Bulletin No. 04-03
March 19, 2003

Final vocational rehabilitation, audit, HCO regulations and forms posted at DWC web site


Vocational rehabilitation: The new regulations and forms are effective January 29, 2003. The Final Statement of Reasons and final regulations, as approved by the state Office of Administrative Law (OAL), can be viewed or downloaded from here: http://www.dir.ca.gov/dwc/DWCPropRegs/VocRehabRegs.html. The new forms can be downloaded from the DWC forms page at: http://www.dir.ca.gov/dwc/forms.html. You will need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to view and print them. The regulations, as they appear in Title 8, California Code of Regulations, can be found here: http://www.dir.ca.gov/t8/ch4_5sb1_5a7_.html.

Please note that RU-122, "Settlement of Prospective Vocational Rehabilitation Services," is the only new form. All of the others are revisions of existing forms, and in most cases the revisions are minor. All of these forms have been posted since mid-February. Parties should begin using them immediately. Because of the lag time it has taken to prepare and post the forms, a grace period has been established to allow parties to use the old forms until April 30, 2003.

Audit: The new audit regulations have been in effect since January 1, 2003. The Final Statement of Reasons and final regulations, as approved by the state Office of Administrative Law (OAL), can be viewed or downloaded from here: http://www.dir.ca.gov/dwc/DWCPropRegs/AuditRegs.html. The regulations, as they appear in Title 8, California Code of Regulations, can be found here: http://www. dir.ca.gov/t8/ch4_5sb1_5.html.

Health Care Organizations: The new HCO regulations have been in effect since January 9, 2003. The Final Statement of Reasons and final regulations, as approved by the state Office of Administrative Law (OAL), can be viewed or downloaded from here: http://www.dir.ca.gov/dwc/DWCPropRegs/HCORegs.html. The regulations, as they appear in Title 8, California Code of Regulations, can be found here: http://www.dir.ca.gov/t8/ch4_5sb1a4.html. DWC form 1194, "Choosing Medical Care for Work-Related Injuries," can be downloaded as a pdf (Adobe Acrobat) file from this page in the regulations: http://www.dir.ca.gov/t8/9779_4.html

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