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Latest News and Announcements from DIR

December 19, 2014 DWC Responds to Public Inquiries Regarding the 2015 Update to the Physician Fee Schedule Portion of the Official Medical Fee Schedule
December 16, 2014 Mileage Rate for Medical and Medical-legal Travel Expenses Increases Effective January 1, 2015
December 15, 2014 Labor Commissioner Distributes $329,000 in Back Pay to Bay Area Assisted Living Workers
December 12, 2014 Report on Independent Medical Review Shows Progress Made
December 12, 2014 DIR Commemorates 100th Anniversary of DWC, 40 Years of Cal/OSHA and 20 Years of CHSWC
December 8, 2014 DWC Posts Proposed "Chronic Pain Medical Treatment Guidelines" to Online Forum for Public Comment
December 5, 2014 DWC Posts Example of Medical Provider Network (MPN) Application/Plan for Reapproval
December 3, 2014 Governor Brown Appoints Juliann Sum Cal/OSHA Chief
December 1, 2014 DWC Posts Adjustments to DMEPOS Section of Official Medical Fee Schedule
November 25, 2014 DWC Initiates Procedure to Assess Administrative Penalties for Failure to Submit IMR Medical Records
November 25, 2014 Labor Commissioner Cites Ten Northern California Buffet Restaurants $16 Million for Wage Theft Violations
November 24, 2014 DWC Issues Second 15-Day Notice for Modification to Proposed Medical Treatment Utilization Schedule Regulations
November 20, 2014 Office of Policy, Research, and Legislation issues notice of modification to general prevailing wage determinations
November 20, 2014 Informational Bulletin: Self Insurance Actuarial Data Analysis – 2013
November 20, 2014 Cal/OSHA Cites Disney Construction for 2 Worker Fatalities: Faulty Equipment, Untrained Staff Caused Deaths at Job Site
November 19, 2014 Labor Commissioner Obtains $4 Million in Back Pay for San Francisco Restaurant Workers
November 14, 2014 Cal/OSHA Updates its Guidance for Protecting Workers in Inpatient Health Care Settings from Ebola
November 13, 2014 DWC Issues Revisions to WCIS Regulations for an Additional 15-Day Public Comment Period
November 10, 2014 Cal/OSHA Cites Fuel Distributor Nearly $100,000 after Fatal Explosion
November 6, 2014 Office of Policy, Research, and Legislation issues notice of modification to general prevailing wage determinations
October 31, 2014 DWC Posts Fee Schedule Adjustments for Hospital Outpatient Departments/ Ambulatory Surgical Centers
October 30, 2014 Labor Commissioner Cites Four Bay Area Assisted Living Providers More Than $3 Million for Labor Violations
October 29, 2014 Office of Policy, Research, and Legislation issues notice of modification to general prevailing wage determinations
October 24, 2014 University of California Medical Centers Identified as Priority Hospitals to Treat Confirmed Ebola Cases
October 24, 2014 DIR Issues Notice of Public Hearings for Return-to-Work Supplement Program
October 24, 2014 DWC Issues Revision to Copy Service Fee Schedule Regulations for Second 15-Day Public Comment Period
October 23, 2014 Controller Joins Fight Against Wage Theft
October 23, 2014 Labor Commissioner Issues over $963,000 in Citations to Aircraft Janitorial Services Provider for Wage Theft
October 23, 2014 DWC Accepting Nominations for 2015 Carrie Nevans Community Service Awards to be Given at Educational Conferences
October 17, 2014 WCAB’s Final Rules Published and Will Become Effective January 1, 2015
October 17, 2014 Cal/OSHA Releases Guidance for Protecting Health Care Workers from Ebola
October 14, 2014 DWC Issues Notice of Public Hearing to Revise the Official Medical Fee Schedule (OMFS)
October 13, 2014 DWC Opens Registration for 22nd Annual Educational Conference
October 2, 2014 Cal/OSHA Helps Firefighters Execute High-Rise Rescue:
Window Washers Brought to Safety after Getting Stuck on 18th Floor
October 2, 2014 DWC Posts Adjustments to Official Medical Fee Schedule (Physician Services / Non-Physician Practitioner Services)
October 2, 2014 Cal/OSHA Issues High Heat Advisory as Temperatures Rise Across State Starting Today
October 1, 2014 DWC Regulations Delaying ICD-10 Implementation Until October 1, 2015 Approved by Office of Administrative Law
September 29, 2014 DWC Invites Claims Administrators to Webinar on Electronic Submission of Records for IMR
