Division of Workers' Compensation

The Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) monitors the administration of workers' compensation claims, and provides administrative and judicial services to assist in resolving disputes that arise in connection with claims for workers' compensation benefits.

DWC's mission is to minimize the adverse impact of work-related injuries on California employees and employers.

COVID-19 Resources and Workers’ Compensation



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Office Closure Information

All Division of Workers’ Compensation district offices are open, with the following exception:

  • Eureka office closed until further notice

Judges' Conference Lines Updated  November 20

Alternative filing during COVID-19

  • In light of the continued state of emergency in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and to facilitate other methods of filing in line with the newslines issued on April 3 and April 28, and pursuant to the WCAB’s en banc order issued on April 6, documents subject to a statutory time limit may be sent by e-mail directly to the district offices pursuant to AD Rule 10205.7(c) where the filing party could not otherwise e-file, JET file or file the document by mail. Refer to the district office page for e-mail and other contact information.

Interrupted Services

  • Refer to the September 9 newsline for detailed information regarding services starting September 14.
  • Disability Evaluation Unit continues to accept consultative and summary rating requests by mail or efiling. Commutation calculation requests can be requested by mail.
  • Open for essential services only:
    • DWC Medical Unit
    • Return-to-Work Supplement Program
    • Uninsured Employers Benefit Trust Fund
    • Legal Unit
    • Subsequent Injuries Benefit Trust Fund

Updated October 28

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December 2020

December 3, 2020 DWC Invites Physicians and Pharmacists to Apply for Appointment to the Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee for 2021-2022 Term

November 2020

November 24, 2020 2020 - 2021 assessment notices
November 18, 2020 DWC Posts Additional Adjustments to Official Medical Fee Schedule (Hospital Outpatient Departments/Ambulatory Surgical Centers)
November 5, 2020 DWC Posts 2019 Audit Unit Annual Report and the Ranking Report
November 2, 2020 DWC Announces Temporary Total Disability Rates for 2021

October 2020

October 30, 2020 DWC Posts Adjustments to Official Medical Fee Schedule Inpatient Hospital Section to Conform to Medicare Changes
October 28, 2020 DWC Issues Notice of Public Hearing on December 14 for Proposed Regulations Revising the Medical-Legal Fee Schedule
October 27, 2020 DWC Posts Adjustment to Official Medical Fee Schedule to Adopt Medicare Updated Telehealth List to Address the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (Physician and Non-Physician Practitioner Services)
October 14, 2020 DWC Posts Adjustments to Official Medical Fee Schedule (Hospital Outpatient Departments/Ambulatory Surgical Centers)
October 13, 2020 DWC Emergency Regulations for Medical-Legal Reporting in Response to COVID-19 are in Effect through March 12, 2021
October 12, 2020 DWC Posts Adjustment to Official Medical Fee Schedule (Pathology and Clinical Laboratory Section)
October 5, 2020 DWC Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee Meeting Scheduled for October 21
October 2, 2020 DWC Posts Adjustments to Official Medical Fee Schedule (DMEPOS)
October 2, 2020 DWC Posts Adjustments to Official Medical Fee Schedule (Physician Services / Non-Physician Practitioner Services)
October 1, 2020 Judge Dismisses $18 Million in Liens Claimed by Medical Provider Convicted of Fraud and Suspended by DWC
October 1, 2020 DWC Posts Updated MTUS Drug List Effective November 1, 2020

September 2020

September 28, 2020 DWC Posts Proposed Amendments to the Copy Service Fee Schedule to Online Forum for Public Comment
September 24, 2020 DWC Posts Order to Update Medical Treatment Utilization Schedule (MTUS)
September 9, 2020 DWC and WCAB Continue to Expand Hearing Options at the District Offices

August 2020

August 24, 2020 DWC Posts Order to Update Medical Treatment Utilization Schedule (MTUS)
August 12, 2020 DWC and WCAB Continue to Expand Hearing Options at the District Offices
August 11, 2020 DWC Accepting Applications for Qualified Medical Evaluator Examination in October
August 10, 2020 DWC Issues Notice of Conference Call Public Hearing for Proposed Evidence-Based Update to the Medical Treatment Utilization Schedule

July 2020

July 16, 2020 DWC Announces Appointment to Ethics Advisory Committee
July 15, 2020 DWC Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee Cancels July 22 Quarterly Meeting
July 9, 2020 DWC Posts Adjustments to Official Medical Fee Schedule (Hospital Outpatient Departments/Ambulatory Surgical Centers)
July 2, 2020 DWC Posts Adjustments to Official Medical Fee Schedule (DMEPOS)
July 2, 2020 DWC Posts Adjustment to Official Medical Fee Schedule (Pathology and Clinical Laboratory Section)

June 2020

June 25, 2020 DWC Posts Proposed Amendments to Medical-Legal Fee Schedule to Online Forum for Public Comment
June 24, 2020 DWC Posts Adjustments to Official Medical Fee Schedule (Physician Services / Non-Physician Practitioner Services)
June 22, 2020 DWC Issues Notice of Conference Call Public Hearing for Proposed Evidence-Based Updates to the Medical Treatment Utilization Schedule
June 15, 2020 DWC Posts Draft Revisions to the Pharmaceutical Fee Schedule on the DWC Forum and Invites Submission of Public Comments through July 3, 2020

