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SB 697 and the Hurdles to a “Value of Care” Model in California Workers’ Compensation

SB 697 and the Hurdles to a “Value of Care” Model in California Workers’ Compensation

Last month, the California Senate passed SB 697. This bill, if signed into law, would require the Administrative Director of the Division of Workers’ Compensation to perform a study on whether it would be viable to link payment for workers’ compensation medical treatment to “value…

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Why Can’t I Take my WC Prescription to the Pharmacy the Same Day?

Why Can’t I Take my WC Prescription to the Pharmacy the Same Day?

I know, it’s mind-blowing, isn’t it? Your work comp doctor, who the insurance may have sent you to, requests treatment but the doctor tells you you have to wait. Why isn’t the treatment immediately available? Why can it be denied and you don’t hear about…

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I Was Injured At Work in California, Can I Choose My Doctor?

I Was Injured At Work in California, Can I Choose My Doctor?

As with many things in law, the answer is, it depends. The more cynical answer is, yes, but the insurance controls the doctors on the list. So, how good is that list going to be? We call these lists Medical Provider Networks or MPNs. Each…

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The Alphabet Soup of Work Comp in California – An Introduction to Common Work Comp Acronyms

The Alphabet Soup of Work Comp in California – An Introduction to Common Work Comp Acronyms

There are a few things injured workers should expect. Medical treatment and pay for time lost due to the injury among them. Often not expected, however, is the paperwork and regulations buried in a sea of acronyms. Here, we will discuss some of those acronyms…

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Medical Care Following a Work Injury in California

Medical Care Following a Work Injury in California

After a workplace injury, the first thing that might happen is paperwork or an incident report. It might have been a trip to the emergency room. Often, though, an employee is directed to a front-line occupational medical clinic. Some clinics are favored by employers or…

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