September 25, 2014 DWC Posts Amendment to Hospital Outpatient Departments and Ambulatory Surgical Centers Fee Schedule Effective September 1, 2014
September 25, 2014 Office of Policy, Research, and Legislation issues notice of modification to general prevailing wage determinations
September 22, 2014 DWC Posts the Assignment of Medical Provider Network Identification (MPN ID) Numbers and Updated Forms Online
September 18, 2014 DWC Posts Adjustments to Official Medical Fee Schedule (Physician Services/Non-Physician Practitioner Services)
September 17, 2014 DWC Posts Adjustments to Official Medical Fee Schedule (DMEPOS)
September 16, 2014 DWC Posts Updated Physician Fee Schedule FAQs Regarding Physician-Dispensed Durable Medical Equipment
September 16, 2014 DWC Issues Revision to Copy Service Fee Schedule Regulations with Additional 15-Day Public Comment Period
September 12, 2014 DWC Posts Draft Qualified Medical Evaluator Regulations for Online QME Panel Process
September 11, 2014 Office of Policy, Research, and Legislation issues notice of modification to general prevailing wage determinations
September 11, 2014 Cal/OSHA Issues High Heat Advisory as Heat Wave Arrives in Southern California
September 10, 2014 DIR Advisory Committee Meeting to Focus on Refinery Safety
September 4, 2014 DWC Issues Revision to WCIS Regulations with Additional 15-Day Public Comment Period
August 29, 2014 DWC Final Medical Provider Networks (MPN) Services Regulations Now in Effect
August 28, 2014 Task Force Targets Construction Sites that Commit Wage Theft, Put Workers at Risk
August 25, 2014 California Department of Industrial Relations Honors Labor Rights Week, Signs Alliance Promoting Worker Safety and Health
August 20, 2014 Cal/OSHA Cites Menzies Aviation for LAX Worker Fatality: Investigation Determines Menzies' Flawed Safety Policy Discouraged Employee Seatbelt Use, Led To Death of a Worker at Los Angeles International Airport
August 19, 2014 Labor Agency Coordinates Interagency Action on the Underground Economy
August 19, 2014 DWC Issues Notice of Public Hearing on September 18 to Revise the Hospital Outpatient Departments and Ambulatory Surgical Centers Fee Schedule
August 18, 2014 CHSWC Releases for Feedback a Study about the California Public Sector Self-Insured Workers' Compensation Program
August 15, 2014 DWC Issues First 15-Day Notice for Modifications to Proposed Medical Treatment Utilization Schedule Regulations
August 11, 2014 Division of Workers' Compensation Posts Ethics Advisory Committee Annual Report for 2013
August 6, 2014 Independent Medical Review Records Submission Process Improved
August 5, 2014 WCAB Issues Notice of September 17 Public Hearing on Proposed Amendments to Rules
July 30, 2014 DWC Judge Jane Madsen's Move to Eureka Now Permanent
July 29, 2014 DWC Posts Updated Information on Independent Medical Review (IMR) Process
July 28, 2014 DWC Posts Ambulance Fee Schedule Update to Conform to Changes in Medicare Payment System
July 25, 2014 Office of Policy, Research, and Legislation issues notice of modification to general prevailing wage determinations
July 24, 2014 Cal/OSHA Cites Warehouse Company over $300,000 for Failing to Correct Serious Hazards at its Mira Loma Facility
July 24, 2014 DWC Commences Rulemaking Action to Delay ICD-10 Implementation Until October 1, 2015
July 24, 2014 DWC Announces Reduced Cost to California Providers for Access to Official Disability Guidelines
July 18, 2014 DWC Issues Notice of Public Hearing on September 3 for Proposed Workers' Compensation Benefit Notice Regulations Amendments
July 17, 2014 Report on Workers' Comp Reforms of SB 863 Shows Progress, Challenges in Enacting Law's Wide-ranging Changes
July 14, 2014 Office of Policy, Research, and Legislation issues notice of modification to general prevailing wage determinations
July 14, 2014 DWC Medical Unit Accepting Applications for Upcoming Qualified Medical Evaluator Examination on October 18
July 10, 2014 Division of Workers' Compensation Posts Corrected Spanish Language Time of Hire Pamphlet
July 2, 2014 DWC Posts Adjustments to Official Medical Fee Schedule (Physician Services/Non-Physician Practitioner Services)
