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



All Division of Workers’ Compensation district offices are open. Per DWC’s September 1, 2021, newsline, as of October 1, 2021, trials, lien trials, expedited hearings, and SAU trials will resume in person at all DWC district offices.

DWC will continue to telephonically hear all mandatory settlement conferences, priority conferences, status conferences, SAU conferences, and lien conferences via the individually assigned judges’ conference lines.

Walk-throughs will continue in the Lifesize walkthrough courtrooms until further notice.

If you are experiencing any symptoms related to COVID-19 including fever, cough, shortness of breath, or if you are feeling ill, please do not come to a DWC office. You may contact your attorney or email the district office. Refer to the district office page for email and other contact information.

The Eureka office is permanently online as of July 1. All hearings are held by conference call.

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.

Updated October 26

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December 2021

December 1, 2021 DWC Posts Adjustment to Official Medical Fee Schedule (Ambulance Services)

November 2021

November 30, 2021 DWC Posts Additional Adjustments to Official Medical Fee Schedule (Hospital Outpatient Departments/Ambulatory Surgical Centers)
November 29, 2021 2021 - 2022 assessment notices
November 23, 2021 DWC Posts Order to Update Medical Treatment Utilization Schedule (MTUS)
November 17, 2021 DWC Invites Comments on Ideas to Improve Workers’ Comp Quality of Care at November 30 Public Meeting
November 4, 2021 DWC Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee Meeting Scheduled for November 16
November 2, 2021 DWC Announces Appointment to Ethics Advisory Committee

October 2021

October 29, 2021 DWC Issues Notice of December 17 Public Hearing for QME Electronic Service Regulation
October 27, 2021 DWC Posts Adjustments to Official Medical Fee Schedule Inpatient Hospital Section to Conform to Medicare Changes
October 25, 2021 DWC Announces Temporary Total Disability Rates for 2022
October 21, 2021 DWC Announces 2022 Profile Audit Review and Full Compliance Audit Performance
October 13, 2021 DWC Posts 2020 Audit Unit Annual Report and the Ranking Report
October 11, 2021 DWC Posts Additional Adjustment to Official Medical Fee Schedule (Physician Services / Non-Physician Practitioner Services)
October 11, 2021 DWC Launches Update to the Online Education Module for Qualified Medical Evaluators
October 7, 2021 DWC Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee Meeting Scheduled for October 20
October 4, 2021 DWC Emergency Regulations for Medical-Legal Evaluations and Reporting in Response to COVID-19 in Effect through January 11, 2022

September 2021

September 28, 2021 DWC Posts Adjustments to Official Medical Fee Schedule (DMEPOS)
September 27, 2021 DWC Posts Adjustments to Official Medical Fee Schedule (Hospital Outpatient Departments/Ambulatory Surgical Centers)
September 23, 2021 DWC Withdraws Newsline Announcing 2022 Temporary Total Disability Rates
September 20, 2021 DWC Posts Adjustments to Official Medical Fee Schedule (Physician Services / Non-Physician Practitioner Services)
September 17, 2021 DWC Posts Adjustments to Official Medical Fee Schedule for Pathology and Clinical Laboratory
September 15, 2021 DWC Announces Temporary Total Disability Rates for 2022 Remain Unchanged
September 14, 2021 DWC Posts Ethics Advisory Committee Annual Report for 2020
September 13, 2021 DWC Issues Notice to Re-Adopt Emergency Regulation for Medical-Legal Evaluations and Reporting during COVID-19
September 1, 2021 DWC Announces Return of In-Person Hearings

August 2021

August 20, 2021 WCAB Issues Notice of September 24 Public Hearing on Proposed Amendments to its Rules of Practice and Procedure
August 17, 2021 DWC Issues Notice of Public Hearing on September 17 for Proposed Low Back Disorders Evidence-Based Update to the Medical Treatment Utilization Schedule
August 4, 2021 DWC Posts Adjustment to Official Medical Fee Schedule for Physician and Non-Physician Practitioner Services to Adopt Updated Telehealth List

July 2021

July 30, 2021 DWC Issues Notice of Public Hearing on August 30 to Amend Copy Service Price Schedule
July 20, 2021 DWC Reopens Public Counters at District Offices
July 15, 2021 DWC Accepting Applications for Qualified Medical Evaluator (QME) Examination on October 16-23
July 8, 2021 DWC Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee Meeting Scheduled for July 21
July 8, 2021 DWC Posts Revised Adjustment to Official Medical Fee Schedule (Physician Services / Non-Physician Practitioner Services)
July 1, 2021 DWC Posts Updated MTUS Drug List Effective August 1, 2021

June 2021

June 30, 2021 DWC Posts Adjustments to Official Medical Fee Schedule for Pathology and Clinical Laboratory
June 29, 2021 DWC Posts Disclosure of Contract Reimbursement Rate Form
June 29, 2021 DWC Posts Adjustments to Official Medical Fee Schedule (Hospital Outpatient Departments/Ambulatory Surgical Centers)
June 25, 2021 DWC Posts Adjustments to Official Medical Fee Schedule (Physician Services / Non-Physician Practitioner Services)
June 23, 2021 DWC Advises Eform Filers to Upgrade Windows OS to Continue to Use Electronic Adjudication Management System (EAMS)