May 2020

May 28, 2020 DWC Posts Additional Adjustments to Official Medical Fee Schedule (Hospital Outpatient Departments/Ambulatory Surgical Centers)
May 28, 2020 DWC and WCAB Continue to Expand Hearing Schedule at the District Offices
May 27, 2020 DWC Posts Additional Adjustments to Official Medical Fee Schedule for Pathology and Clinical Laboratory (Additional COVID-19 Codes/Fees Added)
May 27, 2020 DWC Posts ACOEM’s Coronavirus COVID-19 Guideline on MTUS
May 20, 2020 DWC, WCAB Update Forms to Identify Injuries Related to COVID-19
May 19, 2020 DWC Emergency Rulemaking Regulations for Medical-Legal Reporting in Response to COVID-19 are in Effect
May 14, 2020 DWC Cancels 27th Annual Educational Conference in Los Angeles
May 12, 2020 DWC Posts Additional Adjustments to Official Medical Fee Schedule Including Expansion of Telehealth to Address COVID-19 Emergency (Physician and Non-Physician Practitioner Services)
May 11, 2020 DWC Update on Proposed Emergency QME Regulations: Comments Accepted through Tuesday, May 12
May 6, 2020 DWC Posts Additional Adjustment to Official Medical Fee Schedule (DMEPOS) to Adopt Medicare Fee Schedule Increase Required by the CARES Act

April 2020

April 28, 2020 DWC and WCAB Expand Hearing Schedule at the District Offices
April 28, 2020 DWC Will Reschedule Canceled QME Examination in October
April 24, 2020 DWC Issues Notice of Proposed Emergency Rulemaking Action for Medical-Legal Reporting in Response to COVID-19
April 23, 2020 DWC Posts Adjustments to Official Medical Fee Schedule Inpatient Hospital Section to Conform to Medicare Changes
April 23, 2020 DWC Posts Additional Adjustments to Official Medical Fee Schedule for Pathology and Clinical Laboratory (New COVID-19 Codes Added)
April 23, 2020 WCAB and DWC Allow for Limited Email Filing Options
April 13, 2020 DWC Posts Adjustments to Official Medical Fee Schedule to Encourage Provision of Telehealth Services for Workers’ Compensation Medical Treatment
April 6, 2020 DWC Cancels Quarterly Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee Meeting Scheduled for April 22
April 3, 2020 DWC and WCAB Announce Updated Hearing and Filing Procedures
April 2, 2020 DWC Posts Adjustments to Official Medical Fee Schedule (Hospital Outpatient Departments/Ambulatory Surgical Centers)
April 2, 2020 DWC Posts Adjustments to Official Medical Fee Schedule (DMEPOS)

March 2020

March 28, 2020 DWC Issues Emergency Measures for Medical-Legal Evaluations during Governor Newsom’s Stay-at-home Order
March 27, 2020 DWC Posts Adjustment to Official Medical Fee Schedule (Pathology and Clinical Laboratory Section) and Adopts COVID-19 Testing Codes
March 27, 2020 DWC Postpones MTUS Public Hearing Scheduled for March 30
March 24, 2020 All DWC Offices Open Except for Eureka, with Bakersfield Scheduled to Reopen on March 26
March 23, 2020 DWC Posts Adjustments to Official Medical Fee Schedule (Physician Services / Non-Physician Practitioner Services)
March 19, 2020 DWC Provides Guidance on Medical Evaluations During State of Emergency Period
March 18, 2020 WCAB Issues En Banc Order Regarding Rules, Office Closure During COVID-19 Emergency
March 17, 2020 DWC Temporarily Closing San Jose, Oakland, San Francisco Offices
March 16, 2020 DWC and WCAB Announce Modified Hearing Calendar & Filing Update
March 12, 2020 DWC Announces Request for Information to Update EAMS
March 5, 2020 DWC Posts Adjustments to Official Medical Fee Schedule for Physician Services/Non-Physician Practitioner Services to Implement Medicare Correction to the Correct Coding Initiative files

February 2020

February 27, 2020 DWC Posts Amendment to Official Medical Fee Schedule (Hospital Outpatient Departments and Ambulatory Surgical Centers)
February 27, 2020 DWC Issues Notice of Public Hearing for Proposed Evidence-Based Updates to the Medical Treatment Utilization Schedule
February 13, 2020 DWC Announces Pilot for Electronic Submission of Doctor’s First Report of Injury
February 11, 2020 DWC Posts Adjustments to Official Medical Fee Schedule for Physician Services/Non-Physician Practitioner Services to Implement Second Medicare Correction to the Annual Update
February 5, 2020 DWC Posts Fee Schedule Adjustments for Hospital Outpatient Departments / Ambulatory Surgical Centers

January 2020

January 30, 2020 DWC Posts Adjustments to Official Medical Fee Schedule for Physician Services/Non-Physician Practitioner Services to Implement Medicare Corrections
January 30, 2020 DWC Posts Adjustment to Official Medical Fee Schedule (Pathology and Clinical Laboratory Section)
January 27, 2020 DWC Medical Unit Accepting Applications for Qualified Medical Evaluator Examination on April 18
January 9, 2020 DWC Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee Meeting Scheduled for January 22 in Oakland
January 2, 2020 Mileage Rate for Medical and Medical-Legal Travel Expenses Decreases Effective January 1, 2020
January 2, 2020 WCAB’s Final Rules in Effect as of January 1