Dr. Rupali Das.

This advisory committee meets four times a year under the guidance of the DWC executive medical director, and uses the hierarchy of evidence set forth in the division’s medical treatment utilization schedule to evaluate medical evidence and recommend revisions to existing guidelines or to develop of new guidelines. The DWC Administrative Director (AD) is responsible for the adoption of treatment guidelines contained in the Medical Treatment Utilization Schedule, which is set forth in California Code of Regulations, Title 8, sections 9792.20-9792.26.

Nominations for the committee were opened on August 6, 2012 and the appointees represent a range of specialties. “We need input from a multi-disciplinary group to ensure that California utilizes the highest quality, evidence-based guidelines,” said Das. “We were fortunate to receive nominations for many qualified medical providers for this committee and selected a distinguished and qualified team for this important work.” 

Each member of the MEEAC will serve a term of two years and remain in the position until a successor is selected. The members are:

The division is still seeking nominations for the Family Practice field. Nominees should send a cover letter describing their specialty in the field of Family Practice, qualifications, and interest to serve on the committee, and full curriculum vitae, no later than October 12, 2012, to Ms. Teidi Lee-Padua by email to TLee-padua@dir.ca.gov or by regular mail to:

Ms. Teidi Lee-Padua
Division of Workers’ Compensation
1515 Clay Street, 18th floor
Oakland, CA  94612

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