July 2, 2014 California's Alternative Security Program Frees $7.5 Billion in Working Capital for Businesses
July 1, 2014 Office of Policy, Research, and Legislation issues notice of modification to general prevailing wage determinations (2)
July 1, 2014 Office of Policy, Research, and Legislation issues notice of modification to general prevailing wage determinations (1)
July 1, 2014 FY 2013-2014 Public Annual Report Requirements - LC§4800/4850
July 1, 2014 Department of Industrial Relations Launches Public Works Contractor Online Application System
June 26, 2014 DWC Posts Adjustments to Official Medical Fee Schedule (Physician Services/Non-Physician Practitioner Services)
June 26, 2014 Cal/OSHA Cites Shar-Craft Inc. $82,090 for Accident in Confined Tank Space That Seriously Injured Worker
June 23, 2014 Division of Workers' Compensation Posts Updated Time of Hire Pamphlet
June 16, 2014 DWC Files Amendment to Hospital Outpatient Departments and Ambulatory Surgical Centers Fee Schedule Section of Official Medical Fee Schedule with Secretary of State
June 11, 2014 Five Charged in Multimillion Dollar Workers' Comp and Payroll Fraud Case
June 9, 2014 Temporary total disability rates for 2015 announced
May 30, 2014 DWC Issues Notice of Public Hearing on July 14 for Proposed Workers' Compensation Information System (WCIS) Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) Reporting Regulations
May 27, 2014 Cal/OSHA Targets Construction Sites for Safety Rules Compliance
May 20, 2014 Office of Policy, Research, and Legislation issues notice of modification to general prevailing wage determinations
May 19, 2014 DIR Reduces Fees for Independent Medical Review, Independent Bill Review by 25 Percent
May 16, 2014 DWC Issues Notice of Public Hearing for Medical Treatment Utilization Schedule Regulations
May 16, 2014 DWC Issues Notice of Public Hearing on July 1 for Proposed Copy Service Fee Schedule
May 13, 2014 Cal/OSHA Issues High Heat Advisory to Employers with Outdoor Workers
May 12, 2014 WCAB, DWC Issue New Forms, Document Types and Titles for E-form and OCR Filers
May 9, 2014 Office of Policy, Research, and Legislation issues notice of modification to general prevailing wage determinations
May 8, 2014 California Labor Commissioner Cites Two Janitorial Companies More Than $1.5 Million for Multiple Wage Theft Violations
May 2, 2014 DWC Issues Third 15-Day Notice for Modifications to Proposed Medical Provider Networks Regulations
April 30, 2014 Cal/OSHA Issues First High Heat Advisory of 2014 as Temperatures Rise Across the State
April 30, 2014 California Labor Commissioner Announces Statewide "Wage Theft is a Crime" Campaign
April 29, 2014 DWC Offers Free Webinar on Independent Billing Review May 13
April 28, 2014 DIR Commemorates Workers' Memorial Day
April 25, 2014 DIR Releases Ambulatory Surgical Services Assessment Rand Report
April 22, 2014 Cal/OSHA Fines Butler Amusements over $100,000 for Willful Violations at Big Fresno Fair
April 17, 2014 DWC Posts Adjustment to Official Medical Fee Schedule (Pathology and Clinical Laboratory Section)
April 17, 2014 Cal/OSHA Fines BART $210,000 in 2013 Accident that Killed 2 Transit Workers
April 15, 2014 Office of Policy, Research, and Legislation issues notice of modification to general prevailing wage determinations
April 14, 2014 Office of Policy, Research, and Legislation issues notice of modification to general prevailing wage determinations
April 14, 2014 DWC Posts Adjustments to Official Medical Fee Schedule (Physician Services / Non-Physician Practitioner Services)
April 14, 2014 Cal/OSHA Fines Real Estate Company Three Frogs, Inc. over $91,000 Following Tree-Trimming Fatality
April 14, 2014 Labor Commissioner Cracks Down on Wage Theft; Orders Reparations to Maids Fired for Cooperating in Wage Theft Investigation
April 11, 2014 DWC Posts Proposed "Guideline for the Use of Opioids to Treat Work-Related Injuries" to Online Forum for Public Comment
April 11, 2014 Part of $150 Million San Diego Construction Project Stopped after Sub-Contractor Cited for Not Having Contractors License: CSLB and DIR fines total $79,000
April 11, 2014 DWC Issues 15-Day Notice of Modification to Proposed Hospital Outpatient Departments and Ambulatory Surgical Centers (HOPD/ASC) Fee Schedule Regulations
