In an otherwise sleepy legislative session for workers' comp issues, there's an end of session drama unfolding.
The issue was scooped last Friday by Workcompcentral.com, in an article by Workcompcentral reporter Jim Sams. Workcompcentrtal has obtained a copy of a document (writt
FURLOUGHS TAKING THEIR TOLL
Whether you are a worker, a lien claimant, an attorney or an adjuster, you rely on that part of the workers' comp community that works at the WCAB district offices.
These are the people who find the files, process the mail (or interface with
EAMS), take the phone calls, transcr
POIZNER TO ARNOLD: I'LL SUE TO BLOCK SCIF SALE
Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner has announced that tomorrow he'll be filing a lawsuit to block the sale of State Compensation Insurance Fund assets.
Here's Poizner's press release:
Politically, this is an inter
COMBATING BILLING FRAUD
Suppose your doctor decided to bill for procedures you never had?
Therapy you were never given?
Suppose your doctor used billing codes for items that were never provided to you? How would you know? Would you know if in billing the doctor upgraded different procedure codes to generate
Thank God someone's standing up for California.
Those Winnemuccans and the folks from The Strip have been attacking us:
But we don't have to take it.
Assemblyman Jose Solorio (a Santa Ana Democrat) is fighting
I'm envious. The President is in Martha's Vineyard.
It's not the Amalfi Coast, or the French Riviera. But it's still one of the great places to be, and in its own way is as wonderful as those storied Mediterranean retreats. The Vineyard has unspoilt vistas and small pi
SACRAMENTO BEE: SCIF ASSET SALE LIKELY TO FAIL
Yesterday's piece by Kevin Yamamura in the Sacramento Bee details the many reasons why a SCIF asset sale, part of the state budget deal, is likely to fail.
In case you missed it, here it is:
Sale of SCIF's assets, even i
AMATEUR HOUR AT THE WHITE HOUSE?
Amateur hour at the White House? Has the Obama Administration misread the politics of getting a healthcare bill done?
That's the thesis of commentator Jay Cost, who (literally) maps out his theory:
ON THE RIGHT TRACK
Kudos to Insurance Commish Steve Poizner's department for their insurance fraud arrest yesterday.
The arrest of a Diamond Bar man highlights the growing problem of employer fraud. Joseph Baiden, dba Nurse Connection Inc., was charged
with falsifying payroll records to lower his
TAKE YOUR SURVEY
If you're in the comp community, please complete the EAMS opinion survey.
EAMS was initially unpopular with most folks in the comp community with whom I spoke. Since the 2008 rollout, many of us have become more familiar with the system, as it's become a more routine part of our
THE BRITS FIGHT BACK
On occasional hot, smoggy days, Bay Area mass transit is free. It's part of the air pollution district's Spare the Air strategy.
I recall riding BART from Oakland to San Francisco last year on a free day.
There were many more riders than I was accustomed to seeing. Any many
POIZNER TO WCIRB: I'LL SCRUTINIZE YA
I'll scrutinize ya, says Poizner.
Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner released a statement reacting to the WCIRB's decision, announced this week, to file for a comp rate increase. Poizner can't set comp rates, since carriers are free to price workers comp as they see fit.
FLASH: WCIRB AGAIN RECOMMENDS LARGE RATE INCREASE
Like those ghouls in Night of the Living dead, they're baaack.......... And they won't take no for an answer....
it's California's WCIRB, the Workers Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau. The WCIRB is charged by law with collecting data and advising California's i
Perhaps you spent your whole day seething.
The country's going to hell in a handbasket, you thought to yourself. As you quaff another summertime brew in your "Don't Tread on Me" plastic cups, you muse over whether Obamacare will mean that the plug gets pulled on dear
CALIFORNIA UNDER ATTACK
California under attack......
From Nevada, that is.
Nevada, with it's real estate and gaming industries hit hard by the recession, is fighting back. California business is being targeted in an ad campaign designed to lure business to a supposedly more business friendly cli
It's another furlough Friday . Another day that the court of justice, the WCAB, is closed.
Today there were workers waiting for a hearing on their case who had their hearing date bumped. Today there were employers seeking resolution to claims (claims that affect experience rating) wh
A DANGEROUS GAME
We're starting to learn more about the deal that the Obama White House struck with the pharmaceutical industry to win their cooperation in healthcare reform.
Apparently a back-room agreement was made to limit the drug manufacturers contribution to reform to $80 billion. That's a
Workers who lose their jobs due to a disability share something in common with workers who are laid off. Their long term earnings are often severely diminished.
Much ado has been made about wage loss studies in the California workers' comp system. The RAND Corporation performed a ser
WHAT'S SO GOOD ABOUT PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE?
Guess which state is 46th among the states in the percentage of folks having no health insurance?
California. It's right there scraping the bottom with Florida, Louisiana, and Texas.
in 2006, 21.3% of Californians had no health insurance. The number has probably deteriorat
FLASH:THE SEIU STRIKE VOTE
74% of SEIU 1000 members have voted to authorize a strike of state employees. This would include many WCAB/DWC employees.
This does not mean that a strike has or will be called. But it is a step in that direction.
Here's the breaking news on it from the San Francisco Chron