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FLASH: State Busts Alleged Compound Drug Ring Prosecutors charged over two dozen business owners, physicians and pharmacists with running a workers’ comp kickback scheme that peddled unnecessary compound drugs, urine tests and other services. Who got nabbed and what was the damage? Get the story here. Read more here ... More...
FLASH: Reform May Be Saved From the Applicant’s Attorneys An amended version of AB 44 has passed the Assembly Insurance Committee. What are the changes has workers’ comp reform been saved from the applicant attorneys? Click right here to find out.  Read more here ... More...
FLASH: It’s a 7.8% Mid-Year Workers’ Comp Rate Cut The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau’s governing committee made its decision for a mid-year rate cut. What’s driving it and what are the alternatives? Read more here ... More...

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Workers’ Comp Anti-Fraud Efforts Probed The Joint Legislative Audit Committee heard testimony on a request to audit workers’ compensation anti-fraud efforts. What will State Auditor look at? Where do DIR, CDI and the district attorneys stand? Is it a good idea? Click here to find out. Read more here ... More...
Government’s RTW Numbers Don’t Add Up State interests are looking at raising the amount of the individual awards issued from the state’s $120 million Return-To-Work fund, but they may not be operating on accurate information. Where is the flaw in the plan and why might it end up costing employers millions of dollars extra? Get the story here. Read more here ... More...
Stakeholders Engaging: Repairs To AB 2883 Getting Underway Work is underway to unwind the disastrous AB 2883 from last year. What changes have been made? Do they help or hurt? Who benefits? What still needs to be done? Click here to read more. Read more here ... More...
LETF Investigators Targeting Bad Actors Targeted inspections by a multiagency task force are turning up more violations more often than ever before. What are the problem compliance areas? Get the story here. Read more here ... More...
Court’s IMR Decision Upholds Other Standards A recent court of appeal case supports the state’s independent medical review program in multiple ways. What were the issues in dispute? Get the story here. Read more here ... More...
Court Allows Deputy’s Post-Retirement CT Claim A Court of Appeal says Riverside County is on the hook for a former deputy’s CT claims instead of the deputy’s last employer. Why don’t the protections in Labor Code section 5500 apply to the County? Get the story here. Read more here ... More...
CastlePoint Liquidation Order Approved Liquidation order in hand state begins moving claims from the failed CastlePoint National Insurance Company to the various guarantee funds. When do all claims have to be filed under the order? Get the story here. Read more here ... More...
Amended AB 44 Still Misses the Mark Legislation that by its very definition completely unwinds all the workers’ comp reforms of the last several years, is finally getting amended. What do the amendments accomplish? Do they put the bill on the right track? What still needs to be done? Click here to find out. Read more here ... More...
SCIF Safety Program Paid $500K In First Year A new safety program from the State Compensation Insurance Fund is paying incentives to drive safer behaviors. Who is covered by the program and how much money is at stake? Click here for the details. Read more here ... More...