CHA News Article

DWC Requests Re-adoption of Emergency Regulations
Qualified medical evaluation and independent bill review regulations included

The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) has requested re-adoption of six sets of emergency regulations that implement provisions of a workers’ compensation law enacted last year (SB 863, De Leon, D-Los Angeles), which are set to expire July 1. DWC must file a certificate of compliance with the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) or issue a re-adoption request to maintain the emergency regulations. If the request is granted, the regulations — which include supplemental job displacement benefit vouchers, interpreter services, qualified medical evaluator regulations, independent medical review (IMR), independent bill review (IBR) and lien filing fee regulations — will remain in effect until Oct. 1, unless another 90-day re-adoption is requested.

DWC recently issued revised regulations for 15-day comment periods regarding the supplemental job displacement benefit vouchers, interpreter services and qualified medical evaluator regulations. Although DWC may file the certificate of compliance for these three sets of regulations by July 1, the division has also issued the notices of emergency and requests for re-adoption for these sets of regulations in case the certificates of completion cannot be finalized before July 1. DWC will continue to keep the public informed regarding its progress with the ongoing regulatory process. The complete DWC press release is attached.