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Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 17, 2013
CHSWC Recommends Administrative Director Consider the Report, “Formulating a Copy Service Fee Schedule”
OAKLAND -- The Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation (CHSWC) approved for final posting on its website the report, “Formulating a Copy Service Fee Schedule.” CHSWC also recommends that the Administrative Director consider the copy service fee report and public comments together with other alternatives to inform the fee schedule rulemaking process. CHSWC staff are directed to remain engaged in the rulemaking process.
In September 2012, California adopted Senate Bill (SB) 863, which requires the Administrative Director of the Division of Workers’ Compensation, in consultation with CHSWC, to adopt a copy service fee schedule. In 2013, CHSWC worked with Berkeley Research Group of Emeryville, CA to analyze copy service practices in the workers’ compensation system, review pricing options and prepare a report summarizing relevant fees in the marketplace and policy issues that may be addressed during the rulemaking process.
The “Formulating a Copy Service Fee Schedule” report presents a rationale for a flat fee schedule to cover all costs related to obtaining and reproducing a set of records up to 1,000 pages if the bill is paid timely and without dispute, and a higher fee to include the additional business expenses if the bill has to go into collection or dispute resolution.
CHSWC, created by the workers' compensation reform legislation of 1993, is charged with examining the health and safety and workers' compensation systems in California and recommending administrative or legislative modifications to improve their operation. CHSWC was established to conduct a continuing examination of the workers' compensation system and of the state's activities to prevent industrial injuries and occupational diseases and to examine those programs in other states.
Information about CHSWC and the copy services report is available on the CHSWC website, www.dir.ca.gov/chswc. Information may also be obtained by writing to CHSWC at 1515 Clay Street, 17th Floor, Oakland, California, 94612; by calling (510) 622-3959; by faxing a request to (510) 622-3265; or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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