April 10, 2014 DWC Announces Changes to Panel QME Request Process to Comply with Navarro v. City of Montebello
April 4, 2014 DWC Posts Adjustments to Official Medical Fee Schedule (DMEPOS and Physician Services/Non-Physician Practitioner Services)
April 3, 2014 California Labor Commissioner orders Southern California Company to return over $336,000 to janitorial workers for unpaid wages
April 1, 2014 Office of Policy, Research, and Legislation issues notice of modification to general prevailing wage determinations
March 25, 2014 Cal/OSHA Launches 2014 Heat Illness Prevention Campaign
March 20, 2014 Record $17.7 Million in Unpaid Wages Returned to Workers on Public Works Projects in 2013
March 18, 2014 DWC Posts Proposed Changes to Regulations Reflecting Transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 to Online Forum for Public Comment
March 17, 2014 Indictment Transcript Unsealed Against Father And Son for $300,000 Theft Of Employee Wages On Public Works Project
March 14, 2014 California employers to post annual work-related injury and illness summary
March 14, 2014 Dept. of Industrial Relations - Overview of New Laws for 2014
March 10, 2014 DWC Issues Second 15-Day Notice for Modifications to Proposed Medical Provider Networks Regulations
March 5, 2014 Labor Commissioner Announces Improvements to Payment System for Certifying Electricians and Registering Electrician Trainees
March 3, 2014 DWC Posts Adjustment of Official Medical Fee Schedule (OMFS) Inpatient Hospital Section to Conform to Medicare Changes
February 27, 2014 California Labor Commissioner Announces On-Line System for Submitting Farm Labor Contractor Applications
February 27, 2014 Office of Administrative Law has Approved DWC's Final Version of the Predesignation of Personal Physicians and Reporting Duties of the Primary Treating Physician Rulemaking
February 26, 2014 DWC Reminds Parties to Include Required Documents when Filing IMR and IBR Applications, Will Cease to Issue Reminder Letters
February 24, 2014 DWC Announces Appointments to Workers' Compensation Ethics Advisory Committee
February 20, 2014 DWC Posts Adjustments to Physician Services and Non-Physician Practitioner Services Section of Official Medical Fee Schedule
February 18, 2014 DWC Posts Non-substantive Changes to the Supplemental Job Displacement Benefit Voucher Forms
February 14, 2014 DWC Posts Proposed Copy Service Fee Schedule Regulations to Online Forum for Public Comment
February 14, 2014 Update on DWC Santa Barbara Satellite Office Conference Scheduling
February 13, 2014 Final Refinery Safety Report Calls for Greater Collaboration and Oversight to Protect the Public and Employees
February 13, 2014 The Office of Administrative Law Has Approved DWC's Final Versions of the Independent Medical Review and Independent Bill Review Regulations
February 10, 2014 Office of Policy, Research, and Legislation issues notice of correction to general prevailing wage determinations
February 7, 2014 DWC Issues Notice of Public Hearing on March 11 to Revise the OMFS Hospital Outpatient Departments and Ambulatory Surgical Centers Fee Schedule
February 3, 2014 Judge Upholds Cal/OSHA Enforcement of Worker Protection Laws for Adult Film Performers
January 30, 2014 Office of Policy, Research, and Legislation issues notice of modification to general prevailing wage determinations
January 27, 2014 DWC Announces Recipients of 2014 Carrie Nevans Community Service Award
January 23, 2014 DWC Posts Adjustments to Physician Services and Non-Physician Practitioner Services Section of Official Medical Fee Schedule
January 21, 2014 DWC Posts 2014 Annual Report of Inventory Advice and Form for Claims Reported During Calendar Year 2013
January 17, 2014 DWC Medical Unit Accepting Applications for Upcoming Qualified Medical Evaluator (QME) Examination on April 12
January 13, 2014 Mileage rate for medical and medical-legal travel expenses decreased effective January 1, 2014
January 7, 2014 Office of Policy, Research, and Legislation issues notice of modification to general prevailing wage determinations
January 2, 2014 DWC announces agenda for educational forums on UR and IMR

April 2014