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Medical Unit

Under the direction of an executive medical director, the Medical Unit performs a variety of services related to delivery of medical benefits in the workers' compensation system. It establishes policy and guidelines for the treatment and evaluation of injured workers. The unit examines and appoints physicians to be qualified medical evaluators (QMEs), who in turn examine injured workers to help determine the level of benefits they receive. It also certifies and oversees groups -- medical provider networks (MPNs) and health care organizations (HCOs) -- that provide care to injured workers. The unit reviews utilization review (UR) plans and handles UR complaints and investigations jointly with the Audit Unit. It also assists the DWC administrative director with other issues affecting providers in the workers' compensation system, such as setting medical fee schedules, and undertakes medical care studies.

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Frequently asked questions

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Medical Unit Office:
Mailing Address:
DWC - Medical Unit
P.O. Box 71010
Oakland, CA 94612
Street Address:
DWC - Medical Unit
1515 Clay Street, 18th floor
Oakland CA 94612
Telephone Number:
510-286-3700 or 800-794-6900
 
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July 2014