CAAA TO DESTIE OVERPECK
A storm is brewing over the State Compensation Insurance Fund's recent correspondence that medical providers will be required to sign a new contract to remain in the SCIF MPN.
Here is the text of a letter from CAAA's current president, Barry Hinden, addressed to Destie Overpeck,
WHILING AWAY THE DOWNTIME
In law school they never told us how much down-time there is in the practice of law.
That's particularly true at the California Workers' Comp Appeals Board.
Parties wait for their turn to see the judge. We wait for our opponents to reach their clients to get settlement auth
BY A WHISKER
Looks like the various state buildings housing some of the district offices of the California Workers' Compensation Appeals Board (and the San Francisco offices of the statewide WCAB) have been saved again.
Today's announcement of a California budget deal apparently does not inc
We're in one of life's watchful waiting phases.
In the larger world, we're waiting to see if Europe's teetering economies-Greece, Portugal, Spain and Ireland among them- take the world economy off a cliff.
And we're waiting to see what happens on the Po
On June 22, the California Court of Appeals, First District will hold long awaited oral arguments in the case of Wanda Ogilvie vs. City and County of San Francisco.
Arguing on behalf of Ms. Ogilvie will be Attorney Mark Gearheart. Arguing for the City and County of San Francisco will be a
Should California's workers' comp system have a fee schedule for vocational expert witnesses?
That's what is being contemplated in AB 1168. The bill, sponsored by Sacramento -area Democrat Richard Pan, is set for hearing in the California Senate Labor and Industrial Relatio
WITH A WHIMPER, NOT A BANG
Some of you have been twiddling your thumbs for the last several years waiting for a titanic appellate court battle between conflicting appellate districts on the Almaraz-Guzman doctrine.
Stakeholder groups made a pretty penny sponsoring seminars on the impending battle.
UPDATED/CORRECTED ENTRY: after this post, Governor Brown today vetoed the state budget passed last night. State Treasurer Bill Lockyer anounced that Wall Street would not finance state revenue needs based on some of the budget's assumptions. So the sale of WCAB district offices again is in limb
TIP OF THE ICEBERG?
In any large industry, there are temptations to cut corners.
Workers' comp is no exception. Among those who may be tempted are some medical providers.
Today a 181 page indictment was announced in Orange County. Prosecutors have charged Newport Beach radiologist Dr. Sim Car
IS STEVE JOBS AN ECONOMIC TERRORIST?
Yesterday I took BART from Oakland to San Francisco, running an errand over my lunch time.
Emerging from the underground at Sutter and Stockton, the location of the
San Francisco Apple store, I heard chants.
A small crowd had gathered, with a fair number of cameras. Prote
TD WILL RISE
California's maximum temporary total disability rate will rise in 2012.
Indexed to changes in the California state average weekly wage (SAWW), California's TTD rates are increased by changes in the SAWW.
Based on U.S. Labor Department data showing a 2.4% increase in t
THE NOT SO UNDERGROUND ECONOMY
An L.A. Times article caught my eye recently, "Illegal Vending: Unlicensed Businesses Flourishing in L.A. Area".
The article, by Alexandra Schmidt, details the growing number of front-yard household supply businesses, driveway taquerias, home-based car washes and other examples
Getting away for a while is a good tonic for keeping perspective on things.
I've just returned from Sardinia.
One of the first calls I took was from a workers' comp client who is freaked about his future.
Before his industrial injury, his occupation was ve
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