ALL QME'S AND ATTORNEYS SHOULD READ THIS (California)

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Re: ALL QME'S AND ATTORNEYS SHOULD READ THIS (California) (Calif

Postby jobmdpsych on Thu Sep 03, 2009 11:24 am

Read sec 8, p. 21. I don't see any reference to eliminating QMEs, just to determine medical necessity. If I am a in error, please reference section and page.
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Re: ALL QME'S AND ATTORNEYS SHOULD READ THIS (California)

Postby cmunday on Thu Sep 03, 2009 12:39 pm

JobMD

Click on the link in Ms. Harris post - it is the proposal that has been attributed as a Republican wish-list. Lengthy, encompasses pages 13 to 28. All reference to AMEs or Panels has been deleted and instead there is a single QME appointed by the DWC - no choice. Section 4067(c) seems to have forgotten to delete the reference to AMEs and Panel QMEs but my suspicion on further reading is that this is meant to apply to cases that have already been evaluated by current procedures. Recall that there are two different documents floating around - the other does NOT abolish AMEs and QMEs except as evaluators of medical treatment necessity.

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Re: ALL QME'S AND ATTORNEYS SHOULD READ THIS (California) (Calif

Postby appliedpsych on Thu Sep 03, 2009 5:45 pm

HERE'S WHAT APPEARED ON THE CSIMS WEBSITE ON 09/03/2009

What follows is a direct cut and paste from that website - all language, words, and phrases are theirs.

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DRACONIAN COMP REFORM APPEARS TO BE ON BACK BURNER - FOR NOW

After intense lobbying by concerned interest groups - including CSIMS and many of its members - it appears that efforts to forge a labor-management package of anti-injured worker comp reforms has failed to produce any viable legislation in the waning hours of this year's legislative session. Proponents of the effort are pressing for Interim Hearings this fall on the subject with the intention of advancing urgency legislation in January.

News of secret negotiations between certain segments of organized labor and several large self-insured employers broke in a story appearing on workcompcentral.com last week. CSIMS and other concerned interest groups immediately went into action, meeting with legislators and key staffers to explain the myriad of unintended consequences that would result from most of the proposals. Both unions and employers were split on the reforms, and it was unclear where the governor would stand. As a consequence, we learned late last night that the proponents have abandoned their efforts to hijack legislation this week, but they have asked the chairs of the Senate and Assembly workers' compensation policy committees to hold subject matter hearings during the legislative recess this fall.
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