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Title 8. Industrial Relations
Chapter 4.5. Division of Workers' Compensation
Subchapter 1.6. Permanent Disability Rating Determination

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§10160. Summary Rating Determinations, Comprehensive Medical Evaluation of Unrepresented Employee.

(a) The Disability Evaluation Unit will prepare a summary rating determination upon receipt of a properly prepared request. A properly prepared request shall consist of:

(1) A completed Request for Summary Rating Determination, DWC AD Form 101 (DEU);

(2) A completed Employee's Disability Questionnaire, DWC AD Form 100 (DEU);

(3) A comprehensive medical evaluation of an unrepresented employee from a Qualified Medical Evaluator.

(b) The insurance carrier or self-insured employer shall provide the employee with an Employee's Disability Questionnaire prior to the appointment scheduled with the Qualified Medical Evaluator. The employee will be instructed in the form and manner prescribed by the administrative director to complete the questionnaire and provide it to the Qualified Evaluator at the time of the examination.

(c) The insurance carrier, self-insured employer or injured worker shall complete a Request for Summary Rating Determination of Qualified Medical Evaluator's Report, a copy of which shall be served on the opposing party. The requesting party shall send the request, including proof of service of the request on the opposing party, to the Qualified Medical Evaluator together with all medical reports and medical records relating to the case prior to the scheduled examination with the Qualified Medical Evaluator. The request shall include the appropriate address of the Disability Evaluation Unit. A listing of all of the offices of the Disability Evaluation Unit, with each office's area of jurisdiction, will be provided, upon request, by any office of the Disability Evaluation Unit or any Information and Assistance Office.

(d) When a summary rating determination has been requested, the Qualified Medical Evaluator shall submit all of the following documents to the Disability Evaluation Unit at the location indicated on the DWC AD Form 101 (DEU) and shall concurrently serve copies on the employee and claims administrator:

(1) Request for Summary Rating Determination of Qualified Medical Evaluator's Report as a cover sheet to the evaluation report;

(2) Employee's Disability Questionnaire;

(3) Comprehensive medical evaluation by the Qualified Medical Evaluator, including the Qualified Medical Evaluator's Findings Summary Form (QME Form 111).

(4) A document cover sheet and separator sheet pursuant to section 10205.14 of title 8 of the California Code of Regulation, which shall only be served on the Disability Evaluation Unit.

(e) No request for a summary rating determination shall be considered to be received until the Employee's Disability Questionnaire, the Request for Summary Rating Determination of Qualified Medical Evaluator's Report, and the comprehensive medical evaluation have been received by the office of the Disability Evaluation Unit having jurisdiction over the employee's area of residence. In the event an employee does not have a completed Employee's Disability Questionnaire at the time of his or her appointment with a Qualified Medical Evaluator, the medical evaluator shall provide this form to the employee for completion prior to the evaluation. Any requests received on or after April 1, 1994 without all the required documents will be returned to the sender.

(f) Except when a request for factual correction is filed in compliance with section 37 of title 8 of the California Code of Regulations, any request for the rating of a supplemental comprehensive medical evaluation report shall be made no later than twenty days from the receipt of the report and shall be accompanied by a copy of the correspondence to the evaluator soliciting the supplemental evaluation, together with proof of service of the correspondence on the opposing party.

(g) If a Qualified Medical Evaluator files a correction to the comprehensive medical evaluation previously filed pursuant to section 37(d) of title 8 of the California Code of Regulations, the Disability Evaluation Unit shall consider in its summary rating the corrections indicated by the Qualified Medical Evaluator in the supplemental report.

Note: Authority cited: Sections 133 and 5307.3, Labor Code. Reference: Sections 124, 4061, 4062, 4062.1, 4062.2, 4062.5, 4064, 4067, 4660, 4662, 4663 and 4664, Labor Code.

HISTORY

1. New section filed 4-25-91; operative 4-25-91 (Register 91, No. 26). New section is exempt from review by OAL pursuant to Government Code section 11351.

2. Amendment of section filed 1-28-94; operative 1-28-94. Submitted to OAL for printing only pursuant to Government Code section 11351 (Register 94, No. 4).

3. Amendment of section heading and text filed 2-21-95; operative 2-21-95. Submitted to OAL for printing only pursuant to Government Code section 11351 (Register 95, No. 8).

4. Amendment of subsections (c)-(d) and (f) and amendment of Note filed 12-31-2004 as an emergency; operative 1-1-2005 (Register 2004, No. 53). A Certificate of Compliance must be transmitted to OAL by 5-2-2005 or emergency language will be repealed by operation of law on the following day.

5. Certificate of Compliance as to 12-31-2004 order, including amendment of subsections (a)(2), (b), (d) and (e), transmitted to OAL 4-29-2005 and filed 6-10-2005 (Register 2005, No. 23).

6. Amendment filed 11-17-2008; operative 11-17-2008 pursuant to Government Code section 11343.4 (Register 2008, No. 47).

7. Amendment of subsection (f) and new subsection (g) filed 12-31-2012 as an emergency; operative 1-1-2013 pursuant to Government Code section 11346.1(d) (Register 2013, No. 1). A Certificate of Compliance must be transmitted to OAL by 7-1-2013 or emergency language will be repealed by operation of law on the following day.

8. Amendment of subsection (f) and new subsection (g) refiled 7-1-2013 as an emergency; operative 7-1-2013 (Register 2013, No. 27). A Certificate of Compliance must be transmitted to OAL by 9-30-2013 or emergency language will be repealed by operation of law on the following day.

9. Certificate of Compliance as to 7-1-2013 order, including amendment of subsection (d)(4) and Note, transmitted to OAL 8-2-2013 and filed 9-16-2013; amendments operative 9-16-2013 pursuant to Government Code section 11343.4(b)(3) (Register 2013, No. 38).


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