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Release Number: 2022-60
Date: July 20, 2022

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.