DWC Emergency Regulations for Medical-Legal Evaluations in Response to COVID-19 in Effect through October 18, 2022
The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) announces its emergency regulation Section 46.3, that allows for medical-legal evaluations utilizing telehealth and office location flexibility resulting from various state and local public health safety measures related to COVID-19, which became effective on January 18, 2022 and was set to expire on July 18, 2022, has been extended until October 18, 2022.
This is DWC’s first re-adoption per Government Code section 11346.1(h).
These emergency regulations help injured workers and employers continue to move their workers’ compensation claims toward a resolution. They further avoid additional and undue delay by addressing how medical-legal evaluations may proceed during this emergency period.