May 2021

May 28, 2021 DWC Announces Appointment to Ethics Advisory Committee
May 10, 2021 DWC Issues Notice of Conference Call Public Hearing on June 11 for Proposed Workplace Mental Health Guideline – Anxiety Disorders Evidence-Based Update to the Medical Treatment Utilization Schedule

April 2021

April 29, 2021 DWC Posts Proposed Amendments to the Qualified Medical Evaluator Regulations to Online Forum for Public Comment
April 28, 2021 DIR, DWC Release Independent Medical Review Progress Report for 2020
April 28, 2021 DWC Posts Recorded Question and Answer Meetings from April 13 and April 20 Regarding Medical-Legal Fee Schedule Regulations
April 21, 2021 DWC Posts Adjustment to Official Medical Fee Schedule for Physician and Non-Physician Practitioner Services to Adopt Updated Telehealth List and Monthly Update for Physician-Administered Drugs
April 16, 2021 DWC Posts Additional Adjustments to Official Medical Fee Schedule (Hospital Outpatient Departments/Ambulatory Surgical Centers)
April 16, 2021 DWC Posts Supplemental Adjustment to Official Medical Fee Schedule for Pathology and Clinical Laboratory
April 14, 2021 DWC Moves Eureka Office Permanently Online
April 13, 2021 DWC Posts Additional Adjustments to Official Medical Fee Schedule (Durable Medical Equipment, Orthotics, Prosthetics, Supplies) to Adopt Revised Medicare File
April 8, 2021 DWC Hosts Zoom Question and Answer Meetings on April 13 and April 20 Regarding Medical-Legal Fee Schedule Regulations
April 8, 2021 DWC Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee Meeting Scheduled for April 21
April 8, 2021 DWC Posts Additional Adjustments to Official Medical Fee Schedule (Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies)
April 7, 2021 DWC Posts Additional Adjustments to Official Medical Fee Schedule for Pathology and Clinical Laboratory
April 6, 2021 DWC Issues Notice of Conference Call Public Hearing on May 14 for Proposed Evidence-Based Update to the Medical Treatment Utilization Schedule

March 2021

March 30, 2021 OAL Approves Medical-Legal Fee Schedule Regulations Effective April 1
March 25, 2021 DWC Posts Adjustments to Official Medical Fee Schedule (Hospital Outpatient Departments/Ambulatory Surgical Centers)
March 25, 2021 DWC Posts Adjustments to Official Medical Fee Schedule (DMEPOS)
March 24, 2021 DWC Posts Proposed Update to Disability Evaluation Unit Regulations to Online Forum for Public Comment
March 23, 2021 DWC Posts Adjustments to Official Medical Fee Schedule (Physician Services / Non-Physician Practitioner Services)
March 10, 2021 DWC Emergency Regulations for Medical-Legal Evaluations and Reporting in Response to COVID-19 in Effect through October 12, 2021
March 9, 2021 DWC Posts Amendment to Official Medical Fee Schedule (Hospital Outpatient Departments and Ambulatory Surgical Centers)
March 4, 2021 DWC Posts Amendment to Official Medical Fee Schedule (Inpatient Hospital) to Adopt Medicare Corrections
March 2, 2021 COVID-19 Vaccine Reaction Claims Reporting

February 2021

February 25, 2021 DWC Posts Final Proposed Medical-Legal Fee Schedule Regulations, Files with Office of Administrative Law
February 25, 2021 DWC Moves Long Beach Office to New Location
February 24, 2021 DWC Posts Ethics Advisory Committee Annual Report for 2019
February 18, 2021 DWC Posts Fee Schedule Adjustments for Hospital Outpatient Departments / Ambulatory Surgical Centers
February 17, 2021 DWC Posts Reminder for Submission of Annual Report of Inventory for Claims Reported During Calendar Year 2020
February 10, 2021 DWC Posts Adjustments to Official Medical Fee Schedule for Physician and Non-Physician Practitioner Services
February 8, 2021 DWC Issues Notice of Emergency Regulation to Re-Adopt Measures to Assist Medical-Legal Evaluations During COVID-19
February 4, 2021 DWC Opens Registration for 28th Annual Educational Conference
February 2, 2021 DWC Cancels February 18 Public Hearing for ACOEM Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guideline into Medical Treatment Utilization Schedule

January 2021

January 28, 2021 DWC Posts Additional Adjustments to Official Medical Fee Schedule for Pathology and Clinical Laboratory
January 25, 2021 DWC Moves SIBTF Office to New Location
January 20, 2021 DWC Posts Additional Adjustments to Official Medical Fee Schedule for Pathology and Clinical Laboratory
January 19, 2021 DWC Posts Report on Independent Bill Review
January 14, 2021 DWC Issues Notice of Conference Call Public Hearing on February 18 for Proposed COVID-19 Evidence-Based Update to the Medical Treatment Utilization Schedule
January 12, 2021 DWC Accepting Applications for Qualified Medical Evaluator Examination
January 8, 2021 DWC Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee Meeting Scheduled for January 20
January 7, 2021 DWC and WCAB Continue to Expand Services at the District Offices
January 4, 2021 DWC Posts Adjustment to Official Medical Fee Schedule (Pathology and Clinical Laboratory Section)