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Title 8. Industrial Relations
Division 1. Department of Industrial Relations
Chapter 4.5. Division of Workers' Compensation
Subchapter 1. Administrative Director -Administrative Rules
Article 5.5.1. Utilization Review Standards
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§9792.10.4. Independent Medical Review - Assignment and Notification.

(a) The independent review organization delegated the responsibility by the Administrative Director to conduct independent medical review pursuant to Labor Code section 139.5 (IMRO) may consolidate two or more eligible applications for independent medical review by a single employee for resolution in a single determination if the applications involve the same requesting physician and the same date of injury.
(b) Within one business day following receipt of the Administrative Director's finding that the disputed medical treatment is eligible for independent medical review, the independent review organization delegated the responsibility by the Administrative Director to conduct independent medical review pursuant to Labor Code section 139.5 shall notify the employer, employee, if the employee is represented the employee's attorney, and the requesting physician in writing that the dispute has been assigned to that organization for review. The notification shall contain:
(1) The name and address of the independent review organization;
(2) Identification of the disputed medical treatment, including the date of the request for authorization (if available), the name of the requesting physician, and the date of the claims administrator's utilization review decision.
(3) The date the Application for Independent Medical Review, DWC Form IMR, was received by the Independent Review Organization.
(4) A statement whether the independent medical review will be conducted on a regular or expedited basis.
(5) For regular review, a statement that within fifteen (15) calendar days of the date designated on the notification, if the notification was provided by mail, or within twelve (12) calendar days of the date designated on the notification if the notification was provided electronically, the independent review organization must receive the documents indicated in section 9792.10.5. For the notification provided to the claims administrator, the statement shall provide that, pursuant to Labor Code section 4610.5(i), in addition to any other fines, penalties, and other remedies available to the Administrative Director, the failure to comply with section 9792.10.5 could result in the assessment of administrative penalties up to $5,000.00.
(6) For expedited review, a statement that within twenty-four (24) hours following receipt of the notification the independent review organization must receive the documents indicated in section 9792.10.5. For the notification provided to the claims administrator, the statement shall provide that, pursuant to Labor Code section 4610.5(i), in addition to any other fines, penalties, and other remedies available to the Administrative Director, the failure to comply with section 9792.10.5 could result in the assessment of administrative penalties up to $5,000.00.
(c) Review conducted on a regular basis shall be converted into an expedited review if, subsequent to the receipt of the Application for Independent Medical Review, DWC Form IMR, the independent review organization receives from the employee's treating physician written certification with supporting documentation verifying that the employee faces an imminent and serious threat to his or her health as described in section 9792.6.1(j). The independent review organization shall immediately notify the parties by the most efficient means available that the review has been converted from a regular review to an expedited review.
Note: Authority: Sections 133, 4603.5 and 5307.3, Labor Code. Reference: Sections 4062, 4600, 4600.4, 4604.5, 4610 and 4610.5, Labor Code.
HISTORY
1. New section 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.
2. New section 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.
3. New section refiled 9-30-2013 as an emergency; operative 10-1-2013 (Register 2013, No. 40). A Certificate of Compliance must be transmitted to OAL by 12-30-2013 or emergency language will be repealed by operation of law on the following day.
4. Certificate of Compliance as to 9-30-2013 order, including amendment of section, transmitted to OAL 12-30-2013 and filed 2-12-2014; amendments effective 2-12-2014 pursuant to Government Code section 11343.4(b)(3) (Register 2014, No. 7).

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