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California Employers Score Significant Workers' Comp Victory in Court of Appeals
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On October 28, 2015, the 1st District Court of Appeals published their ruling in the Stevens v. Workers' Compensation Appeals Board case. Stevens had contended that Independent Medical Review(IMR) as instituted by the Workers' Compensation reforms in 2012(SB 863) was unconstitutional.
The IMR process is an integral part of the clear cost savings of the reforms. It provides for a fast and inexpensive method of resolving disputes over medical treatment or prescriptions. It also helps injured workers, because the disputes are resolved quickly, instead of taking up to 18 months to finalize. The injured worker would be in limbo for the time of the dispute.
This ruling is probably the most important facet of the WC reforms to hold onto. CALPASC members should consider it a significant victory in keeping stability and reducing costs in California's workers' compensation system. You can see a copy of the ruling by clicking
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