DWC has posted an online forum on revised draft proposals for emergency regulations governing utilization review standards as required by new Labor Code section 4610, enacted last year. A previous draft of the regulations was posted on February 27, 2004. Labor Code section 4610 requires that all employers adopt systems for review of medical treatment utilization that are consistent with the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) guidelines.
The forum can be found at http://www.dir.ca.gov/wcjudicial.htm. Comments will be accepted until Friday, April 30. Please feel free to participate. After considering all comments received and making any further appropriate changes, the proposals will be adopted as emergency regulations. Formal rulemaking, including the scheduling of public hearings, will soon follow.