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TITLE 8. INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS
DIVISION 1. DEPARTMENT OF INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS
CHAPTER 1. DIVISION OF WORKERS' COMPENSATION-QUALIFIED MEDICAL EVALUATOR

Article 2. QME Eligibility
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§10. Appointment of QMEs.



(a) Applications for appointment as a QME shall be submitted on the form in section 100 (QME Form 100). The completed application form, and any supporting documentation as required by the application, shall be filed at the Administrative Director's office listed on the form in section 100. Upon his or her approval of each application form and supporting documentation, the Administrative Director shall certify, as eligible to sit for the QME competency examination, those applicants who meet all of the statutory and regulatory eligibility requirements. Any application for appointment may be rejected if it is incomplete, contains false information or does not contain the required supporting documentation listed in section 11.

(b) The Administrative Director may deny appointment or reappointment to any physician who has performed a QME evaluation or examination without valid QME certification at the time of examining the injured worker or the time of signing the initial or follow-up evaluation report. An applicant serving a period of probation imposed by the applicant's professional licensing board or agency may be allowed to take the QME examination while on probationary license status. Applications for appointment or reappointment from physicians who are on probationary license status with a California licensing board or agency while the QME application is pending shall be reviewed by the Medical Director on a case-by-case basis consistent with the provisions of Labor Code section 139.2(m).

(c) No physician who has been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor related to his or her practice shall be appointed or reappointed as a QME. An applicant who has been convicted of any other type of felony or misdemeanor may be denied appointment or reappointment.

(d) Any physician who, while under investigation or after the service of a statement of issues or accusation for alleged violations of these regulations or the Labor Code, withdraws his or her application for appointment or reappointment, resigns or fails to seek reappointment as a QME, shall be subject to having the disciplinary process reactivated whenever an application for appointment or re-appointment is subsequently filed. In the event any of the alleged violations are found to have occurred, the physician's application for appointment or reappointment may be denied by the Administrative Director.

NOTE: Form is available at no charge by downloading from the web at www.dir.ca.gov/dwc/forms.html or by requesting at 1-800-794-6900.

     Note: Authority cited: Sections 133, 139.2 and 5307.3, Labor Code; and Section 730, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 139.2, 4060, 4061, 4062, 4062.1 and 4062.2, Labor Code; and Section 730, Business and Professions Code.  


 HISTORY 
   

1. Relocation of article 2 heading and new section filed 8-1-94; operative 8- 31-94 (Register 94, No. 31).

2. Amendment of section filed 8-23-96; operative 9-22-96 (Register 96, No. 34).

3. Amendment filed 4-14-2000; operative 5-14-2000 (Register 2000, No. 15).

4. Amendment of section and Note filed 1-13-2009; operative 2-17-2009 (Register 2009, No. 3).

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