(a) Disputes regarding the validity of panel requests shall be resolved by a Workers' Compensation Administrative Law Judge.
(b) Disputes regarding the appropriateness of the specialty designated shall be resolved pursuant to section 31.5(a)(10) of Title 8 of the California Code of Regulations. Either party may appeal the Medical Director's decision as to the appropriateness of the specialty to a Workers' Compensation Administrative Law Judge.
(c) In the event the Medical Director is unable to issue a QME panel in a represented case within thirty (30) calendar days of receiving the request, either party may seek an order from a Workers' Compensation Administrative Law Judge that a QME panel be issued. Any such order shall specify the specialty of the QME panel or the party to be designated to select the specialty.
Note: Authority cited: Sections 133, 139.2 and 5307.3, Labor Code. Reference: Sections 4060, 4061, 4062, 4062.2, 4064 and 4067, Labor Code.
1. New section filed 1-13-2009; operative 2-17-2009 (Register 2009, No. 3). For prior history, see Register 2000, No. 15.
2. Editorial correction reinstating inadvertently deleted section (Register 2013, No. 44).
3. Amendment filed 8-12-2015; operative 9-1-2015 pursuant to Government Code section 11343.4(b)(3) (Register 2015, No. 33).